Before we begin unfolding everything for Avengers: Endgame, we’re taking a look at the MCU thus far. Our last step is Avengers: Infinity War. We covered this film last year, but today we’re taking a look at it with fresh eyes.
While this review was written after our viewing of Endgame there are NO SPOILERS for Endgame included in this review.
The entire MCU had been building to this moment since the Tesseract first appeared in Howard Stark’s journal in Iron Man 2. This wasn’t a story that would only be teased at. This was a story that would encapsulate the entire MCU for 10 years, and the real lighting of the fuse would begin with the first Avengers film. The film would end with a mid-credits scene that showed Thanos, the mad Titan, was behind everything Loki did in the film. It would create a large shadow over the MCU for years to come. But Thanos finally arrived with Infinity War, gauntlet in hand, and already wielding the Power Stone. From there, his plans and his destructive path directly to the Avengers, would change everything.
When the film first came out, Infinity War, felt like the first part of a larger story. The Russo Brothers stated time and time again that the two films (infinity War and Endgame) were very different. And they are. We will not expand on Endgame. But Infinity War is exactly what the title suggests. This is War. This is a large-scale battle, that will only end when the credits roll. Whether the Avengers win or not. Every scene is a build up of tension and destruction, as Thanos comes closer to achieving his goal. Every time he steps closer towards obtaining the six infinity stones, the War expands. Until it comes to a screeching halt, because he has won.
Infinity War gets a lot of things right. By using Thanos as the driving force of the film, as essentially the protagonist, it helps to direct the story in the way it needs to go. The Avengers can’t win this fight, because they are so divided, and by the time they even slightly come together, it’s too late. This is the biggest threat they’ve ever faced. It’s essentially the threat they were put together to take down. Given that Thanos controlled Loki in the first film. But by not being together now, when Thanos is knocking on their door, they stand no chance of winning.
The great thing is, this film sets up the Avengers to do exactly what they were created for. As Tony Stark once said, “if we can’t protect the earth you can be damn well sure we’ll avenge it.” As we said last year in our coverage of Infinity War, this was the Avengers’ Empire Strikes Back. But it’s important to remember that Return of the Jedi and Empire are very different films with two very different purposes. Infinity War is a film about Thanos, and how he succeeds in his plan.
Thanos’ plan and the story surrounding it is executed perfectly. It’s almost hard to believe that the Russo brothers were able to balance the film this well. It does an excellent job of bringing out the entire MCU to try to stop Thanos, even if they’re all doing so in their own ways. It also gives each character some truly great moments to shine. It’s a shame that Ant-Man and Hawkeye weren’t included in the film, but their exclusion made their later stories in the MCU that much better.
Infinity War is an impressive feat by Marvel. But Marvel has shown us time and time again that if they make a gamble, they go all in. And infinity War was just a taste of how far they would go.