Infinity War Might be the Most Important Marvel Movie Ever

Maria Seiple, A&E Editor

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 * this is a spoiler-filled review of the movie so viewers beware

One decade. That’s how long it has taken us to reach this moment in Marvel’s film history. The film Infinity War is the breach between worlds, and not only is the movie a visual spectacle but one of the movie industry’s best superhero films. Filled with heart, rich characters and a plot that excites, Infinity War has a lot to offer and even more to discuss.

 

As soon as Infinity War begins you can tell that it isn’t your ordinary Marvel movie. We see the ship that the Asgardians had escaped in during Thor Ragnarok completely destroyed. We then continue to watch Hulk be defeated, Loki killed and Thor left to die by Thanos. This opening scene is more than an emotional gut punch. It sets the tone for the rest of the film. Thanos means business and his position as a powerful man to be reckoned with is quickly established while also instantly crushing our hopes for several of our favorite characters.

 

As the film continues, we are brought back to earth and get to see some of our favorite heroes brought together. One star team up in the movie is the relationship between Iron Man and Doctor Strange. Their relationship is definitely a rocky one but their two butting personalities is an entertaining, yet honest representation of two people who don’t like each other forced to work together. Bother Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch are brilliant in their roles, with Downey being a particular star in the film.

 

When discussing inspiring performances, one must simply talk about Tom Holland and Josh Brolin A.K.A. Spider-Man and Thanos. Tom Holland once again proves himself to be a capable actor and having the ability to make you start crying when you least expected it. In Infinity War Holland shines, especially when it came to his death scene. The actor had apparently improvised his characters death,” Mr. Stark I don’t want to go” which will forever be one of the most heartbreaking lines in Marvel’s Cinematic history. The other superstar performance came from Josh Brolin’s Thanos. The actor was able to portray the character in a way that emphasized the character as more than just bad and good, a character who was led astray by good intentions and cruel means of action.

Speaking of cruel means, let’s discuss the deaths. The deaths in this film are well used cultivating clues for future films, the purpose of actions, and ending emotional struggles we have witnessed for a decade grow and change. The most shocking deaths were most likely those that no one believed would die. Spider-Man, almost the entire Guardians of the Galaxy, Scarlet Witch, Bucky and of course Black Panther.  Except while many of these deaths were shocking they did not hold the same kind of effect such as Loki’s death. The difference is that while they do have an impact they just can’t be permanent, with many disappearing characters having sequels and third movies in the works. Deaths like Loki held a lot more weight to them because many were not suspecting it and was blatantly permanent.

 

The main problem I had with the film is the use of Gamora. Gamora was essentially a plot device in the film, used to further the character arcs of Thanos. While her relationship with Thanos is well developed and her backstory scene ads both emotional baggage to her death and Thanos’ actions, her death is only used to establish the empathy that Thanos possesses. This is honestly not a bad thing, but it makes her feel like a pawn rather than a real character. Her death may also be reversed in following Marvel films, which would only prove my point. Gamora as a character is probably one of the best and it’s a shame for her to be used in a way that makes her less important to the overall storyline. I will say that her death receives some of the most accurate and honest reactions from the characters that knew her.

I am of course talking about Star Lord’s reaction which essentially caused the death of 50% of the universe’s population. I am quite aware that this scene angered many. ”Why couldn’t he have just waited for like 5 more seconds” many have told me, but I think his reaction is one of the truest and heartbreaking moments. He is acting not for the sake of the world, but because all he can think of is Gamora. He has lost everything and now the woman he loved is dead with the perpetrator right in front of him. If you had heard that the person you love most in the world is dead how would you react?

 

To sum it up, Infinity War is more than just Phase 4, it’s a new beginning and a sign of how far Marvel has come. They have brought us tears, anger, love, happiness, bravery, and so many other aspects of human life that is true to our nature. Marvel has shown us people, and they have shown us, heroes. Once again Marvel has prevailed in showing these heroes in a blockbuster that will be remembered as one of the most significant in the movie genre’s history.

 

Maria Seiple, A&E Editor
Maria Seiple is a journalist here at the Dana Mariner. She has lived in San Pedro for most of her life. But she lived in Pennsylvania for a little bit. Her after school hobbies are robotics at the Dana robotics team, drama, and Maria likes to read, a lot. “Emerson you’re going down! I’m going...
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2 Responses to “Infinity War Might be the Most Important Marvel Movie Ever”

  1. human on May 17th, 2018 11:40 am

    spider man should have been more important

  2. Bruce on May 21st, 2018 11:01 am

    Yes your so right!! I thought he was gonna survive..

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