Review – Avengers: Infinity War (spoiler free)


Poster for “Avengers: Infinity War”. Photo credit to IMDb

Nicholas Silva, Layout Editor

Where will you be when it all ends? This phrase donned the promotional material of the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Avengers: Infinity War”. The movie starts right where “Thor Ragnarok” from last November left off. Any dedicated fans that watched that movie to the bitter end saw that in the traditional post-credits scene, Thor and Loki saw the behemoth flagship of the ‘Mad Titan’ Thanos approaching their refugee barge. “Infinity War” shows the aftermath of this encounter.

Throughout the movie, Thanos –who many people remarked looks like a purple Homer Simpson- seeks the six powerful Infinity Stones which have been, either directly or indirectly, mentioned or featured in the previous movies. In the way of Thanos’ conquest are the earth’s mightiest heroes, the Avengers. Joining them were almost every other hero, and even a few villains, from the last ten years of the MCU. The only absences were Hawkeye, the Ant-Man, and the Wasp. This is likely to continue Hawkeye’s story arc, leaving him to raise his family, and to leave the slate open for “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, which is coming out July 6.

In many ways, “Infinity War” was “The Last Jedi” of the MCU. Both movies introduced change in their respective storylines. While “The Last Jedi” looked away from its universe’s past, “Infinity War” put the heroes in an unusually vulnerable position, facing a foe which is noted to be the most powerful being in the universe.

The movie, which broke tons of box office records with its $1 billion dollar opening week, was truly an excellent film. While some parts did seem rushed due to the vast number of characters being followed and developed, this is understandable and did not detract from the film all that much.  For most of the movie, there were at least three different groups that were being followed, not to mention Thanos.

In a way that Marvel generally rises beyond other movies, “Infinity War” had an extremely well developed and executed villain. Thanos is portrayed as believing that the only way to save the universe is to massacre half of the entire population. This sentiment is shown to be based on his past experiences.  He is also shown to have emotion, and even has difficulty carrying out his plan at various times in the movie which is unusual for a major film’s villain. However, he is the big bad villain, and ultimately does not let anything stand in his way.

The past two films in the MCU have been overly comical, perhaps to add a bit of happiness before the storm because -despite the few instances of comic relief- “Infinity War” was a very heavy movie that will undoubtedly change the face of the MCU forever, regardless of how the yet unnamed “Infinity War Part Two” turns out.

So, despite a few very minor issues, “Avengers: Infinity War” was an excellent movie, with great characters and a well-developed story, and it is worth sitting through its two and a half hour duration to see.