This article contains spoilers.
I have to admit, I was really stoked for Avengers: Infinity War, so much so I was refreshing cinema sites every couple of hours in the weeks leading up to its release in hopes of booking tickets to a luxury class screening.
I caught the movie on 26 May, the Thursday it came out internationally, and the experience was splendid, thanks partially to a dessert serving of six pralines inspired by the Infinity Stones, but was the movie as satisfying?
There’s tons that can be discussed about it, but I’ll only go into the one thing I loved most, and the one thing I hated most about the movie:
What I loved most
The ending, where half the universe’s population ceased to exist, was not an original surprise to me (check out the House of M storyline in the Marvel comic books), but it made the movie worthwhile. It really instilled a sense of loss and desolation. Even some key characters like Black Panther, Spider-man and Star-Lord faded to dust, so the ramifications of Thanos’s finger snap were truly grievous.
That, or every scene with Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Her psychokinetic powers are nothing if not dazzling.
What I hated most
At one point, the entire legion of superheroes (Avengers past and present, and the Guardians) were split up into four subgroups across the universe:
- Iron Man, Spider-man and Doctor Strange
- Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis and Gamora (who was later captured)
- Thor, Rocket and Groot
- Captain America and everyone else on Earth
It didn’t make the story slightly hard to follow, but it did make some subplots more boring than others. For one, I found Thor’s faction the most uninteresting; I really couldn’t be bothered with his quest for the Stormbreaker. Conversely, I was intrigued by all the scenes on Earth, especially when they convened with T’Challa and Bucky in Wakanda.
What I was most surprised by
I had somehow convinced myself that Thanos would not acquire all six Infinity Stones, so when Doctor Strange surrendered the Time Stone, I thought that it was impossible that Thanos would obtain the Mind Stone from Vision.
When Scarlet Witch successfully ripped the atoms of the Mind Stone apart, I thought that was the end of it, and that Thanos would probably reign supreme with his remaining five Stones anyway… we all know what happened in the end.
What I was most disappointed by
To be honest, nothing. I would say I would’ve preferred if Black Widow had more lines or action sequences, but I wasn’t really disappointed by her small screen time given the filmmakers had to accommodate dozens of other characters. Hey, at least she didn’t get the Hawkeye treatment.