By Jordan Brown, Section Editor
“Avengers: Infinity War” hit theaters in late April, and it’s on pace to be the highest grossing movie not only in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe but also of all time and all uni- and multiverses. And it may be one of the best.
(don’t worry. This review will be spoiler-free.)
“Avengers: Infinity War” is the third film in the Avengers film series (19th in the MCU overall), and it tells the tale of The Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Black Panther to defeat Thanos to save half the universe from Thanos’ master plan.
The cast gets expanded from the original seven Avengers to a cast of over 25 people, making Infinity War the biggest Marvel movie ever in terms of star power. We all know and love these characters from their respective movies, but the large cast made the movie feel huge with over 25 people on the screen fighting for a common goal: to stop Thanos from getting all six Infinity Stones.
“Infinity War” is different from every Marvel movie that came before it (and most likely after) for many reasons.
First, this movie takes on a much more somber tone than the first three films. In the first three, the main conflict seemed like something that a team of superpowered people could handle with little to no problems or casualties.
In “Infinity War”, Thanos is an immortal villain with centuries of knowledge that cannot be beaten by anyone or anything. That fact alone makes this two-hour-and-30-minute movie feel like the heroes’ last stand before they fall at the hand of this undefeatable villain.
Second, the stakes are much higher than any hero film that came before it. If the heroes’ lose, trillions of innocent people die at the snap of Thanos’ fingers. The death count in previous movies may have been thousands, or hundreds of thousands, but never trillions.
Third, the big picture was expanded from just New York or Sokovia or Wakanda to the entire universe. No previous Marvel movie has ever hung the fate of the entire universe in the balance.
The caliber of acting is phenomenal from all the cast members, but there’s a few that deserve to be highlighted.
Robert Downey Jr., for example, has perfected the art of portraying Tony Stark down to a T. He somehow manages to go from hopeful for the future to utterly and completely devastated and back again without breaking a sweat.
Stark suffers immensely from PTSD due to the events that happened in the first Avengers film, and in this one, he comes face to face with the entity that caused the events that traumatize him daily. By the end of the film, he’s left broken and beaten down from fighting his biggest fear and RDJ makes you feel Stark’s pain until you’re crying right along with him.
Another example is Tom Holland and his incessant ability to make you root for him.
Peter Parker is only 17 years old at the time of “Infinity War,” so you would think that he would be the most immature person out of them all and the one making a huge mess of things, but it’s the complete opposite.
Parker actually plays a big role in this film and Tom Holland successfully combines the fact that Peter is just a kid with a certain level of maturity that only certain adults possess. Peter tries to do everything he can to help his mentors defeat Thanos, right down to the last second.
Holland’s acting in one particular scene drove me straight to tears, and it’ll do the same for everyone else.
“Infinity War” completely shatters expectations and predictions while also staying true to its roots and not erasing any cast member from their time on the screen. If you’re an avid Marvel fan like I am, you’ve been waiting for years for this movie to hit the big screen. And when I tell you that it’s worth every penny and that you should bring tissues, you should take my advice.