Hello interweb, Nate here! So, this review took me forever to make. I actually did see this movie opening weekend, but I had my college finals to trudge through so I’ve been busy. Anyhoo, non-spoiler review? This movie is amazing, watch it!!! Now, SPOILER WARNING!!!! Leggo!
Movie Title: Avengers: Infinity War
Produced by: Marvel Comics
Distributed by: Walt Disney
Writers: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Producer: Kevin Feige
Running Time: 2 hrs 29 min
I walked into this movie with the following attitude: this is either going to be the greatest movie I’ve ever seen, or the most disappointing (not necessarily worse, but definitely disappointing). Leaving the theater, I formed the immediate opinion that this movie might be the former. It had great action, brilliant characters, and great character interactions. But the glue that turned this movie from a great movie to a brilliant movie lies in one word: Thanos. Now, before this film, Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Joker has always been my favorite comic book movie villain. We’ve had some great villains over the years. Killmonger from Black Panther, Loki from the multiple MCU films, even Vulture from Spider-man: Homecoming. However, none of those characters quite broke the mold as much as Joker did in The Dark Knight. Since The Dark Knight was made before all these other good villains, that means that no other villain has quite made the same impact on me until now. Now I really love Heath Ledger’s Joker so I’ve been hesitant to outright say Thanos is better, but I’ve seriously been considering it in my head.
I’m getting ahead of myself. What’s the story? Thanos is an alien from the now deceased planet once known as Titan. Titan was once a flourishing planet, but due to an overpopulation problem it has since died. Thanos doesn’t want the rest of the universe to suffer the same fate as his planet did, so to prevent the overpopulation of the universe from killing itself, he seeks to collect all six infinity stones and wipe out half of the population on a cosmic scale. Is Thanos truly the savior of the universe that he claims to be, or is a a psychopath bent on the worst genocide the galaxy has ever seen?
Now I usually don’t talk about the characters until I talk about the movie as a whole, but in this case Thanos is just too important of a character that I really feel I need to talk about him first. Thanos is a brilliantly written character in this movie which makes it even more impressive since they practically reinvented the character from the comics. As big of an event as Infinity Gauntlet was – especially at the time of it’s original publishing – Thanos really wasn’t an interesting character. He was powerful, he was basically a god, and it took all the Marvel heroes and several celestial forces to stop him. But if you’ve ever actually read the book, you’d know that the whole story is basically Thanos being friend-zoned by Death. And the reason why he lost is explained as some sort of weird BS where Thanos subconsciously don’t actually want to win because he doesn’t actually believe he’s worthy? Or something like that? Yeah, it was really a cop-out explanation since the authors basically wrote themselves into a corner. How else are you suppose to defeat somebody with omnipotent power?
Because of this, I was genuinely surprised with what they did with this character. Since Marvel has been infamous for their lame villains (Yellow Jacket, Dormmamu, um…was there even a villain in Thor: The Dark World?) I really didn’t expect them to make Thanos this compelling of a character. I was expecting the depth of his character basically being that he’s just some evil alien bent on destroying the world and with the power of the infinity gauntlet he’d be the most powerful character in the MCU and it would require two movies to defeat him. In fact, I figured Avengers 3 would just be a quest where the Avengers try to find the infinity gems before Thanos finds them and they’d fail. Avengers 4 would then be the actual fight between the all-powerful Thanos and the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. To be fair, I was kinda right, but I didn’t expect his depiction to be this cleverly written while he’s going after the six stones.
The brilliant thing about Thanos is how he genuinely sees himself as the savior of the universe when in reality he’s a psychopath with a goal of genocide. But in this twisted sort of logic, he actually has a point. He’s kind of like other great villains who sees themselves as the heroes. Characters like Sinestro and Lex Luthor. But the difference between Thanos and those characters is I never got the impression that Thanos hates any of out heroes. In fact, he straight up tells Tony Stark that he hopes the people of Earth remembers Iron man as a hero; and he genuinely means it!
See, Sinestro’s whole shtick is that he thinks the Green Lantern Corps have gotten weak and needs to enforce harsher punishment for those breaking the law. Hal Jordan and the the other Green Lanterns disagree with this philosophy so there’s a lot of animosity between them. Same for Lex Luthor, he loathes Superman because he sees Superman as a threat since the people of Earth relies on him too much making us weak. But Thanos? Thanos doesn’t hate the Avengers at all. He wants to save the universe in his own twisted way, but he recognizes that the Avengers are also trying to save people so he respects them as the heroes they are.
Ok, enough gushing over Thanos for a few minutes. Are there any other good things about this film?
Well, the second best part about this movie to me was all the different character interactions between all the players. Thor, Rocket, and Groot made a hilarious trio (or should I say, tree-o? Eh? Eh? Ok, I’ll see myself out…). I’ve always loved Rocket and Groot as a duo (hell, I’d watch a movie focused on only those two), but tossing Thor in there was just icing on the cake. The interesting thing is I watched Lindsay Ellis’s review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and she pointed out that Rocket’s triggered by condescension. Thor kept calling him a rabbit, but Thor never disrespected him and in fact praised him. So I just found it interesting how he’s just not bothered by Thor calling him a rabbit. Confused, maybe, but not angry.
Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis all found Iron Man, Dr. Strange, and Spider-man on Thanos’s ship so they all met there. I liked that Tony and Strange got to meet each other, but I was disappointed that they didn’t reference the awesome facial hair bros from the comics. Otherwise, I felt mostly neutral about these characters…except for f***ing Star-Lord!
I haven’t reviewed either GotG films so this isn’t an opinion I’ve been able to vent on here, but Star-Lord has got to be my least favorite superhero in the MCU. Yes, worst than Black Panther (who I complained was boring in my Black Panther review). Yes, worst than Quicksilver. And yes, even worse than Vision (Who I’ve found to be unlikable in these movies). Star-Lord is an immature jackass with zero redeeming qualities and the only reason he’s the main focus of the GotG movies is because he’s the only straight, white man on the team. This movie doesn’t help. Like, I get it, he had a romance going on with Gamora (with zero chemistry btw) and Thanos leaves with Gamora to Knowhere and comes back without her. But he chose the worst possible moment to interrogate him on what he did to her and they would’ve gotten the gauntlet off of him if Quill didn’t f*** everything up. (Granted, that would’ve made for a shorter movie, but still!!!).
I’ve already gone over pretty much all the positives of the film, so lemme quickly go over some of my minor complaints. First: Steve, Bucky, and Black Widow got very little to do in this entire film. Second: this movie presented us with two major romances and neither of them were interesting to me since neither Star-Lord or Vision are likable characters. Third: these romances didn’t parallel each other which is a missed opportunity.
Forth: IRON MAN SHOULD’VE DIED!!!! Like, seriously. Everybody was expecting either Tony to die, Steve to die, or both. I was expecting Tony to die, but having both die would’ve been interesting too. And I don’t mean die as in death via finger snap. When Thanos stabbed Tony in the heart with part of his armor, I thought that was it. I thought this was the end of MCU Iron Man. And I was satisfied with it. After what led up to Thanos stabbing him like that, I thought that would be the perfect way for Tony to go out. And then Marvel pussied out and had Dr. Strange save his ass. God f***ing dammit, Marvel. What makes it even more frustrating is that neither of them died when Thanos used the gauntlet! Steve had very little to do in this movie and Tony was probably the second most prominent character right behind Thanos. So I kind of wish Tony died so Avengers 4 could focus on Steve more.
Ok let’s discuss the ending here before we wrap everything up. I wanted this ending to be a frustrating ending. Here’s how I imagined the movie ending: Thanos has five out of the six infinity stones. There’s one more left. All the Avengers and Guardians are there fending off the final stone. Unfortunately, Thanos is too powerful and finally reaches it. He puts the final stone in place, lifts the gauntlet in the air, camera zooms in on his hand, he snaps his fingers, and the screen cuts to black! I still kind of wish that’s how the movie ended. The actual way the movie ended wasn’t bad, in fact it was good, it’s just not how I wanted things to turn out. I wanted to see all the deaths caused by the gauntlet to be revealed at the beginning of Avengers 4. However, I guess if they did that we wouldn’t have the final scene of Thanos smiling after he successfully “saved the universe”.
The only two deaths that really hit me was Spider-man’s and Groot’s. I was surprised they killed Black Panther since he’s the biggest black superhero in these movies and he just had a very important film made after him. Also, I feel like they killed off too many of the women. Gamora’s death was plot-heavy so that made sense; but Scarlet Witch and Black Widow? Idk if Nebula survived. Plus, Valkyrie probably died off screen considering what happened to Asgard at the beginning of the movie.
Ok ok ok, this is turning into a really long review but I feel like I need to discuss one scene before I wrap this up. This was my favorite scene from the entire movie. In one of the flashbacks, it showed us how Thanos met Gamora on her home planet. Since Thanos didn’t have the infinity gauntlet yet, he was “saving” planets one after another by killing off half their population (which is why he viewed the gauntlet as a way of showing mercy and not one of destruction). When he saw Gamora, he gave her a little weapon to play with to distract her while her people were being killed. There was even a moment where baby Gamora tried to turn to look at the carnage, but Thanos prevented her from looking and kept distracting her with the weapon that she’s using as a toy. This entire scene was executed perfectly. It was sick, twisted, and disgusting but almost cute and sweet. Remember, Thanos doesn’t see himself a monster but as a savior. That alone just adds so much to this entire scene and it’s kind of hard for me to really put into words how amazing it was. I just felt like this needed to be appreciated so I wanted to highlight it.
Overall, I give the movie a 10/10. Yes, it is that good. I rarely give movies a 10/10 rating. Even movies I love, I tend to give them a 9/10 at most. This movie, however, earned it. This is EASILY the best MCU movie and it might even be the best comic book movie ever. I’m not exaggerating. I really want to rewatch The Dark Knight (which was previously my favorite comic book movie) so I can really make that decision. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already seen the movie. If you haven’t, then I seriously think you should. Watch some of the other MCU films first so you can appreciate it the best, but it really is that good.
My Rating System
10 – Perfect: nothing is wrong about this movie
9 – Almost perfect: has one or two minor nitpicks that holds it from perfection
8 – Amazing: not a perfect film but still absolutely loved it
7 – Good: has a few problems but overall a great film
6 – Ok: has several major problems but I still like it
5 – Mediocre: neither good nor bad just forgettable
4 – Bad: a few major problems that ruins the movie
3 – Awful: lots of problems that ruins the movie
2 – Terrible: there may be one or two good things about the film but everything else is garbage
1 – The worst: literally nothing went right