It’s really difficult to comprehend that when Iron Man kick-started what would become known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, it would all come to a colossally gripping Avengers: Infinity War.
Now, pay attention. First, there is absolutely no use stepping into the screen room at the cinema if the film has started rolling as the audience is left jaw-dropping from the very first scene.
Second, if you thought Captain America: Civil War was a bravado in fitting so many superheroes into one movie, this third Avengers installment will more than clear any doubt that it owns the bravado crown.
Third, directors, the Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War ) have somehow managed to pull off a level of continuity nearly so impeccable for a complex plot that you would not feel two hours and 20 minutes pass by like a snap of Thanos’ fingers – blame the time stone, perhaps.
Fourth, my mouth was left agape twice and cussing away (can’t recall if I did so loudly or in my mind) a number of other times because of the people that died. Yes, people died. Some, without warning. Brace yourselves.
But not to wallow in anguish at mourning the fictional dead, one great thing about Avengers: Infinity War is the villain(s). If you’ve not heard the saying, a movie is only as badass as its villain(s) and the ones in Infinity War are most certainly not here for small chops and apple juice.
Matter of fact, The Black Order – Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian – are individually skilled, focused, cruel, unforgiving, imposing, and bloodthirsty. Then imagine what their more powerful ‘father’, Thanos, would be? A collection of all that sprinkled with maddening, undiluted vile evil.
Thanos truly is the Mad Titan that demands your full attention each time he allows himself to a scene whether you’ve called for him or not. Despite all, the bully that he is actually has a weak spot. Fancy that.
One of the best things about the film includes the no-holds-barred fight sequences throughout. Whether two on two, three on one, one on one, or even six on one, these guys were not messing about.
Another high in the film was the manner comic relief was employed such that it appears more times than you would expect in a tale which ends up with everyone involved losing dearly; and I mean everyone.
If this was not a spoiler free review, this paragraph would be describing a particular fight sequence involving Thanos which perfectly summed the extent of his might without needing the infinity stones, while this part would be describing same but with the stones involved.
Temptation to spill spoilers overcome, Avengers: Infinity War fully lives up to being a climax of what all the Marvel movies since Iron Man were leading up to. ‘A climax’, not ‘the climax’.
And putting it in perspective, Justice League is that dump site in Ojota, Lagos – 100 acres of trash – compared to Avengers: Infinity War in all its Lekki-Ikoyi bridge glory. That could change if the Justice League producers actually release Zack Snyder’s version of it, though. Even then, it still would not measure anywhere near as sumptuous as Infinity War.
Finally, it’s a great thing the sequel has already been shot so May 2019 is a poised to be a great time to be alive God willing. Until then, you have until Sunday before the internet becomes a cesspool of spoilers. One thing I’ll tell you, though… the film pretty much confirms who “the strongest avenger” is (for now anyway).