The god of thunder Thor ( Chris Hemsworth ) had actually imagined it a little differently. When he and his people left their destroyed home planet, then in the hope of finding a new home. But instead they met him: Thanos, an intergalactic despot who wants to use the six infinity stones to gain power over life and death. Two of them are already in his possession, the next two are said to be on earth. Iron Man ( Robert Downey Jr. ), Doctor Strange ( Benedict Cumberbatch ) and the Hulk’s ( Mark Ruffalo) to stand up to the despot there ends in a crushing defeat. And so they seek support from other superheroes – old and new.
Hardly any other film this year has been as excited as Avengers: Infinity War . And you have to do that first with a series that already finds its 19th part with this one. But it’s not just any part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe . For years, the battle for the all-important infinity stones has been declared the grand finale of the series, as the end of an era. Accordingly, there was wild speculation in advance whether this would not also mean the end of the old guard, the Internet was crammed with theories and speculations as to which Avenger would be caught here.
The rich history with dozens of heroes who come together here, some for the first time, is the greatest asset of Avengers: Infinity War , but at the same time also the fate of the film. First of all, the adventure is now finally only suitable for fans. Unfolded Marvel’s The Avengers At the time it was already a larger part of its appeal through the merging of several previous storylines, but the first summit meeting was also easily consumable as a stand-alone work. That is hardly possible here. The story itself is very simple, but anyone who is not familiar with the characters is not given any real access here. There are simply too many for that, even great heroes like Captain America ( Chris Evans ) or Black Panther ( Chadwick Boseman ) are only guest appearances that could easily have been deleted. Fighting guest appearances too, there is no time for dialogues in the spectacle.
Followers will of course not mind, they can look forward to the usual effective battles. And unfamiliar combinations: The previously known crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy brings a lot of movement into the hero troop, and the clash of the two super regos Iron Man and Doctor Strange creates fresh contrasts. But fans have another problem. Marvel’s strategy to announce further parts in advance and thus increase the anticipation of the audience.
That was already a bit of doom for Avengers: Age of Ultron , because at that time two more Avengers parts were already on the release list. So the second part could only be an ultimately without a major interlude before it really gets down to business in Avengers: Infinity War – at that time still announced as a two-parter. Marvel later revised that, suddenly Avengers: Infinity War should be a stand-alone film, the Avengers 4 announced for 2019 currently has to do without a title. But in the end, that was just a slightly convincing marketing ploy to reduce the damage already done: If part four is the end, then you can skip the third part. That was to be prevented. Understandable, who gives up such large amounts of income voluntarily?
The name change alone has no influence on the content, Avengers: Infinity War therefore remains the already announced prelude, which does not work without the successor. While it could be overlooked – The Empire Strikes Back remains the best film in the Star Wars saga for many despite the open ending – the finale is problematic here for another reason. Because the next parts have already been announced again, which puts some things into perspective. As impressive as it is what happens in the end, it doesn’t leave the desired emotional impact. The unwavering struggle for more and more films within the series ends with an own goal, which is stupid because it is completely avoidable.
Now a film is more than its end, especially when it is 140 minutes long like Avengers: Infinity War. And the way to the end means good entertainment again here. The blockbuster wheel is not being reinvented, but the mixture of fast-paced effect fights plus humorous interludes works, refined by the absurd all-star ensemble that has since become part of this universe. In addition to the usual strengths, there are also one or the other new ones. On the one hand, there is an opponent Thanos, who, unlike many a Marvel antagonist colleague, doesn’t just want to destroy the world. He even has a motivation that can be felt with a little good will. And that is anything but natural in the series.
But the varied scenes that lead us across the galaxy also set the third Avengers part apart from its predecessors. At this point, as in so many others, Avengers: Infinity War suffers from wanting to accommodate too much at once. The exciting worlds and the interesting characters that we meet here for the first time, they will be dropped again so that we can continue. The hunt for the infinity stones, with which Thanos was busy years before, he manages to get them completely in no time at all. It doesn’t feel as epic as promised, more like afternoon work. In contrast to the Russo brothers’ last two Marvel films ( The Return of the First Avenger ,The First Avenger: Civil War ) are also missing the content exclamation marks. Surprises are rare, there is no comparable moral ambivalence – even if it is briefly announced. Just like Avengers: Infinity War after all the hype before it is somehow quite ordinary despite its qualities. But business has to go on. And if part three succeeds in one thing, then it is curious to know how exactly everything is supposed to work in part four.
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