Dubbed the culmination of ten years of story telling, Avengers Infinity War brings together the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (except the only person that counts). After Thanos (Josh Brolin) finally steps up (and gets out of that chair) to collect the infinity stones each of which grant him a different power, he intends to collect all the stones and wipe out half of all existence. All the infinity stones are scattered around the universe and after Thanos collects two stones (the power stone and the space stone from Thor) nothing will stop him on his mission, this leads to his encounters with the heroes and how the Avengers meet the Guardians. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Wong (Benedict Wong) are protecting the Time Stone in New York. Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are protecting the Mind Stone that is in Vision (Paul Bettany) in Wakanda. The Guardians; Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) attempt to stop Thanos taking the Reality Stone and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are on a side-mission to help stop Thanos. I really liked Avengers: Infinity War and I give it a 9 out of 10 or an A+.
Even though, I have no idea why would give on, I am still going to give the mandatory spoiler warning, you can view my spoiler free review here
I have already done a non-spoiler review were I spoke in-depth on why the film worked, so this review is mainly aimed to fill in the blanks and talk spoilers, it isn’t going to add much but it will allow me to talk about scenes are characters easier. This is more going to be what I liked and what I think could’ve been better whilst my spoiler free review was more an overview of the film. That all being said, this film was absolutely rubbish, there was no Hawkeye. Now, we all know that Hawkeye is the best Avenger, and even though he was left out the promotional campaign I had faith that he would appear and to say that him not appearing was disappointing is understating it. Because there was no Hawkeye the film was rubbish.
Of course I am only joking and I loved the film even though the best avenger wasn’t in it. What I loved most has to be the ending, because even though it feels as though it will all be undone and as soon as Black Panther died I was thinking that it was all stupid because I knew it would be undone, you still have to appreciate that they did it. Regardless of what will happen, half of the population died, it gave us an amazing Spider-Man death scene, so yes – whilst I was annoyed when I watched it after a while I realised that we will never experience something like that again. I also loved the characters in the film, and of course Thanos. It is Thanos’ story, I will explain a small little problem I had with this later on but first I really loved how he had no time to waste, he was the big bad that completely lived up to expectations, I don’t think anything he could have done could’ve been better. I tend to pick scenes I love the most from the film, but it is really hard because I will list of most the film, from Loki’s death & Hulks fight at the start, Thor’s mission for a new weapon, Gamora killing Thanos and of course vice versa, Guardians meeting Thor and then the Avengers later on, the final battle in Wakanda, Iron Man getting stabbed (I basically gasped), anything with Iron Man, Dr Strange and Spider-Man. But, if I have to pick one of my favourite scenes from the film, it would be a tight call between the amazing Thor entrance in Wakanda and Thanos’ death in Knowhere. I loved his death for three reasons, the first, because I had just seen Loki and others die – for a split second I actually thought they could go through with it (but then of course I didn’t), second, it set a nice tone between father and daughter which elevated Thanos’ decision to a whole new level. And three, I absouetley loved when The Collector started screaming out “Magnificent” and then Thanos appeared. But, my favourite scene – although Thanos killing Gamora. Spider-Man dying, Thanos telling Thor he should have gone for the head before snapping are up there, my favourite scene has to be Thor arriving in Wakanda. I have never been so excited in my life sitting in a cinema, I found myself punching the air in excitement (I can’t stress enough, I do not normally do this), when he appeared screaming “bring me Thanos” – I lost it. MY GOD, there is so much I liked I KNOW I AM MISSING THINGS OUT!!!
That leads me nicely on to the characters, most of the scenes I explained above are all down to the expanded roles of many. Avengers: infinity War whilst it allows Thanos to steal the show gives Thor the limelight and keeps others in the shadows lurking for the fourth. Iron Man, Dr Strange, Gamora, Hulk, Spider-Man, Rocket and War Machine of all people all have great roles. With a great scene between Dr Strange, Iron Man and Spider-Man being the one where Dr. Strange explains he will not save either one of them not even the kid. I loved all the main arcs of the characters, with the dynamic of Gamora dying and Thanos’ sacrifice executed perfectly. I also loved the nods to the MCU, the return of Red Skull had me so excited it was incredible and Peter Dinklage appearing was great. Spider-Man continued to be great, Hulk had a great arc that started with that amazing scene of him losing to Thanos, Iron Man was amazing as usual but for me Thor is the best developed avenger in the movie, with excellent continuation of his story from Ragnorok and him delivering powerful and emotional scenes – all highlighted in the one with the “rabbit”, Rocket’s arc was also great, with him stating in that scene that “he could lose a lot” and at the end of the film he does. But, as I said at the beginning this is a THANOS film, and he is the standout character, and everything that the MCU had set him up to be.
As I said earlier, if I was to list the scenes that hat I liked, I would be here all day; so I will list what I didn’t like. There are only one of two things that I didn’t like, but the main thing I did not like was Wanda and Vision. My God, ever since they started in Scotland – doing what they were doing, Wanda not killing everyone even though she could, Vision not killing everyone even though he could – I only liked it when she blew his stone up and Thanos came in and said something along the lines that he has sacrificed more than anyone. The scenes in Scotland where hard to endure, and when I re watch it on DVD, I will almost certainly skip that part. The second thing I didn’t like was the Black Order, now – I did like them but what I mean is I wanted a larger role for them – especially Ebony Maw. Him coming to Earth and him telling the people of Asgard that they “even in death are children of Thanos” set him up to be one hell of a character, he matched Dr Strange and it made it seem as though this guy would have a large role – he was the only one of the Black Order I wanted to see but he dies within the first thirty or fourty minutes and I couldn’t care less about the rest of them. At times, the Black Order was just thrown in to add action to the movie and they were never explained.
As the film is a two-parter and a huge film – I understand that not everyone will get a chance to shine – and that the benched players – Captain America, Black Widow, Nebula, Hawkeye will have larger or a role in the sequel. But, those that died weirdly never got much, Vision’s story was aimed to develop Wanda – but she died, Falcon had maybe five lines, Bucky appeared and then disspeared (literally), Star-Lord did his best but he never really got much screen-time and he can’t be the focus of the sequel, the same applies to Black Panther because he just opened his kingdom to them and Ant-Man was way to small to see (oh – wait), But, I would’ve liked a little more from the supporting cast to make it feel a better rounded movie. At times, the jump to different places did annoy me, this is again a small nitpick, but I never found myself given time to settle until the third act, where it just became two or three locations – there was even a time where the film was set between five locations (New York, Space, wherever Gamora and Thanos were, Wakanda and Peter’s Dinklage’s planet) – it was so spread out.
Onto that ending, and even though I explained to understand my feelings towards it you should read my spoiler-free review, I will still explain it. At the time straight after the movie, I couldn’t help but feel as though Disney were like “we have balls”, “we are bold, we told we would kill them all”, “what you thought because we were Disney we wouldn’t”, but then they go and kill a character that had the biggest solo movie box office of the entire MCU after they have promised a sequel and then they kill Spider-Man, someone who’s sequel is coming out next year. So it was almost as if they went “yeah, we’re not that bold”. The biggest problem everyone has with the film is that it is just there to set up the sequel, you know they will go back in time save the day, everyone is OK. As soon as Black Panther died, I was like OK – this ain’t real and none of it is true. But then I realised, when have we ever seen a film like it before, I don’t mind that it might not stay true because at least it happened. I have never witnessed and doubt I will witness a move of that calibre in the future, it will go down as legendary and it is incredible even if it gets reversed in the sequel what did you expect? So, I don’t mind. Something else that did bug me was that I didn’t feel as though I was watching an Avengers movie but rather an MCU movie that was spearheaded by Thanos, and I would say you must have invested time in the franchise to love what happened, thankfully I know many many people have and so that is why it works so well. It might not work as a stand-alone film but it definitely does as someone who understands what is going on (by that, I don’t mean watching all of the films but at least understanding who the characters are) and that is the majority of people.
Ultimately how much I love this film will rely heavily on the outcome of the fourth film, if Thanos decides he made the wrong decision and undoes it all himself I will hate it. But, for this film – I have never seen something like it and I don’t think anyone ever will, the loss might not be permanent but it was real. I give it a 9 out of 10 because not much could have been like what I wanted – apart FROM INCLUDING HAWKEYE, then I would have given a 10.