In 2008 Marvel Studios started a bold journey in bringing their beloved characters from the comics to life on the big screen, after 10 years and 18 movies they’ve come to a crossroads in their journey. The journey has been filled with highs and lows (mostly highs) and we now found ourselves at a junction that spins off on a complete different and fun journey to come.
Avengers: Infinity War brings together the world’s mightiest heroes in an attempt to stop The Mad Titan Thanos from assembling the infinity gauntlet and its 6 infinity stones, which will allow him to destroy the universe. Over the last 18 movies Marvel have introduced us to their different heroes and their extraordinary powers and ability’s, we’ve also been teased with the infinity stones through different movies, this helped build to Infinity War when coming to expectation and excitement.
Anthony and Joe Russo are in the directing chair for Infinity War, their third Marvel movie after the success of Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Both their previous movies have put them in good stead, dealing with huge casts and balancing multiple story arcs. Infinity War has a huge cast and the challenge of fitting them in without doing their characters a disservice must have been a daunting one but the Russo’s achieve this remarkably well. Infinity War is well paced and the movies plot moves along organically and each scene feels needed, the editing between the three main story arcs works well and helps keep the audience engaged.
Like the Russo’s, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are back from their previous work on the Captain America movies, the script is excellent in Infinity War, especially when having to deal with such a large cast and making sure they’re all used and used for a purpose. The cast is left with great material to work with; the script is funny, emotional, adventurous and surprising. The different character dynamics allow a unique experience and fresh feel from previous Marvel movies.
The casting directors from all previous 18 Marvel movies must be very proud of themselves after Infinity War. All the cast work brilliantly with each other, variations between comical characters and serious characters allow for some very entertaining and funny scenes, noticeable mentions are Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) who share a very funny scene together, also the dynamics between Iron-man (Robert Downey Jr) Spider-man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) make for both fun and emotional scenes. This doesn’t take away from the rest of the cast who all have a part to play.
The movies villain Thanos is played by Josh Brolin who plays the mad titan brilliantly, the performance is done via performance capture but the performance is carried through on screen with great presence, Marvel movies have struggled with their antagonists with the exceptions of Loki and Eric Killmonger over the last 10 years, but Thanos proves to be the formidable force he requires to be, the character shows power, control and emotion in particular in act two of the movie.
Overall Infinity War delivers what the fans have been committed too over the last 10 years, the story is exceptional, the characters and chemistry of the cast are brilliant, the villain and his arc are engaging and interesting, the action set pieces are excellent and most of all, the ending is emotional and impactful.