Ten years and seventeen major motion pictures have all lead to this moment- well, sixteen movies, but I will get to that. Avengers: Infinity War is the culminating moment that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been leading to. Sitting in the theatre waiting for the show to begin you can feel the anticipation of something major. This is a film none of us could have imagined ten years ago, but it happened.
One of the significant concerns with this huge undertaking was how well they could incorporate so many big name actors. Not only does Avengers feature all the great superheroes, it also showcases a slew of the greatest talent Hollywood has to offer today. For the most part, I was not disappointed. Every star and every character had their opportunity to shine. They were all there, and they were all on point.
I mentioned that one MCU film was unnecessary in the lead up to Infinity War. Honestly, this bugs me more than it should, but where the heck was Ant-Man? Not only was Ant-Man a brilliant film on its own; or is he an integral character to the Avenger books, but, Paul Rudd is amazing. So, why? Why couldn’t we have Giant Man here to help save the universe? It makes no sense, especially with his own film upcoming. Also, Hawkeye was missing, but not much is lost. They tried to make Clint important in the last Avengers and it simply did not work.
Alright, with all of that said, how was the movie?
It was everything you could hope for. A movie like none you have ever seen before. It truly feels like everything that we have invested into this franchise has lead to this moment. Gods, monsters, and men collide in unbelievable settings. Childhood heroes fight for their lives and it is like watching everything you’ve dreamt about while reading comics for decades.
What was important to me was that this was not some throw together. While all these characters and actors are great, what would be the point if there was no story. However, they deliver and the central character is exactly who it needs to be. Hint: it’s not Tony Stark for once. This is a movie about love, family and sacrifice and even with all the big budget fights and explosions, it’s kind of a beautiful tale.
I really do not want to spoil anything so I will wrap this up. Right after a few quick notes:
Dr. Strange is handled brilliantly.
I will watch anything with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Seriously, where was Ant Man?
Thank goodness Spider-Man is in the MCU, and Tom Holland is the greatest Spidey ever. Period.
Finally, there has been tonnes of chatter about who dies in this film. I’m not going to ruin it, but a question to ask if you have yet to watch it is: who dies twice?
I ate the film up like the best pb and j I have ever made. It really satisfies all your needs and wants and still gives you more. I cannot wait to watch it again, and I cannot wait to see my children’s expressions as they see something truly magical.