Avengers: Infinity War – The good, the big bad and the snuggly

A local radio DJ talked about how much he liked Avengers: Infinity War. He was able to follow what was happening in the film despite not being a big comic book movie fan. I’m a little surprised that someone with a passing interest in superhero films could wrap their head around a fairly complex universe that consists of 18 films prior. I would say a good handful of these films would be prerequisites to fully appreciate what Marvel is accomplishing with Avengers: Infinity War. I’m not sure if the radio DJ was trying to be funny when he asked “how come Wonder Woman is not in this?”

My perspective is from having watched the Marvel Films. Sure, some of them fell short of expectations. That’s not the case with Avengers: Infinity War, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable film. At the same time, I can understand why not everyone is on board with it.

I won’t be repeating what I wrote in Avengers: Infinity War Review. Check it out, it captures my thoughts the same day I watched it. I will expanding on some other points below now that I’ve had a couple of days to process it.

Did some Avengers get short-changed?

If you’ve seen the trailers or posters you can figure out which Avengers are missing. It’s true that Black Widow and Captain America don’t have as much screen time as the other Avengers. The best material for Black Widow in Phase 2 and 3 has been in the Captain America movies. Since Avengers: Infinity War isn’t told from Captain America’s point of view, both Cap and Black Widow’s presence aren’t going to be as prominent in terms of character arc or motivation. I don’t know what Black Widow’s blonde hair is supposed to mean, but Cap is looking appropriately battle worn with the beard and dark costume. Apparently two years have passed since the events in Captain America: Civil War.

What’s the funniest scene and line?

Tonally, Avengers: Infinity War is quite somber and grim in places. The humor that stands out the most to me is Thor meeting the Guardians. Chris Pratt as Peter Quill has an incredible comedic ability. He hits all the right notes in that early scene with Thor. I personally didn’t find Drax’s scene to be funny. Also, the back and forth banter between Iron Man and Spider-Man could have been fresher. Their relationship is still in the “Cranky Uncle scolding his nephew” phase. Mantis might have the funniest line in the film.

What is Thano’s backstory?

Thanos is an intriguing villaiin. It’s the combination of the writing, CGI and voice performance that makes Thanos come to life so to speak. He’s not brooding nor maniacal. There’s a smirky tone to some of his lines that actor Josh Brolin captures very well in his delivery. On one hand I would be interested to see how Thanos came to be; his childhood and what exactly happened on his home planet. But the explanation that is provided is sufficient to understand his motivation. Giving him a more detailed backstory might misrepresent Thanos as a tragic villain where his actions might be construed as doing “good”. Clearly, Thanos needs to be stopped and is a huge threat that all the Avengers need to be on the same side against. This isn’t Civil War where each side has a reasonable rationale. The Avengers do not need to discuss the merits of Thano’s morality. As Kanye says “no one man should have all that power” lol.

Is it supposed to be emotional?

Everbody is going to have a different emotional reaction, if any. The two most pivotal relationships in this film are Gamora & Star Lord and Vision & Scarlet Witch. Vision and Scarlet Witch probably could have used more development to be truly invested in them. I really like Vision and Scarlet Witch grew on me a lot in this film. This film jumps to a time period (two years after Civil War) where they are in love with each other, something that was set up in previous films but not fully developed. Because of the two Guardians movies, it’s a little more easier to care about Gamora and Star Lord. I guess you could argue that Gamora and Thanos’ relationship is even more important to the story. The other reason why it’s hard to be emotional is that I don’t know how things will play out or what events might be undone.

What did you think of Avengers: Infinity War? Whether you liked it or disliked it, share your thoughts below.

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Posted on April 30, 2018, in Comics, Movies, Review and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I liked it, I liked it a lot. I agree this is kind of Thano’s movie so his relationship with Gamora is the closest to a neat classic narrative arc. Other than we’re running from setpiece to setpiece with a little room to breath and get some characterisation and emotion. As a standalone it’s not a great film but as the first of a two parter that follows 18 other stories it is a fantastic action heavy chapter. Personal faves were the best character scene I’ve ever seen Thor given and the first scene with the Guardians. I would not be surprised if James Gunn did some of the writing for that. I also liked some of the themes and moments where heroes came to the rescue of others. If this isn’t the film to get your fans fist pumping what the hell is?! 🙂

    • I had a lot fun! Ambitious movie! Can’t believe it’s been 19 films in ten years. I liked the scenes that helped flesh out Thanos. Thor also got a lot good material, much better than in Avengers 2 and nicely follow ups after Thor 3. Yeah, I heard James Gunn at the least was informed what would happen to his characters and some stuff certainly sounds like it’s written by him. Hard to imagine Marvel films and Avengers movies without The Guardians. I agree Infinity War needs to be watched and fully appreciated together with the next film. A personal highlight is what happened on Titan towards the end!

  2. Great write-up! I really loved this, but I think with this movie, more than all the others, it’s pretty much necessary to see all the films preceding it. I thought as a villain, Thanos definitely lived up to the hype, and I was glad they went for a darker ending. I need to see it again, though, before I can place it on my MCU ranking!

    • Thanks! I agree, it’s highly recommended to catch up on the preceding films for Infinity War! I want to see this again in theaters, maybe in a couple of weeks once the hype dies down a little. It will be interesting to revisit the film again as well after part 2 comes out!

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