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So, the time has come. Ten years in the making and The Avengers: Infinity War has finally come upon us.
I’ve been a Marvel movie fan ever since I could remember. Sure, I had grown up and matured and now I considered myself of good taste of film. But nothing can ever take away the undiluted child-like spirit of going to a Marvel blockbuster – everyone loves a superhero. Well, not everyone. I had quite a struggle trying to find someone to go to the cinema to see it with me. So, I went by myself. Yes, I went alone to a Marvel blockbuster. At first I was embarrassed; I prayed that no one would sit next to (they didn’t). But once I got into the cinema and found that there were many others in my situation I eased a little and allowed my infantile soul to take over.
From the off, I must say that Infinity War is a whirlwind of a blockbuster. Usually when watching a superhero film, I feel quite relaxed, I watch pretty much supine, safe in the knowledge that the protagonist will defeat the villain, and all will be well. I came into Infinity War with such an attitude that was immediately swept away by the opening scenes. In order to assert Thanos’s power, Marvel Studios had him up against everyone’s favourite – and supposedly most powerful being – the incredible hulk. Only this time the hulk - in an inverse throwback to the first Avengers film when he came up against Loki - gets absolutely pummelled. So much so that for the rest of the film he refuses to come out of his surrogate, Bruce Banner. Thanos then goes on to mercilessly kill Loki, and already my stance changes from comfortable spectator to heart-in-my-mouth worrier. How can they defeat such an enemy?
Indeed, this question runs throughout the entirety of the film. They come close to it by almost pulling the Infinity Gauntlet off of Thanos’s hand, but, as is so common in Marvel films, rage gets the better of someone and they cock it up.
These cock-ups punctuate the film. So much so that we begin to actually worry for the heroes. Thanos is so powerful and seems so much more intent on destroying the world than the heroes are in saving it, that we really begin to worry.
But Thor is making a brand new, absolutely amazing hammer, everything will be fine! Right? Hmmmm, maybe we need to reconsider. Because as Thor returns to screen brandishing said weapon and throws it straight into Thanos – and the audience all breathes a sigh of relief – the latter comes out with the haunting line, ‘you should have gone for the head’ and, with a click of his fingers, wipes out half of humanity, including numerous beloved heroes.
Sitting in shock and awe, the whole cinema ponders on what has just happened, and of course, what will happen in the next film.
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