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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

MCU Film #: 19  |  full list  |  Phase: 3

Producers: A Marvel Studios Feature Film

Avengers / Guardians of the Galaxy against Thanos!

Thanos, a despot of cosmic proportions, threatens the very existence of the universe. Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and powerful allies unite to save the world from this mighty space monster and his minions.

Video Clip: Infinity War Official Trailer


The Director

Anthony and Joe Russo
Movie Poster
US Release: April 27, 2018

Reviews & Comments

By
April 29, 2018

I have mixed feelings about this flic. It is a superb movie in several aspects. But I did not like how it ended.

Yes, Thanos is a ridiculously powerful being, and wielding all six Infinity Stones makes him omnipotent. How could you stop him? How could you defeat him? I get it. Still, I dislike how this particular Avengers movie ended.

In both Marvel's The Avengers, the first film, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the second one, our super group of heroes touched bottom; they felt the taste of defeat. Nevertheless, by the end of the film, somehow, they came out victorious. Cool ending. But, that is hardly the case in Avengers 3, Infinity War. Not cool.

Fortunately, the sour taste in the mouth of all the heroes that are left barely standing by the end of Infinity War, indicates the sequel, still-untitled Avengers IV movie, coming out next year (2019), will have the happy ending we did not get in this one.

So, when a Marvel fan like me leaves the movie theater after watching this flic, the hope or faith of Thanos getting kicked in the butt extremely hard in Avengers 4 is mandatory to alleviate the stupefaction of knowing the Mightiest Ones are no longer that. That for once, the bad guy won. And nothing the good guys did was 'nuf to claim victory. No, not yet.

Fans watch films or read comics about fictitious super characters because they see themselves reflected in them somehow. At the end of the movie, Captain America (or Nomad) sees his best friend Bucky turn to ashes. Thanos won. There's nothing to do. Cap digests the taste of defeat quickly, feels lost, perplexed and despite his great might, falls to the ground, broken. Cap's reaction was the best to me. It was the one that mimicked mine best.

Another thing that upset me happened at the beginning of the film. "We have a Hulk," told Loki to Thanos, paraphrasing Tony Stark in the first Avengers flic. Yes, Hulk! The Grandmaster's champion in Thor: Ragnarok, the one who single-handedly stopped the Chitauri army's largest monsters. The Strongest One There Is! He storms through Thor's ship and gets Thanos in a corner with a succession of gamma-spawned punches. But then, as if he was dealing with a regular Joe boxer, Thanos hits the Hulk back and in less than 30 seconds, knocks the Hulk out. Hulk was upset; he was strong. Thanos dismissed him like a fly. I am a Hulk fan. So it was both astonishing and disappointing to see this.

Such unique experience (of being so easily defeated) caused something I never expected to see in these films. Bruce Banner could not turn into his green self because the monster did not want to come out. In other words, the Hulk was scared. Like a small kid who was beaten by a big guy. Well, that is NOT the Hulk you find in comics. The very opposite. The leeway taken by the film with this particular character was bold and unexpected but mistaken in my opinion. Thanos should have devised a way to prevent Banner's transformation into the Hulk because Thanos was worried about the Hulk's strength, not vice-versa. As the film was written, it destroyed the Hulk character a bit. Or plenty.

But despite the above, Avengers 3 is two thumbs up in many ways. It is highly difficult to write and direct a movie with so many principal characters, yet this one does that exceptionally well.

Some jewels in the film include the following:

Tony Stark and Doctor Strange start their relationship with the left foot, but it ends perfectly. Mimicking Dr. Yinsen's death, Strange's is the inspiring one Tony will need to somehow, achieve that one single chance in 14+ million the heroes have to defeat Thanos.

The humor, especially by Drax or Tony, was hilarious. Seeing Vision in-the-flesh (literally), was a nice touch.

Thanos and his minions, all digitally constructed, look awesome. Thanos grief for Gamora as he puts his ruthless goal first to get the Soul Stone; touching. Those tears in his eyes efficiently turn that SOB in a Teddy bear, at least for a minute.

Thor's mighty rampage when he returns to Earth wielding Stormbreaker to cause havoc among enemy lines, spectacular. And Captain America coming out of the shades, so skillfully to later help defeat Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive, refreshing.

Most likely, Avengers 4 will show the superheroes defeat Thanos, and those who died (listed near the end of the synopsis) or got destroyed (Vision) will return among the living in one elegant piece. In the meantime, some fans will mourn the fallen, while others will hope for a bright future dismissing the recent events. Will either of these groups visit the theaters to watch the movie again? Some say, not likely.

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Cast Listed in Alphabetical Order:

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(Doctor Strange)
Benedict Wong
Benedict Wong
(Wong)
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
(Rocket)
Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman
(T'Challa / Black Panther)
Chris Evans
Chris Evans
(Steve Rogers / Captain America)
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
(Thor)
Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt
(Peter Quill / Star-Lord)
Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders
(Maria Hill)
Dave Bautista
Dave Bautista
(Drax)
Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen
(Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch)
Hugo Weaving
Hugo Weaving
(Red Skull)
Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin
(Thanos)
Karen Gillan
Karen Gillan
(Nebula)
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(Bruce Banner / Hulk)
Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(Vision)
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr.
(Tony Stark / Iron Man)
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(Nick Fury)
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow)
Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan
(Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier)
Tom Holland
Tom Holland
(Peter Parker / Spider-Man)
Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
(Groot)
Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana
(Gamora)

Also Starring:

Peter Dinklage (Eitri).

 

Synopsis

By Julio Molina-Muscara
April 27, 2018

Following the events from Thor: Ragnarok, Thanos, and his team invade Thor's mothership in search of the Tesseract. That powerful cube, first seen on Captain America: The First Avenger, holds the Space Stone, one of the six Infinity gems Thanos is after.

None of the Asgardians are a match for the villains and lay dead or barely alive, including the God of Thunder. Unscratched, Loki who, unbeknown by Thor, stole the Tesseract from Asgard before its destruction, propitiates a hand combat between Hulk and the mad titan. Surprisingly, the gamma-spawned powerhouse is no match for Thanos who beats him almost effortlessly. With his last breath, Heimdall sends the Hulk to Earth using Bifrost capabilities. And Loki dies strangled by Thanos after he gets a hold of the gem.

The villain leader sends his four minions to Earth in search of two Stones, and uses his newly acquired power to destroy the mothership and teleport to safety.

On Earth, Hulk lands in Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, turning into Bruce Banner. After explaining about Thanos to the Master of the Mystic Arts and Wong, they reach out to Tony Stark who was jogging in the park with fiancee Pepper Potts. Back in the mansion, Wong explains the group about the Infinity Stones, mighty colorful gems created at the dawn of the cosmos. Whoever holds all of them at once could obliterate life with but a gesture. Strange has one of them in the Eye of Agamoto: The Time Stone.

Suddenly, a tremor is followed by strong winds. Outside, people running in panic. An immense circular-shaped starship floats over Manhattan. Peter Parker sees it while on a school bus - driven by Stan Lee, and sneaks past his classmates to swing in that direction.

From the ship emerge Cull Obsidian, a tall, muscular monster, and Ebony Maw, a telekinesis master. Banner tries turning into the Hulk but is unable to. Tony puts on his newest suit - which forms from a device on his chest, and along Spider-Man and the two magicians, fight back. But their opponents are genuinely formidable and manage to kidnap Strange, bringing him into their ship. Iron Man and Spider-Man follow secretly. Banner calls Steve Rogers for help.

In outer space, Star-Lord and his group are flying in response to an SOS call. They locate the Asgardians' mothership, destroyed. A terrible looking scene with people floating all over the place. One of them is Thor. They bring him inside.

After waking him up, Thor devises a plan to fight Thanos back. He along with Rocket and Groot travel in a capsule to Nidavellir - a place of legend where Mjolnir was formed, to create a weapon capable of killing Thanos. And Star-Lord with Gamora, Drax, and Mantis would go to Knowhere to retrieve the Reality Stone from the Collector before Thanos could claim it.

Meanwhile, Wanda Maximof alias the Scarlett Witch and Vision, with human appearance, are in their apartment somewhere in Europe. Vision lets Wanda know about alerts he is been getting from the Mind Stone (attached to his forehead). As they learn about the events in New York, they're attacked by the skilled Thanos warriors, Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive. The heroes would have lost if not by the timely help from Captain America (or Nomad, his name after Civil War), Black Widow and the Falcon. The villains take off, defeated. But Vision is left in terrible shape.

Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis find Thanos in Knowhere as he's pressing the Collector to give away the Reality Stone. Gamora, his adopted daughter, skillfully kills Thanos. But it was all a trick. Using the powers of the gem, he reverts things to normal, defeats the heroes and takes Gamora with him.

Cap and his group meet with James Rhodes alias War Machine, and after dismissing an order from General Thunderbolt Ross to lock Steve Rogers away, they board a Quinjet to Wakanda. Their idea is to use the technology in Black Panther's realm to disconnect the Mind Stone from the Vision and destroy it so Thanos could not become omnipotent.

Inside Ebony Maw's ship, a tortured Dr. Strange gets rescued by Iron Man and Spider-Man who manage to dispose Maw into the cosmos, who perishes in the cold void. The starship eventually lands on Titan, the Saturn moon which used to be Thanos hometown, now in ruins. There, the Guardians of the Galaxy suddenly attack them. But the quarrel ends soon as the two bands realize they're after the same guy. Dr. Strange uses the Eye of Agamoto to discover a way to defeat Thanos and finds a single opportunity in over 14 million possible future outcomes. They get ready for the clash.

Thanos has Nebula prisoner. He tortures her to get Gamora to reveal the location of the Soul Stone. Once she does, father and adopted daughter travel to Vormir, the new home of the Red Skull (who was cast away by the Tesseract after he unsuccessfully tried to hold it- again, in Captain America The First Avenger). The Red Skull explains that the Soul Stone requires his wielder to give away what he loves the most. With honest tears in his eyes, Thanos pushes Gamora to a precipice, causing her death, and gets the gem.

Meanwhile, Thor, Rocket, and Groot reach Nidavellir. But, it was shut down by Thanos after they created the Infinity Stones gauntlet for him. Only Eitri, the Dwarf King was left alive. Thor and Rocket turn the Nidavellir star-powered machinery on for Eitri to forge a mighty mallet, Stormbreaker. And Groot donates his arm to form the handgrip.

In Wakanda, Black Panther and his army along with Steve Rogers, Black Widow, Falcon and the "White Tiger" (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), witness as Proxima Midnight, Cull Obsidian and their legion of monsters try penetrating the city's force field. In the lab, Shuri reconfigures the Mind Stone to disconnect it from the Vision without killing him, while the Scarlett Witch watches over them.

Realizing the enemy could eventually attack from all fronts, King T'Challa orders to open a small door in the force field to let the aliens invade. That way, the heroes could counterattack more efficiently. Banner, still unable to turn into the Hulk, uses Tony's Hulkbuster armor to aid in the fight. An awful battle follows.

In Titan, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, the Guardians and Nebula almost defeat Thanos. But he eventually prevails and gets the Time Stone from Dr. Strange who exchanges the gem with Tony's life.

On the Wakanda battlefield, the enemy files greatly outnumber the righteous ones. As they're about to savor defeat, Thor's new hammer brings renovated hope, unstoppable through alien lines.

The God of Thunder and the Scarlett Witch soundly turn the balance in favor of the heroes. Banner manages to kill Obsidian, Wanda, Midnight and Vision, Corvus Glaive. The Avengers stand victorious. But now, they must face Thanos.

The Mad Titan appears wielding five of the six Stones. Vision begs Wanda to destroy the sixth one on his forehead. She reluctantly proceeds as they profess their love for each other. Everyone tries to slow Thanos down, giving Wanda the possibility of shuttering the Stone in time. But Thanos uses the Time Stone to revert to a moment the gem was still intact, and he removes it from the Vision's forehead, who falls broken and inert.

Thanos achieves his goal: He holds all six Stones in the gauntlet.

But, Thor attacks him, severely wounding him in the chest with Stormbreaker. Muttering, Thanos reminds Thor that he should have hit him in the head instead, and snaps his fingers. Reality changes and half of the universe's living beings start to perish, turning into ashes.

His gauntlet broken, Thanos teleports away as some of the heroes start to vanish: Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Black Panther, Groot, Mantis, Drax, Star-Lord, Dr. Strange and Spider-Man. Those still standing cannot overcome the great feeling of defeat and loss.

In another planet, Thanos, still hurting, sits down to watch the sun come up, as he rejoices for accomplishing his goal: To re-balance the universe by reducing the number of living in half so natural resources won't be depleted. He rejoices despite having lost it all: His team, his army and his dear daughter, Gamora.

-- In a post-credits scene, Nick Fury sends an alert to Captain Marvel before he and Maria Hill turn into ashes.

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