Review of Avengers: Infinity War by eric

Eric Mueser


The Marvel Cinematic Universe started in 2008 with the premier of Iron Man. After that came The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and then Avengers, which was the first large-scale sharing of characters in the MCU to round off phase one of the MCU. Phase 2 began with Iron Man 3, followed by Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant Man. Phase 3 consisted of Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and ending with Avengers: Infinity War. I’m not going to go very in-depth with the MCU, but if you want more details on it you can read my review of Black Panther on NovaKnows.com.

Infinity War is the product of all of the MCU films that have been created. Marvel has produced 17 movies, and on the day I’m writing this it’s the 10th anniversary of Iron Man which kicked off the entire franchise. It rivals Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the most anticipated movie release ever. It is a massive cinematic event, but that means you need some background knowledge. At a minimum, I’d recommend having watched Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther, if you want to know what’s going on and have a grasp of the characters. But with that; onto a plot summary with only minor spoilers.

The movie begins with Thanos (the villain of the movie) talking to his four henchmen, as well as Loki, Thor, and the Hulk. Thanos is attempting to collect all six of the infinity stones, which would allow him to kill half of all life in the universe. His motive in the comics is that he is obsessed with lady death and wants to kill half the universe to impress her, but in the movie it is his intention to save the Universe, as he believes life will wipe itself out if it is allowed to run its course. He starts out with the Power stone, and in the first scene of the movie, gets Loki to give it to him in exchange for Thor’s life, but Loki dies shortly thereafter in a botched assassination attempt leaving Thanos with two infinity stones. Thor is left for dead in the vacuum of space but is saved by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thor, Rocket, and Groot go to Nidavellir to create an enchanted weapon for Thor, while the rest of the Guardians go to Knowhere to try to find Thanos before he gets the reality stone, but after discovering wind up at Titan.

Two of Thanos’s henchmen (who also happen to be his adopted children) head to earth to retrieve the time stone, where they battle Banner, Iron Man, Spider-man, and of course Dr. Strange (who has in possession of the stone). Dr. Strange is captured, but Iron Man and Spider-man find their way onto the ship, where they overpower Thanos’s henchmen and take control of the ship. Iron man, Spider-man, and Dr. Strange decide not to go back to earth and instead go to Titan where they have an unexpected meet up with the Guardians (excluding rocket and groot). Thanos arrives at Titan and the battle begins.

In Scotland, Wanda and Vision are on vacation together when they are met by the other two of Thanos’s henchmen but are saved by Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon. All five of them meet up with Rhodes and Banner to discuss Thanos’s plan, where they decide to go to Wakanda to try to separate the stone from Vision’s head so that Wanda can destroy it. The separation requires time though, and Thanos sends his entire army to attack Wakanda, who begin battling the remaining avengers as well as the entire Wakandan military.

You may have noticed that my plot summary sounds rather unconnected within itself, and that’s for a couple reasons. One of these reasons is that it is. The movie has several subplots that, once started, don’t really interact with one another. Throughout the movie, these plots cut to one another which doesn’t work when reading. I also was careful not to reveal the outcome of any of the subplots, since together they compose the ending. So with that, onto my review.

This movie is unlike any other cinematic composition I have ever seen. It has so much build-up and so much depending on it. The only possible thing I can compare it to is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but on such a larger scale. The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was the final composition in an eight movie series, with several of the prior movies leading up to it. Infinity war was the eighteenth movie in it’s series, with every single movie before it leading to it. Every movie in the MCU after Infinity War will be at least affected by it, if not a direct result of it. It is loosely based on the comics, but it tells an unpredictable story of its own. If you are at all familiar with or interested in the MCU, Infinity War is a crucial piece of it. If you know nothing about it and have the time to catch up on it, the MCU is an incredible cinematic installment. It is hard to express the depth of how cool this movie is in any review (especially without giving any clues that may result in soilers), but I truly believe that this movie will change the cinematic industry as a whole. Watching the necessary movies to understand what is going on is a large barrier for a lot of people, but it is absolutely worth every second.


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