Only two months after the Black Panther phenomenon, Marvel is back with another expected MCU film: Avengers: Infinity War which seems full of surprises.
I don’t remember a movie with so much tension in its first seconds. From the logo, you are immediately in the electrical and dangerous atmosphere that the MCU has teased for years. The film starts right after the post-credit scene of another film that is Thor: Ragnarok which I find to be a nice touch. If you haven’t seen this film, you will have a little trouble situating the story, but it will not last long.
It’s quite difficult for such a movie to highlight each character in it. Some of them are more under the spotlights than others such as Thor, Iron-man or even Doctor Strange. You also have what I’ll call a “Hulk situation”.
For those who did see Thor: Ragnarok, you know that Hulk took power over Bruce Banner so much so that he didn’t remember all that happened to him after Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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I can tell you Hulk puts Bruce Banner in a delicate situation in this film. On the other hand, some heroes take a step back which is quite a shame. Captain America for example, is not really Captain anymore, even if his first appearance in the movie is really cool.
The character I liked the most was Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch. She had a lack of self-confidence and especially was afraid of her powers in Captain America: Civil War. But in Infinity War, Wanda fully demonstrates the extent of her powers for trying to save Vision who has the Mind Stone.
But what I find particularly good is not the gathering of superheroes, but the focus on the villain: Thanos. Because the main character in Avengers: Infinity War is Thanos. Everything deals with him. You learn more about his past and also about his adopted daughter Gamora. You’ll see the relationship he has with her. The link between them makes him, one of the greatest villains of Marvel comics, more… human?
Thanos is to Avengers 3 what Ultron was to Avengers 2. He doesn’t make difference between rebirth and destruction, between peace and war. But he knows well that he must go through war and destruction to access peace and rebirth. You could understand some of his motivations, but the way he wants to access this peace and rebirth is simply horrible. So the empathy that you could feel for him is quickly forgotten by his actions.
The thing you could have been afraid of was the excess of humour especially from Thor for example or even Drax or Star-Lord. But Marvel has managed to have a very good balance between humour and drama because Avengers: Infinity War is very emotional and dramatic.
Of course, what would be Avengers without the famous fight scene that has been promised in the trailer? This fight takes place in Wakanda (where it’s also nice to see T’Challa, Okoye and Shuri even if they don’t appear a lot). The scene is more than spectacular. This is a true apotheosis and a lot of visual effects.
Questions that many people wonder about this film is if there are deaths? Are there many? Are they the ones we expected to die? This only thing I can tell you is that you leave the cinema slightly shaken by the end, and the post-credit scene, which announces two upcoming films, doesn’t help.
I realized with this film how it was – not that important – but very useful to see some of the previous MCU films to understand this third movie of the Avengers.