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How ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Sets a High Bar for Cinema’s Next Era (Podcast)

Is the MCU the best cinematic universe?

“Avengers: Endgame” sets a high standard for franchise films and universe-building. But is that a good thing? We discuss in the new “Low Key” podcast, which you can listen to on Apple or right here.

Every week on “Low Key,” we talk about pop culture stories we think others may have missed. No one has missed “Endgame” — it pretty much engulfed pop culture over the weekend. But we haven’t seen much discussion of what the film will mean for non-Marvel movies post-“Endgame.”

Will the Avengers inspire a slew of imitators, seeking to create their own vast, interconnected universe? Will smaller films disintegrate with a snap? What will become of lower-budgeted films that are based on wholly original ideas, and not existing IP?

Keith Dennie, Aaron Lanton and I discuss these and other questions, using the DC cinematic universe and Christopher Nolan’s spectacular “Dark Knight” films as a possible model for what might come next. We also talk about universes that don’t hold together quite as well as the MCU.

We also talk about whether our “Avengers: Endgame” predictions from last week came true. (Some did.)

Spoilers abound, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. In fact, there’s a very minor hint of what happens in the film in the next paragraph.

The podcast is sprinkled with nerd-outs. We talk about the excellent “Avengers: Endgame” callback to the elevator scene in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and ponder whether Thor’s drinking is low-key responsible for a very sad thing that happens in “Endgame.”

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