Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War is a massive achievement for Marvel. Joe and Anthony Russo have directed the culmination of ten years of rich and intricate storytelling into one massive film that raises the stakes to the very highest and executes almost flawlessly.
Avengers: Infinity War isn’t just the end of yet another endless Phase of Marvel films, but instead the beginning of the end for this version of Marvel’s cinematic universe and a glimpse and what might come next in the already-announced, but not titled sequel, which right now we can call Avengers: Infinity War Part II.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War) have managed to take their balanced approach from Civil War and The Winter Soldier and inject even more characters into the mix; we’re talking well over 30 big names all mashed into one nearly three hour film that briskly flies by as characters we’ve grown to love over the years embark on their most important (and personal) battle yet.
It’s nearly impossible to discuss Avengers: Infinity War without dipping toes into the spoilers territory, so I am going to just come out and throw up the disclaimer that I am going to try my best to be as vague, yet as clear as possible.
Infinity War kicks off in a bleak and hopeless place. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) just rescued his home planet of Asgard and now their ships are under immediate attack. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is finally here, despite almost ten years of teased build up.
And he’s not taking any prisoners. He’s killing everyone in his path, as long as it leads him to his precious infinity stones, which if possessed, will give him the ability to snap his fingers and destroy half of the known universe.
See, Thanos’ thing is balance and order. He’s a large and purply ruthless brute that originally appears to be just another impact-less Marvel villain hellbent on destroying Earth, but what Infinity War does differently than any other Marvel film is that it allows us to sympathize with him and see his emotional flaws and vulnerabilities.
It only took Marvel a good portion of ten years to give us a bad guy worth exploring, aside from Tom Hiddleston‘s trusty Loki.
Josh Brolin‘s Thanos is a big portion of what makes Infinity War so monumental. There has been so much unbelievable hype surrounding his character and this film over the years, to the point of no one really believing that they could pull it off.
But they pull it off. And then they make some ballsy and bold decisions that will no doubt change the shape of the MCU forever… or at least until Part II arrives.
Joe and Anthony Russo (and their magnificent team of writers) have somehow managed to spend a good chunk of a three-hour event film on cutting down Thanos to his very basics. We get to see his backstory, his driving purpose and his one true love all over the span of a sprawling space epic that is unafraid to bounce between worlds and galaxies without ever losing the audience.
There is never a feeling of disconnect as the film shifts from Iron Man’s squad battling Thanos or Captain America’s squad protecting Earth. It would take me too many words to break down what every character is doing or where they even are, so I am going to skip that altogether, because it really doesn’t matter.
What matters is that the Avengers are for once truly outnumbered and outgunned, despite being as sharp and as well-equipped as can be. Thanos is far beyond an ordinary villain and everyone seems to understand that rather quickly.
I can see some people complaining about one particular character that is given the shortest end of the stick when compared to pretty much everyone else, but this character’s whole purpose ends up being the final driving factor of the film and the most emotionally resonating moment when stripped down to its raw core. It’s a breathtakingly small moment that feels infinitely large and I still can’t believe Joe, Anthony and the entire team managed to pull it off.
The rest of the questions that might be running through your head are surely going to be answered in Part II. Speaking of which, I thought Infinity War did a splendid job of not relying too heavily on building up for a Part II. As its own film, Infinity War is Marvel’s biggest and most risky film yet.
The Russos leave things in an interesting place and a place that I never thought they’d take these films to. It’s an ending that is surely going to upset or downright piss off most, but an ending that I for one loved and respect very much.
This is the point where big decisions are being made and the after effects are starting to add up and reveal the grand picture.
Avengers: Infinity War raises the stakes to the absolute highest and never lets up, despite having so many chances to go in all sorts of directions. For once, we as a collective audience are bewildered and amazed at how they put it all together and I am honestly wondering just what is going to happen next.
It’s taken ten years to get us to this point and yet I am beyond shocked to say that they pulled it off. Avengers: Infinity War is one of the very best Marvel offerings to date. It might be too early for me to say it, but I think it’s the best film they’ve made. Period.
The action is large, coherent and solidified within the roots of the story, which has been deeply established over the past decade through over a dozen films. Each and every character gets their “moment in the sun” and it only makes the film that much richer.
Every line of dialogue is carried with great importance and every outcome is felt immediately and echoed throughout the film’s unbelievability fast running time.
I have no idea how they’re going to follow this one up, because it’s just too damn close to being perfect.