Spoiler Warning for those of you who have yet to see the film
Recently, I watched Avengers: Infinity War, and HOLY SH*T! THIS MOVIE HAS ME SHOOK! I was trembling by the end after seeing all the characters that died. So, let’s dive right into Avengers: Infinity War.
The movie primarily is split up into three side quests. On Earth, we’ve got Bruce, Steve, Black Widow, Sam, Rhodey, Black Panther, Bucky, and Wanda all trying to protect the Mind Stone embedded in Vision’s forehead; and then we’ve also got Tony, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis devising a plan to battle it out with Thanos himself; meanwhile, Thor heads to Nidavellir with Rocket and Groot in order to retrieve a new weapon. As all these characters go on their separate journeys, you can feel the urgency that the characters are feeling as they rush to stop Thanos from collecting all six Infinity Stones. The movie even manages to retain its signature humor in order to lighten the mood during some of the heavier moments.
As for the deaths....I mean, we all knew characters would be killed off and all, but they still hit me hard. There were some deaths I saw coming from the get go, more specifically Gamora’s and Vision’s. But then there’s the end when several characters turn to dust. Black Panther, Bucky, Falcon, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, and the remaining Guardians of the Galaxy except for Rocket all disintegrated at the end at the snap of Thanos’ fingers. Much like most other Marvel fans, I was especially heartbroken at Spidey’s death. The way he begs not to go before fading away was just so difficult to get through for me, not only because he’s always been my favorite Marvel character, but also because it just pulled at my heartstrings that hard. Man, this movie really packed a punch, much like Thanos himself.
What I Liked
As mentioned before, I enjoy that even though the stakes are this high, the characters are still able to have moments of levity in between. We’ve got characters like Star-Lord, Spider-Man, and Iron Man delivering the usual quips, Drax and Mantis being funny as always with their appearances, and even the scenes with Thor going on his side quest with Rocket and Groot was entertaining. When it comes to comedy, other writers should look to media like this (along with other MCU movies) to learn how to balance good humor with high stakes.
I also liked Thanos’ portrayal here. He’s one of those villains who sees themself as the good guy, and it really works in this movie. His motivation is what mostly drives the plot here as our heroes scramble to protect all the Infinity Stones from him. He’s definitely one of my top three favorite MCU villains.
And as usual, the way the movie reminds us of previous events feels organic. Since Bruce and Thor have been gone from Earth since Age of Ultron, their absence allows for slight recaps of what’s been going on since then. It’s just one of those other nice little touches that I’ve come to appreciate about the franchise. Any reminders to previous films aren’t just info dumps; that information is only brought up when necessary before moving on with the story at hand.
What I Didn’t Like
I don’t really have much to complain about with this movie. Any complaints I do have are just minor gripes that otherwise have no bearing on my enjoyment of the movie.
Overall, Infinity War was a fantastic movie and I can’t wait to see how Marvel will conclude the story next year in Avengers 4.
- Story/Plot: 9/10
- Characters: 10/10
- Themes/Lessons: 9/10