For 10 years, Disney and Marvel have dominated the cinematic universe and now, after the backstories, the sequels, the assembling movies, a Civil War and an incredible amount of money making, it has come down to this.
One concern going into Avengers: Infinity War is just how the directing Russo brothers, who had also helmed the previous two Captain America movies, would manage so many protagonists culminating together to tackle the ultimate enemy. Well, 160 minutes of exhilarating superhero nerdiness, it’s safe to say they have passed that particular test with flying colours.
In fact, not every Marvel champion features despite the number of heroes involved estimating around the 30 mark. So again, it seems the Russo brothers will have a similar challenge on their hands going into the 4th and final Avengers movie.
Back to Infinity War however, and with all our favourite heroes scattered across various areas of the universe, they must assemble once more to take on a foe who has threatened to make a dramatic entrance since the first Avenger movie, Thanos (Josh Brolin).
As any Marvel nerd will know, Thanos is seeking a collection of jewels known as Infinity Stones, each one giving him more power and bringing him closer to universal domination. Standing in his way? The remnants of the Avenger initiative, a hammerless Asgardian God, a wizard, a king and the Guardians of the Galaxy – overall a group squabbling, egotistical individuals who must come together to deny Thanos.
Something that works in the Russo brothers’ favour is that there’s no desperate need to engage us with so many characters. Thanks to the many individual movies before it, we already have this emotional attachment to them all and thanks the charisma fuelled cast, there’s a character to care about in every scene.
In addition, much of the movie is surrounded by sacrifice and tragedy as many expected, while as with any Avenger movie, we are treated to a barrel of laughs and lighter moments. The Russo brothers must be credited for managing to find a perfect balance of hilarious, heartbreaking and exhilarating.
Brolin as Thanos is genuinely terrifying as an old school villian – twice the size of your average human with giant arms, constantly voicing his intentions of wiping out half of the universe. Another potential concern was the overuse of CGI for this particular character, as we’ve seen so much of in superhero movies of late, but Brolin isn’t masked too much and remains visually genuine.
Skipping from one world to another and cutting from one group of superheroes to another, Infinity War flies by and by the end, it doesn’t feel like you have been sat in the cinema for two and a half hours. In fact, the end of the movie is potentially the weakest and most underdeveloped, but it certainly sets the fourth and final instalment of the Avengers franchise up nicely.