How do I put the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War down delicately? There's a being known as Thanos. We saw him at the end of the first Avengers and a glimpse in Guardians of the Galaxy, and in a post-credit sequence in Age of Ultron. And he's the one who first sent Loki to New York all the way back in 2012 to retrieve the Tesseract: aka, one of the Infinity stones. Yep, that entire debaccle was all his doing, and that stone is just a sixth of what he's after. Space, Reality, Power, Soul, Mind and Time: Those are the six things that make up not the Earth but the universe, and when the world began, so did these main stones that can bring ultimate control. And Thanos now has two of the six. He's off his throne and out to get them. Why? Can't tell. Agh. It would be too spoilerific. But the Avengers are still disbanded. Captain America, or, no, Steve Rogers, is still nowhere to be found, Thor and Bruce Banner are in a dill pickle in outer space, and Wanda is off trying to have a life with a certain someone. But now this call to action is the most vital adventure yet, because if Thanos manages to get all six infinity stones...With that, we have the big showdown everyone's been so excited about.
The only people that aren't in this movie are Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), because of apparently some sort of business Ant-Man had to attend to. It'll probably be explained in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. But I still felt there was space, in spite of the 25 other big-time comic characters being there. Clint talked about how sometimes he feels left out of the group back in Age of Ultron. Well, he'd better be utilized well in Wasp. I wished the cast could've been completely whole for this anticipated knockout. But here's what I was thinking about more. The 25 others, as well as the other big side characters. They are handled simply astoundingly. The superheores and supervillain(s) are put into five chronicled storylines and it would have been so easy to stop the exhausting balance they set up and end a storyline early for easy traction, but thanks to the pace, the acting, the welcoming comedy, which is daring thanks to the horrifying plot,
The Russo brothers who also brought us my favourite Marvel movie so far, Captain America: Civil War, prove once again they have an inarguable talent for balance and planning. The fight and chase sequences, like Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol have a clear, poetic dance quality to them, causing them to flair without ever being pretentious. They're also quite creative, especially when Spider-Man is in the mix. He brings yet another pop culture reference that works so unexpectedly perfectly. And he's still the goofball that kicks supervillain ass. In fact, I'd pay to see two hours of simply stunts he and Doctor Strange could do. I saw Doctor Strange and if I reviewed it, I'd have given it a B. But long story short, his superpowers are the most staggering and with the aid of all these mixed and matched heroes bantering together in between the fight of their lives, Strange's teleportation skills lead to some belly laughs. The Guardians of the Galaxy films are some of the funniest ever and even though the Russo brothers didn't direct those, you can feel their appreciation for that section of the universe being sauced on the main course. My favourite joke featured Thor and an eye. It was so sneaky and...creepy crawly.
But the jokes are put on hold once the characters realize (we all realized it anyway) that this is a party of death, slashing and DEATH! And some deaths I thought, "Are they really going to do this to us? Considering the scope of everything...could be." The movie understands doom and certainly understands pain, but most of all, they understand how to make a spectacular villain. One who has a plan so vile and sinister, and has a flaw in his idea because he doesn't understand certain feelings others feel, which isn't a spoiler. However, there's a fiber of us that understands him. Like Daniel Bruhl's character from Civil War, Michael Keaton from Homecoming, and Michael B. Jordan from Black Panther, Thanos is not evil because he's cursed to be that way. He has a history and a real reason for what he's doing. And just when I thought with Panther they couldn't come up with anything else! Marvel is the best of the best at coming up with stories that take a chunk out of your soul, even though they're superhero movies.
The ending is, while uneven, the most mystical. I won't spoil it, but it's different from any other superhero movie I remember seeing, and the shaking I endured was not from the loudness of the 156-minute picture: The volume was turned way down at the theatre. Look, the one thing I'll say is a few things in the ending don't make sense to me, and Marvel's own studio marketing is partly to blame for that. I somehow just doubt the ending really is the way it is. But you know what? This is a movie longer than almost any I've ever seen. And I didn't want it to end. It's not on the same level as Logan, Wonder Woman or Civil War but it's one of the best Part 1s I've ever seen. And it's one of if not the most macabre.