Avengers: Infinity War
But, but, but, but this is new, it isn’t an old movie, this is a brand new movie. Well, we can still review them, and with something as nerdy as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we clearly need to do a review on it. This is going to be the spoiler free review, I’ll likely do one later that has a number more spoilers, thoughts, guesses, etc. for the future.
This is what Marvel has been building towards for 10 years, basically since Iron Man came out and we got the idea that we would eventually have an Avengers team. In the first Avengers movie we saw Loki wield the power of one of the Infinity Gems as he tried to conquer Earth. Since then we’ve run across some in The Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Ultron, and Thor: The Dark World. And we’ve had little bits and teases of the villain for this movie, Thanos, as he seeks to gain power. We’ve met his children Gamora and Nebula and seen him interact with Loki. Finally, Thanos is putting his plan into place to collect all of the Infinity Gems. Unfortunately, that means that he is coming to Earth to get the gem that Doctor Strange has and that is embedded in Visions head.
That’s it that I’m going to say about the plot. There is so much more going in the movie, but I don’t want to give away what else is happening and the storylines that are intertwined together. The story in Infinity War is extremely well written. When sitting through a two and a half hour movie, the time seems to fly by. You get great returns of characters, you get awesome moments of combat, you have heartfelt reunions, and humor all worked together into the perfect blend. This movie feels like what we’ve been building to for ages through all of the other stories, and while you could watch this without having seen any of the movies before and probably still enjoy it quite well, you are going to really appreciate it if you’ve seen the previous films.
There are two huge things that make this story work:
- The villain is amazing. Thanos is scary. Thanos is evil. The main characters can’t easily beat him or get the upper hand on him. Thanos even probably knows he is evil, but he so firmly believes that what he is doing is for the right reason it makes him even scarier. He is how a villain should be written with clearly defined motives besides wanting to be a villain. Thanos has those in spades, and if you go back to the article I wrote about good villains, even with his almost god-like powers, he is more than just a powerful villain to be beaten like Ares is in Wonder Woman.
- It brings so many things together. If you want to see heroes team up who haven’t ever teamed up before? You’re probably going to get it. You want to see storylines that have been hinted at and teased in post credit scenes actually happen? You get those. It’s a masterfully written story that brings so many things together you really feel like every movie, even duds like Thor: The Dark World, were worth it because of this story.
Another really cool thing about this film is that you start to see some of the characters really develop into their own. This is the second time we’ve seen Doctor Strange outside of his own movie. In Thor: Ragnarok, it was a brief cameo, but we get to see Doctor Strange really interact with other characters from the MCU and we get to see him develop even more so as a character. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we get a good idea of who Peter Parker is, but this also really lets him shine and you see him as something different than before and you see him grow through the film. As was hinted at in Captain America: Civil War, we get to see Scarlet Witch and Visions relationship grow and how it’s already grown, and as Black Panther hinted, we have the return of Bucky. These are just some of the storylines and characters that come together and really grow and take on a solid life of their own.
Avengers: Infinity War is not just a superhero film, it is that and it has it’s superhero moments, it is a story that has a ton of depth. It is a comedy at times, it is a tragedy, it is a drama. It has everything rolled into a single story and it is beautiful. It’s a story that is so well put together that you don’t even notice time passing, and it’s a story that leaves you excited and waiting for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to see what is going to be happening.
It’s a film that I’m going to highly recommend. It’s likely going to demolish box office numbers, and so I really don’t need to tell you to go see it. I will say, if you’re thinking about waiting until it comes out on Blu-Ray and Redboxing it, you can, but I do think that you’ll lose something. I already know I want to go back to the theaters and see it again, and I’ve heard that it is wonderful in 3D. Consider splurging and going to see it if you weren’t planning on going already, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I will say this, as there are plenty of times movies are over-hyped and don’t live up to expectations, if nothing else, Avengers: Infinity War is a stellar superhero movie and can be enjoyed as such.