The long-awaited “culmination of everything that has come before” has finally arrived, and the movie more than lives up to its anticipation. Avengers: Infinity War is easily one of the best MCU movies. Most importantly, it tells a compelling story about death, loss, and failure that ranks up there with many of the more acclaimed comic book movies.
The movie follows the previous nineteen Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and in keeping with the tradition of a grand series finale, the movie has a sense of finality to it. The plot involves the now-defunct and separated superhero team the Avengers, the supporting characters of their individual series of movies, and the Guardians of the Galaxy being forced to unite and put aside their differences to take on an intergalactic villain named Thanos, played with intense charisma by Josh Brolin, who plans to eradicate half of all life in the universe to restore its balance.
One of the biggest strengths of Avengers: Infinity War is the epic sense that is given to the plot and story. The movie manages to balance out the massive cast of heroes and gives them a serious threat to combat, with each character being given a moment here and there to shine while Thanos is given a compelling character arc that makes you not only hate him, but also sympathize with him in many ways. It’s also a lot of fun to see characters from far removed film series interacting with each other, with some of the more memorable moments being the interactions between the Avengers team members and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike many other comic book movie sequels of the last decade, however, Infinity War thankfully avoids the tired trope of the invincible villain who is always magically one step ahead of the heroes and often serves as a philosophical foil for them too. This movie also avoids a lot of tired tropes that plague many Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, such as the established heroes being immune from any permanent deaths, or the many action scenes that are devoid of tension with the heroes and villains beating up on each other with no one seemingly injured or worse for the wear. Here, you end up fearing for the safety of many established characters like Tony Stark or Gamora, among others. The heroes also manage to land many successful blows on Thanos, showing that while he is an all-powerful villain, he’s not invincible.
Avengers: Infinity War is a masterfully made comic book movie that stands out in an arguably over-crowded field. For a series that has run as long as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War is an exciting movie that successfully builds up anticipation for the next Avengers movie, leaving us questioning where the series will go next. However, this movie will most certainly leave the audience wanting more.