While the latest installment of the MARVEL Universe is definitely one of the best, it is also inarguably the most conflicting in regards to (most) fan feelings. Anyone who hasn’t been following the franchise would undoubtedly be confused with the references and the even larger collection of characters. However, whether fan or not, Avengers Infinity War is full of hilarious jokes, awesome fight scenes, unique plot points, and twists that all viewers can love. Some said they had a difficult time keeping up with the convoluted story, and yes, it did have a lot of twists and turns. But to those who felt the movie was simple and fairly uneventful, well the opposite is true. The main plotlines of the Guardians with Thor trying to find the last stones, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, and Iron Man trying remove the stones already taken by Thanos, and Scarlet Witch, Cpt. America, and company protecting Vision are easy to digest and stay on fairly straight paths until the very end. However, each of the separate stories slowly adds more and more detail and small complications, making it a bit tricky to keep up with all of them at the same time if you’re not paying attention closely.
Like most films, Avengers: Infinity War has its flaws and conventional plot points, but don’t let that deter you from the story. Avengers: Infinity War doesn’t give you a mountainous story to distract you; instead, it chooses to be put under the microscope, and what it shows us is amazing. In having this lengthy movie with simple plotlines that either take place over the course of a day or almost entirely on a small, abandoned moon, we get to explore a whole new level of depth in the power of the Mad Titan, Thanos. For the first time in a MARVEL movie, our man in character isn’t one of the fan favorites-or a hero in general- but the main villain. For so long MARVEL, has largely been heroes, guns, shields, and explosions, and the majority of a meaningful relation to the real world would be locations, technologies, and altered timelines. But, after a long wait, Avengers: Infinity War takes the common theme of “good guys always win” and throws it aside, which in turn gives the film and the entire saga a brand new and enormous scope.
Over its two-and-a-half hours (making it the longest MARVEL movie), Avenger: Infinity War takes three simple storylines and juggles them flawlessly, mixing in just the right amounts of intricacy, action, and depth. With dozens of unexpected twists, we need to talk about a few, so spoilers incoming.
Avengers: Infinity War took on a whole new level arrogance by starting the film off with not only killing one of our favorite (former) villains, Loki, but just seconds before, showed audiences the unadulterated power Thanos has when he demolished the Hulk to the point where he would not turn back again in the movie. Despite the respect he showed, Thanos had no mercy for those he fought. In the few scenes we saw him fight in, Thanos fought as eloquently as he did viciously. Every hero that went up against him lasted no more than minutes, which is different from what we’ve seen before in past MARVEL films. For example, when Thanos first encountered Draxx, Mantis, Gamora, and Quill, Thanos used the Reality Stone to not only prevent Gamora’s death but to temporarily morph the heroes into silly structures to prevent them from fighting.
Later on, our newest main character took Gamora to receive the Soul Stone but realized that he had to sacrifice the one thing he loved; this idea gave hope to not only the audience but to Gamora as well. This hope, like other things, soon turned to dust as we saw Thanos turn with tears in his eyes to his daughter as he explained that he loved her. Although this heartwarming moment was ruined by him sacrificing her, it showed the audience that the monster who wanted to kill half of all life had a heart.
Having brought two heartbreaking twists to the fans already, no audience member could prepare the final minutes of them film. Thanos defeated our heroes on Titan, sent his army of Outriders to earth to ravage Wakanda, and when the last of his subordinates had died, Thanos came to earth to retrieve the last stone: the Mind Stone, or as most would know it, Vision. Our heroes gathered together under Cpt. America, and fought valiantly against Thanos who defeated them effortlessly.
Thankfully, the audience witnessed Scarlet Witch destroy the Mind Stone seconds before Thanos could reach it . . . or so we thought. All he had to do was push her aside and bring Vision back with the Time Stone only to kill him again. Now with all six stones, Thanos could fulfill his destiny. But before he did, Thor threw his axe into the chest of our best villain but not soon enough. Thanos has done what he came for, killing half of our heroes in the process and bringing heartbreak and anger to fans everywhere.
So where does the MCU go from here? The Russo brothers have confirmed that the fourth installment of the Avengers franchise has already been in production before the release of Avengers: Infinity War, which leads us to the question of, “What will happen next?” As shown in the aggressively sad post-credit scene, Nick Fury activates a pager before his death that had the symbol of Captain Marvel-a canon MARVEL character shown currently in a live-action show. Fans can only speculate what aid she can provide to our recently deceased heroes, and the universe they protect.