A caption appears against a black background: “One year ago this weekend.”

In a montage we see scenes of people pouring through cinema foyers in China, Australia, India, Britain, France, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. They are stampeding towards sold-out showings of Avengers: Endgame, the most eagerly awaited superhero film in history. The crowds crave the emotional punch of a shared viewing experience in front of a big screen. Movie palaces around the world are rammed.

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