Salutations Ladies, Gentlemen, Nerds & Movie Goers from across the globe, it’s been ten years since Iron Man kick-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (MCU for short) After Ten Years worth of patience, I hereby present my review for Marvel’s latest installment and the third entry to The Avengers known as “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Critics are calling Avengers: Infinity War as one of the best films in the MCU. As a critic, movie goer, and fan of Marvel, I’m gonna share my first impressions on what’s good or bad about Infinity War. I’ll keep crucial plot details as vaguely as possible. This is a NON-SPOILER article.
The Russo Brothers posted a photo of a clause contract with a hashtag labeled #thanosdemandsyoursilence to not give away important information for fans who’ve been waiting to see this for ten years. I think the reason why they came up with the idea of a clause contract, is because Tom Holland & Mark Ruffalo have the inability to keep confidential secrets classified.
Upon reading the contract online, I’m encouraged by The Russo Brothers’ choice to not ruin the movie. I’m gonna make some ground rules on this review for those who haven’t seen it or not familiar with the MCU’s complex mythology. If you don’t follow the rules, there will be consequences. As an administrator and founder of my website, I’ll do anything to prevent SPOILERS from happening. If you reveal classified info, you’re gonna get kicked out of my blog. That’s right, I’m a strong supporter of the MCU. Here are my Five Ground Rules.
Five Ground Rules
1. Familiarity With The Films.
If you’re a first timer to the series, watch the films in chronological order, here’s a list that’ll help you out.
Phase 1: “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor” & “The Avengers.”
Phase 2: “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” & “Ant-Man.”
Phase 3: “Captain America: Civil War,” “Dr. Strange,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Black Panther” & “Thor: Ragnarok.”
2. Don’t Give Away Crucial Plot Details.
If you’ve already seen Infinity War, please don’t give away pivotal plot points. If you comment a spoiler on my review, I’ll personally add a “SPOILER Jar” on how many times you’re gonna give away something important. If you do, I will go as far as fining $100 dollars per spoiler. If you exceed more than once, you’re permanently removed as a follower, it’s for the greater good.
3. Pay Attention To Pivotal Plot Points.
If you have a very good memory or keeping track on what the heck is going on, try taking some notes or rewatch the films. No need to rush, you can always find a friend who’s knowledgeable on Marvel mythology.
4. Learn Each Character’s Backstory
A character must have an interesting backstory before they fight crime or protect their planet from evil forces. If don’t know who’s who, do a lil’ bit of research on the origin stories from the comics, that’ll help you branch out each hero’s origin story.
5. Organize A Social Group
If you’re a life long fan of superheroes, start a social group to introduce newcomers. Act like a mentor to your peers by introducing subjects involving Marvel such as Origin Stories, Publication History, Hero Of The Day Or Villian Of The Day etc. Help your peers demonstrate the concept various mythologies surrounding each character. If you’re nice to them, they’ll appreciate you like Charles Xavier/Professor X.
That’s all I got as my Five Ground Rules. If you follow them, you’re gonna thank me later. Now it’s time to see what’s good or bad about Infinity War.
Pros N’ Cons
Now that I got my Five Ground Rules listed, time to see what’s good or bad about Infinity War. Does it live up to all the hype and worth a decade of patience? Well, let’s find out shall we?
Pros: Returning Cast Members from previous movies we all know in love, did a magnificent job for their respective performances.
Newcomers to the MCU including Carrie Coon & Peter Dinklage both did a fantastic job for their performances.
Fun Fact: Peter Dinklage also co-started in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Josh Brolin will also appear in Deadpool 2 connected to the X-Men films.
The Russo Brothers took over Joss Whedon’s director’s chair. They both did a tremendous job directing.
Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau & James Gunn produced the picture.
Action Sequences are bigger and better than ever on a grand scale cranked up to eleven. Each one made my heart pound a hundred miles per hour combined with adrenaline level rising off the charts! My testosterone was too dang high upon witnessing fight scenes!
Appropriate Humor is retained from previous films filled with memorable witty dialogue combining action and comedy elements all in one.
Key events from the previous films are mentioned.
Composer, Alan Silvestri (Back To The Future Trilogy, Forrest Gump, The Avengers) returns to orchestrate music.
Cinematography delivers visual eye candy showcasing environmental landscapes of notable locations and new ones.
Visual Effects are extremely brilliant I never batted an eye. I’m giving the effects team a bunch of Bonus Points for rendering high quality C.G.I. to bring complex ingredients to life as a perfectly balanced meal!
The Tone is much darker as fudge than Age Of Ultron. The emotional scale is drastically higher than the last two entries of The Avengers & Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Even though the film is titled Infinity War, it’s actually a based on The Infinity Gauntlet storyline.
The Marvel Studios logo turns the I and O letters into the number 10 to celebrate the release of the MCU’s Tenth Anniversary since Iron Man started it all in the very beginning.
Opening Scene sets up a darker tone for what is yet to come.
Thanos’ background is fleshed out as a three-dimensional antagonist. According to Josh Brolin, he watched The Godfather as a reference by studying Al Pacino’s performance as Michael Corleone.
As I’ve stated in previous MCU related reviews, Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance yet again.
A familiar villain returns. I won’t tell you who he/she is.
The movie is unpredictable due to a variety of reasons. Again, I cannot give away anything crucial to the story. You’re gonna have to witness in front your own eyes.
Several scenes features shocking moments that I refuse to spill the beans.
Rumors speculate that a core character is gonna die. If the rumors are true, bring yourself a couple of tissues. Let’s see if Marvel is gonna pull a George R.R. Martin on us.
I can’t talk about The Ending. It blew my mind.
Make sure you stay in your seat for a Post-Credits Scene. You definitely don’t wanna miss it!
Cons: I couldn’t find any cons in this picture. I’m giving The Cast & Crew an additional point for making this movie as flawless as possible. I never got bored from start to finish!
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Avengers: Infinity War is an instant classic as the best MCU related film since Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and on the same emotional level as Hugh Jackman’s last hurrah as Wolverine in Logan. Characters uniting together against a powerful tyrant made my heart beat a hundred miles an hour. Special Effects are breathtaking. Darker Tone fits the emotional atmosphere surrounding our favorite heroes. Last but not least, unpredictable shocking moments that made me gasp internally.
Infinity War is a must see film for the fans & whole family. If you’re finally up to date since Black Panther, get off your butts and support Marvel Studios’ latest entry right now. Trust me, it’s worthy every penny! I can’t wait to see what unfolds for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Future Marvel based films including Deadpool 2, Ant-Man And The Wasp, Venom & Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse are gonna be extremely difficult to surpass Infinity War’s success alongside the DC Extended Universe’s upcoming Aquaman film. So far, I’m ranking Infinity War as my Number 1 Film Of 2018. Who knows if another picture is gonna top that.
Marvel Studios if you’re reading this article, thank you for introducing characters to a new generation of comic book fans who appreciate the mythology of characters, storylines, grand scale battles & elements tied into a fully detailed cinematic universe interconnected as one. I’m happy to be alive as a fan of superheroes. Ten Years was worth the wait, you deserve your place as this generation’s Star Wars or Harry Potter. Now that Fox made an agreement to include X-Men characters into the MCU, I hope you do justice with them and I wish you the best of luck.
Jodie Foster if you’re reading this? SCREW YOU for not appreciating superheroes as global icons! Marvel’s got the last laugh!