'Avengers: Infinity War' delivers on a decade of build up
Well, this is it. The film that has been 10 years in the making.
It was 2008 when Iron Man came out. Robert Downey Jr. nailed the role, and, while not a perfect movie, it began the introduction. As the years progressed more characters were introduced. A lot of them via a secret mid- and/or post-credit scene. To this day, people know to stick around through the credits in a Marvel movie.
When Avengers came out in 2012, it showed just how successful the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was, and how much people wanted to see all the characters interact with each other.
Fast forward to one week ago. Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of 10 years of the MCU. From the commitment of the actors to the tireless work those behind the camera put in, this may very well have been, the most anticipated movie of all time.
Avengers: Infinity War begins right where Thor: Ragnarok left off. Thor, Loki, and a group of Asgardian refugees happen upon a large ship on their way back to Earth. Little did they know, this ship belongs to Thanos. A powerful being who wants to stop at nothing to annihilate all that get in his way. Thanos' quest is to collect all six Infinity Stones that were spread across the galaxy. Each stone represents a part of what makes the universe exist, and he who controls all six Stones, controls existence as we know it. The Infinity Stones were introduced to the MCU back with the first Avengers flick, and the subsequent films revealed more of them. Now, coming to Earth to get his hands on the remaining stones, Thanos will stop at nothing to achieve his goal, getting more powerful with each stone he obtains. Can the world's mightiest heroes, the Avengers, stop this powerful threat, or is existence doomed?
I don't think any movie is perfect, but some of them are closer than others. In the past, the MCU has treated its villains with little respect. Big named villains from the comics were nothing but an annoying bug to the heroes and never garnished the screen time they deserved. Thanos is different. Not only has he been teased since 2012, but the incredible writing and portrayal by Josh Brolin, made his character one of the most fleshed out characters we have seen to date. Of course, seeing most of the characters we have grown to love over the last decade helped make the movie memorable as well. And the hint of a new character at the post-credit scene should make you even more excited.
This movie may have been there to showcase the characters and provide us with some incredible action sequences, but it's the emotional punch that it delivers that makes the movie as great as it was. With both an opening act and a final act that that could arguably draw tears from the viewers, topped off with a cliffhanger ending that may top all cliffhanger endings in the past, Avengers: Infinity War may just be the complete package. The 150-plus-minute run time may seem too short, and the wait for the 2019 sequel, may just give us all a few grey hairs in the process.
Check it out tonight, and again, and again. In my humble opinion, the greatest superhero flick of all time, with no signs of competition any time soon. But show up early, it sells out fast!