‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review: Hail Thanos

***THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS, GO SEE THE MOVIE. THEN COME BACK HERE***

The culmination of a decade of some of the greatest superhero films of all time has arrived. The many Avengers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) finally faced the foe that has hovered above the clouds since his debut at the end of the original Avengers film in 2012. Thanos is here, and boy, is he more than a force to be reckoned with.

Avengers: Infinity War follows a long list of Earth’s (and space’s) mightiest heroes as they attempt, key word there is attempt, to stop Thanos, the Mad Titan, from collecting the six Infinity Stones, a powerful set of artifacts that allow the wielder to manipulate the very force of the universe itself. Through this two and a half hour film, we see The Avengers alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy plop from one side of the heavens to another in order to keep Thanos from achieving his goal of using the stones to wipe out half of the population in the known universe.

Thanos

The star of the show from the onset of the movie was Thanos. This was his story from the get-go and it continued to play out almost as if it was in a first-person narrative from his point of view for the remainder of the film. The Mad Titan is easily the best villain that Marvel has ever put on a screen for us. He is malevolent, motivated, and unstoppable in every sense of the word. His arc is the perfect example of “everyone is the hero of their own story”. He genuinely believes that what he is doing is what is right. Even if what he is doing is literally genocide for the sake of balance in the world.

The culmination of ten years is not without flaws. The Black Order, Thanos’ most loyal followers, fell far too easily and soon. Some of the dialogue was shaky. Some of the jokes that have now become a staple of Marvel films don’t land. It’s the reality with this kind of movie, but it’s a lot better here than in other films.

Wakanda

About halfway through the movie, I had decided that it was going to be around an 8/10. Everything changed with the beginning of the final battle sequence, set in Black Panther’s Wakanda. From stunning visuals to WOW some of the coolest battle sequences in Marvel history, you will not even want to blink for fear that you’ll miss something. All of the action is done well, but this battle in particular was just outstanding.

Spiderman

I knew that Infinity War would be fairly brutal going in. I fully expected a major death (I expected Cap to be the one to fall), but instead we got sheer brutality at the sight of some of our favorite characters simply turning to dust before our very eyes. Obviously, we know that not all of these vanishings are not permanent, because a lot of the disappeared heroes have sequels to star in next year or the year after, but it still hit hard when Peter Parker/Spider-Man (objectively the best superhero of all time tbh) faded away from Tony Stark’s very arms. It almost elicited tears from me. Almost.

This is a must-see for any Marvel fan. It’s what we’ve been waiting ten years for and for me personally, it’s what I have been waiting for Marvel to be. Don’t waste any more time, go see it this weekend… and then go see it again.

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