Avengers: Infinity War has officially hit theaters! With ten years since we were first introduced to Iron Man, and 6 years since Thanos first appeared in the post credit scene in the first Avengers film, we’ve had a very long road to this point. So was it worth the wait? And does the film live up to the hype? We’re diving into the film, and we promise to not reveal any big spoilers for the film in this article.
First of all, the film is great. It’s a fun ride, with plenty of action, humor, heart, and heartbreak. As expected, there are a lot of deaths in the film. And if you’re a parent trying to decide if you can take your kid to the film, let me say, you may want to weigh your options heavily. This film deals heavily in death and loss and what that does to a person, in many various ways. While most Marvel films have involved death of some kind, this is different, it weighs heavily, and a young kid may not be ready for this. Especially considering that we won’t see these characters again for a year. It’s also something to keep in mind for those of us that are older, this film is heavy, and we see some truly devastating moments. So be prepared.
Thanos is a phenomenal villain. He has more purpose than almost any villain in the MCU. He’s right beside Killmonger and Loki as one of the best villains in the Marvel Universe. The film gives him a solid backstory, clear motivation for everything he’s doing, and some really fantastic moments. And the film is completely his. We get our moments with the Avengers, with every single one of them really. And most of the characters have a sort of small arch through the film. But this is completely Thanos’ film. And Josh Brolin commands the screen as Thanos. He may be a character created through motion capture, but his work here is incredibly clear and impactful.
Without giving away details, I’ll also say that the film is undeniably the first half of a two part story. There is an end. There’s a stopping point for this story. But it’s the end of a chapter not a book. And I don’t mean in the same way that most marvel films have been chapters in an endless cinematic universe. I’m talking, our characters are left at a point at the end of this film where something more needs to happen. For the Avengers, this story is far from over, and we have to wait a year for the second half of this tale. But this is far from a standalone film.
If you’re trying to figure out what you need to know going into the film, I would suggest brushing up on Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok, and possibly Guardians of the Galaxy films. Those films, especially Civil War, Ragnarok and Guardians Vol. 2, are definitely direct lead ins to this more than anything else. Which shouldn’t be too surprising. Most of the characters in Infinity War were last seen in those films. With Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Black Panther being the only characters heavily involved that aren’t really in those films or that have seen more development in between those films.
The only problem we have with the film is the same problem that all the Marvel films seem to have, a lack of finality. There are some big moments in this film that have the potential to change the entire course and structure of the MCU as a whole. But knowing what films Marvel has already greenlit, and are currently working on, takes a lot of that away. Also, the knowledge of contract negotiations doesn’t help either. If you know that “Marvel Hero A” is getting another film in a year or two, and that “Actor B” has three more films on their contract past Infinity War, it’s going to change how you look at all this. That being said, how things move forward from here is incredibly uncertain. The currently Untitled Avengers 4, is going to have a lot of work to do. And it’s very clear what kinds of things Marvel is setting up here. And while those flaws of a guaranteed, continued, cinematic universe are there. It’s definitely worth the ride. And the film is not only an amazingly fun and entertaining experience, but one of the most shocking sequels of all time. Without going into details, this is Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back.
For now we’ll leave it at that. We still have a lot to say about the film, and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that’s going to go into some major spoiler territory. Do not let anyone spoil this movie for you. Including us. But once you do see the film, be sure to check back on our additional coverage of the film.
Avengers: Infinity War is now in theaters!