Avengers – Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Starring: Everyone (in the Marvel Universe)
One big $300m+ mess of a film.
Firstly, because absolutely every superhero is in this film, it takes its time. After each action set piece, we skip to another set of characters and Dr/Capt Explain-o turns up to tell us what is happening and who to blame. It’s not until the final act that things come together to a cohesive narrative that moves along unimpeded by info-dumps.
The plot: Big bad Thanos wants to obtain all six infinity stones (created as the start of the universe) so he can destroy half of all life. This is because there just isn’t enough resources for everyone. So removing half will allow the other half to survive. But wait, I just read this justification in Drastic Measures where a contagion is ravaging the food supplies of the remote Federation colony Tarsus IV. The main villain Kodos has the same justification as Thanos (could they be related).
Problem Two: It is quickly established that hitting Thanos (even very hard) will not destroy or stop him. So why do the superheroes persist in this method. They must be really dumb. The only one possibly with a plan is Dr Strange who could be trying to trap Thanos in an alternative time-line.
Problem Three: Everyone gloats. Traditionally, the villain gets to yammer on about himself before being thumped by the hero. But here, the Heroes perform soliloquies before combat. There is only one unexpected attack I can recall.
And who knew that this was part two of a series. Are the writers trying to out-do the original Star Wars trilogy ?