Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest Superhero thriller movie of all time and we could not have asked for anything more. It is surely among the top 2 MCU movies, if not the best of them all. This movie created history by being the first movie to have almost 70 A-List characters appearing all at once in an epic story where none of the characters felt totally wasted and everyone helped the plot in their own ways. It is an ultimate fan-pleasing comic-book thriller which has blown everyone’s minds. It is now the highest grossing superhero movie ever and is incredibly poised to cross $2 Billion when all is said and done.
Having so many characters and aspects coming into making this movie, you would expect that there will be a lot of scenes that were shot to not make it to the final cut. So many characters could only be totally justified if the directors have the proper time to incorporate them all. The Russo Brothers have two insanely genius heads on their shoulders as they were actually able to incorporate 70 characters of relevance into one epic extravaganza, and at the same time, please everyone with amazing fight sequences and a brilliant plot.
From the beginning of the movie to the very end, we were on the edge of our seats with the hope that the Avengers will succeed and the fear that Thanos will wipe out half the population of the Universe. But prior to release, we were duly warned by the Russos who said this:
“This is it. Thanos is an unstoppable villain he’s virtually invincible, he’s highly intelligent – genius level intelligent – he’s like the Genghis Khan of the universe, and to stop him it’s going to cost them a lot. They’re going to have to see if they’re willing to pay that price, and that’s what these movies are really about. What we want is for the audience to be prepared, as there’s a lot of surprises – there’s going to be a lot of humor and a lot of heartbreak.”
We had an intuition that many of the characters that we love may die, but we have to admit it, that not even a single person was ready to accept the fate of those beloved characters until they saw it on their own. Thanos actually solved the villain problem that Marvel had by actually being the best MCU villain ever as his deeds did not just impact the Superhero, but the entire Universe itself.
Thanos was the hero of his own story. He brought balance to the entire Universe as he snapped his fingers having collected all the Infinity Stones and disintegrated half the population of the Universe. This resulted in many of our favourite heroes to turn to ash. Thanos had just killed Vision, got all the Stones and became the most powerful being in the entire Universe. Then came in Thor, who struck a winning blow with the Stormbreaker! But since that last strike was upon Thanos’ heart, he had enough time to snap his fingers and blow our minds away!
The impact of the snap was devastating for us as fans. The first one to get disintegrated was Bucky, whose last word before turning into ash was none other than “Steve”! At this moment, we had no clue of what was happening but as we got caught up with the other deaths that followed, it was understandable that Thanos had succeeded. He had won in his goal and the Avengers had lost. The deaths that followed were of the Wakandan Soldiers, T’Challa, Groot, Wanda, Sam, Mantis, Drax, Star-Lord, Doctor Strange and the most heartbreaking one was of our friendly neighborhood guy Spider-Man.
Out of all these disintegrations, Black Panther’s and Doctor Strange’s deaths were probably the most surprising, but the one that left us in sorrow was the very moment where Peter came in saying, “Mr Stark, I don’t feel so good”, and then fell into Tony’s arms saying “I don’t wanna go, I’m Sorry!” and the final disintegration took place.
Even though we all were heart broken, some fans had teased that Spidey’s disintegration was actually the longest of all. While all the others turned to dust almost immediately, Spider-Man seemed to have an intuition about it longer than the others. According to the fans, it was his ‘Spider-sense’ that ticked him off.
Well, Director Joe Russo has come out and confirmed this fact saying, “That’s correct, he was aware of something.” We all know that Spider-sense allows Peter to know about certain things before they happen, which are the very immediate upcoming threats in particular. That is what came into play here, and that is why Peter’s dying moment was the longest amongst everyone.
This scene really stretched itself and hit like an emotional hurricane as Spiderman could feel his body being transported into another dimension. Matt Aiken, Infinity War VFX firm Weta’s supervisor, had this to say:
“Spidey’s really fighting it. He definitely doesn’t want to go and he’s fighting… he’s incredibly powerful, so he’s able to withhold it for a lot longer than some of the others, but in the end he can’t withstand it.”
He added: “Nobody at Weta could watch that. The first few times we watched that we all choked up, it’s an incredibly powerful performance and key moment in the film I think. There was less room to kind of smoke and mirrors it, if you like. We had to make sure that it worked really, really well, because it was so drawn out, and so it had to withhold very high levels of scrutiny becuase we were holding right on Spidey’s face over Tony’s shoulder, through that. It was just making sure that it worked completely consistently, seamless through that trauma process.”
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Hopefully, all this will be undone in a greater fashion in Avengers 4. Avengers 4 has to be an even bigger and mind-blowing event than this one was. Marvel has left us with a big cliffhanger which will be solved next year when Avengers 4 comes out on May 3. Here is the brief plot synopsis released by a magazine:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”
The entire cast of “Infinity War” saga boasts of some of the acting heavyweights being brought under one roof including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Korg (Taika Waititi), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), Michelle Pfieffer (Janet Van Dyne), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).
Currently, Avengers Infinity War is running in the theatres. Directed by Russo Brothers. Produced by Marvel Head Kevin Feige & Co. Co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Here’s official movie synopsis:
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.