Avengers Infinity War (The)

The Avengers return reuniting almost the entire gamut of their characters from the cinematic universe, with the notable exceptions of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.  In this new chapter titled Infinity War, your favorite characters from the core Avengers, that's Iron Man and Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, collar their newest and youngest from Ant-Man and Spider-Man to Black Panther and Doctor Strange plus surprise appearances from the Guardians of The Galaxy's Star Lord and Gamora, Groot, Rocket, Drax and Nebula all resolved to take down the galaxy's and the Universe's most dreaded evil threat, Thanos.  

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and a long, long list of A-list actors in supporting roles from Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana to Vin Diesel and Tom Holland versus Josh Brolin as Thanos.  Marvel and Disney have indicated this movie is a two part entry, and the conclusion of this chapter will wrap up in next year's Infinity War II.


The easiest one liner to take away from The Avengers Infinity War pre-premiere buzz, with all of the talk about the sucker punch ending for the first installment and with so many of our superheroes left dangling or worse, for dead, in the intentionally crafted epic cliffhanger, will be this:  In a cosmic war scheme or as Marvel might have summarized it “infinite war in an infinite universe” will there be any super heroes left to fight the good battle or is it all just a fantasy?  The punchline won’t be lost on Asian audiences as Hollywood has increasingly targeted this particular market since the New Millennium with mega sized action movies designed to satisfy appetites built around Godzilla, Power Rangers and other Far East anime and manga-based mythologies – the equivalent of comic books in the West.

Avengers Infinity War is set to open the summer as the first super-sized actioner, possibly the only movie this year that has the kind of sweep and popularity that will make Han Solo and Aquaman pale by comparison.  Disney had planned to take away the summer with a one-two punch of supremely popular sci-fi movies but if all the press buzz is any indicator, the year will belong to The Avengers just as it did in 2012 when the first movie premiered with our team of heroes, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and supreme archer Hawkeye, rounded by a human-looking alien entity from another realm of existence, Thor god of Thunder, all of which are headed by Nick Fury and SHIELD complement of agents. 

The Avengers have been put in interesting corners of tortured plot twists, in two previous sequels and cross-over arcs that spilled in the recently very successful Captain America Civil War that saw the introduction of new characters already legend in the Marvel comic books universe, from the new Spider-Man getting his trainer wheels on and all tongue-tied upon meeting the Avengers, to Black Panther whose solo movie just premiered to international success that can only be described as “Star Wars-ian” in scope.

Most moviegoers already suspect these movies pack political punch and social propaganda payouts that are stirred up by social media action preceding the film’s premiere and benefitting from the two decades old publicly-flouted marriage of the news and entertainment industry.  There are tons of articles touting the fact that news (hardcore news and not celebrity gossip treats) in the West, as compared to Soviet-era and BBC government-owned infrastructure, was already built for entertainment and sensationalism from the day it was born on the American continent – with black and white newsreel talkies from the War Department that brought moviegoers up to speed on the war front before the actual movie played in the theater. 

The synchronization between political agendas and popular entertainment is closer than ever, almost seamless as there is less effort to produce and maintain the artificial China Wall illusion that used to separate the two industry sectors.

In this installment of The Avengers, our heroes having suffered a serious rift between Captain America’s leadership style and Iron Man’s penchant for pragmatic protection that comically results in greater exposure and disasters for all involved - that mirrored the highly entertaining rift that separates the democratic and republican factions across the national divide and on prominent display ever since the Al Gore/Joe Lieberman 2000 Presidential Election defeat by way of suspect “chad” counts at the ballot box that has since divided the nation - have to rapidly close their ranks.



"... overstuffed and unsatisfied."
- Sam Adams, Slate Magazine




"If only the film were better modulated ... or more elegantly shaped ... well, it's hard to say exactly what's wrong here."
- Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com