After ten long years of setting up the story lines, Marvel has finally released it’s masterpiece. As I previously predicted, there was a danger of overshadowing certain primary characters, but in all, every character gets an antiquated amount of screen time. The film is set up in multiple story lines. With half our heroes on Titan and half the heroes on Earth facing the threats sent by Thanos in his attempt to get the Infinity Stones. It’s very interesting realizing how many of the protagonists of Marvel do not actually interact with one another, and by not interacting with the other forces of good, the story has a quicker pace. Less exposition.
There are two things in this particular film that merit interest. Something I thought would occur, but I’m sure many fans of the franchise might not have thought of. There is a great deal of focus on Thanos as a character. He gets his own story arc, very much a kin to Milton’s Paradise Lost, or the 1993 film “Falling Down”, where as an audience we are shown his personality, his reasons, his motivations, we get to see the good in the villain who blindly believes that what he is doing is right. This was a common thing to show in movies of the 30’s and 40’s, but it’s something almost never shown these days. It further complicates the story in a way that makes much much more than a simple action movie. Previous Marvel films have shown the complexity of the heroes and only occasionally the villains (a prime example is Loki). It was refreshing to see something different and not as predictable in a comic book based film.
The other, were the multiple story lines of the interacting heroes, like the one about Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Dr. Strange, or the one that follows Thor, Groot, and Rocket. Paring up characters that we might not have expected to work together, but the writers, and the actors totally pulled it off. With a great blend of humor and heroism.
One thing that also breaks the cycle of many previous films of the MCU is that this is a film of consequence. We see strong consequences of the actions taken place. Many things were consequence free in the MCU, like the death of Coulson (brought back to like in the TV show “Agents of Shield”). But Infinity War shows in the harshest possible way how the consequences lead up to a completely unforgettable conclusion.
This film is definitely the stuff Myth is made from, and Infinity War is without a doubt one of the best films that Marvel has made thus far.