18 movies in 10 years, all the big guns at Marvel team up for the most ambitious and ominous instalment yet.

It’s hard to believe just how far Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has come over the course of the last 10 years.

Arguably, it all started back in 2008, when somebody came up with the idea of putting a Nick Fury cameo at the end of Iron Man.

Now cut to 2018 and we’ve got an Avengers movie where Captain America, Black Panther, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Falcon, War Machine, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch, Vision, Spider-man, the armies of Wakanda and the Guardians of the Galaxy (have I missed anyone?), all team up and face off against Thanos and the Black Order.

Naturally, it’s an ambitious movie and arguably Marvel’s most ambitious undertaking yet. It’s also the longest movie in the series so far, clocking in at a whopping 149 minutes.

The Russo Brothers actually do a really impressive job in delivering it. Featuring the largest cast of characters yet, not once did I feel one character or story arc was taking precedence over another. They all have an equal part to play.

This impressive judgement of balance can also be applied to the tone of the movie too.

Naturally, with Thanos the destroyer of worlds, being the big bad of the MCU – with a plot involving the infinity stones which has been hinted at over the last 10 years – the stakes for our heroes couldn’t be higher.

There is a strong ominous feeling through out the film, yet it never becomes overbearing. Our characters are still able to shine in moments of light humour, drama and even a little bit of romance.

Having previously only seen Thanos sat on a throne back in Guardians of the Galaxy, I was worried that the CGI character might lack a certain presence. But Josh Brolin’s motion capture performance brings a brutal Hulk-like presence to him.

But unlike Hulk, he has a purpose and an agenda that goes beyond just smashing things up. His voice also brings a haunting, calm and malevolent tone to the character. Hopefully, this means Marvel has finally mastered the act of creating a memorable villain, taking Thanos (and most recently Hela from Thor Ragnorok) into consideration.

Visually, the film can be a bit overwhelming at times, with the battle sequences cramming so much in. But in their defence, it is clear what is happening despite the epic scope that is on display.

It’s also nice to see Alan Silvestri return on scoring duties for first time since Marvels debut team-up flick, 2012’s The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble as it was known here in the UK).

The big question of course is where the series goes from here. Another Avengers movie is due in 2019 and this one very much ends on a cliffhanger, which will have big implications for the MCU.

And while we have Antman and the Wasp to look forward to later this year and then Captain Marvel next March, I can’t wait to see how the Russo brothers follow this one up.

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War
An epic, ominous, catastrophic, entertaining, ambitious and unrelentingly thrilling instalment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Thanos might say, it's perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
The Good
  • An ambitious story and suitably epic
  • A good balance of tone
  • Josh Brolin is great as Thanos
The not so good
  • Bit long, have a piddle before you see it!
4.5Overall Score

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