Marvel unites all of its galaxy-spanning superheroes for one seriously spectacular mega-movie revolving around a quest to stop villain Thanos from obtaining the almighty Infinity Stones in “Avengers: Infinity War,” the biggest and boldest Marvel movie to date.
Marking the third film in the “Avengers” franchise and the 19th Marvel movie thus far, this often exhilarating and always entertaining superhero flick from directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo not only succeeds in satisfying ridiculously high fan expectations, it offers nonstop action and a whole lot of humor to go along with it. Finding all sorts of creative and narratively pleasing ways of merging these various worlds into a crowd-pleasing whole, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely craft a consistently engaging popcorn piece with colossal stakes, and offers each Marvel character a time to shine along the way. Featuring an appropriately massive A-list cast who continue to add dimensions to their well-established roles, a grip of superhuman showdowns that will leave audiences breathless, and enough surprises along the way to turn marginal Marvel fans into full-fledged fanatics, “Avengers: Infinity War” is a battle for the ages.
Centering the action around the antagonist, “Avengers: Infinity War” gives top villain billing to Thanos (Josh Brolin), Marvel’s most diabolical evildoer who briefly appeared in the two previous “Avengers” films as well as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and to say he’s a formidable threat is putting it mildly. When Thanos learns of the existence of the Infinity Stones, (which have been featured individually in previous Marvel outings) and the extraordinary amount of power the beholder of all six can wield, he sets out to obtain them and fulfill his goal of cosmic dominance.
With the threat of global destruction in the offing, Iron Man aka Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) rallies the Avengers and aligns himself with everyone from Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his mentee Peter Parker (Tom Holland) to the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper) to take on the cosmic threat. Along the way, friendships are established, rivalries are born, and plenty of intriguing elements are introduced into the Marvel Universe to explore in future installments.
With their third Marvel directorial effort after “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War,” directors Anthony and Joe Russo deliver their most dramatically complex and all-around enjoyable film to date. Helping their efforts invaluably is the script by screenwriters McFeely and Markus, which is impressive for many reasons, chief among them being their ability to bring clarity to so many different characters and narrative arcs. Thanks to their superb scripting, the stakes are continuously high, the threat of universal catastrophe ever-present, and the characters are brought together in humorous and dramatically satisfying fashion. Featuring the kind of jaw-dropping action sequences for which Marvel has built its brand upon, laughs for days, and awe-inspiring production and costume design, “Avengers: Infinity War” is as impressive for its savvy storytelling as it is for its technical proficiency.
With over thirty Marvel characters entering the fray, the actors of “Avengers: Infinity War” are asked to make the most of their screen time, and the dedicated cast bring their all to their respective roles no matter the size. Of course, part of the appeal of a movie like this is seeing Marvel characters from different worlds interacting with each other, and more often than not, Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is involved in the best of these encounters. From Star-Lord’s growing jealousy over his fellow guardians’ friendship with Thor to Tony Stark’s hilarious sparring with Doctor Strange, aside from the superheroes combining forces, these encounters are where the promise of the premise is fully revealed.
There’s no denying it: “Avengers: Infinity War” is one top-notch superhero spectacle.
By: Lucas Mirabella
Running Time: 149 Minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and some crude references.