Minor vague spoilers ahead….
“Avengers: Infinity War” could have been a mess of overcrowded characters, introductions, plots and action sequences, but it turned out quite the opposite. “Infinity War” managed to do what previous MCU films like “Age of Ultron” and “Civil War” could barely grasp. There’s a balance between the large influx of characters that doesn’t feel choppy or uneven.
“Infinity War” doesn’t feel congested with characters, finding a way to bring previously unknown to one another heroes together in major ways (i.e. Tony and Strange) as well as including minor delightful encounters (i.e. Steve and Groot; Bucky and Rocket).
The characters aren’t the only thing that blends well, the tones do as well. Fitting the Guardians and each individual Avenger into one other’s worlds seems like an impossible feat but the movie doesn’t make it one. There’s humor at the right points, incredible action sequences that leave you hyped and absolute heartache to boot. It’s all around a well done emotional rollercoaster.
Actor wise there’s a lot of standout, Josh Brolin plays Thanos in an extended way for the first time well and his lackey Ebony Maw in particular stands out. But the biggest standout performance of the film belongs to Zoe Saldana; Gamora goes through a range of emotions and struggle in this film and it’s an incredible performance by the woman behind her.
The final act of the film can’t really be talked about, but it’s exciting, shocking and heartbreaking all at once. The last five minutes in particular bring tears in big ways like with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany yet simultaneously by actors capable of conveying a whole hell of a lot of emotion in a few simple words, those honors particularly belonging to Sebastian Stan, Tom Holland, Danai Gurira, Chris Evans and Bradley Cooper.
Clearly “Infinity War” is merely the first part of a two part epic. The first film gave time to shine for characters that made their last stand here, while also setting up an ending that will allow some original members their time to shine before they exit in the next film. Our logical brain tells us that the ending isn’t final, that many of the things that occurred will be repaired but the emotion of it all makes logic a little hard right now and may be hard until we see the results of the fixes in the fourth Avengers film out next year.
One last thing: There’s the question of how this affects the MCU as a whole, since everything in Marvel is connected. The anticipated “Captain Marvel” is set in the past, but should “Ant Man and The Wasp” be a really sad movie now? Will “Agents of SHIELD” along with the Netflix series and other television properties that will air between now and next May experience the effects of the huge universal loss this film has caused? Or will we be asked to just believe it all occurred before this film simply because Marvel has finally painted themselves into a corner by keeping everything connected?