Avengers: Infinity War: The year’s best film

by Jackson K.

(This article is spoiler-free except for vague descriptions)

On Thursday, April 26, the heavily anticipated Avengers: Infinity War hit the theaters. Seats filled up almost instantly; my dad and I got the only two seats left in the cinema for that showing. The film racked up $250 million in domestic theaters and has viewers begging for the sequel.

The movie is jam-packed with 149 minutes of intense action. The only two heroes of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) that don’t appear in this blockbuster are Hawkeye and Ant-man.  This Avengers movie has an ending that will leave fans screaming “What just happened!?”

The plot of Infinity War revolves around the Infinity Stones, hence the name Infinity War. These stones can give the holder unimaginable power. If someone can obtain all six, they can control the universe. The antagonist of the movie has been built up in mid-credit or end-credit scenes and parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He is Gamora’s adopted father, which leads to emotional scenes between the two. Thanos’ ultimate goal is genocide, and is on a mission to collect the Infinity Stones to balance the universe by wiping out half its beings. After Thanos attacks Thor, Hulk, & Loki’s ship, Heimdall transports Hulk to Earth to warn the Avengers. Thanos’ cronies attack Earth in search of Doctor Strange’s Time Stone, and the war begins.

The movie takes many perspectives, the most prominent being Thor, Iron Man, Star-lord, and Thanos. As those who have seen the trailer know, part of the war takes place in Black Panther’s home country, Wakanda. It is obvious that they are fighting over an Infinity Stone. Since the Soul Stone hasn’t being introduced in any of the previous 18 movies, and it would be irrelevant to the previous Marvel blockbuster, Black Panther, it is possible that the fabled Soul Stone could be in Wakanda.

Another important scene is when Star-lord and co. meet up with Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Spider Man. Doctor Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto (the Time Stone) to predict the possibilities of the future. He concluded that out of the more than 14 million possibilities, the good guys only win 1. Then the group fights Thanos and Strange decides to make a sacrifice, because it was the “endgame.” This scene single-handedly sets up a sequel, because fans know that Doctor Strange is not an idiot and that he made the sacrifice knowing it was necessary for the Avenger to win. This opens the door to a possible comeback lead by Iron Man against the colossal conqueror.

This is a movie that is a lead-up from all the previous 18 MCU movies. If this is your first Marvel movie, you will be lost. So for those who don’t follow the MCU, there are many YouTube videos or articles that can quickly explain all of Marvel’s complicated web of heroes. The videos I recommend are by SomethingElseYT and Looper (the link is at the bottom of the page).

Marvel Studios sure didn’t disappoint with their second 2018 blockbuster. They have racked up over $1 billion box office and counting, making it the fastest grossing film to reach the $1 billion mark. and it’s for a good reason. So when you’re all caught up on the MCU and have time to head to the theaters, there is no doubt that you should see the best Marvel movie yet, Avengers: Infinity War.



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