Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Here is the big one.

Avengers: Infinity War, what Marvel Studios has been building toward for 19 movies.  Everything led to this point and it surely did not disappoint.  It was my number one movie of last year.

I did not expect that the film would go where it went, leaving us all wondering what is going to happen when Avengers: Endgame premieres this week.  So many questions brought up by this movie and so much emotion.

I’ve heard people claim that you cannot watch Infinity War without seeing the previous movies in the franchise.  I am not sure I totally agree with that, but, if you have seen these other movies, your experiences is considerably deeper than it would be without.  That is 100% for sure.

Avengers: Infinity War expects you to know who most of these characters are and to know why they do things, because there are so many things that are happening, they do not have time to recap it all.  It feels very much like the old giant events that would happen in comics such as The Infinity Gauntlet or Secret Wars.  They are telling you a story with characters that you already care about.  Just because this is unprecedented in Hollywood does not mean it is a bad thing. I expect the same type of situation for Endgame.

I also get tired of the “no stakes” and “fake deaths” cries.  Characters come back from the dead all the time in comics.  That is part of the genre.  I hear one online personality in particular complain about Marvel always pulling the fake deaths and I get so tired of hearing him run his mouth.  Especially when he does not complain when the same thing happens in other comic book movies.  Coming back from the dead is a staple of the genre and will happen.  Having said that, who knows what Endgame is going to do with the dusted characters.

Infinity War is so great.  Every character has his/her moment.  I’ve seen people complain about a lack of Captain America and some of the other original Avengers, but it is clear that they are getting their due in Endgame.  Even still, we get some awesome moments from them.  Cap catching Thanos’s hand is just a boss move.

Thanos is unbelievable.  I literally did not think of him as a CGI character until late in the film.  The CGI on Thanos is so amazing that I am very insulted that Marvel Studios did not win an Oscar for it.  Josh Brolin brought that character to life and he is truly the main character of Infinity War.

The whole Hulk/Bruce Banner story arc is fascinating too.  I am anxious to see where this goes from here.

Avengers: Infinity War is epic.  It spans the universe and takes us on a trip that gives us remarkable emotional stakes and pays off 19 movies in 10 years with shocks and surprises.  Anyone who tells you they know how this is going to end is just lying or a d-bag.

This is my favorite Marvel Studios movie… for at least another three days .

 

paragon

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