I'm a pretty forgiving moviegoer. Your dialogue is poorly written? That's okay. Plotholes? No problem. Time travel paradoxes? Whatever. I would rather enjoy a movie, so I give the writers, directors, and actors lots of leeway. I was even more forgiving when I was younger - I'm older now, more mature, and have higher expectations - but I vividly remember walking out of the theater having just seen "X-Men: The Last Man" as a high schooler thinking: "Was that movie... bad?"
Three years after "X-Men" came the sequel, "X2". I have long defended this movie as one of the best in the franchise, but I haven't actually watched it in a while, so it was nice to blow the dust off the DVD and take a trip down memory lane.
Remember in the MCU Quarantine series when we went back in time with the Avengers to the distant past of 2012? Well buckle up, because we are going even farther today. That's right, the year is 2000, Bill Clinton is President, using the internet requires tying up your landline (whatever those are), and Twentieth Century Fox is about to make Hugh Jackman an absolute mountain of cash.
We made it, everyone! It took from basically the start of quarantine until Labor Day, but we have finished all of the entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Great job! Be sure you stay tuned at the end of this article for an announcement about what is coming next. For now, we need to take a little stroll through Europe with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and a climactic battle in London because, as I've said before, the only three cities in the MCU are New York, London, and Hong Kong.
We made it. This is the culmination of more than 10 years of foundation laid by the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Iron Man and Nick Fury's declaration that the universe was much, much bigger than just Tony Stark. Like Infinity War, Endgame is an achievement. It has quite a bit of heavy lifting to do in order to reverse The Snap(TM), but it has an impressive three hours in which to do it. I'm not usually one for speculation ahead of big movies, preferring to be surprised, but even I engaged in some theorizing around Endgame. I thought that 1) Gamorra was alive in the Soul Stone, 2) Nebula would wear the Gauntlet at one point, and 3) Adam Warlock would make an appearance. For those keeping score at home, I was 0-3 on Endgame theories.