Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
So I’m not gonna lie. I think writing my Avengers: Infinity War review was perhaps the hardest review I’ve ever done. Of course, I’m not what you would call a critic. I’m a film writer who happens to write film reviews every so often(I’ve probably written a few dozen in my time at LRM), but with this particular film, I was very nervous about touching on even the lightest of spoilers. As a result, in my review, I may have avoided perhaps the biggest little thing that held me back from giving my full perspective of the movie.
This is only half a story: Yes, I know. We all expected this from franchises like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Plus, when the film was first announced, it was revealed as Avengers: Infinity War Part I, with Avengers 4 then being called Avengers: Infinity War Part II. So many of us knew going into it that it would only serve as Part 1 (though I still avoided it to be safe). Later on, the studio changed it back because they said the films were basically standalone and served as two virtually different experiences. I couldn’t disagree more. This is very clearly a Part 1 movie, and it did affect my overall enjoyment because I knew for a fact the overall story was not finished.
HOWEVER, I am not the one to judge a film just because it’s not exactly what the medium is technically supposed to be (a standalone experience). The medium is ever-evolving, and I love the fact that this approach has made them more ambitious. But as a result, I want to reserve my judgment until Avengers 4 hits next year. Only then will I fully be able to see how this sets the foundation for things to come. For me, this felt more like an episode of TV than a film in that when I was done, I didn’t want to go back. Actually, I dreaded going back a second time, fearing I would be bored (side note, I saw it again and actually enjoyed it a bit more the second time), but wanted more than anything to see Avengers 4. So mission accomplished?
Heimdall Dies: The second Heimdall opened up the Bifrost to let Hulk back to Earth, I knew the dude was toast. This was a bit disappointing because I felt he had been underutilized in the last two Thor films. However, it showed, right off the bat, that Thanos was a force to be reckoned…but why’d the black guy have to be the first one to die? Of course, I’m kidding, but why first? Just from a film standpoint, you’d think the writers would at least be cognizant of that trope getting poked at by audiences, especially after Black Panther just wowed people in theaters. Oh, well. It’s not like he was the only one who bit the dust.
Loki Dies: This one was a heartbreaker, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t expecting it. At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, he basically completed his arc to become a decent being. He had pretty much made nice with his brother and was well on his way to being fully reformed. When he first started to make a deal with Thanos I was a bit disappointed. Was he really playing this game again? But the second I saw that knife I was sad. I knew it was time, and indeed it was. Loki stayed true to his arc, making a pointless and stupid sacrifice for the sake of his newfound loyalty to his brother.
Red Skull Appears: Unpopular opinion. I never liked the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger. I thought he was a boring villain, and one of the baddies I pointed to as a Marvel problem. Whenever he came on screen, he bored me to tears and had me counting down to the next Cap scene. But, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy him in the overall mythology. Him appearing on that Soul Stone planet was a stroke of genius, and while I don’t fully understand what he eats or how he’s stayed alive for so long (or why he floats), it was a nice bit of closure for a character that audiences have been hungry to see more of.
Gamora Dies: While I didn’t see this coming as the movie started, the second a sacrifice was needed, I knew she was toast. I wanted to care. I really did. While the movie had done a solid job of selling me on Thanos’ love for Gamora, I don’t think the Guardians films did enough for her. As enjoyable as those films were, they did little to paint her as anything but the love interest. So when they let her go off on her own to die, I didn’t care as much as I wish I did. However, from a plot perspective, I think it worked brilliantly, and ultimately works to up the stakes for the rest of the Avengers.
Most Everyone Dies (Sort Of): When I’d read reactions of people’s jaws hitting the floor, I thought for sure that it meant the ACTUAL death of people. Bucky collapsing to the floor was a bit sad, but the second Black Panther disappeared, it was hard not to go, “Pfft! Okay, they’re all coming back. The stakes didn’t matter this time around. Again.” The cool thing here is that we are left with the original Avengers gang in addition to a couple extras — Rocket, War Machine, and Nebula (I believe that’s it). While this is good news for the last film, I think it does make it all the more likely that they will be the ones mostly in danger for that last film. On the plus side, there will likely be fewer Avengers to follow overall in the next film — until the very end, when everyone comes in in a mammoth team-up against Thanos.
Vision Is Killed: We all knew this guy would be in trouble. It’s been planted from the very beginning that Thanos would be searching for these stones, and as such, his Mind Stone was always in jeopardy. But they commit to it in this film. Wanda tries to kill him, but even when Vision is killed, Thanos turns back time, preventing his death…before ripping out the stone…killing him…
The Gauntlet Is…Destroyed?: They didn’t linger too much on this, but the instant Thanos snapped his fingers, the Gauntlet looked like it was melting down. He was still able to use the Stones to snap his way away from danger (and apparently a ridiculous axe wound from Stormbreaker), but is the gauntlet up for re-use, or did that one request from Thanos render it mostly immobile? We’ll have to wait and see, but the Avengers could potentially be going up against a gauntlet-less Thanos next time.
Captain Marvel Is Summoned: The very end saw Nick Fury for the first time since Avengers: Age of Ultron (Man, has it really been that long?), but sadly it was short-lived, as he was subject to disintegration immediately after. However, before he fully succumbs, he pulls out a device that teases Captain Marvel being summoned. For Avengers 4, I hope the first scene is Captain Marvel getting the message and instantly disappearing herself.
Were there any other delicious spoilers that I missed out on? What did you think of the film overall? Let us know your thoughts down below!