Avengers: Infinity War - The Superhero Mashup Movie of the Year
by Cristian Trandafir
Marvel vs. DC has always been a heated debate topic among comic book fans. Is Superman better, or Captain America? Batman or Iron Man? The Avengers or the Justice League? In the past few years, both Marvel and DC have been shifting their focus away from comic books and into the film industry. “Black Panther,” “Wonder Woman,” “Batman v. Superman,” “Captain America: Civil War.” These are some of the highest grossing movies from the past four years, all with one common theme: superheroes. The film industry is seeing a huge shift, as more and more people would rather see superhero movies over rom-coms and horror films. The X-Men movies have generated more profit than the “Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” and similar dystopian films. And now, at the top of them all, stands “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Infinity War is the 19th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU is different from the comic book Marvel Universe--featuring revamped and rewritten scenes that were not able to be fit within the lines of comic strips. Infinity War follows the plotline that Marvel has been building up over the past decade with their films. Of course, it would be beneficial for viewers to see the previous installments before seeing Infinity War. There is a confirmed sequel to Infinity War coming out in 2019, so potential viewers that are waiting to binge-watch the whole series might want to wait out another year.
The movie features a grand variety of superheroes and villains. Besides the regular Avengers, there are also appearances by Loki, Heimdall, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and over a dozen more superheroes. People who have saw “Black Panther,” which recently came out in Feb. 2018, should also look forward to him making an appearance in the movie. Spiderman is also featured as part of the Avengers in the movie, due to the Sony/Marvel partnership announced back in March of 2017. This massive collection of heroes shows just how big the threats from the villains are in Infinity War.
The characters are all played by their traditional actors: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange are just a few examples. One of the major points of the two hour and forty minute film is that the screen time of many characters is short-lived. Emotion is traded for fast-paced action scenes. Although some scenes were crafted with suspenseful and emotional moments in mind, most were not. After all, this is a superhero movie and the focus is on the action.
Despite the lack of emotional cues, “Avengers: Infinity War” stands as the front-runner for superhero mashup films. DC ended up profiting off of their “Justice League” showing, but many reviewers said the movie lacked the cohesiveness that made the original Justice League comics and movies so dominant over the Marvel competition. Infinity War is Marvel’s attempt to create a film that trumps all the qualities DC’s Justice League are known for, and they succeeded. The sheer triumph of the film in the box office might make it so in the future when the phrase “legion of heroes” is uttered, and it its the Avengers, not the Justice League, that comes to mind.