I put “spoilers” in the title, but they’re probably pretty mild. Honestly, I need to see this movie a second time to really take it in. There’s a lot going on here.
I liked the movie. Quite a bit more than I expected to, honestly. What I expected was a mostly coherent movie with all of the established movie characters on screen thrown together. What we got instead was a very coherent movie with all of these characters on screen, but they were put together in a very logical manner. What I thought worked very well for it was that it featured the cosmic players primarily (i.e. Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Dr. Strange to an extent), with Earth’s heroes crossing over.
Essentially, similarly to how Captain America: Civil War was basically an Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War was basically a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. This makes sense to me, because the villain (Thanos) is cosmic in scale, so it follows that we would be dealing with characters that operate on a cosmic scale. It’s rather interesting to me that Earth is only important in that two of the stones are there, but it’s not important enough that Thanos personally wants to go there until the very end (he sends his “children” to go get the stones).
Some pieces of the movie I didn’t completely like. The part at the beginning with Vision trying to pass as a human in a relationship with Wanda was interesting, but I feel like we jumped quite a bit from his attempts at domesticity in Civil War to being in love with Wanda here in Infinity War. I was told about a Vision comic book story line recently where he tries to start a family, so I guess that’s where this came from in the movie. All of the other characters seemed to have made logical progresses, but this one was a big leap.
I also didn’t completely like Banner in this one. I hope that there is a logical reasoning for sidelining the Hulk (I wonder if it’s possible they’re going to split him into two characters? I think that’s a thing that happens in the comics) in part two of Infinity War.
One last nitpick – Infinity War seemed to undo a lot of what happened in Thor: Ragnarok. In that movie, Thor discovers – he doesn’t really need the hammer. He loses an eye. In Infinity War, he regains an eye (comically stolen by Rocket) and gets a big axe. Now that I think about it, looking at The Hulk and Thor specifically, a lot of Ragnarok’s work is reversed with Infinity War, for some reason.
Overall, I appreciate how Marvel has really widened the scope of its movies over the years since the first phase: we started with individual hero movies, with only secondary characters overlapping (Fury, Coulson), leading up to the big collaboration movie: The Avengers. That was The Big Event movie. While each individual film dealt with mostly Earth-bound villains, The Avengers was the first to open up the Earth to Space (well, technically I guess Thor did that first).
Then they slowly started building up the universe – crossing characters over in The Winter Soldier, and then the larger cast in Civil War. There are still some isolated movies, like Black Panther and Ant-Man movies (and presumably, the upcoming Captain Marvel movie) but I don’t think there will be many more ‘primary character only’ movies with the OG Avengers.
I can’t think of much more interesting things to say about Infinity War without watching it again. I highly recommend you listen to these podcasts, which go much more in-depth than I ever could:
- Overthinking It Podcast – Episodes 513 and 514
- Plumbing the Death Star – What Did We Think of Avengers: Infinity War?
- Filmspotting #678
And, I haven’t listened to it yet, but Make Dad Read Comics did an episode about the comic for which this movie is based on, The Infinity Gauntlet, if you’re interested in some background comic information.