10 years. 18 movies. And it's all lead to 'Avengers: Infinity War.' What began with 2008's 'Iron Man' has become one of the highest grossing franchises in movie history and has spawned a superhero cinematic universe in which each film released feels sort of like an episode of a long running television series. But with Marvel's latest, nearly every character previously established shows up for the most bold and daring installment yet.
Following recent hits like 'Black Panther' and 'Thor:Ragnarok,' the third 'Avengers' outing unites our team of superheroes on Earth with those in space- as the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' finally enter the fold. Still reeling from the events of 'Captain America: Civil War' some of the team comes out of hiding while others team up with characters they've never met before, all to fight a villain that's been teased since the first 'Avengers' hit theaters six years ago.
Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, is looking to acquire all six of the Infinity Stones. They're these elemental gems that each hold a particular power, and when all of them are combined and harnessed- bad things go down.
'Avengers: Infinity War' is a whole lot of movie. In its two and a half hour runtime, it crams dozens dozens of heroes, multiple storylines as well as trying to pay off plot points from previous films and set up where the series might go next. It's a monumental task and the Russo brothers, who also helmed the last two 'Captain America' entries, are up to the challenge. Bouncing from Earth to space, and trying to keep the jokes coming while cranking up the stakes, 'Infinity War' leaves you a bit exhausted but also a little shocked by the boldness of the film's third act. Typically in a Marvel film, the heroes outshine the villain based on the depth of their character and motivations. But here, Thanos takes front and center, and it's a refreshing take on one of these otherworldly, unstoppable villains. While many of your favorite characters gets their scene or two to shine, it's Thanos you'll be remembering by the film's genuinely unpredictable conclusion.
While I admired the filmmakers for how they ended this movie, I couldn't help feel slightly disappointed by its lack of closure. It's that sense of frustration and disbelief you have when a great show ends its season on an unbelievable cliffhanger, and then you realize you have to wait like a year to find out how they'll move forward. That's how I'm feeling now. While it's not quite my favorite MCU movie, 'Avengers: Infinity War' is well worth the wait for fans and actually took me by surprise, which is usually not the case with these types of movies. I give it a B+.