Avengers: Infinity War review by Bobby Blakey
When Marvel kicked off it’s cinematic universe back in 2008 with Iron Man no one could have expected to where it would be today. They took a major chance and it paid off big time. Now in 2018 we have had 18 films that have all led to the biggest chapter of the MCU with Avengers: Infinity War. The third Avengers film brings together the biggest ensemble of characters with the cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scalett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland, and Josh Brolin. Could this epic 10 years in the making live up to what we have been waiting for or will the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fall once and for all?
Avengers: Infinity War follows the Avengers and their allies who have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, but a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment - the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain. When you spend ten years building to something like this you expect it to knock it out of the park and thankfully Infinity War does just that and so much more.
I am going to tread along the line to not spoil anything because there is just so much here that it took me a few hours to fully process and will require more than one viewing to really understand the full scope of what just happened. Within the first 15 minutes of the film it slaps you in the face and punches you in the groin to make sure you know that you are in for a dark and sometimes unpleasant ride. This is easily the darkest Marvel film to date, but still manages to inject plenty of laughs and witty banter between the characters.
With this many characters brought together it could have easily gotten overburdened and forgotten important aspects, but they have managed to give everyone their time to shine while keeping them all interesting and important throughout. What I loved more than anything is that they fully flesh out Thanos to create easily the best Marvel villain to date and at times makes this film feel more like a Thanos film than an Avengers films.
To say this movie is epic is an understatement. There is so much greatness here that it could and will likely over power your senses. The action is plenty and perfectly executed with the always great visual effects kicking major ass. The Russo Brothers have crafted the impossible taking some big chances and steering very far away from the safe zone. There are clear threats here with consequences like never before that will no doubt change everything, but not always in the way you may think. It’s always interesting seeing these films with an audience where these things usually end in thunderous applause, but this time around it was pure silence that left the mix of emotions floating in the air that will surely linger for some time.
I applaud the cast, crew, Kevin Feige, the Russo Brothers, and Marvel Studios for taking this insane chance 10 years ago to not only create an epic comic universe, but making so many fan dreams come true by seeing these stories and characters that mean so much come to life. This film not only brings everything full circle, it leaves you wondering where is it all going next. As usual be sure to stay through the credits for one last scene that is worthy of the epic Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In addition to this epic entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this release includes tons of bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, commnentary, a gag reel, and numerous featurettes that take fans behind bringing this war to life. In addition they will be releasing Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron on 4K Ultra for the first time as well to round out the collection. Prepare for battle and step into the fray when Avengers: Infinity War available now Digitally and then on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on August 14th from Marvel Studios.