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The Avengers: Infinity War

It’s pretty hilarious to think that 6 short years ago, the biggest question facing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 

The Marvel Cast combines the originals from the first film like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Black Widow with Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch and more!

was whether or not the Avengers could share the screen together to form a cohesive, entertaining narrative. Now, as one of the most popular and lucrative franchises in cinematic history, “Avengers” has become synonymous with success. With Marvel constantly expanding, more and more characters are being introduced, and the filmmakers are forced to incorporate all of them. The most recent convergence of all of the varying plotlines was AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, and despite my many reservations and growing sense of superhero fatigue, the film was a rollicking, action-packed, often hilarious and surprisingly emotional blockbuster.

Picking up immediately where the post-credits scene in THOR: RAGNAROK left off, the deadly Thanos (Josh Brolin) has boarded a ship carrying Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and the remaining living inhabitants of Asgard. The murderous ruler is on a quest to collect all 5 of the infinity stones so he can annihilate half of the galaxy’s inhabitants. If you think, after reading that last sentence, that a major plotline in this installment of AVENGERS is genocide, then I’ve got news for you … You are absolutely correct. And, as a result, absolutely no one on the screen is safe.

If you haven’t seen INFINITY WAR yet, and have somehow avoided spoilers, then consider yourself lucky. Though most films in the genre are fairly predictable, the same cannot be said for this chapter. To say much more would give away what you’ve successfully steered clear of, and I’m not here to burst that bubble. Just keep in mind, with so many characters involved in a litany of bombastic action sequences, there is plenty of brutality along the way. These sequences are both intense and awe-inspiring, with many of the most recognizable names and faces in the marvel catalogue sharing the screen and working together to defeat a common foe.

Not just your average bad guy…Thanos(Josh Brolin) is a contemplative, philosophical, and complicated killer.

Aside from the Avengers who have been around since the first film, like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor, Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Banner, and Loki, there are plenty of others who have now joined their illustrious ranks. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are now in the mix, as are the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.) Each one of these entities brings something unique to the table, and are utilized well. I was absolutely shocked that directors Anthony and Joe Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were able to bring 40 characters together to form a gripping story that boasted the best of what Marvel has to offer.

Of all of the engaging characters in INFINITY WAR, it is Brolin as Thanos that really binds the whole production together. Sure, the moments with Iron Man and Spider-Man are great, and the dynamic between Hemsworth and Pratt alone is worth the price of admission, but Thanos is the key to INFINITY WAR. Don’t let the purple skin and massive frame fool you, he is a contemplative, philosophical, and complicated killer. Calm and collected in the face of any situation, Brolin helps instill an air of fear and discomfort without coming off as cartoonish. This, perhaps, is the most unexpected aspect of the entire film. Upon first glance, he gives the impression of your typical, over-the-top badguy, yet he is the most complex individual on the screen.

Infinity War brings together 40 characters to form a gripping story that boasts the best of what Marvel has to offer.

As flabbergasted as I am to admit, the future of Marvel seems extremely promising. Thanks to a mind-blowing finale, there are more questions than answers as to the direction of the Universe. This lends to an air of excitement that, for me, has been lacking for a while, and ensures that the AVENGERS are set to soar once again. 

If you missed this film, or any movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen, Regal Cinemas at Destiny USA will be showing each installment in IMAX beginning on August 30, and ending on September 6, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the MCU. The viewing schedule is available online at www.REGmovies.com

Brian Miller
Film Critic
Based out of Central New York, Brian Miller is a film critic who works in television, radio, and print. Providing passionate and energetic takes on every movie he sees, he looks for the best in a movie, not the worst.