For those Pop Life readers who have no clue about the world of comic books, or comic book characters, I will be talking about the new Avengers movie this week. So before you decide to skip the column, let me give you a bit of history on said heroes.
The Marvel team-up comic book debuted in 1963, and at the time featured The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Ant Man. Since then the team has expanded to include such other members as Black Widow, War Machine, and Scarlet Witch, among others. The first Avengers movie was released to theaters in 2012 and was a smash (that’s for Hulk) hit.
The new film, “Avengers: Infinity War”, follows the 2012 original and the 2015 film “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” There have been scores of other Marvel Studios movies leading up to this epic, which brings the Avengers in contact with the Guardians of the Galaxy (another more humorous superhero team), to help take down the villain of the story, Thanos. Thanos is one of those other worldly bad guys who is so large and ugly he is created via CGI.
For non-comic fans Thanos is basically after some beautifully colored stones which he hopes to put in his large golden glove, which when all collected will give him unimaginable power and lead to his domination of the universe. You know, the kind of power every villain worth his salt strives for. Go big or go home. The aforementioned stones are actually called Infinity Stones and the glove is called the Infinity Guanlet (I thought I better get that straight to avoid the wrath of my friend and fellow columnist Daniel Worley).
Attempting to thwart the efforts of Thanos is a cast of thousands, or so it seems with all the assembled heroes in this film. Of course you have Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and others. Oh, of course the now blonde streaked Captain America (Chris Evans) and the current teen Spider-Man (Tom Holland) are also in the mix. As I mentioned earlier The Guardians of the Galaxy are on had to provide much needed comic relief, and I really enjoyed the interactions between Pratt’s Strar-Lord and Thor. Pratt also had some opportunities to trade insults with Downey’s Iron Man. Quips aside, this film is very dark in tone, especially for a Marvel movie.
I really enjoyed the fact the film is not a light toned romp, and has a more serious tone. The film features plenty of heartbreaking moments, and I’m sure certain moments in the film made many a Marvel fan restless.
The film is so massive and filled with heroes it’s sometimes a bit overwhelming and over-the-top in excess, but is saved by the awesome performances of all the actors involved. Despite all the heroes in the film, poor Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was MIA. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the bow and arrow master. Overall, I enjoyed the film, even though it was a bit long, but if you are a fan of the series and the heroes involved, you will be happy to sit still for a butt numbing 149 minutes. Hey, I sat longer in a theater seat for all the “Lord of the Rings” movies, so any real fan will deal accordingly.
As expected, this film will lead to a sequel, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Fantastic Four and the X-Men didn’t show up for the sequel. If you are throwing an epic party, you might as well invite the whole gang. Wolverine anyone? “Avengers: Infinity War” which will no doubt make $2 trillion dollars at the box office, is a film that definitely gives you your moneys worth.