Ten years in the making, and the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the ultimate comic book movie team-up has arrived. Have the Russo brothers created the pinnacle of superhero movies with Avengers: Infinity War?
Drawing inspiration from Jim Starlin’s 1991 “The Infinity Gauntlet” comic, the film follows villainous Thanos who is in search of the six infinity stones which will give him unbelievable power that will threaten the fate of the universe. Uber-villain Thanos has been teased directly and indirectly throughout the MCU series, but he’s finally here to face off against Earth’s mightiest heroes and its other intergalactic crusaders.
Let’s take a moment talk about Thanos. Played by Josh Brolin, he receives the vast majority of the screen time in Infinity War and is certainly the main character in this unbelievable ensemble piece. As with all great villains, Thanos thinks he is doing the right thing and believes to bring balance to the universe, he must wipe out half of all existence – extreme I know!!! Brolin’s performance brings emotional depth and weight to this character and you truly believe he will stop at nothing to complete his mission. This makes him truly terrifying and possibly the best villain the MCU has ever produced. To top it off, Thanos doesn’t come alone; he has his own extremely powerful Anti-Avengers, the ‘Children of Thanos’ who are all outstanding bad guys in themselves.
But ‘what about our band of heroes?’ I hear you say. Well, they all have a part to play in this vast galactic battle and everyone has joined the party: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Black Panther, Vision, Hulk, Spiderman and more – there are simply too many to mention. At times Infinity War felt like a superhero version of Lord of The Rings as each hero has their own quest as they try to beat this seemingly unstoppable foe. However, despite the amount of spandex the film manages to never feel bloated and amazingly the Russo brothers have managed to balance all these heroes so they all have time to shine. I had Goosebumps moments when certain heroes entered the fray, and there were some great team-ups with characters who haven’t shared the big screen before.
My only negative comment (and I’ve had to really think about this) is that for those who are not as fanboy as myself might find the pace and introduction of characters too fast.
After edge of your seat action, a great comedic script and some truly jaw-dropping and gasp-worthy moments you will feel a bit shell-shocked – but in a good way. Marvel has really pushed the comic-book-hero-movie genre to deliver an action-packed and emotional crossover that is every comic nerd’s dream. This just might be my favourite movie in the MCU. Simply a Marvel masterpiece. Avoid spoilers and just go see Avengers: Infinity War.
Reviewed by Ian Wright.