Back in 2008, Marvel Studios and director Jon Favreau gave us Iron Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born. Now, ten years later, the MCU is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. This weekend the nineteenth film in the MCU, Avengers: Infinity War is finally hitting theaters starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt. This is the film that has been teased to us ever since The Mad Titan Thanos appeared at the end of 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and to say that there has been a lot of hype surrounding this film would be an understatement, but can the film live up to the years of built up hype?
As the title suggests, there will be no spoilers of any kind in this review. I will, however be writing a spoiler review and I will have that up in a few days. So feel free to read this review all the way through.
The short answer is yes, it very much does live up to all the hype that has surrounded it for years, but it comes with a price that I feel most of us weren’t ready to pay. I can not stress that enough. NO MARVEL FAN WILL BE READY FOR THIS MOVIE. Having said that, the movie was awesome! It is by far the best film in the MCU as of right now. It is full of explosive action sequences, spectacular special effects, brilliant acting, and a great story that keeps the viewer fully engaged from start to finish. Not only that, but with the much darker tone and a few great surprises, the film comes off as a breath of fresh air. The film’s only real flaw is that it might be a lot to take in all at once (more on that in my spoiler review).
One thing that I defiantly want to touch on is Thanos. He is the most well developed villain the MCU has to offer. As soon as The Mad Titan shows up you just get this feeling of dread that you should feel with every villain in every movie. You just know when Thanos shows up something bad is going to happen and you just have to sit back in horror as you watch these things unfold. So much of that is in Josh Brolin’s performance as The Mad Titan. Thanos has the most screen time in this movie, which is great because this is his movie. Like the film, Marvel Studios has been teasing us with Thanos for years now, so it’s good that they actually made it all about him.
Bottom line, go see this this movie. Like right now.