Avengers: Infinity War, the culmination of the MCU, has completely blasted expectations-in some good ways and some bad. The premise of the movie is that a madman giant named Thanos wants to collect all six Infinity Stones (the most powerful forces in the galaxy) to complete his twisted version of a utopia. In order to save the world, The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and others will have to band together if they are going to have any hope of stopping him. At the beginning of the movie, Thanos already has an Infinity Stone, so they don’t have much time. Avengers: Infinity War is a thrilling combination of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Spider Man, Doctor Strange, and The Avengers. If anything, the filmmakers at Marvel have only got better at drawing viewers in with crazy stunts and powerful fights. The action scenes were enthralling, and the way they were put together reminded me of a book with multiple points of view. The separate characters on their separate missions create a feeling of suspense, because most of the time you know more than the people in the movie. Also, you do need to have seen pretty much all of the recent movies to understand the plot.
Though Marvel has an okay track record of staying consistent, this movie might be an exception. There are a few unexplained holes in Infinity War’s plot that can’t be wished away. For one thing, when Thanos uses his abilities to temporarily disable one of the characters, Thanos can completely incapacitate him. But later in the movie, Thanos doesn’t use that power in the fight he is most likely to lose. Even though he could just make them all into dirt and win, he doesn’t use it at all. This plot hole is ignorable when you are caught up in the action, but afterward, it’s painfully obvious. Also, some objects in Avengers: Infinity War have powers that are never really explained, and these abilities seem like they conveniently pop up the moment they are needed.
Don’t get me wrong: I am a big Marvel fan. I am not bringing them down just to bring them down. I would definitely still get a ticket for this movie, as it brings a lot of previously separate heroes together, and the result is incredibly impactful. The vision Thanos sees is not necessarily evil. If you look at it from another point of view, he could be righteous, the hero of life itself. Though you know that the heroes of the previous movies are justified in their actions, you can’t help but wonder who is really right or wrong. This dynamic has been used by Marvel a lot lately. Ultron from Avengers: Age of Ultron didn’t understand that he was destroying Earth and not saving it. In the Avengers’ Civil War, you get to see both sides of the story try to decide what you would do if you had to choose between the law and what is right. This technique spices up the classic “for peace and justice” superhero story and adds a believable real life aspect to the conflict.