[10 Years of the MCU]
Avengers: Infinity War
(Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo, 2018)
All leading up to this, beginning of the two part culmination of ten years. Ten years of development, promises, anticipation, and an interconnected universe unseen before to this scale. And that is what this film drastically increased, just like the The Avengers (2012), the sense of scale, adventure (and stakes). Following this generally consistent sci-fi action adventure series of films has been an incredible ride, and this film was everything I wanted it to be and more. Yes, there's some flaws that I will discuss later but there is just infinitely more positives to the almost miraculous execution of this film. As said by many and rightfully so, this shouldn't work as well as it does, given that it has the impossible task of being the third in an Avengers franchise, continuing arcs of over a dozen characters from separate worlds (some literally), provide an unexpected story bringing them together with the plot that we were all aware that they were doing...and introduce the core of the film which is actually the villain! Oh and balance everything out to make the film work on it's own, without overwhelming the audience. They basically have us 6 years to prepare for this from the first smirk and appearance of Thanos back in 2012. And much like a nebulous character (which appearance I won't spoil), says to Thanos in the film how we all think we are prepared. But none of us truly were. Knowing that the heroes were going to experience a brutalizing defeat wasn't news as it was said in the trailers, and I did from following the writers & directors. Not believing it at first is one thing, knowing it is another, but worst of all was actually experiencing it in theaters. Already engrossed in all of the characters going in, and seeing them portrayed ever so faithfully made the experience as uplifting and gruelling as it was. Because this has heroics and empowerment, don't get me wrong, but it's a series of hopeful crescendos in a steady downward decline.
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