10 years of the MCU so far culminates in Infinity War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, following Thanos in his efforts to collect the infinity stones and ‘restore balance to the universe’, while The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers try with all their might to stop him, the film stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olson, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cuberbatch, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle,
Infinity War is just about as ambitious as it comes in terms of scope and scale for a comic book film, Marvel has thrown in just about everything in their universe so far into the story which necessitates that because of Thanos and the threat he poses, we got a taster for this ensemble story with Civil War and this seems like a logical follow up. It’s a dream of many Marvel fans to see their favourite characters finally meet and interact because at the end of the day – these beloved characters just hanging out with each other is half of the reason why we keep going to the movies to watch them and seeing characters meet like Spiderman and Dr Strange, Star Lord and Iron Man and so forth was a lot of fun.
It must have been a monumental task for the Russos to juggle such a massive cast but they do it with experience and poise, not letting too many characters have too much screen time or dominating the story – Thanos if anything has the most screen time and naturally is the centre piece and is a brilliant villain, arguably the best the MCU has to offer full stop, with Josh Brolin bringing an almost human quality to a villain that up to this point we’ve had zero empathy whatsoever for. That being said, not everyone gets a lot of screen time – naturally because there’s just such a finite amount of time and so many characters but a lot of characters do get interesting story arcs, some redemptive, some rather well, depressing, with a very melancholic through line and overall theme to the story as it goes along. Marvel still keeps up its reputation with sprinkling of well done humour throughout though, keeping things funny and enjoyable, despite a pretty dark story.
The story follows the Infinity War plot from the comics loosely, with a lot less characters of course due to Fox having the X-Men for now and Marvel not having the rights to all of their characters but I like what the Russos did with what they had, making for fantastical set pieces and uses of the infinity stones at Thanos hand, I absolutely loved seeing certain characters take him on, with some of the most inventive set pieces I’ve see in any Marvel film to date. And the low points – I’m talking about emotional points (no spoilers) not bad parts of the film, they are there and they are gut wrenching but I do feel like some events were a bit rushed, again this could be due to time constraints and not wanting the film to be too bleak but I didn’t get hit quite as emotionally hard as I did for points in Civil War.
That and not quite seeing certain characters meet with other certain characters were my two biggest gripes but in the grand scheme of things, they are very minor and don’t really take away that much from an otherwise excellently put together film that manages to balance such a huge cast of characters and an incredibly big and important story. Marvel didn’t have all the tools to use but they still did a damn good job and Infinity War is easily one of the best films in the MCU, it may be quite a few fans favourite and that wouldn’t surprise me. What comes next well, we’ll have to wait and see but I’m excited to see how Marvel follows this one up.
. Great juggling of the wide cast, characters get fair amount of screen time
. Excellent set pieces and action
. Some emotional points felt a bit rushed
. Thanos played brilliantly by Josh Brolin