Avengers Infinity War

By: Daniel Chen

Avengers Infinity War is one of the highest grossing worldwide film openings since 2002, making $640,521,291 in its opening weekend. With a three hour running time, this movie assembles the world’s strongest heroes together, piecing together various movie universes such as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Thanos, who ranks among the best villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) alongside Killmonger, Loki, Ultron, etc. The past decade of MCU movies, Captain America: Civil War and Age of Ultron to name a few, have been leading up to this blockbuster, as character focused MCU movies such as Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man Homecoming not only provide the puzzle pieces necessary to understand Infinity War, but also give each superhero in the movie significance. Everything from the MCU world coming together with so many superheroes in a multitude of action scenes filled with epic fights will make the 12 year old inside of you jump up, down, and all over the seat with excitement.

One thing that makes this movie interesting is the grouping of all the characters and the characters as a whole. Who knew that the Guardians of the Galaxy meeting Thor was going to open the movie, and who knew how hilarious it would be (God bless you, Chris Pratt)? All of the pairings complement and help to provide more roles for all the heroes, and personally, I just love it when so many squeal-inducing superheroes come together to become this huge alliance in order to take down Thanos on Planet Titan and then Wakanda. As I’ve said, all characters are played incredibly well and are all amazing mainly due to the fact that a decade’s worth of movies was devoted to them. Therefore, this movie set up Thanos’ character rather than any of our heroes. This made Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, not only the biggest, baddest character of the Marvel world who will make you shake and wonder what he’ll do next, but also a really unique character with more of a back story than your classic villain gets.

Character continuity is also preached in this movie. For example, Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., is still trying to balance his superhero life with his normal life spent with Pepper Potts. Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, describes his grief and pain to Rocket Raccoon seemingly picking up from where Thor: Ragnarok ended off. Even Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, although with a new look and new beard, but not Captain America, still strives to do the right thing at all times. Peter Parker is still a naive teenager, but very funny and lovable and with a new metal suit. Everything fits in an understandable timeline and the combination of all your favorite heroes makes this movie one of the best ever.

Infinity War is also good in that it is not afraid to pull punches. The movie starts off with the murder of two important characters from the set of Thor: Ragnarok, Heimdall and Loki. Maybe parents should consider leaving their underaged kids at home as Thanos basically chokes the life out of Loki right in front of Thor. The Avengers does well in subverting expectations and it surprised a lot of people on how it ended. Most of the people coming out of the cinema could be seen crying, but after recovering, many are excited for the sequel as Marvel unobtrusively hints at during the introduction of Captain Marvel. Overall, Avengers: Infinity War deserved all the hype it got and was personally one of my favorite movies of all time.