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Thursday 3 May 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

Well it's now been 24 hours since I took my two boys to our local cinema to watch Avengers: Infinity War. We were so young and innocent at the time, not a care in the world full of excitement at seeing our favourite heroes that we have been watching for the least 10 years. But now we are broken, destroyed by the onslaught of devastation at the (Infinity Gauntleted) hand of The Mad Titan, Thanos.

I'll be honest and say I was a bit emotional at the end, the last time I remember feeling that way about something I had just watched was when I first saw The Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones. Normally I complain about waiting for mid/end credits scenes but the 5 mins or so we had to sit through the credits was the perfect recovery time we needed before leaving the cinema back into the real world.

I'm not going to go into the plot too much as it would be impossible to do that without spoilers and I'd hate for anyone to find out what they are in for before going to see the film. All I'll say is that Thanos is trying to get all of the infinity stones so that he can be the most powerful being in the universe and complete his ultimate plan to remove half of the population of the universe as he sees the overpopulation as the ultimate threat to the universe. The heroes from the MCU all have to come together to try and stop him.

With so many characters there are several story lines all revolving around the ultimate goal of stopping Thanos. The scenes jump from one group to another, to another (to another) but as everyone has the same end game it doesn't get too confusing. The highlight of the pairings is Thor and The Guardians of the Galaxy with some of these scenes being proper laugh out loud funny. I know MCU films have a history of comedy in their films but don't remember a film in the series where the whole audience was in guffaws of laughter.

As funny as it is the overlying feeling throughout the film is a sense of impending doom as Thanos just seems to be unstoppable. Thanos' minions called the Children of Thanos are pretty powerful, the main ones being Ebony Maw and Proxima Midnight. These two seem more powerful than the Avengers. There are some surprise appearances as well, I knew Peter Dinklage was in this film and his character is great, there is obligatory Stan Lee cameo and one other cameo that I wasn't expecting and was really please to see.

At 2hrs and 40 mins this is the longest movie in the MCU but it doesn't feel over inflated and all of the returning characters are given enough screen time to justify their inclusion in the film. The only heroes missing are Ant-Man and Hawkeye, it is explained why they aren't there and I feel there weren't needed and it would have been like they were being shoe-horned in just for the hell of it if they had been.

However I did feel that you needed to have seen all of the previous film as there was very little in the way of build up to any characters. Most people will be fine with this as they main audience of this film will be die hard Marvel fans but for the casual viewer it may be confusing. That being said Me, Harry and Jack are all die hard MCU fans and we loved it.

After digesting the film for the last 24 hours I do feel that things in the MCU are not as bad as it seems at the end of Infinity War and there is a way back for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The next film in the series will be Ant-Man and the Wasp and I'm looking forward to that as hopefully it will not be emotionally draining as Infinity War.

Well, That's all for now.



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