The Never Ending Story (Avengers: Infinity War, 2018)
In 2008 Marvel began their ambitious plan of creating a cinematic version of their comic book universe. The lead up to the Avengers seemed like a giant mountain to climb…and it paid off for Marvel. And over and over, Marvel saw themselves succeed. And here we are at ten years and 21 movies later were arrive at the culmination of that success.
The Avengers were left in a pretty broken state after Captain America Civil War. Picking up shortly after the end credits sequence of Thor Ragnarok, the film kicks off with a sense of sacrifice. Thanos has finally stepped into the light and with his acolytes has decided he must collect the stones that have been the undercurrent of the films for so long himself.
As the various corners of the Marvel Universe come together, Thanos and his minions get closer and closer to achieving his goal. This can be a tricky balancing act, to bring together such a large number of characters. And the film mostly is able to make this work by pairing groups off. The Guardians of the Galaxy meet up with Thor and they split into two groups while Iron Man, Spidey and Doctor Strange go on a trip through space and so on.
Thanos is one of the stronger villains the Marvel Universe has presented. Brolin gives him a dark sincerity. He clearly believes in his goal, and sees it as good. It becomes clear that when his acolytes proclaim he brings mercy, he actually believes this.
Seeing the interactions between characters who have, so far, been in their own worlds, such as the Guardians and Doctor Strange is a lot of fun. The film contains plenty of entertaining and light hearted dialog.
The movie is full of exciting action and moves along at such a fast clip the two and a half hours just flew right on by. Infinity War is fun, with just enough seriousness to keep some of the shocking moments from feeling cheap.
I really enjoyed Avengers: Infinity War and am looking to see how this all plays out in the films to follow (well, Ant Man & the Wasp and Captain Marvel both take place before Avengers: Infinity War, but hey, there is an Avengers movie after that).