10 years after its conception with 18 action-packed films released, the culmination of years of hard work put into creating a cinematic universe in order to bring the heroes together in one epic film is here. Certainly, Avengers: Infinity War is the grandest attempt by Marvel Studios.
Directed by the Russo Brothers, who also directed one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Captain America: The Winter Soldier(2014)”,Infinity War follows the story of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his mission to collect the Infinity Stones in order to bring balance to the universe – We explained what they are here “Avengers: Infinity War – Infinity Stones Explained’’. His mission takes him across all corners of the galaxy to collect the stones while coming in to contact with earth’s mightiest heroes on earth and other Avengers spread across the galaxy.
First and Foremost, the fact that we live in a time where all of this is possible is truly unique. A grand coming together of heroes adapted from a famous comic book storyline and presented to us on the big screen is surreal. But is this a solid installment?
The film picks up right after the events of Thor: Ragnarok (2017), more specifically, the post-credit scene where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his crew are intercepted by Thanos’ ship. It doesn’t take long for the “What just happened?” scenes to start appearing which this film has plenty to serve. Prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster.
Going into this, I knew the story will not always be cohesive especially for the 1st hour as the various characters acclimatize to the new situation. Balancing a story of this magnitude is the biggest challenge the film would have, as characters drift in and out of screen until we join up with them later on. This is well handled because of two factors.
The personalities we are dealing with here are established in audience’s heart. Iron Man, The Guardians, Captain America and most recently Black Panther are characters that we have come to love. Anytime the audience gets to spend time with them, it is enjoyable. Especially when the paired teams are as good as they were.
In addition, Marvel films are known for being light in tone, which allows more room for comedic banter amongst characters despite the seriousness of the event and as always the action is a plus. That said this might be the darkest film we have seen in the MCU, mainly because of the villain. Thanos certainly lives up to his name as the biggest threat in the universe.
With a supposedly finite amount of resources left in the world and a steady rise in the number of people living in it, he takes it upon himself to regulate the universe in order to bring balance to it all in the name of ‘Mercy’, by wiping out half the universe. What I liked about Thanos was his determination to achieve his goal despite the obstacles he faced. Although his methods are malevolent it made him a good villain. In addition, the CGI for the character was well done although some characters did look a tad bit off, such as Proxima Midnight, played by Carrie Coon.
But this brings to mind the main theme that stands out. Sacrifice.
Throughout, Characters have to make certain choices that lead to consequences. With the stakes so high and tougher calls been made, it made for some pretty good emotional punches that you don’t expect. I can’t get into much detail here in order to avoid spoilers. It also serves as character development for others such as Thor; he had one of the best story arcs in the film. However, the film is not without flaws. As mentioned earlier, with so much happening across the galaxy, it does get a bit jarring following all these characters.
In summary, Infinity War defines what a major comic book event should be. The scope of the film and all the characters involved would be a challenge for most filmmakers, credit to the Russo Brothers for taking up the project and delivering on this front. I couldn’t wait to see the film again and even enjoyed it more on second viewing. Word of advice if you have seen the film: