Ryan Rothman, Reporter
*This review contains spoilers*
Avengers: Infinity War is the 19th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and with that comes a lot of characters to all come together to fight a daunting enemy: Thanos. Thanos has been foreshadowed since the first Avengers movie in 2012, and is now after the six infinity stones to help in his quest to remake the universe.
When the first Avengers came out in 2012, it was an ambitious union of seven superheroes across a variety of different studios. Now, they have nearly 30 superheroes from different parts of the Marvel Universe, each introduced in separate movies, teaming up and fighting across the universe.
The characters evolve and the film will surprise even those who have read the comics it’s based on. Being the highest grossing movie in an extremely popular series, spoilers are hard to avoid, and this review will contain some spoilers. But, in respect to others please do not spoil the movie unless you make it clear beforehand.
Many believe that the Marvel movies don’t have the best villains. However, Thanos is a fantastic villain. Being the puppet master since the original Avengers, this only helps the plot feel more tense and the action more exciting.
CGI technology is at a point where Thanos’ body, expressions and voice (acted by Josh Brolin) can make even the viewer feel threatened when he’s on screen. The first scene, while making the ending of Thor: Ragnarok redundant because Asgard is dead either way now, but when Thanos snapped Loki’s neck so easily, the viewer knows he is dangerous. This, combined with the time they take to flesh out the character with his interactions with Gamora in the past and present, makes him one of the most menacing villains in recent years and among the best villains in the MCU.
The tone of the movie is much more serious than the first two Avengers films, but it still has the banter and comedy that’s become a staple of the universe. The trailers make it seem like the movie’s characters will all come to earth for one final showdown, this doesn’t happen. Thanos threatens the universe in this one, so different groups of characters are fighting him across the universe. When the movie focuses on Thor, the Guardians, Strange, Spider-Man, and Iron Man, it feels like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.5, with the humor and the way the characters interact with one another. But, when the movie was on earth, it felt more like the other two Avengers movies, both sides have an overall looming threat, but it still feels odd at times with the transitions.
The ending can feel underwhelming, For what a fun movie it was, to have mistake after mistake from the heroes lead to half of the universe dying, kind of feels out of left field. But all of the deaths of the main heroes have a huge impact. When you look at the movie not as Avengers: Infinity War, but Thanos: Infinity War. the ending feels more apt.
Some characters are missing, such as Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Hawkeye. It feels weird to have an Avengers movie without Hawkeye, but at least what the first two are doing will be explained in July.
As per Marvel tradition, Infinity War does have an end credits scene; it’s at the very end of the credits, and does help the ending feel much more deserving of a continuation of events. If the viewer has not read the comics, the logo that appears on Nick Fury’s analog communicator is probably unfamiliar. That, however, is Captain Marvel’s logo. A hero that is very crucial in the fight against Thanos in the comics.
Overall, it does deserve praise. It’s a fun movie, and does a good job of keeping the viewer captivated and making Thanos a villain to be reckoned with. It’s not a perfect movie, but it doesn’t have to be.
4 out of 5 Stars
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