I think what should be stated right away; it’s a miracle we are seeing all these Marvel characters on the big screen together. Even if you hate the film, you have to admit, it’s a triumph in that regard. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo deserve heaps of praise for what they’ve accomplished with Infinity War. As someone who grew up with these characters from a very early age, let me tell you, the fanboy inside me was flipping out during Infinity War and it’s two and a half hour run time. There are so many great story and character moments between the heroes, especially since it’s their first time meeting each other. It opens this world up in ways we’ve only ever dreamed of. The future looks bright (or dark?) for future films in the MCU.
Thanos has been a long time coming. Ever since we caught a glimpse of him at the end of The Avengers, we knew the future was grim for the MCU. Right from the start of Infinity War, it’s established what the stakes are here. Infinity War could best be described as a crossover between Game of Thrones and the MCU. No character is safe from Thanos and his quest. Keeping plot details thin; Thanos needs six Infinity Stones to have full control of the Infinity Gauntlet he wears. His goal? To use the gauntlet to wipe out half of humanity. It’s up to the Avengers & Guardians of the Galaxy to make sure this doesn’t happen. To get into any more plot would be for me to veer into major spoiler territory.
Marvel is on a roll right now with their villains. Much like Killmonger from Black Panther, Thanos is a force to be reckoned with. Not only is his vision that he wants to see to fruition terrifying, but you can kind of agree with him and why he’s doing it. There are always concerns with over population. The way Thanos sees it is that if you wipe out half the population, rich and poor, it doesn’t matter who goes, the rest that survives will thrive. He is a madman, but he is kinda right (in a psychotic kind of way). His children – the Black Order, are intimidating and relentless and really cool looking……. but that’s it. They’re nothing more than cannon fodder. Overall, I’m impressed with what they’ve done with these characters, but it would have been nice to see them fleshed out a bit more in a previous film. Maybe Part 2 will shed some light on their relationship with Thanos.
There really isn’t a dull moment in this movie. The action and special effects are spectacular (Thanos literally brings a moon down on our heroes at one point). Watching each of the heroes use their abilities to overcome their obstacles will have the geek inside you losing its mind. The only downside to all of this is it made me really want to play Marvel Heroes Omega (R.I.P.).
All the heroes get their time here. It’s packed to the brim with so many great character moments that you can’t pick just one. The banter is fantastic (there are some real laugh out loud moments) and will have you hoping that now that they’ve all met each other, we’ll see some crazy Marvel team-ups in the future. I will say though, Tom Holland stole the show as Spider-Man for me. He’s just this kid who has been thrust into this crazy, planet-hopping situation. The guy has some real acting chops, and I’m sure he’ll bring you to tears watching this one.
If you’re taking your young ones to see this, just a heads up; this is the darkest film in the MCU. If you’ve been taking them to see them up until now, you might be surprised at where Infinity War goes with its story. If you’re unsure of what’s in the film, head on over to Common Sense Media to get the full rundown on some of the violence in the movie. I took my 8-year-old, and there were certain parts that were pretty intense for her.
Overall, Avengers: Infinity War is a triumph. I will absolutely be going to see this again in theaters. There are lots of things to digest so I’m sure you’ll catch plenty of new stuff on repeated viewings. As always, be sure to stay right until the end of the credits.
That’s it! I’m not saying anything else. Just go watch the damn thing and have your mind blown!
The wait for the next Avengers film is going to be unbearable. – NVJ