There’s a lot of ambition for “Avengers: Infinity War.” It received a worldwide release date of April 28, moving from May 5th. Usually, those Marvel movies would open a week earlier internationally. The directors Anthony and Joe Russo made sure no spoilers were given, with the hashtag #ThanosDemandsYourSilence. And many websites are making predictions on which Avenger will die, and how much money the film will make. I don’t make those kind of bets; I let those Marvel movies show me what they got.
The first “Avengers” was utterly amazing, the second one (“Age of Ultron”) was good, and “Infinity War” is the best since the first. In fact, it’s more serious than the first two, and I’ll explain why. Thanos (Josh Brolin) has appeared in cameos, and now, “Infinity War” finally gives him his due-his major role. He plans to collect all 5 infinity stones to order to wipe out half the universe. “He can do it with the snap of his fingers.”
I’ll do my absolute best not to spoil anything for you. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is Thano’s adoptive daughter, as you all know from the first “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) comes back to Earth to warn Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Wong (Benedict Wong) about the villain’s plans for doomsday. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ends up trading banters with Star Lord (Chris Pratt) and calls Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) a rabbit. Vision (Paul Bettany) is one of the infinity stone holders. Iron Man gives Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and himself some upgrades to their suits. And Captain America (Chris Evans) and his outlawed crew return to Wakanda, the homeland of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), for one Hell of an epic battle.
“Avengers: Infinity War” has a lot of challenges, a lot of serious elements, a lot of laughs, and a Hell of a lot of fun. We are able to look at Thanos, his relationship with Gamora, and his reasons on why he wants to wipe out half the universe. And Brolin is provocative, purple CGI or not. I also admire the fact that the Avengers would meet and join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy. This is totally cool, and left me smiling.
The special effects, CGI, and make-up are all incredible, as usual in a MCU movie. Most of the characters are given a strong dose of emotional depth. Some have revenge goals against the villain, Iron Man can’t get him out of his head, and some of them have tough choices to make. And we are promised deaths. Can’t say who dies (out of respect from the filmmakers), but as many of you know, the movie promises a cliffhanger, which may leave you sad. But think of it like the ending to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
And you also know, this battle isn’t over. Come back next year, and we’ll see what happens next.