Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

So it’s all come down to this, at least for now. Avengers: Infinity War, which had “Part 1” removed from its title, is the start of a potential conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, we know it isn’t; it makes too much money to end. And because it’s only the start, we’re left with a cliffhanger we have to wait almost a year to resolve. If you weren’t already going to go see it, I’d suggest waiting until the next Avengers movie is out in order to watch it, so you can watch them back to back. Then you’ll see the “proper” movie. as opposed to half of one.

This one follows the heroes we’ve grown to know over the last decade as they scramble around both Earth and space in order to try to figure out a way to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin), who has finally decided to get off his derrière and hunt for the Infinity Stones—6 magical MacGuffins that power a glove—himself. He grows more powerful with each one he collects and, if he gets them all, he could wipe out 50% of life in the universe. Individually, even the strongest Avengers members can’t stop him—and that’s when he’s only got a stone or two, not all six.

There isn’t much more to it than that. Some of the Avengers show up, do things, disappear for a while so that others can take center stage, and eventually reappear to do a bit more. We follow that pattern until about 2/3 of the way through, with minor action scenes scattered throughout, and then it all breaks down and becomes a big battle for more or less the rest of the movie. Fun!

I say that genuinely. It’s a lot of fun. Much like most of the previous MCU films—and the Avengers movies in particular—it’s a lot of fun just seeing these characters here, interacting with each other, and building on what we’ve seen them do in their individual films. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), in particular, has really stepped up over the last couple of movies. And now we’ve got even more crossover, since the Guardians of the Galaxy join the fray.

If you’re a fan, you’re going to be enraptured by everything that’s going on. There are a couple of surprises along the way, the action is solid, all the actors are good at playing their characters, and the writing is as snippy as ever—and no, the humor doesn’t make it feel like there are no stakes. If you aren’t a fan, you’ll have no idea what’s going on. And that’s okay. Some movies are made just for the fans; this is one of them. Infinity War is the 19th film in this franchise. At this point, they’re making them for the people who like them; and that’s most of us, given the box office numbers.

There isn’t a whole lot more else to say. Avengers: Infinity War is review-proof, after all. Fans will see it, non-fans won’t, and anything meaningful one has to say about it, barring a glaring flaw (which it doesn’t have), falls into spoiler territory. And we won’t even know if it’s truly a problem yet, because we haven’t seen the full movie—we’re still a year away from finishing it. As such, there isn’t a ton to say. This is another fun, action-packed MCU movie, one with a strong villain, high stakes, a few surprises, and a ton of fun.

Conclusion: Avengers: Infinity War is a fun Part 1 movie.

Recommendation: If you are able to wait, I’d suggest waiting to see Avengers: Infinity War until closer to Part 2. But chances are, you won’t. Which is fine. It’s fun.

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