We have been huge fans of the Marvel movies since they started so we were really looking forward to seeing what the latest offering, Avengers Infinity War had in store.
Infinity War is the third in the franchise although of course there are many more linked movies with the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America and Doctor Strange all adding to the overall story of what is known as Phase three in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
We all knew that this movie was going to bring together all of the characters we had witnessed so far and that they would have to team up to fight Thanos, the overarching power that has controlled events since Avengers Assemble. What we didn’t know was how it would turn out, would it just be too much? Will they defeat Thanos? Will they all get along? Well, nothing could have prepared us for what happens.
The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS so don’t read on if you haven’t seen it.
Infinity War is simply a masterpiece. It’s bold, daring and seriously dark. Yes it has quite a bit of comedy refrain but it is seriously needed amongst what could be considered as a “Watership Down” for Marvel fans, the younger audience members will likely be scared and scarred by what they are about to witness. In fact, we would go as far as to say that this is definitely one for the adults.
The movie deals with the sheer amount of characters in a clever way, having them all on their own paths in different parts of the universe.
Thor teams up with The Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man joins Spider-Man and Doctor Strange to hunt down Thanos in space and Captain America joins Hulk, Black Panther, War Machine, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon in Wakanda.
Ultimately, Thanos is on the hunt for the Infinity Stones, this puts Vision and Doctor Strange in the firing line as well as Gamora. This sets in motion a brutal and shocking chain of events resulting in the deaths of some key characters, all of them fairly shocking.
Loki is killed along with Heimdall while Thor is forced to watch, Gamora is sacrificed by her father Thanos to retrieve the Soul stone and Vision is killed by Thanos to get the Mind Stone, despite Scarlet Witch’s desperate attempts to save him. All of these deaths are shocking but if we thought that was the end of it we were wrong.
Thanos does indeed get his gauntlet on to all of the Infinity Stones, essentially meaning the Avengers lost the fight. Doctor Strange actually gives Thanos his Infinity Stone after viewing all the possible future outcomes and realising there is only one path where they don’t all die. What we as viewers didn’t realise at the time was that still meant they lost.
This is a seriously brave decision by the MCU and one that works perfectly. Earlier in the film, Thanos is asked what he will do once he has killed exactly 50% of the population of the universe and he simply says relax. This is exactly what he does at the end of the film. He clicks his fingers and disappears. Soon after people start turning to dust and we see a whole host of major characters evaporate before our eyes.
Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Starlord, Groot, Mantis and Drax are all seen turning to dust. Spider-man’s death is particularly harrowing as he grips on to Iron Man screaming that he doesn’t want to die, strong stuff. Rocket’s distress at seeing Groot die is equally hard-hitting. As if this wasn’t enough we see several of the soldiers of Wakanda disintegrate and then in the end credit scene, we see Nick Fury and Maria Hill die as well.
Obviously, this all has huge implications on the future of the MCU, we already know that another Avengers movie is coming out next year as well as Ant-Man & The Wasp, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2, Black Widow and Doctor Strange 2.
This means that some of those characters surely have to be resurrected unless they mess with the timelines and base them at an earlier time which doesn’t really fit the MCU theme.
What does seem clear is that Captain Marvel will play a huge role in the next Avengers movie. Before Nick Fury dies he is seen activating a distress beacon with her logo on.
There were a couple of interesting characters missing from the movie as well, Ant-Man was nowhere to be seen although he was mentioned, Hawkeye was also bizarrely absent. Hulk was largely absent as he hid inside Banner refusing to come out which could lead to a solo movie plot if they’re clever about it.
So who is actually left at the end? Well, Thanos obviously, who is seen surrounded by a lush green landscape relaxing on a deck. As for the remaining Avengers and characters there is still Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man (Although he is stuck on the planet Titan), Hawkeye, Thor, War Machine, Rocket, Nebula, Okoye, M’Baku, Shuri, Valkyrie, Wong, Ned and The Collector are all presumed still alive. Will they all come together for the next Avengers movie? You would think so.
With certain characters it can be presumed they will survive but with a different person behind the mask. Spider-Man isn’t just Peter Parker and the same goes for Black Panther.
It’s going to be fascinating to see where they go from here, it is a massive risk to kill off so many fan favourites but it could be just the injection of intrigue that the MCU needs to stay relevant.
This is an incredible movie that takes the MCU in a new direction, it feels like they lulled us into a false sense of security in Thor Ragnarok, making us think it’s all light-hearted from here on out. That sense of security was seriously misplaced and we are glad about it. The movie does have plenty of comedy, mainly coming from The Guardians of the Galaxy, and it certainly needs it to lighten the tone now and again.
Ultimately Avengers: Infinity War feels like the end of something special, as phase three comes to an end we say goodbye to an old friend, or 15. But as we enter phase four we’re excited, this is a new dawn for the MCU and one that we can go into blind. Whatever happens, it’ll be a new, grown-up Marvel, whilst we love all of the previous films it had become formulaic so now is a time for rebirth.
This may well be the best MCU film yet and we don’t say that lightly.
What did you think of Avengers: Infinity War? Will we see any of the dead characters again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.