Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

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Avengers: Infinity War set a record for the biggest opening weekend domestically and worldwide.

If you are attempting to read this without having seen Avengers: Infinity War, please back away. This is your final warning. Even though it says spoilers in the title of this blog post, I feel as though I need to be absolutely clear. I am going to spoil this entire movie.

I don’t want to ruin Avengers: Infinity War for anybody. It was one of the most unique theater experiences I’ve ever had and I’m a big movie theater guy. I love going to the movies more than watching them on TV or renting them.

But I have some thing to say. So…one last time. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!

Why Peter Quill (Star-Lord)?

One thing that bothered me about the movie was Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s reaction to Thanos telling him he killed Gamora. In fact, I had a problem with how he handled the entire situation with the fate of the universe on the line.

Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Drax, Mantis, Nebula and Star-Lord enact a plan to remove the infinity gauntlet from Thanos’ hand. The plan essentially is working, as Spider-Man and Iron Man are about to rip the gauntlet from his grasp … Until Star-Lord starts bragging about how it was his plan and starts asking where Gamora is. When he finds out Thanos killed her, Star-Lord starts wailing on him with his gun, causing Thanos to wake up from the sleep or more so trance Mantis put him into to. He not only gets free from the grasp of our heroes, but also ends up leaving the planet with the time stone. And then eventually … I’m not ready to talk about it.

Why would Star-Lord risk the fate of the universe in that moment? He should feel awful. He was in love with Gamora. But the fate of the universe? Star-Lord has not been shown to be that stupid. Emotional? Yes. But the screenwriters took it too far when Star-Lord traded the possible destruction of the universe to punch Thanos a few times. That’s not the character built in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. I also don’t think the undying love between Gamora and Star-Lord is ever truly earned on screen to warrant that response.

I just think the screenwriters tried to do too much with a moment. They needed a way for Thanos to get free and chose Star-Lord experiencing some temporary insanity. Also, Star-Lord needed to find out some time. This movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Why not kill two birds with one stone?

It doesn’t work.

How about this as an alternative? Thanos is on the brink of losing the gauntlet and he starts having flashbacks to how he had to kill Gamora or Gamora as a little girl. That gives him the extra strength to get free from the Avengers.

As he is about to leave the planet with the time stone with the Avengers battered on the ground, Star-Lord shouts out, “Wait, at least tell me what you did with Gamora.” And then Thanos says, “I’m sorry. I had to do it.” before leaving the planet.

Because Thanos is shown to have a heart in the film. He would care that he took away a person like Gamora from somebody.

THEN, Star-Lord can react emotionally. I don’t understand the choice and I’m not sure I ever will.

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor just got even better

After an attack by Thanos, Thor loses his brother, Loki, and best friend, Heimdall, and is left with nothing, except the Avengers. He’s picked up floating through space by the Guardians of the Galaxy. And Rocket tries to sit down and talk with the clearly dejected Thor. True to his character, Thor tries to be upbeat and jovial with Rocket, but the weight of everything that’s happened to him seeps through and his smile breaks. It’s subtle and it’s a short moment, but it was very human. Very relatable. And another layer we can add to Hemsworth’s mighty portrayal of Thor.

Power struggle

When the film started, obviously we knew Thanos would be extremely powerful, but his henchmen seemed immensely formidable as well. One of them essentially had the force. I didn’t know how they were going to kill him. But, Iron Man blasts a whole in a spaceship and he simply gets sucked out of it. Pretty simple, eh?

Two others were going toe-to-toe and even had the upper hand on Scarlet Witch and Vision, two of the MCU’s most powerful heroes. Then the very human Black Widow and Falcon help Captain America force them to run away. Hmmm…that misrepresentation of power just didn’t work for me at times during the film, although this is a problem almost every superhero movie has.

The downfall

There are three reasons the Avengers failed to stop Thanos — the breakup, arrogance and love.

At the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers are still reeling from the team’s breakup in Captain America: Civil War. Tony Stark even hesitates to call Steve Rogers when he knows he can help. As a result, Thanos’ attack begins when the Avengers are at their weakest. They try to pull it all together on multiple fronts, but fail to stop Thanos from achieving his ultimate goal.

Despite the breakup, the Avengers still believe they can’t be beat. And why would they. They’ve never lost. Everyone in the movie believed Hulk could take on Thanos. But instead Thanos knocks Hulk back into Bruce Banner, where he doesn’t appear for the rest of the film. Star-Lord shows his arrogance during the scene discussed above, essentially taunting Thanos. And a few of the plans members of the team come up with are very thrown together and unintelligent. They’ll succeed because they’re the Avengers though, right? Unfortunately … no.

The characters’ love for either, especially the siblings, comes out. And it actually contributes to the team’s downfall. Loki gives up the Tesseract because Thanos threatens to kill Thor. Gamora gives up the location of the soul stone because Thanos is torturing Nebula. Finally, Thanos’ love for Gamora actually saves his quest to collect all six infinity stones. I like that, because the Avengers’ love, respect and friendships with each other will ultimately save them in the end. But by the end of this movie, it all leads to…

So…much…death

The characters kept telling us exactly what would happen. If Thanos found all the infinity stones, he could wipe out half the universe with the snap of his fingers. He does that. And the heroes we’ve grown to adore become flakes and disappear.

I was in shock.

The first one to go was Bucky Barnes. Right in front of Steve. Leaving Captain America to scrape at the ground, looking for pieces to put his best friend back together.

Groot dies in front of Rocket…again. Black Panther goes down in front of his trusted general Okoye. Star-Lord hearkens back to his earlier arrogance saying, “Did we just lose?” before he dies. Doctor Strange…dead. Scarlet Witch…Dead. Most of the Guardians…DEAD. And the one that really gets you…Peter Parker/Spider-Man…DEAD!

It’s not just that he’s a teenager. He starts to realize that it’s coming and reaches out to Tony, who is responsible for bringing him into the Avengers. He says something along the lines of, “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good. Mr. Stark, I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go yet.” Tony tries to comfort him, but is left to watch him turn to dust in his arms. If the theater wasn’t crying yet. They were now.

Nobody, moved throughout the credits, as if the classic Marvel teaser at the end of the movie was somehow going to bring them all back.

It didn’t.

First of all, what a unique theater experience. I’m really happy I got to go on opening night to see it with a crowd of people who also had no idea what was going to happen. Maybe there were gasps, but to me the theater was quiet. I did my usual movie theater cry where I just let the tears fall and try not to disturb others with my whimpering.

It really affected me on an emotional level even after I left the theater. I know that sounds stupid, but I get very into movies. So if I get attached to a franchise or characters, I’m going to react if something bad happens to them.

After I’ve taken time to digest it, I don’t think the move was cheap. I think it was earned. I think it added to Avengers: Infinity War’s quality. I would like to see it again. Maybe my feelings would change, but I’m fairly confident Avengers: Infinity War is one of the best MCU movies. I just think it will be a difficult watch until part two comes out in 2019 and this all gets resolved, especially when Marvel prides itself on fun.

They can’t all stay dead. You can’t kill Black Panther, the Guardians and Spider-Man. They’re some of your most financially successful superheroes who also have sequels on the way. So rest assured, most if not all your favorite superheroes are coming back. They could possibly take back the time stone and Captain Marvel is on the way to possibly save the day.

This movie put a lot of pressure on the Captain Marvel film by teasing it during the end credits. All your favorite heroes’ deaths have led to this so the studio must be confident in what they have.

I made a list of who I can remember remains out of the heroes. Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, War Machine, Rocket, Nebula and Okoye. And possibly Ant-Man, Wasp and Hawkeye, who were not in the film. Ant-Man and Wasp have a movie coming out, but I don’t know the timeline.

So they essentially have us back to the original Avengers, which is pretty cool because now they’re hearkening back to what Tony Stark said in 2012’s The Avengers.

“Because if we can’t protect the earth, you could be damn well sure we’ll avenge it.”

Damn straight.

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One Response to Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

  1. Elinorabrook says:

    Kind of emotional, but doctor strange saw something..that happened .

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