‘Avengers: Infinity War’ battles to the top

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ battles to the top

Shaye Holladay McCarthy, Magazine Editor

For ten years, Marvel Studios has been bringing favorite comic book heroes and villains to life with a plethora of talented actors and directors. While the release of Avengers: Infinity War, will mark the end of some actors’ contracts with Marvel, it’s also just the beginning for many more actors in this vast universe.

Infinity War starts where Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War left us. The Avengers are divided after the disagreement over the Sokovia Accords and have had no contact from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) or Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) are fugitives, but when two of the Black Order members are sent to retrieve the Mind Stone, it forces the three fugitives to join the fight and defend Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany).

Meanwhile in New York, Banner crashes into the Sanctum Sanctorum guarded by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and warns him Thanos is coming. Strange then goes to recruit Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) who are instantly confronted by the other two members of the Black Order in a fight for the Time Stone. Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) spider instincts kick in and he joins the fray to protect the stone.

Steve reunites with the Wakandan King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in a final attempt to stop the Black Order while Tony goes with the Guardians of the Galaxy to Thanos’ home planet, Titan. Each group makes one final stand against Thanos and the Black Order for the existence of half the universe.

One of the largest cinematic events of a lifetime, Avengers: Infinity War has been hinted at since the audiences first got a glimpse of Thanos in the end credits scene of The Avengers six years ago. Now Marvel’s plan has been put into play after accumulating characters and expanding the universe.

One of the best bits provided by directors Anthony and Joe Russo is the humor and new interactions scattered throughout the film. The interactions between the characters on screen is just as a Marvel fan would expect. Seeing Peter Quill and Tony Stark come face to face for the first time is like no other interaction. Two leading males with incredible wit is the perfect recipe for extremely funny scenes despite the seriousness of the situation.

One famous note fans have come to make is that Marvel has hired both Sherlock actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey, Jr. When it comes down to their banter, there is nothing more amusing than watching the two Sherlocks argue.

Layered under the main plot of Thanos gathering the Infinity Stones, you have the storyline of the Guardians of the Galaxy who meet Thor, the Avengers in Wakanda and the group on Titan. Most of the subplots are well paced and there’s a smooth flow during transitions from group to group, but Thor’s plotline seems slightly rushed and there’s a question of how did he know where to go after his task was complete on Nidavellir.

Infinity War puts forth one of the most stunning and well put together Marvel movies in their ten years with amazing effects, actors and plot. The incredibly talented cast that many fans have known since the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the cast that has just joined the Avengers make a memorable film, and the Russo brothers tie together an impressive universe with this film.

While the brothers are also directing the upcoming untitled Avengers 4 (initially being named Avengers: Infinity War part II) concern is raised about how different the next film will be from Avengers Infinity War. Of course, wherever the next movies goes, a series will remain in tact. “Even though we don’t call the movie ‘Part I’ or the next one ‘Part II,’ like all of our movies, it connects with the movies to come and of course, most specifically with the next Avengers film,” said Marvel President Kevin Feige.