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Published On: Tue, Apr 24th, 2018

‘Avengers Infinity War’ spoilers and comments

If you have not seen the film, this is the wrong place to be. The Avengers: Infinity War ushers in utter chaos as Thanos attacks the entire Marvel Universe and the results are costly. We want to get to spoilers below, so if you just want a review click here:

FULL REVIEW OF The Avengers: Infinity War

SPOILERS BELOW

NO, SERIOUSLY, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW – STOP READING IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS FILM

Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Tom Hiddleston. Oh yeah, Josh Brolin stars as Thanos.

Scripted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War), the film opens April 27, 2018

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Ok.

So, first off the marketing has lied you us all: Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Wasp are NOT in this film.

There is mention of these characters, Clint for sure, but you’ll have to watch the new film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, to see what they have been up. Moreover, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury ONLY SHOW UP IN THE END CREDITS SCENE.

WHO DIES?

There are so many deaths it would be hard to list. What’s interesting is that the original Avengers are left standing (Iron Man, Cap, Hulk, Widow, Thor) while the newcomers to the MCU bite the dust….quite literally in fact.

Fans know there will be more movies (Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2), but the trauma of watching our beloved heroes turn to ash was…well, kind traumatic.

RIP: T’Challa, Stephen Strange, Peter Parker, all of the Guardians except Rocket, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision (see below), the Asgardians (more details explained below), Bucky and well others I’m not remembering.

Loki and Heimdall die immediately

It’s best not to miss the opening, because the Asgardians get executed before the film’s title card comes up. Thanos and the Black Order are laying waste to Thor and his countrymen, demanding the Tesseract, which is the blue space stone.

Loki manages to distract Thanos to unleash Hulk who is then pummeled by the Mad Titan. Heimdall manages to open the bifrost one last time and send Hulk to earth. Thor is thrown into space, rescued later by the Guardians of the Galaxy, setting up more humor and thoughtful plot devices.

Thanos’ motivations rip off Inferno and other population control themes

Audiences are expected to ultimately sympathize with Thanos and his mission to cull the universe of lifeforms due to limited resources. Much like Ego in GOTG 2, life is the cancer and less lifeforms means better lives for the survivors. This was pretty weak and repeated to often in the story to attempt a buy in from the audience to set up…

Gamora is sacrificed 

Thanos loves one thing…that’s right, the heartless jerk cares about this adopted daughter, must throw her off the pit of despair to be worthy of the Soul Stone. Some reviewers mentioned this as a twist or a surprise, it seems SO OBVIOUS to me that I thought it was weak. The bigger surprise in this scene…

Red Skull is alive (we guess)

Dressed like Death, the Red Skull from Captain America: The First Avenger is Thanos’ escort through this Soul Stone trial. The audience needs to listen carefully as the Skull recaps being teleported and ultimately trapped after holding the Tesseract in First Avenger.

Doctor Strange hands over the Time Stone

So Benedict Cumberbatch’s Strange is one of the few characters who evolve in the film, with Thor being the other big one, sacrificing the stone at the end to save Stark’s life. Early in the film, Strange is dedicated to his oath, protect and serve, but learns to respect the obnoxious Iron Man and his life ultimately hangs in the balance.

Vision’s death is hard to handle

One of the rewarding moments is the struggle with the fate of the Mind Stone, embedded in the forehead of Vision. Thanos must acquire the stone and much of the film is set around removing or destroying the stone while keeping Vision alive. Scarlet Witch/Wanda has fallen in love with the android, but holds the power to crush the stone…preventing Thanos from getting all of the stones.

This is emotional and pulls at the heartstrings in a pretty rewarding manner, only to have Thanos find a way to rip the Stone away, killing Vision and leaving the colorless figure limp and lifeless.

Peter Dinklage plays a Dwarf of Nidavellir, who forges Thor’s Stormbreaker

Marvel’s dwarves on NOT little people, so with irony, almost foolishly so, the studio cast Dinklage and kept the role a secret. The sequence is a bit drawn out, but the resulting Thor, armed and energized, is a high point at the end of the film. So much so, it’s hard to imagine him losing to Thanos and allowing a fateful “snap” of the fingers to bring death to half of the universe.

 

Other notables moments:

  • Stan Lee drives the bus Peter Parker exits to swing into action
  • Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Korg are not in the film, not mentioned as surviving or killed in Thanos’ attack
  • The Black Order are not introduced well, few fans will know their names or understand their abilities
  • Thanos has destroyed Xandar (presumably the Nova Corps) arriving with the Power stone in the opening scene
  • It’s the Captain Marvel logo on Nick Fury’s phone in that End Credits Scene
  • Banner can’t transform back into Hulk after losing to Thanos and being cast to earth, there’s no real clear reason why
  • Sadly, there is only ONE music sequence surrounding the Guardians
  • William Hurt’s General Ross has a brief role in hologram form
  • The Collector bites the dust in the wake of Thanos acquiring the Reality Stone and kidnapping Gamora

 

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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  1. Alex kulik says:

    What actor plays red skull?

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