Reel Reviews: Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

By on May 9, 2018

If you are one of the few people who is still waiting to see “Avengers: Infinity War” you should be warned: spoilers and conjecture lie ahead.

By this point, entering week three, those who were eagerly awaiting the latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have probably seen it. I mean, this movie is shattering the record books, and looks to hold onto the top position at the box office until another Marvel flick — “Deadpool 2” — has a chance to knock it off next weekend. “Avengers: Infinity War” grossed $450 million in a mere nine days and broke the global $1 billion mark in under two weeks.

To recap, in “Avengers: Infinity War” we meet Thanos (a cgi’d Josh Brolin), the cosmic personification of death and destruction who is bent on becoming all powerful by collecting six infinity stones. Thanos’ goal is to bring balance to the universe by eliminating exactly half of all living races and beings*. Earth is next on the giant’s path of destruction and the world’s mightiest heroes, with the addition of others like the Guardians of the Galaxy, must try and stop him. They fail. Now with ultimate power Thanos destroys with a mere snap of his fingers.

Did your favorite character die**? As half of all earthly beings vaporize into dust, death — or so it seems — takes Captain America’s sidekick Bucky (a.k.a. the Winter Soldier), Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Falcon, and practically all the Guardians — Star-Lord, Groot, Drax and Mantis. But, the mayhem did not end there. The disintegration caused by Thanos takes former S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury and agent Maria Hill, but not before the eye patch-wearing Fury can send out a distress message to…Captain Marvel***.

I say “or so it seems” because, honestly, do we think the money-making juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just going to vanish by half. Black Panther just got his movie and it created a whole new group of fans. Spider-Man seems way too big of a character, one who can easily stand alone in his own movies, to just kill off.

And yet, the rest can go. Strange and the Guardians have run their course. Bucky did his job. And the Falcon, well, he always was a sort of sidekick hero anyway.

The real question is what happened to those we didn’t see. Is Pepper Potts safe in a Stark stronghold? Where is Hawkeye? What about Ant-Man; he must be okay since “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opens later this summer. Can we get a Moon Knight sighting?! Okay, I digress.

Anyway, they all may make it back if Strange set the correct future in motion by offering up his infinity stone for Tony Stark’s life. Who is not making it back? Those characters who died before Thanos’ almighty transformation: Loki, Heimdall, Vision, and Gamora. But, Gamora could be the big surprise twist by resurrecting to destroy her father. I’d pay to see that! Heck, I’d pay to see however any of this plays out. Me and the rest of the world obviously.

Oddly enough, Brolin makes back-to-back Marvel appearances as two separate characters. Look for him as Cable in “Deadpool 2.”

* Except he did not spare anyone on his home planet of Titan.

** I’m a Thor fan, so I got off relatively easy.

*** Who is Captain Marvel? Well, don’t get her confused with him. He is DC and otherwise known as Shazam. She is Carol Danvers, originally known as Ms. Marvel and first appeared in Marvel comic books in the late ‘60s. It’s perfect timing for a strong Marvel woman to claim her place atop the franchise.

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