“Avengers: Infinity War” The Paragon of the Marvel Universe
EVERYONE DIES! Just kidding, this will be a spoiler-free review, which also makes it a challenging review to write. Well, Thanos is on the hunt for all the infinity stones to complete the Infinity Gauntlet and be able to control all in the universe. Of course, the Avengers are working to save the world once again, but in a slightly different way. The team isn’t all together and are scattered across different parts of the universe. The film introduces each group and their particular mission, usually relating to the guarding or safe-keeping of one of the infinity stones. These pairings make for a very diverse and exciting storyline and character dynamics we have not seen before and make Avengers: Infinity War the best Avengers film to date.
Despite bouncing from place to place, the film is incredibly well-balanced. Each Avenger and character gets a decent amount of screentime, not allowing the film to become too one-sided. The way in which the characters were divided and partnered worked so well for the chemistry, humor, and pacing of the film. While some groupings were romantically inclined, others were out of necessity or location. These pairings resulted in giving the audience small pieces of the puzzle to create what has made The Avengers so memorable. The relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker is one that I’d like to note. I’m not a huge fan of either of these characters, but together they worked well in this film. The relationship didn’t seemed overly forced or exploited like it did in other films. Doctor Strange and Tony Stark also really balanced each other well with their banter and different personalities. It was great to see the Guardians of the Galaxy lend their talents to the Avengers. Their presence provides a lot of humor as well as heartache in the film. The emotional pull of the Marvel films is only amplified further in Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War succeeds in eliciting the emotional responses that Marvel has worked on building up over the last ten years. We finally get to see a lot of really tense and heart-wrenching moments that come from our love for these iconic characters. Even Thanos is by far the most well-rounded and emotionally relatable villain of the Marvel Universe. His motivations and his reasoning make him a believable villain for whom we feel a bit of sympathy. Vision and Scarlett Witch have some of the most tender moments together which really allow Olsen and Bettany to shine as actors.
Of course, Marvel has topped itself regarding visuals in this film. The colors are rich and vibrant with excellently designed characters we’ve never seen. The costume design and special effects in the film only enhance the rich environment created. It seems as though every detail was taken into consideration when creating the film. The scene at the end is genuinely mesmerizing and captivates the audience until the very last scene. The attention to detail in the film is truly stunning and transports the audience to other worlds. The upgrades to the Spidey suit and the Iron-Man suit are spectacular. Thor sees a few enhancements himself, and they genuinely are badass. The combination of all these characters into one film has created such a high standard for special effects that will be difficult to match. They seamlessly integrate all the powers and special effects into one kick-ass and stunning film.
There is not much to complain about with the film as everything was carefully crafted, engaging, entertaining and emotionally charged, but there are a few issues, minor as they may be. I think that a lot of the battle scenes went on a bit too long and lost momentum in the film. There also seem to be much fewer Easter Eggs in the film than the previous Marvel installments.
Avengers: Infinity War is one of the best of the entire ten years of Marvel films. The intricate storytelling and character grouping make the film incredibly engaging and well-rounded. It offers a well-balanced film chock full of emotion, action, and spectacular special effects. Avengers: Infinity War has set a new standard for the superhero ensemble film and will be tough to beat.