vengers: Infinity War has finally hit us. 10 years of the MCU and the highly anticipated Infinity War has been declared across the cosmos. Leading up the film’s release I did have a few predictions and the one BIG major prediction actually happened, but more about that later. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, it had me hooked from the word go, I was on the edge of my seat in antici….pation!
As it states above, this article will contain SPOILERS! So if the ever so powerful Thanos has been preventing you from attending a screening at your local cinema then I would advise that you avoid this review like the plague. If however you want your cinematic experience ruined OR have been lucky enough to slip through Thanos’ fingers and successfully managed to see the film, READ ON!
The first five minutes of the film was a whirlwind, what the hell happened! Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and the survivors of the events after Thor: Ragnarok (2017) have been decimated by the hands of Thanos and his followers. And that’s within in the first five minutes. I’m already left numb by the bloodbath that unfolded in the film’s opening scene. Thanos isn’t taking liberties or prisoner, he’s on a mission!
Infinity War is the first instalment of a series of films. From what I’ve been told by the die-hard fans of the graphic novels is that the storyline was WAY too big to fit in a two hour film. I did find my bottom going slightly numb through the first instalment but I didn’t let it ruin the cinematic experience for me. I was expecting at least one of the characters to die being as two of which have an infinity stone in their possession.
Not forgetting the sheer size of the cast! Having so much going on and so many characters in one film will be overkill and will destroy the audience’s minds. The film built tension and was setting the pace for the upcoming films featuring our favourite Avengers and Thanos. The film did however feature comedic elements which made the experience of watching the film all the more enjoyable. I would have to go as far to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film and I’m eager to see where the MCU are going to take the story.
Avengers: Infinity War was a bloodbath. Over 20 characters were killed off and I can understand why the people of the interweb were left in “shook” after watching the midnight showing. I myself was left in what some would say “shook” but personal I’ve been left stunned and numb. So much death and devastation and it feels like this is just the tip of the iceberg, the events of Infinity War is just the beginning! An appetiser if you’re about to sit down for a lovely meal in a restaurant.
The film’s penultimate scene sees us witnessing Thanos snapping his fingers after claiming the final Infinity stone and disappearing. There is a slight pause, almost as though that’s it. The war is over until our beloved heroes start falling like flies. The heroes who are removed from existence were:
- Scarlet Witch
- Black Panther
- Doctor Strange
Followed by two more in the post-credits scene much later on..
The fallen heroes were survived by:
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- Bruce Banner
- Black Widow
- War Machine
The film ends with Thanos arriving in a beautiful countryside and smiling to himself, he may’ve won this battle but has he certainly won the war? I do have a theory however that the Mind Stone taken from the corpse of Vision is going to be his downfall, as Vision was created by the Avengers and each member has a bit of themselves inside the character. So with all that subconscious-ness can it actually turn the Infinity Gauntlet against its master and reverse everything that Thanos has unleashed upon the Universe?
So, with the film’s cliff-hanger ending it's very fitting that the war between the Avengers and Thanos takes place over a series of films. However I did stay to the very end to see whether we were going to be treated to at least one post-credit scene and there was. After the credits are running we hear the familiar voice of Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) and it cuts to him and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) engaged in conversation whilst driving down the streets of New York, before we know it, chaos is unfolding, cars are smashing into each other and air traffic is plummeting to ground beneath them.
As the characters look in horror at the empty vehicles causing absolute carnage, people around them disappear into ash, at that very moment Maria disappears and before Nick Fury faces his demise he attempts to send a message to a mysterious character, as Fury vanishes he utters Jackson’s infamous catchphrase of “mother f-.” As he disappears the camera pans down to his communication device to reveal the person he’s attempting to get in touch with is in fact Captain Marvel.
Avengers: Infinity War is in UK cinemas from April 26th 2018.