Avengers: Infinity War has been setting box office records with the insane hype it has received through 10 years and 18 films of expectations. The antagonist of this movie, Thanos, was revealed as the overarching villain of the entire MCU during his post-credit debut after The Avengers in 2012, when fans discovered he was behind Loki’s attack on New York. With possibly the longest tease in cinematic history, it’s no surprise fans came out in droves to see Avengers: Infinity War. With all the excitement however, no one seems to be asking the important question, was the movie even good? Here is a spoiler free Avengers: Infinity War review that leads into a spoiler-filled review, but I will warn you when to stop.
Avengers: Infinity War was without a doubt entertaining if nothing else. That was to be expected however. In my opinion, this movie would rank towards the bottom of the MCU films, somewhere around The Dark World and Iron Man 2. I’m not just trying to be a hater either. I actually went into this movie really excited and wanted to like it. For instance, I really enjoyed The Last Jedi; so you know I’m not just being a new, hit movie hater.
Obviously any movie with essentially all of the Marvel characters we have grown to love over the past decade finally together is going to be enjoyable. Seeing our favorite characters interacting with each other for the first time was excellent. Doctor Strange, Tony Stark, Thor and essentially anyone that gets to meet Star Lord for the first time is electric on screen. You almost forget how many of these characters actually haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet.
For how great you would expect a movie that is filled with all of your favorite characters to be, is actually what I think hurt this film the most. It just felt to jam packed. There were so many story lines going on at the same time that it almost felt hard to keep up with or over-shadow one particular story line. This was essentially my main concern going into the movie and unfortunately, in my opinion, they weren’t totally able to resolve it. I don’t think I have ever said this but this should have been two movies. Most of the time when a film becomes a franchise it seems like they are just trying to stretch out a story for more money but in this case I think it would have actually helped to be digested easier. Obviously with the Marvel phases, it’s nearly impossible to fit another movie if it wasn’t previously schedule in advance. If that is the case then the directors did a fairly good job with the material he had but it’s unfortunate they didn’t decide to take their time with this huge endeavor.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Skip to Conclusion to avoid spoilers.
For anyone that has actually seen this movie you probably know where I’m going with this; the damn fade-away death scenes. I was expected a lot of deaths going into this movie from all the rumors I had heard and I was actually quite excited about it but I was totally disappointed. Marvel is going to use this to Segway into their phase four but personally I am not as excited about the future. For one, how in the hell are they going to make a Spider-Man sequel without Peter Parker? Even if they use a new person, they finally gave me an actor I really enjoyed as Peter Parker and Spider-Man has always been Marvel’s champion. Next, is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 just going to be a movie about a depressed Rocket Raccoon? They kept alive pretty much the exact characters I wanted to see die, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. It was their time damn it!
So in my opinion, Marvel can go one of two ways; neither of which will end well. Marvel can decide to stick to their guns and keep these characters as dust in the wind. That would be a pretty ambitious move for them but at least it would solidify the importance of a death in the MCU, which fans have been let down by (Loki). If that’s the case, all of these deaths at once become kind of meaningless. I personally think Tony and/or Steve dying while stopping Thanos would have been much more powerful deaths.
The other direction Marvel could take would be resurrection. This is definitely a plausible option for Marvel as Doctor Strange could have had a trick up his sleeve. Unfortunately, this would be bitter-sweet because it would diminish the importance of an MCU death so much that it would essentially become meaningless. This leads me to phase four. In the post credit scene, just before Nicky Fury turns to dust, he pages for Captain Marvel (seriously, the guy that assembled the Avengers used a pager for a super hero). Marvel is clearly trying to set Captain Marvel up as their lead hero but I’m not buying it. They have been recently trying to do the same thing in their comics and it has been a complete disaster. While the comic book nerds don’t necessarily dictate the success of a comic book movie like they use to, their unsatisfaction with Captain Marvel is definitely not a good sign. Captain Marvel is a pretty generic hero that just doesn’t have appeal (other than her looks obviously).
So while I wasn’t a huge fan of Avengers: Infinity War, it was still a really entertaining movie that I’m sure I will enjoy much more at home when it’s offered on Netflix. It was in no way the best Marvel movie, which is really disappointing considering the decade-long hype, but wasn’t the worst either. Per usual, the Chairgatin’ movie review scoring system consist of American flag recliners, which are good for obvious reasons, and fedoras which are bad, also for obvious reasons. 5 recliners represent the best and 5 fedoras represent the worst. For Avengers: Infinity War, I award 3 recliners, good but not great.