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'Avengers: Endgame' directors the Russo brothers on endings, Loki's fate and the multiverse theory

"We think that characters are most compelling when they travel the greatest distance," said Joe Russo, one half of the directing duo behind Marvel's box office record-shattering blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame."

[Warning for those who haven't yet seen "Avengers: Endgame": There are spoilers ahead.3/8

The movie, which is the fourth Marvel Cinematic Universe installment directed by Joe and his brother Anthony Russo, sees the original six Avengers grapple with distances of both time and space. Over the course of the three-hour film, our heroes travel across the galaxy to such planets as Vormir and Morag as well as to bygone battles from 2012 and 2014.

But most impressive are the emotional journeys the characters have undergone over the course of 22 films and 11 years: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has evolved from a self-serving billionaire playboy to a father and husband willing to sacrifice his life for the good of the universe. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), introduced as a self-assured demigod, is forced to grapple with failure for the first time. And Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), a self-interested Russian spy, has found her version of family as a member of the team and is willing to

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