Just in case the above red sign isn’t enough to make you aware, this blog DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS. I would very much hate to be the person responsible for spoiling a movie that has been ten years in the making. Please turn away if you don’t want to know anything! Just to give you some distance between my words and this message, here is an adorable picture I found on Google, of Mark Ruffalo hugging Robert Downey Jr.
Okay, I think we should be safe now.
I have a very strange love-hate relationship with the “superhero movie cycle”. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again – movies have always gone through cycles. But the superhero one has stuck, and at times I find myself wondering when it will end. Between all of the Avengers movies (full movies and individual character movies), X-Men, and the recent (poor) cinematic attempts from DC, it just goes on and on. It’s that and Star Wars (unpopular opinions, I’m not a fan) that makes me wonder if I should cancel my Empire subscription (I mean, there are other movies Empire) but, I just can’t quite let go of it. I do however, understand that the Marvel Universe is HUGE, and the MCU also has to be HUGE.
A quick Google search of just how many Avengers there actually are caused a major headache. There are so many different groups – New Avengers, Young Avengers, Post Civil War Recruits, West Coast Avengers and so on. Who knew?! Well, probably a lot of people. This universe is so much bigger than Tony Stark and Steve Rogers!
Despite the above, I do also LOVE the MCU and all that comes with it.
It’s been 10 years since Tony Stark built his first Iron Man suit in a cave and since then 18 movies have followed. Only three of those movies have been about the Avengers as a collective, and the rest have either focused on one characters story – or a small group in the case of Guardians of the Galaxy – or has had a small crossover of characters, and I’ve often wondered where it was all going.
I’m sure there are many that have known for a long time, but for me, that question was answered with Avengers: Infinity War.
Infinity War sees the majority of the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Thor, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vision, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Dr Strange, The Hulk… have a I missed anyone? Probably.) battling Thanos as they attempt to stop him retrieving all six infinity stones, with which he plans to wipe out half of the universe with the click of his fingers. Those that are killed will be completely random, and those that are left will have more food, and other resources to live off.
Within minutes, the Russo brothers had broken our hearts by killing off Loki as poor Thor watches, helpless to do anything. And this shocking death wasn’t the only one. By the end of the movie, we’ve said goodbye to approximately 11 of our beloved superheros, amongst others! Whilst most of these are killed when Thanos eventually retrieves all of the stones, and fulfills his wishes, there are other on screen deaths that should be noted, one in particular, the death of Gamora at the hand of Thanos, her step-father, as he sacrifices her and trades her life for the soul stone.
I have to say though, my least favorite, and possibly unforgivable – even though I suspect he, and all of the others will most likely be brought back come the next film – was the death of Spider-Man. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is by far my favorite (see Spider-Man: Homecoming – Not Another Origin Story. Contains Spoilers!) and when he realized (I’ve read due to his Spidey senses) that he didn’t have long left, he collapsed into Tony Stark, begging him and telling him he didn’t want to go. Tony, who at the start of the film was discussing the possibility of children with Pepper Pots, is clearly devastated, having felt responsible for his safety. Absolutely soul destroying, I can’t wait for Thanos to get his!
I was initially concerned that this massive, all encompassing movie was going to be too much. How on earth could they possibly keep track of all of the different characters? Were there going to be too many subplots to bring them together nicely at the end?
It’s actually been done incredibly well, and here’s how. The characters have all been grouped together, and have ended up in different locations, all trying to accomplish the same thing – stop Thanos, and because of this, you don’t need to worry about trying to keep track of different story lines. It also doesn’t feel over-saturated by characters, because they have given a select few main roles, then left the rest as supporting characters. It works perfectly, although I must say Thanos’ minions – his children – are very unforgettable.
It combines many features of the previous films – it has a good amount of humor, like Thor: Ragnarok and it’s dark and emotional like Captain America: Civil War. It’s so tense, I don’t think I blinked for two hours and forty minutes!
I feel like this film, combined with the follow up, coming in 2019, are like a HUGE jigsaw puzzle. I’m talking about one of those 1000 piece puzzles with funny shaped pieces. The individual characters films like Civil War, and Spider-Man: Homecoming are the puzzle pieces and the Infinity War films, the final image.
I’m really looking forward to the next films – not just the next Infinity War but the next individual character films, and to see what part, if any, they will play in the final outcome. That includes the reveal at the end of the movie, you know the real end? After the credits! As Nick Fury discovers what is happening to the world, he uses a device similar to a pager to contact an “unknown” character, but of course the symbol in the screen as he himself turns to dust and drops it, reveals it’s none other than Captain Marvel.
All in all, I really enjoyed this movie, although I was bit gutted when I missed the shots filmed in Durham City – well I didn’t miss them, I just didn’t realize – as this is my home town!
I give this film a 5/5!