I kind of predicted this A+ for months, even though I obviously went into Endgame fully willing to give it any grade (though, let's face it, some more likely than others.) But my main reason actually wasn't all the superheroes coming in for a big final brawl. No. I wanted to have a look at the ravaged land Thanos destroyed, wiping out half of the population to protect resources and planets. When I heard of his plan in Infinity War and his history stating the reasons why, it was a painful feeling of sympathy in my gut I earned. Because look: The news is out: If the world doesn't band together and either reduce or eliminate carbon emissions within the next decade, hundreds of millions will die from floods, drought, diseases, poverty, heat, and it will be irreparable. The idea of half of us all gone is something impossible in the real world but intriguing to see in a superhero film. I wanted to explore a life where the Avengers lost, and I got exactly what I wanted.
Really messed up twists happen as well, actually making this one little animal set off a certain chain reaction. But shortly after that happens, we witness one of the happiest and saddest things to come from movies in general. That will go down as my favourite part in the movie. The plan that's actually put in place I felt was a little overused in a few ways, but these ways also left behind moments that are even more unforgettable as a result.
It also never forgets to be funny. I am not an avid comic-book reader, nor a reader of these superhero books that are emerging lately, so I often watch superhero movies to be mesmerized by the special effects and laugh at the clever liners. Sometimes there will also be a very tough conflict and a terrifying antagonist to bump it all up too, and Endgame definitely delivers. The easter eggs for those who have favourite particular moments in Marvel movies will love and cherish this for years to come, and I simply feel bad for my family who's not as caught up. Anyone who's unfamiliar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe should not watch this movie until they ask someone who is and not tell them what happens prior but which movies are important to see first. And because I am so invested by now, I think I can say this is definitely on the same level of immortality, permanent marking, and effective drama as Captain America: Civil War, and I gave that an A+ as well. But there's something else: This is finally a movie where no remaining Avenger is disregarded. Everyone survived is not hiding away or on a different planet. Every time an MCU movie does this, it's painfully noticeable.
Because I was looking forward tremendously to exploring this ravaged world where I was curious how it would function, plus how big of a boss battle I expected, I was expecting to love this film for months. Now that I saw it, I feel like after Infinity War was a 150-minute appetizer, and a delicious appetizer at that, this 180-minute main course finishes with a feeling of satisfaction, mystery, and farewells that will take time to digest. The MCU's official new chapter is here and it might end up sometimes lonely...but at least we have Avengers: Endgame to remind us the rocky road people, and superheroes, can traverse, and that superhero movies unite us, not just turn us into couch potatoes and fanatical dorks.