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Avengers: Infinity War Review

Ryan Hurst

Jordan Klaas

After ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe building up to its most recent film, Avengers: Infinity War, it does not disappoint.

Rather than going the typical Marvel route of most Avengers films, Avengers: Infinity War does not follow just a team of heroes, and instead follows our main villain, Thanos. Thanos, a character who has been built up and teased since the first Avengers film, is trying to collect all of the six mystical Infinity Stones. Each stone has a particular power and once he is able to collect all of them, he has the ability to complete his plan of destroying half of all life in the universe.

Even though the film contains over thirty characters, the film does not feel overcrowded or cluttered and is actually able to keep things relatively clean. It gives enough screen time to all of its characters with each character having a memorable moment in the film. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have to be applauded just for that reason. Though the film is mostly free of writing issues, there are a few minor plot holes.

Unlike a lot of Marvel films, it felt like there were actual consequences to the characters’ actions. It felt like whatever their choice was, it could lead down a bad path. The film was also more dramatic and serious than some previous Marvel films. Avengers: Infinity War could be compared to The Empire Strikes Back, where it is darker and more serious than the other films, and has a bitter ending.

Like in the films: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Black Panther, Marvel has really  focused more on having decent cinematography as that was a major criticism for Marvel films before. Fortunately, it looks that complaint will be a thing of the past. For the most part, the visual effects are also great, especially the motion capture on Thanos. Though there are a few spots where the visual effects aren’t the greatest, like with Bruce Banner and James Rhodes in their suits, these are few and far between.

Another criticism of the Marvel films are their lack of decently motivated villains. This was also a major fear for most fans as Thanos didn’t seem like a very compelling villain from previous films he was in. However, in this film Thanos is one of the MCU’s best villains since Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming and Killmonger from Black Panther. Unlike most villains in the MCU, Thanos is not just someone who wants to destroy the world and kill our main heroes. He actually wants to help people and solve many of the universes problems like poverty and hunger, but the way he goes about it is what makes him the villain.

Though it does have some issues, they are very minor ones at most. With its great writing, Avengers: Infinity War is a remarkable achievement for Marvel Studios.

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