Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

“I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here. Or…“I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here. Or…

“I know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless. It’s frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now it’s here. Or should I say, I am.”

All roads have led to this. Eighteen films – origins, sequels, and trilogies have led to this. Every plot & overarching story over the past 8 years have morphed into a culmination right before our eyes. What seemed to be the impossible has been done without breaking a sweat. The shared universe of characters that started with one in 2008 becomes an ensemble. The moment that is Avengers: Infinity War has come, and it hits unlike any of its predecessors. Credit is majorly due to the directing duo the Russo brothers; Joe & Anthony.

Tasked with bringing this ensemble together, Joe and Anthony faced a pretty tall task. Granted the brothers have experience with Captain America: Civil War and balancing characters and multiple story lines and plot points; it is an obvious choice to have them return. Joe and Anthony have taken over for Joss Whedon after Age of Ultron “wiped him out” with balancing so many characters. Joss laid the foundation and the Russo’s built the house. To say there are a lot of characters in this film is an understatement. While still in development, it was confirmed to have 68 characters appear in Infinity War

To keep track of that many characters, this film has to move and move fast. The pacing is quick but it’s not too quick. There are brief times that allow the film time to catch its breath with sincere moments by characters we have come to love and admire. With a run time of two and a half hours we are going from hero to hero and planet to planet. This is Joe and Anthony’s biggest success – giving us enough time with each character and plot point while not staying stagnant and stale for too long. With how dense the story and main plot is, the humor gets sprinkled in. The humor isn’t wasted or over done like in previous films and the credit goes to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. 

“You know, I’m 1500 years old. I’ve killed twice as many enemies as that. And every one of them would have rather killed me than not succeeded. I’m only alive because fate wants me alive. Thanos is just the latest of a long line of bastards, and he’ll be the latest to feel my vengeance – fate wills it so.”

Just like the directors, the screenwriters find that perfect balance with the script. Balance is the main focus of this entire film. It’s the main driving force for the “villain” Thanos (Josh Brolin). Thanos is the most balanced villain the Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced. He’s been teased since 2012 in a post credit scene for The Avengers & now it’s his time to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The term villain is loosely used for a film of this magnitude. Thanos believes he is the hero – the one who will save the universe from destruction and decay. 

For the first time a villain forces us to ask the question is he wrong though? The brilliance of the script is the fact that we are able to see things from Thanos’s point of view and see the universe through his eyes. Any sane person would realize that Thanos is still a villain who travels from planet to planet committing genocide without a second thought to his actions. That is the beauty of a film of this scale. It’s a massive undertaking and it’s handled with grace. 

One thing Marvel has done well with its cinematic universe is continuously build hype surrounding each project and deliver on that promise. They do that expertly with the trailers. Infinity War was no different. YouTube has been known to house channels that strictly deal with what’s called a trailer reaction. It’s a phenomenon that has taken YouTube by storm. Anyone and everyone have a reaction to the Infinity War trailers. The moment Marvel Studios released them; they are picked apart for any type of clue as to what something could mean. 

“No. It’s you who doesn’t understand, that Thanos has been inside my head for six years since he sent an army to New York and now he’s back! And I don’t know what to do. So I’m not so sure if it’s a better plan to fight him on out turf or his but you saw what they did, what they can do. At least on his turf, he’s not expecting it. So I say we take the fight to him. Doctor. Do you concur?”

It’s hard to imagine a superhero film where the good guys lose. 9 times out of 10 the hero prevails, gets their significant other and a parade in their honor. With how many films that were announced back in 2014 for phase three, it’s expected we would see some tough endings, Infinity War has one of the best endings in a comic book movie. The hero’s lost and half of the universe has been snapped from existence. Going back to Age of Ultron, the line “We’ll lose, and we’ll do that together” is one of the most important lines in any Avenger level film. The Avengers lost but the difference is, they weren’t together. The Sokovia Accords made sure the team was broken up to lose.

Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) said it best when he’s reunited with Tony (Robert Downey Jr.), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong); “Tony, listen to me. Thor’s gone. Thanos is coming. It doesn’t matter who you’re talking to or not.” That quote sums up the broken trust and friendship between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony. They didn’t have each other so they were bound to lose. It’s inevitable.  

Infinity War is stunning. The set pieces are gigantic, yet each scene feels grounded. The effects are gorgeous, especially with Thanos being mostly computer generated. The action is intense and pulse pounding. There are moments that will leave you heartbroken & crying and moments that will have you cheering, yelling and clapping. What Marvel and the Russo brothers have accomplished with this film is unprecedented and cannot be duplicated if attempted. This type of collaboration will forever be a part of film history. 

Overall, Avengers: Infinity War is a powerhouse of a film. Just when you think nothing else could be squeezed into this film, there’s another plot point, another storyline. This is a total team effort from top to bottom and nothing about this film disappoints. It’s an achievement like no other. It’s sad, heartbreaking, funny, action packed and brilliantly put together. It is truly something spectacular. This film, in the wrong hands could have been destructive. If I were to rate Avengers: Infinity War, I’d rate it a 4.95 out of 5. 

So, tell me guys, have you seen Avengers: Infinity War and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think. 

Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo is Rated PG-13 and has an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Avengers: Infinity War was released on April 23rd, 2018 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Avengers: Infinity War can be streamed on Disney Plus.

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 Thanos will return

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