There is no denying that this movie has been one of the most eagerly anticipated movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), thus far. And this movie exceeded expectations (maybe even infinitely exceeded them?).
'Avengers: Infinity War', directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, brings together the heroes from the previous 18 MCU movies (yes, there have been that many) as they fight together to stop the Mad Titan, Thanos. He seeks the Infinity Stones, a set of powerful gems that, when combined with the Infinity Gauntlet, allow the user to control the universe. This sets us up for the plot of the movie as we know from the previous MCU movies that two of the stones are located on Earth.
Now we might as well start with the obvious and say that Thanos, portrayed by Josh Brolin, is probably the best Marvel movie villain ever. We did not know much about him prior to this movie, but now we get to see the deeply intimidating, and vastly powerful being that he is. Thanos stole every scene he was in, even when up against the big personalities of the MCU. Thanos is also portrayed in a light that gives him more depth than most Marvel villains of late. We learn his backstory and his motivations which created a more interesting, well-rounded character.
So Thanos is clearly the standout character in this film, which is really saying something when nearly every single hero from the last 10 years of Marvel appears in this film. As cool as it was to see all the heroes in this film it did, however, come at a cost in the form of some of the heroes lacking any significant screen time. Some of our favorite heroes were reduced to minor roles in the story and had very few lines, which is to be excepted with such a large ensemble cast. The film focuses on a few heroes but never allows the story to be held up by just one character.
Infinity War was directed by the Russo brothers, who had previously directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Both those movies not only had the Marvel humor we have come to expect, but also dealt with more serious tones. This is no different in Infinity War. The film has plenty of humor and action to keep the audience entertained, but also allows the intensity to lower and have more emotive scenes throughout the film.
All in all, Infinity War is another example that Marvel continue to make great movies, with lots to keep the audience entertained, and plenty of easter eggs for the most avid Marvel fans (there’s also a post-credit scene that is worth sticking around for). Let’s hope this trend continues with next thirty-seven or so Marvel movies to come.