What began with 2008’s Iron Man ends with Avengers: Infinity War and next year’s untitled Avengers movie. Over a decades worth of excellent films, coupled with the gradual buildup to the battle with Thanos (Josh Brolin) may have proven to be a bit anti-climactic and disappointing because, if one is cynical, how long can this golden streak last?

Avengers: Infinity War is actually the finest hour (actually, make that two hours and twenty nine minutes) in the Marvel cinematic universe mainly thanks to Thanos. Though the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers, Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) all have their respective moments within this epic narrative, everything would have fallen flat if a compelling villain didn’t take center stage. Like Black Panther’s antagonist Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), Thanos has a violent way of doing business, but it is a thirst that is not borne out of world domination or even blood lust. Thanos’ desire to possess all the Infinity Stones and fit them into his power glove stems from a vision to make the universe a more sustainable place, even if millions of different races have to be killed in the process.

It’s Thanos’ grand vision that lords over Avengers: Infinity War, but if you want to see tons of CGI driven action and each of Earth’s “mightiest heroes” humbled beyond belief, Avengers: Infinity War will definitely do the trick. Credit goes to directors Anthony and Joe Russo for keeping the multitude of storylines, set in different parts of Marvel’s world, streamlined and interest. Each of the story arcs, while seemingly beating to the tune of a different drummer, all fit into place.

Even if you’re not a comic book fan, Avengers: Infinity War succeeds as an action driven film that refreshingly refuses to let up (even the end credits scene, without giving too much away, is ambitious), and there will be moments that, if you haven’t read or listened to spoilers, will surely take you by surprise. Well written, action packed escapist fare is few and far between, and it’s also a huge accomplishment that, after years of hype, Avengers: Infinity War lives up to the billing.

Speaking of Thanos, click on the media bar to hear Josh Brolin talk about how he approached playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War:

Avengers: Infinity War made a record $630 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi