Avengers: Infinity War is the It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of superhero movies. It happens to be both an all-star cast and an all-star roster of superheroes, since the superheroes are what made most of the actors A-list stars. We get to see all these stars put on a big show for us.
The best part of The Avengers was when all the heroes met and didn’t get along at first. Now there are more heroes who have not met yet, so we get to see more fun introductions. There is so much crosstalk that you’ll likely miss some of the lines. Different combinations of heroes fighting together are fun too.
Marvel has succeeded in creating a universe where characters can mingle. Infinity War is a bit more unwieldy than Civil War but it’s still more organic than Justice League with exponentially more characters to serve.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have a keen sense of all the Marvel characters’ voices. They still write Spider-Man (Tom Holland) better than his own movie does, and their Guardians of the Galaxy subplot is better than Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Mantis (Pom Klementieff)’s background reactions are the most endearing laughs of Infinity War.
Once every Avenger is introduced, Infinity War gets long. Spoiler Alert: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) goes to the place to get the thing that can help him fight Thanos (Josh Brolin). It still takes a long time to reveal things we know are coming. There are some surprises I did not expect, but those end up having no impact on the plot. So good one, Marvel, didn’t see that coming!
Thanos looks great but they still couldn’t figure out how to make him interact with human actors. In one case, it looks like an actor hanging from a wire with Thanos painted on. In another, it’s just Thanos holding a CGI blob. Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.)’s nanofiber Iron Suit looks wonky going on too.
Avengers: Infinity War proves the Avengers and Civil War experiments were a success. You can combine all the characters from all the Marvel movies, service them all and maintain all their individual voices. I hope the next step is not just to include them all, but to challenge the way we think about superhero storytelling. And I don’t mean who lives or who dies. I mean, what would change our perception of our favorite characters for the better? Figure that out and you may do more than just make a lot of money. You could inspire growth in your billions of fans.