Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War has exceeded the lofty expectations that were set before it and here we are to discuss it.
Well, it’s done and over with now. Avengers Infinity War has taken the world by storm and has smashed box office records. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and want to let you know my thoughts on the movie.
What I liked
One of the things that I feel like they did incredibly well with this movie is the spacing of the characters. There were a ton of characters in this movie and at no point in time did it feel like there were too many characters. It was perfectly balanced for as many characters there were.
The Russo brothers did a great job in making sure the different character groups made sense. They also did a great job in connecting the last movie we saw with most of the Avengers (Captain America Civil War). With that, he kept the tension between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, keeping them apart for the entirety of the film.
I also really enjoyed the humor in this film. After seeing the humor side of things work well in Ragnarok and the Guardians of the Galaxy films, they mixed in humor in this film really well. At no point in the movie did it feel like it was too much and it was what every comic book fan would expect from a comic book movie with guys like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pratt in it.
Thanos was without a doubt the star of the film. He was played very well by Josh Brolin and did a phenomenal job of playing the best Marvel villain that we have seen to date. The Russo brothers set out to make him as big of a villain as Darth Vader and while I don’t think we will ever see a villain as iconic as Vader, Thanos was probably as close as we’ll ever see in the MCU.
He wasn’t a villain who was easily outsmarted and really dominated every scene he was in. Not only that, but he wasn’t what we expected. We expected this big angry villain who was going to beat up on the heroes and likely leave a few casualties but eventually is defeated because he was a bad guy.
This was not what we got. What we got was a villain who was empathetic to the universe’s supposed need for balancing. He made a compelling argument for it as well and truly believed in his theory and was committed. However, the sheer terror he created to get his plan was ruthless.
“I know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.”
The fear he created in the heroes with his presence was about the same level as Darth Vader. Truth be told, he was probably my favorite part of the movie. The Marvel villains haven’t been bad per se, but they haven’t exactly been that memorable either. Thanos changes that and absolutely stakes claim to the best of the MCU villains.
To be honest, I am nitpicking here, but there were a few things that I didn’t care for in the film. Below you will find some slight spoilers, so please do not read on if you do not want to be spoiled.
This is probably the biggest bone I have to pick with the film. We just went through an entire film in Ragnarok where Thor has to learn how to harness his powers without Mjolnir. Yet in Infinity War we go through the entire film with Thor not using his powers without a weapon once.
To give you an idea of where this movie falls in the MCU timeline, this movie is immediately following Ragnarok, so there’s no explanation why Thor is not using his powers like we see him use them towards the end of Ragnarok.
Don’t get me wrong, him building Stormbreaker and coming back to destroy aliens in Wakanda is amazing, it just doesn’t make sense why he doesn’t harness his powers without it. Hopefully, there’s some kind of explanation of this in the next movie.
When Thanos and company arrive on the scene at the beginning of the movie, he already has possession of the power stone and has left Xandar decimated. Given what we saw in Gaurdians of the Galaxy vol. 1, it would have made sense to see Thanos coming in possession of the power stone and dealing with the Nova Corps at the beginning possibly setting up to see a prelude to a Nova introduction.
This wasn’t a huge issue, as there were no already established heroes on Xandar, and the movie was already long as it was. So, I understand why it wasn’t shown. As a fan, I just wish it was something I could have seen.
I loved this movie and I thought it was very well done. I really want to see it again to really let it all sink in. However, that may have to wait until about August, that is likely going to be when we see it come out on DVD/BluRay. Regardless, as of right now I am glad to have partaken in another Marvel masterpiece.
I can’t quite say that this is the best movie yet, as each movie Marvel/Disney have released has kept me going. I really enjoyed Civil War, Age of Ultron, Avengers, and even the majority of the individual movies as well. So, to say that this is the best one yet is a little hard for me right now.
It was neat seeing all of these characters come together on one screen finally and I cannot wait for Avengers 4. As we wait, you can expect some of my own theories to be fleshed out here and for the rest of our team here to do so as well.
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