Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Pictures proudly present Avengers: Infinity War. The nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe finds the heroes we’ve come to know and love, taking on the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin) before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Thanos is on a mission to retrieve the five remaining Infinity Stones, which will grant him omnipotence. As Thanos, Brolin proves he’s a force to be reckoned with the moment he appears on screen. Brolin’s portrayal of Thanos is my second favorite cinematic antagonist portrayal this year, as Brolin fully commits to the role. Thanos end goal is surprisingly relevant when it comes to thinking and talking about the staggeringly overpopulated world in which we live today. There is, as it turns out, a method to Thanos’ madness.
The Russo Brothers return to the direct their third Marvel film, and the duo’s direction is still impressive when it comes to handling an action sequence. The script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is also good. What I enjoyed most about the screenplay is Markus & McFeely’s narrative. There are several surprises in some character arcs, which I didn’t expect.
Given the scope of Avengers: Infinity War, one of my initial fears was congestion due to the number of heroes in the cast. Thankfully, the script gives all of the heroes a moment to shine. This aspect of the film was achieved by the filmmakers separating the heroes into four groups and having each deal with a separate problem.
The first group is Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). The second group is made up of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The third group is composed of the remaining Avengers, Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The final group involves some of the characters from Black Panther including Okoye, Shuri and Black Panther
With the multiple character trajectories, the decision to break down the heroes into groups proves successful. The leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) usually is confident, yet Thor “intimidates him. There’s also great chemistry between Iron Man and Doctor Strange — two geniuses in their respective field who can’t see eye to eye, yet they are forced to work together.
I do, however, have two small gripes about Infinity War. The first being the omission of two of my favorite characters (which I’m sure many will notice their absence as well). My second is having to wait a year for the next installment. When Infinity War ended, I was immediately ready for the next chapter. I gladly would have sat in the theater for another two hours to share more time with the heroes.
I highly advise potential moviegoers to avoid all spoilers, as it will take away from the enjoyment and impact of your viewing experience. Infinity War is the culmination of ten years of notable superhero films. With impressive action sequences and winning performances, it’s going to be a hard film to best, in my opinion. The Russo Brothers have made a movie which not only kicks off the 2018 summer movie season in grand fashion, but one that also changes the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
FINAL GRADE: A