Avengers: Infinity War Will Break Your Heart & Put It Back Together
#ThanosDemandsYourSilence—no spoilers here
It’s been ten years since Tony Stark welcomed us to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man. That means that Marvel Studios has had an entire decade to carefully weave a web of backstories, complications and a power so infinite it could destroy the universe. Ten years is a long time and yesterday, local cinemas finally showcased its culmination: Avengers: Infinity War.
Thanos, first teased to a screaming audience at the end credits of The Avengers, is finally front and center. His goal is to wipe out half of the universe and restore balance to it—but he needs to get through Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to do it.
Avengers: Infinity War is not the kind of movie that you can walk into without any knowledge on the MCU. It depends greatly on previous movies, particularly its predecessors, as well as Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War. And even if you know the MCU like the back of your hand, you will have trouble catching up.
Anthony and Joe Russo knew they had enough material for three movies and that their challenge was to tell all these stories in a 2-hour and 40-minute window. The good news is that they do so impeccably; the bad news is that the audience is left in awe, shock and complete (di)stress.
Every single movie has moments that its audience forgets about almost as quickly as they leave the cinema, but Infinity War has none of that. You’re quickly taken from Thanos’ interrogation of Thor and Loki to the Hulk crashing down on Earth to Doctor Strange appearing in front of Tony to the kicking in of Peter Parker’s Spidey Sense to the first attack in New York—and that’s just a third of the cast within the first fifteen minutes.
The Avengers all have their time to shine, it’s clear what each of them prioritize and they’ve all grown up some since Civil War. You can see it in their faces and you can hear it in the way they speak with each other and put things behind them. They know what Thanos is capable of; they know it will take a fleet to disarm him.
Do not, however, think for a second that Marvel Studios has lost its charm and gone full-on on the action. Comedy and drama still play a big part in what makes Infinity War such an amazing film to see unfold. And what’s great is that they’re perfectly placed in scenes that give every audience member a moment to take it all in.
And like it has shown us before, the MCU once again proves what a master it is at telling the story of a villain. There are two sides to every story, and while we’re only given a few minutes to understand Thanos, the scenes are effective and make their impact. The gauntlet-wearing universe-destroyer quite oddly becomes a figure you can—or wish you could—relate to.
Piece of advice? Skip the crunchy snacks and large drinks; you won’t want to miss a word of Avengers: Infinity War.
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