An Arguing With Myself Review: Avengers Infinity War
It began with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) telling the world, “I am Iron Man”. With just four simple words, the ripple effect began. Those ripples would stretch out to the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Igniting a war with the “Mad Titan”, Thanos (Josh Brolin), who with a snap of his fingers can destroy all that we know from existence. It will take the Earth’s mightiest heroes to put a stop to him or die trying.
Back when the Avengers came out, it impressed me with how many heroes shared the screen. They would do the same for their follow ups, Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. Never could I imagine EVERY character (minus a few) from the previous 18 films, would share the screen as they did for Infinity War. A grand feat that never seemed to be shoehorned. Think of it in terms of a TV series. You have 20 episodes to tell this one story. Each “episode” will highlight some characters more than others. With ups and downs along the way. All culminating to this. The season finale.
I went into this film, forgetting at one point, Marvel was going to split Infinity War into two parts. As the three hours and forty minute film was coming to a close, I thought to myself, “Of course! We’re going to see the aftermath of the events from this part in the next one”. I read, recently, the name of the next film will be a spoiler for those that haven’t seen Infinity War. I can’t imagine what they could name it nor do I care to. I’d like to be left in the dark about certain information. Film titles and release schedules should be revealed with the first trailer. Give me a title card that says, “To Be Concluded…” à la Back To The Future 2 and I’ll be happy.
This being the 19th film of a larger narrative, kept its viewers coming back, one film after another. We’ve become emotionally invested in these characters and their stories. Each entry, a page turner, just as the four-color panels they sprung from. It’s good to see the band back together, even if this is their final tour. It’s been a fun ride and I look forward to the future.
Regardless of how this Phase comes to a close, my hope is that Marvel will concentrate more on individual characters. Smaller scale films that can coexist in that same universe. Not like everyone making thinly veiled references to “The Incident in New York” but naming names. Heroes should be recognized and their handles said aloud. These are the men and women that have saved you countless times. Give them the respect they’re due.
My mind is racing trying to piece together how Ant-Man & The Wasp fit into this film’s timeline as well as Captain Marvel. The latter will be taking place in the early 90’s, which begs the question; why are we only hearing about this person NOW and will T’Chaka’s Black Panther (Atandwa Kani could reprise his role) pop in there somewhere? I’d like to see more Black Panther. I think it could flesh the character out a bit more and add to his mythos. Ah! The possibilities are endless!…Actually, to paraphrase Doctor Strange, he looked into 14 million possible futures and there’s only one reality. I guess we’ll just have to wait patiently for the next set of films to come out. Until then, In Kevin Feige and Marvel I trust.