Like the first, this is possibly Marvel’s most ambitious to date. Avengers tried to combine the stories and characters from all MCU films up to that point and it succeed on so many levels. The third in the Avengers franchise looks to do the same – including pretty much every hero in the MCU films (I haven’t seen Ant-Man in anything, but as he has his own film coming up then I guess we can forgive that). Given Marvel’s current track record, we have a lot to be hopeful for. Most of their movies have been critically lauded (with a few exceptions) and broken more than a few box office records. Recently, Black Panther smashed a box office record, and was acclaimed for being the most diverse superhero movie to date. It’s easy to see why MCU is so popular, as they have constantly put out stories that are funny, engaging and exciting.
However, with so many factors in this movie, I do have some concerns. Given that this is based on arguably one of Marvel’s greatest comic crossover (often spoken of in the same tone as DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earth’s), there is a lot riding on it. And whilst what I’m about to say here is by no means a put-down in any way, shape or form, there some things that I am worried about. Five things in fact.
So in todays blog, I look at my Top Five Worries for Infinity War. In no particular order.
Which characters will be reduced to cameos?
This will by no means be a disservice to the characters, as they have their own films which fleshed out their stories – but that’s kinda the point I’m making. Supposing you had a favourite character and you were excited to watch this film, only to see them pretty much pushed to the back of the story. How would you feel? It’s the same when you read a crossover comic, how excited you are to see your favourite comic character not have enough to do in it. Even the Arrowverse crossovers suffer from popular characters being underplayed, just so Oliver and Felicity can have more awkward romantic scenes. Ok, that’s kinda a cynical thing to say, but you get the idea.
This is unfortunately an inevitability for such a huge film as this, and we’ll just have to grin and bear it when it happens. And if the theories are correct, certain characters will die, so that will make it even more heart-breaking.
So… is this a two-parter or not?
Considering we have Ant-Man and the Wasp coming up later this year, it could make sense to just do the one film here. After all, it could be confusing for viewers if it ends on a cliffhanger – and then it goes straight to Ant-Man with no obvious resolution. I know not EVERY Marvel film follows on in the same continuity (Doctor Strange for example is supposedly set just after Iron Man 2) but it would really make no sense for Marvel to do this.
If this is a two-part film, then that wouldn’t exactly be a problem, as they could do a Deathly Hallows and set up the danger in part one and then the resolution in the next film – so long as they don’t have the characters fannying about like Harry Potter did. But they would need to make clear that Ant-Man will be in a different time. I’ve seen trailers for Ant-Man and it doesn’t seem to suggest that it follows on from Infinity War.
But if this IS just a one-off film, then it begs the question…
Will the story feel too crammed?
I’m just concerned that with so much involved, whether it will be an overly crammed story with a fast resolution, like so many other films are these days (looking at you, Transformers). Even Justice League kinda suffered from this, but to a slightly lesser extent. However, I can think of a way round this.
One good things about The Avengers was that the story focused mostly on the immediate threat, without spending too much time on the individual character arcs. They made references to them here and there, but mostly it was a self-contained story. That’s what I think they should do here, find ways for them to react to the danger of Thanos, rather than spend the better part of the movie trying to find out how arcs can fit in here and there.
I’m sure Marvel are aware of this and will do what they can to fix it. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Will Thanos end up being a big disappointment?
In the comics, Thanos is a mad titan with a rather strange obsession with Death – that is, Death the deity. He loves her and has sent many souls to her as a present, but due to her rejecting his advances and making him immortal, he can never feel her embrace. That makes Thanos a very interesting character and elevates him above the usual “Mad Tyrant” gimmick. His desire to cause pain is down to his resentment at not being near his love. He is possibly one of the most dangerous villains in the MCU, able to easily take down Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – and even heroes from other worlds. Hell, he was able to pretty much decimate the Universe with just a click of his fingers!
And before you bring up him being beaten by Squirrel Girl; I just have to say - ****. RIGHT. OFF!!!
Anyway, the MCU has been building him up quite a bit and establishing him as a terrible foe. In Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, Nebula stated how Thanos essentially tortured and mutilated her because she didn’t beat her sister in a fight – and seeing him get the Infinity Gauntlet at the end of Age of Ultron was more than enough to get interest piqued. But I do have to wonder, with all the build-up, will he just end up being a disappointment?
Look at Venom in Spider-Man 3, or Doomsday in Dawn of Justice. Both were heavily hyped, but only really became important to the story about 30 minutes near the end (less so in Venom’s case), and by then they barely made a dent in the story. Whilst Thanos features heavily in the trailers, who is to say he won’t just turn up at the very end of the film? I’m hoping that he does have a huge role, but with so many other characters, who is to say his role won’t be downplayed?
What I am hoping for is an epic battle between the heroes, where Thanos gets all the stones and he curb-stomps them. And if this is indeed a two-parter, it could end like in Tony Stark’s vision, where the heroes are all devastated – and so it could leave on a strong cliff-hanger.
Either way, I am HOPING that Thanos kicks butt. It would be a shame if he becomes just another Steppenwolf.
How will this link into other MCU shows?
Right now, on the current Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season I’m watching (which is only just come out in UK, so no spoilers please!) they seem to be stuck in space – meaning that Coulson and Co may miss Infinity War – or maybe this could lead to Infinity War in some way. Seeing as New York (where most of the Netflix shows) will be a battleground in Infinity War, will this mean that the Netflix shows will have to adapt to go along with it? Marvel has always tried to maintain a strong continuity in the comics, so I’d be surprised if they didn’t with this.
What does the future hold for the MCU after this? Will Infinity War be a game changer? We’ll just have to see.
Just to recap, I am excited for Infinity War. This blog is in no way intending to slander or decry it, I just wanted to voice my views prior to it being released. Like many of you, I will be at the cinema (or theatre if you prefer) when this film comes out, clutching my popcorn with excitement. If it’s good, it will no doubt one of my favourite Marvel films. If it’s not… well, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
What do you think? Are you excited? Leave a comment below and thanks for reading.
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