The 19th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has everything you come to expect from the wildly successful franchise. That is, everything but real danger. Sure, the MCU heroes have faced countless threats over the last 10 years, but did you ever think that your favourite hero was ever truly in danger? They most certainly are in Avengers: Infinity War.
Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, Infinity War tells the story of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy’s mission to stop supervillain Thanos. Thanos is hellbent on collecting the six Infinity stones and using them to destroy half the galaxy.
Apparently, …3, 4, 5, 6… is not a Crowd
One of the largest challenges faced by writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus is allowing for each character a meaningful part to play in Infinity War. It would have been easy for them to have a couple main heroes carry the film, but what fun would that have been?
McFeely and Markus deftly juggled numerous story threads and heroes in such a way that nearly every character receives a significant story arc without the film feeling crowded. The result is a film that will actually give you the feels; a roller coaster ride of emotions as it were.
Purple CGI Bad Guy
Some critics were not impressed with Infinity War’s supervillain, Thanos (Josh Brolin), being brought to life with CGI. Their argument is a truly fear-inducing big bad needs to look, well, real. Looking slightly unreal works for a hero—perfect lines and shiny—but not so much for a villain whose imperfections make the character.
Of course, Thanos is no ordinary villain, particularly in the MCU. If there is one major complaint about the MCU it’s that their villains have a tendency to be cookie cutter. Brolin’s Thanos breaks the mold in Infinity War. In a strange way, he is almost a sympathetic character. Yes, he is out to destroy life as we know it, but he believes his actions are noble. A villain with some nuance, how about that?
Arrogance as Superpower
As grave as Infinity War’s premise is, this film turns the comedic flair the MCU has been known for up to 11. Sequences between Star-Lord and Thor, as well as, Doctor Strange and Tony Stark are some of the funniest scenes you will ever see in the MCU.
It’s easy for a film with a large cast to have characters lose what makes them who they are. However, Avengers: Infinity War heroes never lose their identity much to the credit of all involved in the film.
Avengers: Infinity War… The Musical?
Music makes a film as much as excellent dialogue and genuine character development. An excellent score stands on its own merits and tells a story on its own. The Infinity War score does just that.
Alan Silvestri’s (Ready Player One, Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger) score is a character unto itself, expertly moving the story along and providing a dramatic punch. Silvestri recently told Byron Burton of the Hollywood Reporter that Infinity War was unlike, “anything [he’d] done before, especially in regard to the approach and balancing quick shifts in tone.” And there are certainly from quick shifts in this film from intense emotional scenes to action packed humour filled ones.
Final Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War is tremendously darker than any of the previous entries in the MCU, maybe even shockingly so. It isn’t like the MCU was getting stale, but Infinity War gives MCU fans a reason to keep coming back. DC, are you listening?
Now, knowing comic books as we do, nothing is ever truly permanent (the post-credit scene suggests that lack of permanence). Remember, some of these characters are hugely popular and that means trucks full of cash for film executives and awesome, mind-blowing entertainment for the comic-film loving masses. But still, Avengers: Infinity War, wow.
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