Where to begin? 10 years of Marvel movie storytelling has brought us to this point. Comic book fans around the world have been somewhat patiently waiting for this story to grace the big screen ever since Thanos (the man behind the curtain) was teased in the first Avengers film more than 5 years ago. And let me just say Avengers: Infinity Wars did not disappoint.
I was completely enthralled for the entire 2.5+ hour run time. To the point where I feel kinda bad for my girlfriend who accompanied me to the pre-screening because I’m pretty sure I had a death grip on her hand more than once due to shear anxiety about what was happening on screen.
As a lifelong comic and superhero fan I cannot express how great it is to see a crossover event of this caliber on the big screen. Especially considering we finally get to see one of Marvel comics biggest baddies on film.
From the second I saw Thanos on screen in full armor I was hooked and to make it even better he had fantastic character development over the course of the film. He doesn’t suffer from the traditional one dimensional villain problem that has plagued marvel movies from the beginning.
He’s not evil for the sake of being evil. It’s shown throughout the film that he truly believes that what he’s doing is the best possible thing for the universe and he’s not afraid to make it happen.
The risks are finally REAL, which is huge for a Marvel movie. For too long even when shit is hitting the fan in Marvel movies everything still feels mostly safe, Avengers: Infinity War finally shakes that up.
One thing I would like to emphasize about this film is that it is bringing together 10 years of characters and stories on a scale we’ve not seen. It will probably not make total sense if you have not seen most, if not all, of the previous Marvel movies.
One of my biggest gripes was that Infinity War starts up immediately following a post credit scene from Thor: Ragnarok. This was not hard for me to pick up on and follow but I could see how it may be confusing for a casual fan.
Another thing to note is that in bringing together such a huge roster of characters and locations this film jumps around A LOT and your favorite character(s) probably won’t have as much screen time as you’re hoping for.
Though I did feel that the Russo brothers did a fantastic job balancing most of the characters and subplots within the film. I’ve always enjoyed their work as directors on previous Marvel films and had faith they would do a good job with this one.
One thing that really stood out to me in this film, that I thought was a really cool thing to do, was as the film focuses on different characters and groups the tone of the film changes a bit. It’s kinda hard for me to put into words but when the focus changes to different characters there’s a clear tonal change to make it feel a bit like the movies they are from. The best example for this is when we’re introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy there’s an immediate tonal shift and it starts to feel like a Guardians movie.
There’s so much more I could keep talking about but in an effort to remain spoiled free and as vague as possible, just because this movie means so much to so many different people, I feel like I should cut myself off here.
You should definitely go see this movie and then you should go see it again. Avengers: Infinity War hits the ground running and does not let up until the credits roll 2.5 hours later.
Ok so I know I said I wasn’t going to say anymore but I gotta talk about one other thing because I fangirled pretty hard over this. VAGUE SPOILER INCOMING (also it’s only a spoiler if you’re knowledgeable on comic lore). I finally got to see my favorite Spider-Man costume on the big screen (insert potentially startling my girlfriend by getting a little too giddy and trying to quietly express my excitement in a crowded theater here). This is all that I’ve been hoping for since we first learned that Spider-Man and Iron Man were teaming up in Spider-Man: Homecoming and it was just as awesome as I thought it would be.
Avengers: Infinity Wars comes to theaters April 27, 2018. Buy your tickets now as the shows are sure to sell out quickly!!!
We received media passes to preview Avengers: Infinity War. All thoughts and opinions are our own.