Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. Marvel Studios capped off ten years of buildup through 18 movies with the event of a lifetime in Avengers: Infinity War. Joe and Anthony Russo have raised the bar to a completely new level, bringing a spectacle filled with emotional performances, jaw-dropping surprises, and mind-blowing action sequences.
Infinity War separates itself from the rest of the MCU when it comes to the tone, abandoning the routine light-hearted, fun vibe for a darker feel with feelings of oncoming terror. But that is not to say the movie is without it’s fair share of trademark MCU humor. Many characters get their moments to provide laughs in between moments consisting of heavy drama. All of this makes perfect sense for the film, as this is Thanos’ story as he pursues the powerful infinity stones in a mission to bring balance to the universe.
Bringing together heroes from so many massive solo franchises within their own respective storylines, writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus accomplished the seemingly impossible task of meshing together so many massive, charismatic characters into one film and still giving them their moments to shine. As expected when packing so many heroes into one movie, some characters do take a back seat compared to others. But fewer things gave me more joy than to finally see the Guardians of the Galaxy finally interact with the Avengers characters for the first time. Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, and Paul Bettany are all notable performances as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Gamora, and Vision.
The standout performance of the entire film, without a doubt, goes to Josh Brolin in his motion capture role as the Mad Titan, Thanos. Finally making his long awaited arrival since his post-credits appearance in Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012, Thanos succeeded expectations with his terrifying, yet emotionally relatable portrayal of such a Shakespearean character. More the protagonist of the movie rather than an antagonist, Thanos’ journey is the center of the entire plot line, with his acquiring of the infinity stones dominating most of the screen time. As menacing as he is throughout the film, Brolin brings a humanity to the character that is unlike any Marvel villain before him, and that is carried by his powerful scenes with his adopted daughter, Gamora.
The aftermath of the events of Infinity War will undoubtedly leave you emotionally puzzled, as there are consequences to certain actions that have massive stakes at hand that will alter the shape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know from here going forward. This is something we should be feeling after ten years of buildup. Anything less would feel it like an underwhelming movie. But if you stuck around for the post-credits scene (which you should’ve), you know there is a key element going forward that definitely will help anticipation for Avengers 4 which comes out next May.
The Russo Bros. have truly created something special with Avengers: Infinity War. As it dominates the box office all around the world, the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows that it is stronger than ever and that it still has plenty more to offer us in the years to come. With only one year to wait, anticipation will be through the roof as fans speculate and theorize how this story will be resolved. One thing is for sure, Avengers: Infinity War will be hard to top with storytelling, anticipation, and box office success all factored in.