Thoughts: Avengers Infinity War
Over the course of ten years, eighteen films, and an $11 billion box office haul, Marvel has brought about an event in film making. Bringing together over thirty super heroes in a battle against one big bad, Avengers: Infinity War is a film most said was unfilmable and unattainable. Now that it is out, does it live up to all the hype? In short - yes.
Note: This review will have spoilers at the end, but you're safe to read on for now. The build-up to this film is just as big as the main villain; Earth's mightiest heroes must work together to defend the Infinity Stones from Thanos or else the universe may come to an end. For those who have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is a great payoff for everything that has come before, with interactions and references between heroes that follow the timeline for each character. Even the villain Thanos delivers on everything promised up to this point. From the beginning of Infinity War to the end you feel the overwhelming presence of Thanos and at no point do you feel he's not in control. Marvel has delivered on an antagonist that is memorable, threatening, and can truly give the Avengers the challenge they deserve, filled with some of the most entertaining fight scenes ever put together.
Avengers Infinity War is quite simply an unimaginable achievement in film that connects on all levels for fans of the series. The humor and action deliver at a scale never been seen on screen before as the film builds on everything that came before it. It's easy to say that this is a must-see film, but that's just putting it lightly; the MCU has become the pop culture phenomenon that makes this film possible. On a side note, it is worth watching Thor Ragnarok before this film, as it serves as a direct lead into Infinity War.
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The series as a whole has been leading to the end of the MCU as we know it. Half of our favorite characters are now gone, including most of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and a plethora of side characters. Thanos giving everybody a beat down is probably one of the best things about the film as he immediately wrecks the Hulk and Thor, two of the strongest Avengers, immediately showing how threatening he is compared to previous villains. Plus, when he tosses Gamora off a cliff to obtain the Soul Stone, it's one of the most heinous acts performed in the MCU-- but it also gives Thanos depth rare in comic book movies. The character interactions are great and this film is definitely worth a second or third watch. The post-credits scene is a nice set up to Captain Marvel, the next Marvel film after Antman and the Wasp, as she will play an important factor in the still untitled Avengers sequel coming next year.