It took ten years, but Thanos has finally arrived to deliver our favorite superheroes the fade in a Marvel film. Marvel fans’ anxiety levels have been on a high, as they wondered if directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo could deliver the goods. We are happy to report they did and then some.
Avengers: Infinity War is as epic as predicted and what you’d expect from a movie featuring all of Marvel Studios’ titular characters. To bring everyone up to speed quickly, Infinity War is a culmination of all of the Marvel films leading up to the epic showdown with the Mad Titan (Thanos) and his quest for the precious and powerful Infinity Stones. There is no need for character building in this film because fans already know what’s at stake and are well acquainted with all of the players except one–Thanos, and his loyal dangerous disciples.
With the plotline already set up, it allows the Russo Brothers to jump into the story immediately and pick right up where Thor: Ragnarok left off. A movie as massive as Avengers: Infinity War could be confusing, as there are countless stories to be told thanks to so many dynamic characters. The duo masterfully finds a way to keep your interest piqued in each character’s quest as they all lead to the climactic showdown with the feared Marvel villain.
Each character— from Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) down to Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)— has their moment to shine, and they took every on-screen opportunity to wow moviegoers. Their on-screen chemistry was also on point, helping to deliver well-timed comedic moments despite the disastrous circumstances around them. But, it’s the sense of fear all of the heroes convey that we have not seen in previous films, as they learn that this battle has dire consequences. The fears of the superheroes manage to rub off on audiences. But honestly, the star of this movie isn’t the Earth’s mightiest heroes— but the universe’s greatest threat.
Josh Brolin is masterful as Thanos… Move over, Killmonger, Loki, and Hela.
Josh Brolin is masterful as Thanos. After watching Infinity War, the argument could be made easily that he is one of, if not the greatest MCU villain ever. Move over Killmonger, Loki, and Hela. Brolin’s voice gives the CGI enhanced character much-needed life, and there are even moments when viewers can honestly feel empathy for the villain on his conquest to vanquish everyone. There were times when Thanos was just as sad as he was hell-bent on wiping out the world with the snap of his fingers.
Avengers: Infinity War manages to carry on the consequential feeling that Ryan Coogler did for Black Panther so effortlessly. The two-hour, 40-minute epic is exhausting, but that by no means is a bad thing because it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. The film’s climactic battle in the beautiful fictional world of Wakanda will leave you speechless.
Once the film ended, there was a wave of silence that, as an avid Marvel movie watcher, I’d never experienced. This isn’t just a colorful comic book movie. This is an experience, and it will require a lot of processing after viewing. Make no mistake, Avengers: Infinity War was worth the ten-year wait and it’s the Avengers movie fans have been clamoring for. Hell, some fan reactions that hit Twitter early this week can attest to that.
Where the movie belongs in the pantheon of Marvel’s cinematic gems is up to each viewer. But this film deserves to be in the equation, without a doubt.
Oh, and don’t be that person who leaves when the movie is over— you will be rewarded for sitting through those credits.
The final verdict? Masterful.