It is here. Thanos is here. The end is here. The Infinity War has begun. The culmination of all the MCU films have come to this. Avengers: Infinity War.
Just to be clear, there are NO SPOILERS in this review. I would be a prick if I do reveal some plot-spoiling moments. Otherwise, Thanos would come here and kill me. By Thanos, I mean Marvel Studios. By Marvel Studios, I mean the fans.
1.) Right as soon as the film begins, the tone is already apparent: dread and hopelessness. While there are still some comedic moments like in the last two Avengers movies, this is the most serious and dark out of all of them so far. There are moments where it is hopeful, but it eventually goes back to being dreadful again. The threat is serious, so these heroes have to take this fight more seriously than their previous battles.
2.) Let’s take a look at the past antagonists of the Avengers movies. Loki is a compelling character, but he is not a great villain since he gets pushed around by each member of the Avengers (even a dying Phil Coulson). Ultron is arguably a good character and villain, but the potential he had was slightly squandered with certain problems like being more emotional than his comic book counterpart, and even then, Avengers: Age of Ultron had some issues as well. Then we have Thanos, and he is the best character and villain out of all the Avengers villains. Not only he is a huge threat to the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, but he is arguably the protagonist of this film (something that producer, Kevin Feige said in one of his interviews). I would say more, but I did say no spoilers, so I will leave it at that.
3.) There are plenty of interesting things that happen in the film that I cannot spoil. I will say this: this is a film that anyone who has been watching the MCU up to this point will enjoy many references of the past MCU films. However, the biggest thing is the ending. Once again, no spoilers, but the ending is certainly…unique out of ALL of the MCU films.
1.) If you want a certain character to have more screen time than the others, then I am sorry to say that it is very likely that he/she might not be seen as much as certain major characters. Considering that there are more than twenty-five major characters from the previous MCU films in this film, that is asking so much. Not to mention that it is slightly distracting when one group of heroes disappears and comes back after a long while. Also, there are five heroes who are not in it, so it is not exactly a true MCU crossover (especially considering that characters from the Marvel TV series and Netflix series are not in it). There is so much to ask for, and it is already difficult enough have all of these heroes in one film.
2.) Some of the heroes seem out of character. That is somewhat understandable considering that so many different directors and screenwriters are in charge of making their own interpretation of those characters into their films, and when they have to bring all those characters together, the directors and screenwriters in charge of that crossover will write their own versions. They try their best to be close to what the original directors and screenwriters had in mind, but it is not exactly as easy as adaptation screenwriters writing from the original creators’ work (and even they struggle in there, too). It is not enough to detract the film, but enough to be noticeable.
3.) This is a film that spans ten years of the MCU, so if you have not seen all of them or at least the essentials, you will get lost. It assumes you have seen those other films, so they do not hold back on certain references. You have to know these character, otherwise you will be confused/not really care at all on what is happening to them. If you have not seen the past MCU films at this point, what are you doing reading this review? Go watch them now. At the very least, watch the essential ones.
Ten years. It has been ten years since the MCU began with Iron Man. I was close to finishing middle school when the MCU began. Now, the culmination of all the films/movies lead to the first part of Phase 3’s Avengers, the Infinity War. How does all these years of build-up lead up to: success or failure? Marvel Studios made a huge gamble, and it paid off. This is much better than any of the previous Avengers movies. While it may not better than certain MCU films (it still cannot beat Captain America: The Winter Soldier in my eyes), it is the most ambitious MCU film to date. I do not know how Avengers 4 is going to top this (I do not expect Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel to make even a dent out of it), but this is a film for the fans who have been watching the MCU for ten years. Newcomers are not going to get as much enjoyment compared to an MCU fan, but this is a film worth watching, and I cannot wait to see how they are going to top this in the next Avengers movie.
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