Friday afternoon we sat down to watch Avengers: Infinity War. A movie essentially ten years in the making. My daughter was born the same year Iron Man came out, and I have watched all of the Marvel Movies as she has grown up, and she has (finally) come around to wanting to see them as well. So it was a great experience to watch this movie, that has been the culmination of her entire life time in the making.
Thats a lot for a movie to live up to, even if Kevin Feige didn’t have that in mind.
Fortunatly he, and Marvel Studios did not disapoint.
Beyond this point, there are no spoilers. I will not discuss the plot of the movie or the ending, because you need to see it first.
Now that thats out of the way, this is an ensemble piece. However the characters are split up into various story lines that all connect. Not all of the characters meet, or interact with each other. Nor do they need to. One of the anticipated issues for Infinity War was how they would work with all of the characters involved in the film. But Marvel was smart by breaking them up so none of them are competing with each other for screen time and each contributes to the story and action in a satisfying and meaningful way.
If you’re looking for, or expecting character growth, there is very little to be found here. And really thats how it should be. This is a movie made up of characters who have already had their own movies. We already know these characters, we’ve watched them grow over their various films, Infinity War doesn’t require that. There are a few newish characters within the MCU, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Dr. Strange and some of the others that have came along on their rides. The only characters I would say that show growth really would be Thanos, but thats because so far we’ve seen him turn his head, grab an infinity gauntlet, and sit in a chair and make threats. So Thanos really has very little to do but grow.
Marvel’s trademark humor makes a full return. Not in the buddy cop style of Thor: Ragnarok, but with various pop culture refrences and quick one liners. More of what you’re used to in order to lighten the mood. Though the movie lets go of that and gets very serious when it needs to be.
Oh I will say that in what has to be a nod to “Honest Trailers” the Russo Brothers make it a point, very quickly, to show that the team is in fact wearing some kind of communicators in their ears.
Anyways, go see this movie. It’s a lot of fun, and will leave you wanting to know more. Only other thing I’ll say is that the next Marvel movies, particularly Ant-Man and The Wasp should prove to be interesting when taken together with Avengers: Infinity War.
If you haven’t watched Avengers yet, go watch it. If you have watched Avengers, go watch it again, I plan too.