“That’s…that’s PERFECT casting.”
Those were my first words twelve years ago when they first announced that Robert Downey Jr. was to play the titular role of Iron Man as Tony Stark. Rich? Check. Playboy? Check. Asshole? DOUBLE check. Addict? TRIPLE check. From that point on I knew that Marvel Studios had a hit on their hands. When the movie came out not only did it deliver, it ended with a promise, a promise of something bigger. See this was back in the days when plot leaks weren’t a thing so it was a REAL surprise to see Samuel L. Jackson show up as himself-uh I mean Nick Fury at the end. And when he said the words “Avengers Initiative” me and my friends lost it. I couldn’t believe that they were going to do it. Later that same year the (extremely underrated) Incredible Hulk film came out and Tony Stark showed up at the end. The promise was becoming closer and closer to a reality! Fast forward ten years later and the MCU not only fulfilled that promise but also expounded on it. Characters that I NEVER thought I’d see on the big screen. So when I saw Avengers: Infinity War it wasn’t like watching a film, but more of a recap of the last ten years.
The Mad Titan is here, and his name is Thanos. He has a purpose and a mission, to seek six Infinity Stones to obtain ultimate power. And it will take a combination of The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Wakanda and the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange to stop him. See us long time comic book readers know how badass Thanos is. But I don’t think the casual movie goer understands this. From an outsider’s view looking at that amazing collective of heroes coming together for one common goal should be a walk in the park. Well the Russo’s not only make Thanos and his Black Order formidable opponents, but they steal the show. Thanos not only breaks the villain curse, he demolishes it with some of the best dialogue in MCU history.
Avengers Infinity War has done the impossible. It gives you exactly what you want in a fantastic nerdy celebration of 10 years in world building. And yet at the same time gives you things that you’d never expect. You think you know what’s going to happen in the film? Trust me, you don’t. Kevin Feige and the Russo’s have done an incredible job of not spoiling anything, even to filming scenes just for trailer purposes that don’t show up in the film. There are scenes that will make you laugh, there are scenes that will make you cry and there are scenes that will feel like you’ve been punched in the gut. “Emotional Roller Coaster” isn’t the correct term for this film. More like “sitting on a throne of emotions”. Because once you sit down and the film comes on the emotional spectrum goes all the way till the end.
Avengers Infinity War thanks the viewer for ten years of support by referencing moments from the earlier films. While not necessary to push the film forward I felt like this was the MCU saying they appreciate all the money, time and twitter fights I’ve had over their universe. The Easter Eggs are abundant and so well placed that it will take multiple showings to catch them all. Each actor shines in their own way that made them household names. You can feel the intensity when the Avengers are fighting. You can sense the light hearted and hilarious tones when the Guardians scenes come around. You get that same sense of wonder from when you say Spider-Man: Homecoming. The weirdness and psychedelic vibes from Doctor Strange. And the regal magnificent elegance from the Black Panther. One would think that these won’t mix well together, but the Russos do so in spades.
This is the hardest review I’ve ever had to write because there’s so much to talk about but I can’t. I’ll end with this, this is the riskiest film that I’ve ever seen. No lie. Things happen in this movie that no other franchise can do. Marvel set the bar for other films to follow and now they’ve extended it even further up. This is a masterpiece, a moment in time that people will be talking about forever. And I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Verdict: 10 out of 10.
You are now in the presence of The Mighty Hands of Khonshu aka The Fist of the NorCal aka Infinity Knuckles aka Vibranium Clippers aka Terrigen Haze aka Vishanti Slippers aka Latverian Lamborghini aka Adamantium Triceps aka The New Comic Book Daywalker aka Unstable Molecule aka Beats by Pym aka Foster Child of the Atom aka Triple XXX-Gene aka the Walking, Talking Red 100 Emoji. Stop putting pineapple on a pizza.