Avengers Infinity War (2018)
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Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, George Pιrez, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Pom Klementieff, Chris Hemsworth, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr., Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Chadwick Boseman, Dave Bautista, Letitia Wright, Vin Diesel, Danai Gurira, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Bettany, Kerry Condon, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Dinklage, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Callan Mulvey, Terry Notary, Sean Gunn, Benedict Wong, Don Cheadle, Tiffany Espensen, Isabella Amara, Ethan Dizon, Slim Khezri, Martavious Gayles, Solomon Glave, Samuel L. Jackson, Demetri Landell, Kevin Montgomery, Cobie Smulders
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The Mad Titan Depresses Everyone
Favorite Movie Quote: "Mother Fu--------"
Thanos (James Brolin), the Mad Titan, already in possession of two Infinity Stones, the most powerful substances in the universe, continues his quest to collect the remaining four stones, to complete his Infinity Gauntlet, to go forward with his self-appointed mission to achieve balance in the universe, by indiscriminately annihilating half of all existence. It may take the combined efforts of the entire Marvel Universe to stop his mad campaign.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, the most ambitious project to come out of Marvel Studios, is the big screen adaptation of the 1992 series created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. It involves nearly every character from the last ten years of the Marvel franchises, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and other Marvel franchises. Although only six-issues in length, the actual storyline covers over a dozen titles, including Fantastic Four, Moon Knight, Alpha Flight, and other more obscure titles. Despite the scope of the series, the film only focuses on the physical confrontations in the recovery of the stones. This is a darker film, not as morose as the DC films, but it is a depressing tale of loss, and not only of peripheral characters. It does have the trademark Marvel humor, but the one-to-one interactions were more heartfelt.
On the positive side, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR features some outstanding visuals, both CG and practical, and their interactions were seamless. The film should walk away with very visual effects award at the Academy Awards.
On the negative side, despite the scope of the original series, the film focused mainly on fist fights and explosions, rather than the expansive space opera of the original story. Gone were Galactus, the Eternals, the Living Tribunal, even Death, who was central to Thanos' ambitions. With all the money spent on the vistas of warfare, carnage, and wardrobe changes (Spidey gets a new suit, Iron Man gets a snazzy nanotechnology suit, Brue Banner hops into the Hulkbuster suit, and even Captain America loses the Red, White, and Blue to basic black), more effort should have been given to showing more off-world scenes. Oh, and the Black Widow is now a blonde.
However, the biggest thumb in the eye, is where the story leaves off. Originally, INFINITY WAR was scheduled to be a two-parter, but for reasons unknown, there was no indication when, or even if, the story will continue.
On my personal rating scale, with "5" being drop everything and see the video now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "4," simply because it was not the feel-good movie that is the modus operandi of Marvel films There is a teaser at the very end of the credits, but it tells you nothing.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is rated PG-13 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle. Benedict c*mberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff,, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Sean Gunn, and William Hurt. Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen, Jim Starlin, and Larry Lieber, and directed by Anthony & Joe Russo, the film is in theaters now.
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