The finished product alternates between awe-inspiring and utterly exhausting. The preamble has been one long tease - we have seen fleeting glimpses of Thanos (Josh Brolin) since Barack Obama's first term - leading up to a battle royal that could mean the demise of some of Marvel's most famous faces. Our positive responses to his character can reveal that we're quicker to follow personalities than specific policies, or to grant trust to individuals that we might be unwise to place in institutions. (The latter especially - Thanos the editor would have cut one.) The second biggest surprise, after many spectacular faceoffs and showdowns, is the ending, which I'll not spoil except to say this: I didn't see it coming.
As such, a lot of Marvel fans curious about the quality of Avengers: Infinity War have been scared away from reading reviews of the film, for fear of spoilers. With a 68 on Metacritic and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, fans are getting a good sense of the general opinion regarding the latest Avengers film.
The MCU movies including those that were not released by Disney collectively have amassed more than $US14.8 billion worldwide.
Revisiting Wakanda so soon after Black Panther nearly seems like too much of good thing. Since we here at Comicbook.com have already seen the film, we had no problem combing through the pile of reviews already up on Rotten Tomatoes to compile a "safe space" of Avengers: Infinity War reviews that fans can peruse. From there, the Mad Titan sets his sights on Earth to snatch the Time Stone that hangs around Doctor Strange's neck and the Mind Stone that sits smack dab in the middle of Vision's forehead. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Star-Lord (Pratt), the wittiest Avenger and the wittiest Guardian, are teamed up. Unusual was still figuring out his new abilities and learning humility, but here we see the full force of both his skills as a sorcerer and his barely tempered arrogance. They are committed to one last gig to save (half) the universe, but it doesn't seem joyous.
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"That thread involves the relation between parent and child", Saldana said. However, James Gunn to the ends-credits scenes to new heights past year with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which closed out the sequel five such sequences (there was a sixth one that didn't make the final cut). But even knowing that's a possibility doesn't quite prepare you for the nature and mortifying atmosphere of the way the Russos (working from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) conclude this movie. Hell, even the post-credits scene (and there's only one, all the way at the end) is exceedingly well done and equally harrowing. Infinity War is the sum of the 18 films that have preceded it, and unlike Black Panther - which I think was easy to access by non comic-book aficionados - you really need to be familiar with past plots.
IndieWire's Eric Kohn said the movie contains the most dramatic cliffhanger of any major blockbuster since The Empire Strikes Back but it "channels the best and worst attributes of Marvel's movies... a fascinating hodgepodge of circumstances created to move the story forward with dramatic results while resolving it at the same time". Charged with guarding the Soul Gem (or Soul Stone, if you want to get MCU technical about it), Adam Warlock leads the fight against Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book crossover event - the basis for the Infinity War movie.
Avengers: Infinity War, which stars a lot of guys named Chris, opens Friday.
What begin a decade ago with an unexpected visit by Nick Fury to Tony Stark's home has grown to become a defining, and uniting, element of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Infinity War" makes "Captain America: Civil War" look like "Before Sunrise".