The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a pretty much unstoppable juggernaut in the world of movies. Disney and Marvel have brilliantly collaborated to perfectly line up movies of solo characters along with crossovers and the mega Avengers films to anchor everything. They have all been extraordinarily successful and have redefined the superhero genre itself. They now plan on wrapping up this age of Marvel only to begin with a new revamped universe afterwards in order to tell new stories and bring new actors into the fold. The first step towards the end is the new film Avengers: Infinity War, which just may be the most epic superhero film to date.
After protecting the world and disbanding due to conflicting beliefs, the Avengers find themselves having to come together once again to face the greatest threat Earth has ever known: Thanos (James Brolin). Thanos is an intergalactic maniac scouring the universe to gather all of the Infinity Stones to achieve ultimate power and cleanse the universe before ruling over it. Now the Avengers, along with every ally that can muster, must find a way to stop a seemingly unstoppable foe before he bends their very reality to his will.
Avengers: Infinity War was directed by Anthony and John Russo and these guys really deserve more credit than they get. They actually created a two and a half hour epic with almost every character from a huge established universe, yet somehow managed to make the film never feel rushed or routine or cookie cutter. In fact, they created one of the most action packed, emotional and heavy superhero movies ever. The cast is all star, the story is engaging and intriguing and never lets up in terms of pacing, the action sequences are staggeringly huge, and the production value is top tier. And on top of the very heavy story that culminated in a huge gut punch of an ending, it still managed to get lots of laughs in there and let all the characters get their moments in the spotlight. It really is an extraordinary achievement. And it is so much damn fun. I cannot wait for the second part of this opus next year and definitely plan on revisiting Avengers: Infinity War multiple times before then in order to really soak in all the details I may have missed. The only question left is can they match or exceed the new expectations created by this film? We’ll find out soon enough. Very highly recommended.