Review: Avengers Infinity War
By Ethan Cannistra, Contributing Writer
Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War is the culmination of ten years of story telling and nine cinematic franchises. Marvel began crafting its cinematic universe in 2008 with Iron Man and has only continued to grow. Over the years, audiences have been introduced to characters such as Captain America, Thor, Dr. Strange, and many more. Now, after ten years of anticipation, all of Marvel’s iconic characters get to share the big screen in Avengers Infinity War.
Every Marvel movie since Iron Man has been leading up to Avengers Infinity War. Through the films, audiences have not only been introduced to new characters, but also very powerful artifacts called infinity stones. There are six infinity stones scattered around the universe: space, time, mind, soul, power, and reality. The main villain of the film, Thanos, wants to find all of the infinity stones so he can destroy half of all existing life in the universe. It is now up to the Avengers to assemble once again to defeat Thanos.
While the buildup to Avengers Infinity War over the past ten years was worth the wait, the movie does suffer from overcrowding. The idea of having ten years of movie characters come together in one epic movie might sound like a good idea on paper, but it is an incredibly hard task to execute well on screen. While I believe that the Russo brothers, who directed the film, did the best possible job with Avengers Infinity War, there are a few too many characters and subplots. That being said, the Russo brothers do a great job of giving every character a chance to shine. Additionally, all of the subplots throughout the film are very well executed, but they may be difficult for someone who is not familiar with the Marvel Universe to follow.
One of the best parts of Avengers Infinity War is the villain, Thanos. The best type of villain is one that has clear evil goals but truly believes that he is right. Thanos’ main objective in Avengers Infinity War is to collect all of the infinity stones and wipe out half of all life in the universe, which is clearly an evil goal.
However, the writers do such a great job of convincing the audience that Thanos believes he is doing the right thing and that, from a certain point of view, he is the real hero of the film.
Another great aspect of the film is the interaction between all of the characters. The relationships and dynamics that we have seen since the first Avengers continue to grow, and we also witness new relationships develop between characters that we have come to know and love, such as Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Avengers Infinity War is the culmination of ten years of story telling. While not perfect the film, it does provide some exciting opportunities for character interaction and a great villain.