Infinity war released on 27 April, 2018. It serves as the first part of the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. It begins right on the heels of where Thor: Ragnorok left off and doesn’t stop till the emotional roller coaster is over.

It was excellent and I loved it

What I liked

There was so much going for this movie that it is hard to know where to begin. Thor’s arc during the movie is the most complete and compelling of everyone present, outside of Thanos himself. The emotional impact of Thor losing everyone he ever cared about to Thanos at the beginning was heart wrenching. (The absence of Lady Sif not withstanding) Watching him regain his composure, obtain his new weapon, be an absolute beast in the final battle, and finally taking a small revenge against Thanos was truly satisfying to watch. If it wasn’t for the fact that this movie is really Thanos’ proper introduction to the series one could almost call this the 4th Thor movie.

Speaking of Thanos, prior to this movie we have not seen Thanos doing anything for himself. He just sat in his chair and gave orders. Sending out his cronies to do his bidding. Those days are gone. Yes he still has flunkies, but man… does he do more than his fair share of butt kicking. He takes on and takes out nearly all of the heavy hitters the Avengers can muster at one point or another. On top of that there is the moral argument his presence in these movies is asking. Yes, it is without a doubt evil that Thanos wants to kill fully half of the universe off, he is doing it so the other half of the universe can live on in peace and plenty. Some might argue that his goals are benevolent and acting for the greatest good for the greatest amount of people. And unlike most villains, Thanos isn’t asking that the price of his ambition be paid wholly by others. He himself must pay a price as well. The Soul Stone can only be received by paying for it with the life of the only person he ever loved. Don’t get me wrong, the dude is definitely evil, but he is also complex. I found him to be a very satisfactory villain.

The battle with Thanos on titan was probably the most visually stunning moment of the film and likely the longest single battle in the movie. Doctor Strange, Drax, Iron Man, Starlord, Spiderman, and Mantis engage Thanos with the goal of removing the gauntlet from his hand. They nearly succeeded, but due to the rabid stupidity of Nebula and Starlord they end up failing. Iron Man is critically wounded, and Doctor Strange trades the Time Stone for Tony’s life. Most likely setting in motion the 1:14000605 scenarios he had glimpsed prior to the fight.

When it was all said and done. Thanos accomplished his goal. He issued his now-famous snap and half the population of the universe was reduced to ash. Out of all the heroes that went into this movie, only 13 survived (Counting Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man). The movie ended on a bitter and hopeless note. Absolutely perfect for the halfway point of the story, and a perfect set up for End Game.

What I didn’t Like

Flat out there were too many characters in this movie. Yeah it was pretty awesome getting them all together, but because of the sheer volume of characters some characters were relegated to the background and didn’t have much to say or do.

I love me some Chris Pratt, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that Starlord through the entire movie was a complete moron. We first see him when the Guardians come across the wreckage of the Asguardian ship and find Thor floating in space. Peter Quill immediately becomes jealous of Thor and attempts to emulate him for comedic effect, but it comes off as stupid and pandering. From there it goes from bad to worse. When fighting Thanos, Doctor Strange and crew had Thanos completely subdued. The gauntlet was nearly off his hand. A few more seconds and they would have won, but Starlord had to go and open his mouth. Granted you could argue that Strange could have just cut off Thanos’s arm with one of those portals like he did the other guy earlier in the movie but eh… I blame StarLord.

The Hulk loses to Thanos pretty early in the movie, and from that moment on Banner is unable to transform. This isn’t explained or built upon. It just happens. Banner fights in the Hulk-Buster armor for the rest of the movie because reasons.

Summery

88/100

Despite the failings of one character, this movie was intense to watch. Seeing as beloved characters were dying from the first seconds of the movie (RIP Loki) it was pretty stressful worrying about who else would die. At the climax of the Titan battle Tony is stabbed in the stomach with a scrap of metal. My wife, who was watching the movie with me, nearly sobbed in anguish. I remember thinking, that if Iron man can die, literally no one is safe in this movie and that was a cool feeling.

 

Side notes

I don’t care what anyone says. The fact that Scarlet Witch was able to take on a 5/6 infinity stone powered Thanos with one hand while she destroyed the 6th stone (and her lover) with the other just goes to show you how absolutely powerful and bad-ass she is

Marvel really undercut the emotional weight of all these characters dying by having Spiderman: Far From Home being announced before Infinity war even released. The same thing happened with talks of a second and third Black Panther movie in the works. Instead of being filled with dread or wondering what are heroes are going to do, everyone leaped to the core situation of the next movie. ‘How are they going to undo the snap’, because obviously that is they are going to have to do.

 

Overall Rankings within the MCU

  1. Captain Marvel, 2019, 94/100
  2. Avengers: Infinity War, 2018, 88/100
  3. Ant-Man and the Wasp, 2018, 79/100
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