“There was an idea, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when when we needed them to fight the battles we never could.” These words were spoken by Nick Fury in the 2012 The Avengers film. After 10 years, 3 phases, and 18 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has united Earth’s mightiest heroes to create a world out of comic books for viewers young and old, and the penultimate climax has finally arrived: Infinity War.
Pivotal characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, along with newer characters such as Black Panther and Spider-Man (and many other superheroes) take on the task of protecting the universe from the foreseen dangers. Albeit the highly anticipated crossover of the heroes, the biggest character waiting to be formally introduced was the mad titan, Thanos. First introduced in the mid credits scene of 2012’s The Avengers, the biggest villain of the MCU has made appearances throughout the Marvel movies, foreshadowing Infinity War to fans since the beginning.
Without any spoilers, the plot of the film revolves around the six infinity stones, hence the name Infinity War. Foreshadowed in all Marvel movies since The Avengers, the infinity stones are immensely powerful objects tied to various aspects of the universe. Thanos has been scouring the universe to get these stones in his possession, and havoc and destruction seems to be his ultimate plan.
Many secrets surrounded Infinity War, with even the cast not receiving the real script. Directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, made sure that there would be no chance of any spoilers leaking. Joe Russo revealed, “We put a lot of effort into making sure nobody knows the true story of the film. All the actors were given fake scripts. Very few people have seen the actual film itself.” The director continued by stating, “It’s a burden to bear for them. It’s probably easier to have read a fake script and a fake ending because they don’t have the pressure of knowing what happens in the movie and then they have to hide it.”
The immediate success of Infinity War was nothing of a surprise to fans and critics. Breaking box office records, Avengers: Infinity War made $640.9 million within the opening weekend – the biggest opening ever. Receiving an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and generally positive reviews, Infinity War has become a film to remember.
Critic Neil Soans praises the film saying, “A decade of the MCU’s efforts pays off in a massive way as Avengers: Infinity War delivers on all the hype with blistering action, relentless humour, and all the actors swinging for the fences.” Critic A. O. Scott states “‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is puzzlement and irritation and also, yes, delight. The action is especially tedious, but the final act brings a chill that represents something new in this universe.”
With an enormous and incredibly impressive cast, great reviews, and the penultimate finale 10 years in the making, Avengers: Infinity War is a must see. The next Avengers installment is set to be released next year and until then, fans eagerly await.
Upcoming Marvel Movies:
Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019
Spider-Man 2 – July 5, 2019