Writing a spoiler-free Avengers: Infinity War review without mentioning any key plot giveaways, easter eggs or deaths is probably as hard as it was for directors to piece together 18 movies and 10 years of emotional investment into this 2hrs 30min masterpiece.
Warning: If you have not seen any of the other 18 MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies, stop right now. Ask yourself why you are even reading this? Whilst we have avoided spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, this review does mention key plots and spoilers from the other 18 MCU movies.
Avengers: Infinity War | How did we get here?
If like me, you have invested over a decade of viewing time into the MCU, you will know how we have ended up at this ‘junction’ in the MCU. Three Iron Man movies, three Thor movies, two Guardian’s of The Galaxy movies, Spidey’s Homecoming, the Wakanda experience and a few other mentionable movies all bring us to a point where the twisted but slightly likeable Thanos, stands on the destroyed planet of Asgard set to put his equally twisted plan in action.
That’s about as far as I dare go with the an introduction as the roller coaster kicks in and doesn’t stop for two and a half hours.
Woah… did you say two and half hours?
That I did. Avengers Infinity War has a running time of about 2.30hrs and for some reason, it still feels a bit rushed in places. With that said, it doesn’t spoil the overall viewing experience and pace for someone who has watched the previous MCU movies but if you are a newbie or casual viewer, you will be lost after ten minutes and end up asking “who’s he?” and “but how does he do that?”
At times it feels like mini Marvel movies all pieced together and for some reason like a ham and pineapple pizza, it just works. All the good parts from each movies work and the chemistry between the characters works as well. To be honest, it had to otherwise we would be looking at rewatching the awful experience was DC’s Justice League – praise Odin.
This movie is what I expected and more. The common complaint about the movie is the pace and yes, it does feel slightly rushed in places but merging so many back stories into one movie seamlessly was always going to be impossible tasks. 9 out of 10
The jokes are humorous, the story is well told and the acting, well, it’s not Oscar worthy but it what we are used to from the MCU. In summary, this movie is everything that we hoped Justice League would be.
Avengers: Infinity War is now out in the UK.
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo; Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt Running time: 149 minutes; Certificate: 12A