“There was an idea—Stark knows this—called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if they could become something more. To fight the battles that we never could.” – Nick Fury from The Avengers
You would’ve even thought a movie this huge could finally be happening. For ten years, we waited for what’s to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With all of these superheroes joining together to stop the entire universe from being destroyed, it’s no wonder it’s always an adventurous ride with the now 19 films released in theatres. Nobody wasn’t thinking all this build up would lead to all of this. But the summer movie seasons kicks it off early enough to get away from the runner-ups when it comes down to the box office as Avengers: Infinity War won’t go down without a fight until it reigns supreme as the champion of 2018.
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos (Josh Brolin). Before he captures all of six Infinity Stones (Space, Power, Mind, Time, Soul, and Reality) to wipe out half the entire universe for his Infinity Gauntlet, the Avengers themselves, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and others will fight together to put a stop to Thanos and causing chaos upon the world.
From Iron Man to Black Panther, I’ve seen every movie in the MCU and thoroughly enjoyed all of them, for the most part. To prepare, I actually watched all of them (minus Black Panther) in one week before seeing it. And because of the hype that was surrounding beforehand, this was easily my most anticipated movie of the year, and the fact that this was pushed forward a week just made me even more pumped to witness greatness. The fact that we get to see all of these superheroes come together in one movie in a dream come true for many fans. Even more, Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War) are the perfect directors to hopefully give us an exciting build up to all of this. Without spoiling anything, Avengers: Infinity War was amazing, but leaves you with all kinds of emotions that comes with it.
The roster of characters that’s in here is astounding. Seeing all of these heroes like Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of an adolescent Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Karen Gillan as Nebula), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner/ Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), etc. All of them meeting each other for the first time couldn’t have been any better. The task for the Russo’s and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely might’ve been challenging for having a story that has these popular characters in different locations. Credit for credit is due.
I mean, this is the same universe where two actors who played Sherlock Holmes (Downey and Cumberbatch, respectively) actually share scenes together, and it shows the confrontation that they had with each other at the beginning. Bummer that they didn’t make a Sherlock joke. And the interactions with Thor and the Guardians worked a lot better than I thought. It may feel overstuffed, but it was absolutely worth it.
All of the action sequences are gripping and fun with every second shot. All of these heroes fighting and using their powers to defeat Thanos and his group of henchmen, The Black Order, or his army in the different locations are presented doesn’t let down. The Russos stayed away from some of the shaky camera work on the film than their last two movies.
While we’ve seen many villains in this universe, not a lot of them were either memorable or threatening. Or even that good for that matter. To be honest, the only ones that I and others consider great are Loki, The Vulture, and Killmonger. Thanos has been teased ever since he was introduced in the first end-credits scene at the end of the Avengers. Hoping that he might be the best villain yet, and I was surprised that he’s a more layered bad guy than we thought. Just in the introduction alone, he doesn’t mess around in wanting one of the stones. This was a surprisingly deep ark to him that actually made me feel sympathetic for this giant purple bastard, even if what he’s doing is considered a good thing in his mind. And Brolin’s performance just adds more credibility. Owning the summer so far when he’s playing Cable in Deadpool 2 after this, this is pretty nice.
There’s of course humor that’s provided in this, and a lot of times made me laugh. Most of it came from the tone from the Guardians, but it works. On a side note, you know when they’re gonna show up when the text says “Space” and The Spinners’ “Rubberband Man” kicks in. Though Drax is still the comic relief, that doesn’t bother me, unlike some people. He has one line that’s going to be the most remembered line in the entire movie and had me laughing even after it’s over. Working with the tone that’s consistent with all the action and the comedy, it balances out well enough. It’s drastically different from Thor: Ragnarok.
The movies that came out before have tackled these characters well enough to know that they can always be associated with their personal traits. Directors like James Gunn, Jon Favreau, or Joss Whedon did more than two films in the MCU and have done their job to make these heroes who they are. Difficult as it may seem for the Russos to handle this, the effort that’s put upon them wasn’t weak at all for what they were going for. Even for a film that a lot would suspect someone will not make it out alive when the credits roll, major props.
Personally, one of the problems that the film has on its shoulders is the running time. To date, this is the longest MCU movie at 150-minutes. And even though it didn’t actually feel that long, there were some scenes in the middle that needed to be shortened down a bit. Aside from that, not a lot of characters didn’t have a lot of scenes, which was a bummer.
There are a few moments where you can’t believe something just happened, and you feel kinda sad. The film alone just proves that Phase 3 is the best by far as all of the movies presented in this have all been nothing but excellent. And when it ends, it just makes you want to move forward to next year to see what happens next. They once again pulled it off, and it could’ve been better, in my opinion. As of right now, Avengers: Infinity War is in my top five favorites in the MCU.
Avengers: Infinity War is packed with all the action, humor, and emotions it can possibly handle. It offers something more memorable for the MCU as it incorporates all its famous heroes battling against the most formidable baddie yet. Grade: A-