While my blog has distinct areas of focus and associated principles, I like to leave room for movie reviews. As stated in my bio, I have a love for Science Fiction and Super Hero movies going back to childhood. This review will thus focus on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War Part One which assembles the majority of the Marvel Comics characters brought to life on the movie screen including: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, and others. The exceptions are Antman and Hawkeye which weren’t in Avengers: Infinity War Part One.
I’m going to try to write this review up without any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the Avengers Infinity War Part One yet, and I’ll facetiously start by telling James Cameron to eat his heart out. Leading up to the release of Avengers: Infinity War Part One, the legendary director of: The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic and Avatar, voiced his hope that movie goers eventually get ‘Avengers Fatigue’. I’m going to rebut Mr. Cameron by saying that I hope that we don’t get Avengers Fatigue. I’m personally having a lot of fun with the MCU’s movies, their characters, and the actors who are playing them – a run that I hope goes on for quite some time.
Now in terms of Avengers: Infinity War Part One, after seeing it twice, I’m going to do something different and focus on the movie’s villain; Thanos played by Josh Brolin. What’s fascinating about Thanos and pretty much all of the MCU’s villains is that they aren’t evil simply for the sake of being evil. There is a level of sophistication and complexity to all of them which just happen to make them the enemies of the protagonists.
Similar to Killmonger in Black Panther, while we know Thanos’s quest to obtain all six of the “Infinity Stones” is what our heroes want to stop, in a way his motivations are noble and visionary. Talk show host Tommy Sotomayor actually pointed out that the “balance” Thanos is looking to achieve in the movie has real world implications – that is it’s speculated that world leaders and governments actually do ponder population density control – something that’s in a way very scary.
While I’m still on villains, for laughs I recommend any curious readers go lookup the “How It Should Have Ended” (HISHE) series on YouTube which parodies all of the Super Hero/Science Fiction movies and gives them alternate endings. The producers actually created a spinoff called the “Villain Pub” where all of the famous villains from numerous movie franchises socialize and conspire including: Thanos, Emperor Palpatine, the Predator, the Alien, the Joker, and Voldomort, among others. All of HISHE’s parodies are very, very funny, and they recently created one for Black Panther.
Overall, I was pleased with Avengers: Infinity War Part One – the culmination of all of the MCU’s films starting 10 years ago as shown to us in the “Marvel Studios” logo at the beginning of the film. One thing that occurred to me after Avengers: Age of Ultron was that something particularly heinous might happen to Vision who up until this movie wears one of the Infinity Stones on his forehead, so I was on the lookout for that particular thread which does factor heavily into the plotline. There were also numerous other elements which surprised me.
I expected to see Steve Rogers and Tony Stark reunite and find some sort of closure following Captain America: Civil War – particularly after learning that Tony made a new prototype shield for Captain America in Spider-Man: Homecoming. With Thor, Thanos, and the Guardians of the Galaxy all being from other worlds, this movie allowed the writers to not only leave the planet earth, but also break the teams up that we were used to seeing, and then putting unfamiliar characters together side by side – something that actually worked quite well.
Based upon what I saw in the trailer for the movie, I was fooled by what actually played out on the screen. In the trailer for example, there is a scene where multiple Avengers are in Wakanda, and are sprinting (and flying) towards the screen most likely against Thanos and his minions. In the back we can see the Hulk as a part of the attack – something which he didn’t do a lot of in Avengers: Infinity War Part One. This was either a deleted scene or, it’s a scene that will appear in Avengers: Infinity War Part Two.
In terms of the next film, I’m not sure what to expect which is cool. While Thanos’s goal is alluded to throughout the movie, the ending does take you by surprise in an ominous sort of way – at least it did me, in addition to its “Easter Egg”. In addition to a new character that was hinted at in the Easter Egg, I suspect we’ll see Hawkeye, and the Antman and the Wasp in the next Avengers: Infinity War Part Two.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review. If you enjoyed this one, you may also enjoy:
• A review of Marvel’s Black Panther
• A review of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok
• A review of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming
• A review of Marvel’s Dr. Strange
• A review of DC’s Justice League
• A review of Bladerunner 2049
• A review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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