I’m going to begin this review of Infinity War with a little background. Much to everyone’s horror, the only Marvel movie I had seen up until a few weeks ago was Guardians of the Galaxy (which I loved) and aside from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was never really interested in seeing any others. However, once Infinity War hit theaters, I knew I had to see it and how could I do that until I had a full understanding of the Marvel Universe as it currently exists?
So off I was to view them all and did so in this order:
- Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 2
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Avengers Assemble
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Doctor Strange
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Black Panther
It didn’t take me long to become the newest “Marvel Fan Girl” and I was READY for Infinity War. The day the DVD arrived in the mail, I stopped everything and prepped for a full-on movie night celebration.
Infinity War picks up right where Thor: Ragnarok left off. With so many franchise and storyline crossovers, I think this Avengers movie requires more knowledge of storylines and background than the other Avenger movies.
Thanos steps into a lead role and sets out to “restore balance” by wiping out half of the universe. With his gauntlet in hand, he seeks out the Infinity Stones so that with a mere snap of his fingers half of the population disintegrates into dust.
The punches are packed harder in this film and the violence seems more intense than in previous Avenger films, the humor is turned up to high, but most notable is the emotional toll this film will take on Marvel fans. It’s always exciting to see our favorite heroes crossover in films and meet one another and there is plenty of that. The Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow), Vision, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and The Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, “teenage” Groot, Rocket) all come together for the action, laughs and the devastating strikes from Thanos.
In the end, Thanos proves to be the strongest villain the Avengers have faced thus far. His story is more developed in this film and we realize he is a much more complex of a character than meets the eye. A couple of times during the film we are presented with some tender moments featuring Thanos proving that amidst the mass genocide there is more complexity to him than simply an evil villain who is out to kill.
**LAST WARNING FOR A SPOILER ALERT**
However, “restoring balance” remains his mission and Thanos succeeds at wiping out half of the universe, including main characters including: Loki, Gamora, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, “Bucky” the Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, Mantis, Nick Fury and Maria Hill (both of which are seen disintegrating in an after-credits scene).
However, with new films on the horizon such as Spider-Man: Far From Home and Guardians of the Galaxy 3, it’s hard to imagine that the dissolving of some of these characters is permanent. Perhaps in the same way that we see the Red Skull is transported to another dimension in space, our favorite heroes are simply “relocated” as well? Or perhaps the Time Stone will allow the remaining heroes to time travel (as we saw Thanos do) and return everyone to their “pre-dust” selves. While I don’t claim to be a Marvel expert, I am holding out hope for many of these characters since my fandom is new and I am simply not ready to say “goodbye”.
All in all, Infinity War gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. I recommend viewing the films I listed above (in a similar order) if you have not already done so as it brings more meaning and a better understanding to Infinity War. So head out and grab your copy of Avengers: Infinity War when it hits stores on Tuesday, August 14th. Be ready for action, laughs and possibly a few tears (I may or may not have cried…). You’ll even get to enjoy over 2 hours of bonus content including a gag reel. As with all Marvel movies, be sure to keep watching for the after-credits scene. For now, I join my fellow Marvel and Avengers fans as we await the arrival of Avengers 4, set to hit theatres on May 3, 2019.
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