If you’re that one person who hasn’t seen Avengers: Infinity War, I suggest you pull out of this article before any spoilers reach you. This post is a take on my reactions after watching everything which occurred in the movie. I’ll be sharing all of the most random of thoughts. This means it’ll get pretty subjective so I won’t be bringing attention to the things which objectively matter most. Let’s have a fun discussion rather than a serious one. There’s enough of videos and posts dedicated to the implications this movie will have. With that established, here’s your final spoiler warning.
Is it Really That Scary For First Time MCU-Goers?
There’s a chance you’ve heard people say this movie difficult if you hadn’t watched the previous ones. I partly disagree with this. The truth is the movie isn’t as difficult to watch as others are making it out to be. Almost anyone can enjoy Infinity War.
A person who has no prior knowledge of these characters is smarter than you think. If I were to show this to a person who has never seen a single Marvel movie, it would most likely feel like they’re watching something in the likes of The Lord of the Rings. That series, in particular, is all about lore, mythology, and world-building.
We didn’t need to watch the Hobbit prequels to understand Bilbo was a hero. We don’t need to know the prior history of the friendship between Saruman and Gandalf. Why? Because the audience can fill those gaps in themselves. The only reason why someone would feel any doubts about going into Avengers: Infinity War is because he or she has been told there are films prior that must be first seen. I do agree, the new viewer is missing out on the overall character arcs, but they would clearly understand everything that’s going on.
I can even bring up an example from the movie itself to prove my point. It’s when Thor meets Peter Dinklage’s character we understand the history between the two despite never seeing the two before on the screen. Where I agree is the viewer might not catch little things such as when Tony doesn’t want to contact Steve Rogers. In a way not seeing the prior installments makes the universe seem grander and richer.
Where was Hawkeye at?
Let’s face it. You probably don’t care about Hawkeye. But, he means a lot to me. In MovieBabble’s article regarding the staff’s thoughts leading up to the film, I said that I wanted him to have a funny interaction with Spider-Man. Yes, it was explained him and Paul Rudd’s Scott were under house arrest after the events of Civil War in a throwaway line of dialogue in the film, but are we believed to expect they would be just sitting around knowing the world is under alien attack, again?
Clint is all around a character the big screen never got to utilize to maximum potential. The Russo Brothers did say they have a major plan for him in Avengers 4, but rumors suggest the character will become Ronin, Clint’s ninja identity from the comics.
All sounds great, however, it won’t be Hawkeye any longer, only Ronin. It seems the bow and arrow won’t get the chance for a redemption as originally believed. It’s a shame given Hawkeye always had an attractive presence when predominantly featured in the comic book storylines.
Some of you might be asking why I care little about Ant-Man. He’s getting a movie two months after this, alright? Hawkeye isn’t and it seems he might never get the chance to prove his true worth.
So many awesome team-ups, yet the one deserving of the highest praise is the one between Tony Stark and Doctor Strange. The two seem so similar yet when brought together the contrasts begin to show. One is quippy, confident, while the other is more focused on getting it over with. Many scenes between the two are where the most tension gets built up.
You realize it’s over for the Avengers when Stephen Strange says they have only 1 chance out of 14 million to defeat Thanos. Or when Strange puts the importance of the time stone above the lives of Stark and Peter. And seeing Stephen give the stone to spare Stark’s life was a nice development for him. Or was it? Many speculate Doctor Strange was only following through the only scenario in which he saw the team succeed. It would also explain why he never really used the stone to its capacity.
Second place goes to Guardians of the Galaxy meeting Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Peter Parker. The “I’ll do you one better” back and forth put me to tears. Their battle with Thanos was by far the best action scene providing for some great combos. The way in which they were trying to stop Thanos from clenching his fist in all creative ways really did it for me. The way Star-Lord acted did make me angry, though. Couldn’t he have punched Thanos after they got the glove off? Seriously?!
Their reaction to Thor was priceless. I see many finding that to be the best pairing in the movie. Seeing this was the Russo Bros.’ first take on the God of Thunder, they did him a lot of justice.
The biggest surprise coming out of it was seeing Thanos realized as a full character. Many say this was his main role and I’d have to agree. His relationship with Nebula, but especially Gamora really took center stage. The flashback when we see the Mad Titan conquering her planet as a little girl was endearing, painful, and sad.
Covering the sight of her people getting murdered was a sign of compassion never seen in such a destructive force. Yet, as it is with war, the enemy ideologically brainwashes the innocent children. That might’ve been the part I would’ve wanted to see more of.
Later we see Gamora mourn the death of her father who she so much despises. Vice versa is true as well. The journey to get the Soul Stone to me was the most interesting because it felt like the most unexpected one. At first, you think Thanos lost because he never got the chance to love. Then he sheds a tear as he turns to face Gamora.
Zoe Salada’s portrayal really connects with what the audience was thinking. Her journey as a whole was worrying about the past coming back to haunt her. It really struck a chord with me because we all do things we extremely regret and hope to forget.
People’s Misconception of Thanos
“The best villains are the ones who think they’re the good guy” is a quote getting tossed around frequently. I’ve heard people call Thanos’ perspective “understandable,” making him a strong villain. This thought process immediately loses me. Surely, Thanos believes this is the right thing to do, but that’s not what makes him a good villain. What at least gained my interest was his connection to love. I don’t think Thanos sees himself as a good guy, rather the one who’s right and the things he’s willing to sacrifice to do what will benefit his ideology is the strongest of aspects about him.
This is partly why I get so annoyed when he gets simplified to a bad guy trying to do some good when in reality that’s clearly not the case. The villain doesn’t view any of his actions as good. Do you honestly think he did a ‘good’ thing by killing Gamora? It was all to fuel his cause, not good intentions.
Battle of Wakanda
This was a joy to watch! Chances are if you were sitting in a packed theater this was the sequence which got the most applause. Thor coming through the Bifrost with Rocket Raccoon, Steve Rogers leading the charge with Black Panther, the catfight between our Marvel heroines and the evil henchwomen — wow!
Finally the crux of what made it intense, Thanos’ success. The emotional quandaries our heroes had to go through — especially Scarlet Witch’s choice to destroy the stone keeping her love alive — really made it a potent final act.
All that hard work, sacrifice, blood spilled, ultimately demeaned. The scene was an equivalent of winning the lottery, but losing the ticket right after. Thor getting to Thanos was an amazing shot. Yet, sadly, it was interrupted by the words, “You should’ve gone for the head,” and their doom came swiftly.
The handling of the death in the midst of all its despair failed to meet the proper impact. Bucky’s death was unexpected, but seeing Black Panther, Groot or Star-Lord die doesn’t hold much weight. These are the faces of the franchise we’re talking about here, the ones who sell the toys and make the big buck. What happened with the whole, “No more resurrections,” shtick Thanos gloated about after killing Loki? The final act was truly strong, yet it got a bit undermined by this sort of fallacy.
Now, I did not mention Spider-Man because I actually got something out of his death. Despite knowing they wouldn’t kill off such a major character it was the closest of other scenes to put me to tears. This proves that maybe Marvel Studios’ plans for the future weren’t the problem. It was the handling of how they treated these so-called send-offs which truly tested the heart-rending effect.
This brings me to the next point. Why kill for the sake of killing? The MCU has struggled with keeping deaths in the universe relevant so when this movie came out we all expected to see death after death. That’s why I felt nothing during the killing of Heimdall or Loki. The death of the God of Mischief served to make the stakes higher, not because it was the best conclusion for him. When death becomes something to look forward to seeing it’s missing the point.
This is why I applaud not killing off Tony Stark or Captain America. If either of those two players had died it would only go to serve the fan predictions, not the film itself.
Avengers: Infinity War is great. Surely, some moments are there to check in boxes, yet there are equally times when stray far from fan hype culture. The action delivery, the scope of adventure truly echo the sign of a successful part 1 to the final chapter. Now, can anyone answer the most important question of all: why did Black Widow change her hair color?
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