After ten years and eighteen films, Marvel Studios has finally reached the conclusion of the era they’ve set out to tell, going back to Iron Man back in 2008. Instead of being a straightforward Avengers film, we’re treated to a heavy story that spans galaxies, pitting our heroes on a collision course with Thanos. The danger is much more imminent, and it’s going to take heroes from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come together to try to save reality from Thanos’ dark end goal.
The best thing about Avengers: Infinity War may also be the thing that audiences have the toughest time with, and that comes from its willingness to be as complex and dark as it gets. Avengers: Infinity War pulls no punches, and it’s also not willing to hold the audiences hand for the sake of making fans feel happiness. This film deals with cataclysmic events, and instead of playing everything for jokes, the film still has a lot of the trademark Marvel humor, the film drags the audience through the dark reality that the characters are facing. For a movie series to be nineteen films deep, and leave the audience truly grappling with the ideas and consequences in the film the way that Infinity War feels like a bit of fresh air.
This is also Marvel Studios’ longest film to date, clocking it at just over two and a half hours, the Russo Bros. give the film such a pace from the opening on, it never feels as long as the film’s run time. The pace is fast that those in the audience who lose step with the film for even a minute may find themselves a bit lost as the film charges along with its separate storylines, all leading to the film’s massive climax. Though many may also find it as emotionally draining as they find it exciting. The action is just non stop throughout the film, but the third act takes things that to new heights, as the Avengers face off with Thanos and his Black Order, leading to some of the most breathtaking moments the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen. It’s amazing just how well the Russo Bros. really understand action, and how to make it feel cool. The action never feels like action for the sake of it, which again goes to show just how high the stakes feel through Infinity War‘s runtime. But most importantly, the twists and turns that the directing duo have up their sleeves are sure to leave anyone knowing as little as possible going in.
Avengers: Infinity War is an action packed, emotionally complex, superhero film that is one for the ages. This is not only one of Marvel’s finest offerings, but this may be one of the best blockbuster films. This is a cinematic achievement in so many ways, even if the film doesn’t quite perfectly balance all the characters throughout. But its breakneck pace and heavy action will leave audiences in awe, while also crying into their tissues. Honestly, for the first time in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hard to imagine what comes next. There’s no clear path forward as Avengers: Infinity War comes to a close, and that’s a fantastic feeling.
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