Hey gang, Valkor here. It’s a film that has literally been ten years in the making, but the time has finally come for the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to meet their greatest challenge – Thanos. It all started with his appearance in the first Avenger film. And while Thanos wasn’t prominent throughout much of the other films (we've only gotten a cameo here and there) his presence was always felt. And fans waited with high anticipation until his next appearance, which were few and far between. Thankfully, Thor: Ragnarok would be the film that would ultimately set things off. And now, Avengers: Infinity Wars is finally upon us. And my friends… it was so worth the wait! Lots of Spoilers ahead.
If you’re new to the MCU or maybe you're a few films behind, then I suggest you backtrack before going into this one. It also doesn’t hurt to go back for a refresher and watch all of the films, which is something I did before diving into the newest film.
"Avengers: Infinity War" kicks off post-events from Thor: Ragnarok, where Thor and much of the people of Asgard, along with Bruce Banner, were on a ship heading towards a new world. However, a giant ship that stood in their path halts their journey. Which then brings us to the present where Thanos and his crew have killed off most of the Asgardians and they're now torturing and interrogating Thor. Thanos has already acquired the Power Stone and is now seeking the Tesseract aka the Space stone, which is in the possession of Loki. Banner/Hulk attempts to put a hurting on Thanos but instead, and for the first time that I've witnessed, gets completely rocked. However, with his last bit of strength, Heimdall sends Hulk back to earth before he’s killed. The scene ends with Loki giving up the stone and meeting his demise.
Back on earth, Banner arrives into the lair of Dr. Strange where he warns the Doctor and his assistant Wong of the oncoming threat – Thanos is coming to earth looking for two stones (time and life). And if he should get his hands on all six gems, he could cause mass destruction on a universal scale. From this point on is a series of events (in no particular order) such as Thanos’s lieutenants coming to earth and facing off against Iron Man, Strange and Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy meeting and teaming up with Thor. Then there’s the issue of the Hulk not wanting to “hulk out”, Thor gets a new hammer... or ax, Gamora, and Thanos have a confrontation, the Wakanda standoff, and much, much more! It all ends with Thanos acquiring all six gems and doing exactly what he promised. And the MCU will never be the same.
Of course, as with any Marvel film, you have to sit through until the end to check out the post-credit scene featuring Nick Fury and Maria Hill. My initial thought was that it would involve Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. signaling his return to the films. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. But I’m OK with the ending since it’s a mad brief introduction of a new character coming to the MCU – Captain Marvel.
And now comes the wait for May 19th, 2019 when we get the conclusion to Infinity War and how it will affect the MCU going forward. One last note on the current film: am I to assume we’ll get an extended cut since we didn’t see how events played out on Xander and how Thanos got the power stone? I hope so! Oh, and there’s no “good, bad, or ugly” here. Because this shit is ALL GOOD! No, no, no… GREAT!!
"Avengers: Infinity War" is the film every fan not just of the MCU but Marvel comics as well, has been longing for since forever! It’s the culmination of 18 films and an eclectic cast of characters coming together for one explosion event that doesn’t disappoint – not in the least! And while you’ll stay for the fun and all the action, prepare to be shocked and awed as Thanos’ goal of acquiring all of the infinity gems comes to fruition and characters you have grown to love meet their demise. I walked in expecting certain characters to die, but when they didn’t and others did… I was floored! But nonetheless I was satisfied with how everything played and I can't wait for part two to drop! To the Russo Brothers, I’d like to commend you on a job well done. Your contributions to the MCU have not gone unnoticed as you guys rocked Winter Soldier and Civil War. But you’ve also shown amazing skill in handling the combined works of all 18 films plus directing a wide range of characters, bringing them all together to produce a film that went beyond anyone’s expectation, especially my own! Joss Whedon should also get some praise since he helped to kickstart what the MCU is today, and now the fruits of not only his labors but also all of those who have contributed – cast and crewmembers alike is now upon us. And as a fan who has hung around from the jump, all I can say is – it was worth the journey and I appreciate everyone’s efforts, not only with Infinity War but also the future films as well. Make mine Marvel!
"Avengers: Infinity War" is still making the cinematic run with a home release expected in August. If you haven’t already done so, and while it’s still in theaters, go out and see it – twice, three times even, as it is the must-see film of 2018! May 19th can’t come soon enough. But at least until then, we have a couple of MCU films in the form of “Ant-Man and Wasp” as well as “Captain Marvel” to tie us over. Until then, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Avengers: Infinity War a perfect 5!