SPOILER WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, one of the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to an end for good. The movie has all the action and humor that fans are sure to expect, but it also contains some of the most emotional moments in any superhero movie to date.

The thing that does guardians of the galaxy stand out among MCU titles and superhero movies more generally, it’s not the action, but the emotion. Most superhero movies didn’t make us feel the same way this franchise did. It hits right into the sensations so many times. It’s a celebration of the moments that hurt Guardians of the Galaxy so badly.

Meredith Quill in a hospital bed

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The opening scene (Guardians of the Galaxy)