Episode 253: Five Things I Liked and Disliked About Avengers: Infinity War

Hiya!

I know superhero films aren’t my forte here. I like them as much as the next guy and/or gal out there and I can talk about them fine but my knowledge is definitely not as extensive as the other geeks out there in the world. But after watching Avengers: Infinity War, I just have to say I really, really, really loved it! This was a film that I was expecting a lot from and it surpassed my expectations for the most part.

As much as I loved this culmination of the past 10 years of Marvel movies, I can’t say that I loved everything about it. There are some parts of Avengers: Infinity War that I really didn’t like all that much. You can even say I hated to a certain degree. The good parts mostly cancels out the bad stuff and then some. So, let’s go straight into SPOILER territory and talk about just 5 things I really liked about Avengers: Infinity War and the stuff that tried to counterbalance them.


On the deaths

I liked… that Marvel and Disney had the guts to off some of their characters…

Coming into the film, I expected some heroes to die and die heroically. I braced myself when Thanos impaled Tony Stark/Iron Man with his own blade as he was one of the heroes I thought was going to die. Yet he lived… but that meant everyone else was fair game! So when Thanos did get all of the Infinity Stones and snapped his finger, he succeeded and a lot of heroes bit the dust. Okay, there were so many other characters that died before that but still, the ending where you saw them just vaporize was totally epic!

This was a great moment but we all know they’re all going to come back in the future. I’ve read somewhere that the next Avengers film’s subtitle will actually be a major spoiler so it’s probably going to be called something like Avengers: Infinity Resurrection or Avengers: Soul Dimension or Avengers: You Really Didn’t Think They Would Stay Dead, Did You? Still, the impact of seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fail was a sobering moment and something that really hit audiences hard.

…but I didn’t like… Gamora’s unceremonious death

While most of the heroes had some really badass deaths, Gamora’s was just… bleagh. It was terrible! Essentially, Thanos had to give up something that he loved in order to get the Soul Stone. Then, Gamora gloats to Thanos and taunts him that there’s nothing he loved. At this time, I was staring at the screen and just screaming in my head to Gamora to just shut up and run! It was so obvious that she was the thing Thanos needed to sacrifice and, sure enough, he tosses her into the pit like the Mortys giving up something important to them into the wishing portal in the Tales from the Citadel episode of Rick and Morty. Yeah, I bet you never thought I would make a connection between the Avengers and Rick and Morty, but here we are!

Oh, and she’s probably not dead, even though we do see Gamora’s body splattered on the floor. Her soul is probably trapped in the Soul Stone and we’ll probably see her again in some limited capacity in the next Avengers film. That doesn’t change the fact that her death was lame, which is sooooo stupid as Gamora is supposed to be this badass character in the Guardians of the Galaxy films.


On the Incredible Hulk

I liked… that Hulk didn’t want to come out

Avengers: Infinity War starts right in the middle of the action. Thanos has boarded Thor’s ship from Thor: Ragnarok and he and his lackeys have laid waste to the Asgardians. As Thanos is about to get the Tesseract fron Loki, Hulk jumps out and goes mano-a-mano with Thanos… and Hulk loses! Heimdall uses the Bifrost to send Hulk back to Earth (why he didn’t do the same for Thor and Loki, I don’t know) but the effects of Hulk finally losing a straight up fistfight, very handily at that. After returning to Earth, it seems as though the Hulk persona inside Bruce Banner is so traumatized by his humiliating loss that he refuses to come out for the rest of the movie. I can get why the Hulk wouldn’t want to come out. He was the guy that could punch a giant armored flying worm back in the first Avengers film and knock it out with a single punch.

But here, he was beaten by some guy he’s never seen before! The Hulk’s ego couldn’t take it and he would also be terrified of coming out as he now realizes he’s not the most powerful being around anymore. To his credit, Bruce Banner is still brave enough to rush into battle but not having the Hulk because of his inferiority complex was a great way of getting the big guy out of the story.

…but I didn’t like… that Marvel lied and showed him being in the climatic battle.

I will never believe another Marvel trailer ever again. I get how trailers will sometimes splice together two separate clips to make it seem like they’re coming from one scene but Marvel is now outright lying with their trailers by CGI’ing in some things purposely to deceive the audiences. I was totally okay with Marvel using movie magic to bring back Thor’s eye in the Thor: Ragnarok trailer. I’m even okay with them erasing most of the Infinity Stones off Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet in the trailer when he tried to punch Steve Rogers/Captain America. But to make it seem like the Hulk was in the climatic battle of Wakanda, well, that’s just cheating!

Strange… I don’t remember a green Hulk in this scene?

They probably did this to throw off people already excited to see the film and so people can concoct their own theories. But this just seems like false advertising in a sense! I expected to see the Hulk throw down against Thanos’ army but instead we get Bruce Banner in a busted up piece of Hulkbuster armor?


On surprise appearances

I liked… seeing Peter Dinklage as a giant

I like Peter Dinklage. He’s a fantastic actor and Tyrion Lannister is probably my favorite character in Game of Thrones. So imagine my surprise to see him have a role for Avengers: Infinity War! Well, maybe I would’ve found out earlier if I really did my research and looked at the cast list because he was noted to have a role in the film. But the best thing about his being in Infinity War was the shock of making him a giant! I guess he’s not guilty of being a dwarf anymore!

Granted it was a small role (no pun intended) but a pivotal one. Dinklage plays Eitri, a “dwarf” who helped forge Thor’s Heimdall. But since his hammer was destroyed during Ragnarok, Eitri makes the God of Thunder a new weapon, an axe called Stormbreaker. Granted, it’s not the most awe-inspiring of names but it’s a great weapon and we also got a brief but fantastic performance from Eitri. I do hope we will see more of the character (and Dinklage) in the next Avengers film.

…but I didn’t like… Red Skull’s cameo

Of all the characters you would want to see Marvel bring back to be the “protector” of the Soul Stone, who would you pick? Me? I wouldn’t go with the one they chose: Red Skull.

Of all the deceased characters Marvel had, why did they think Red Skull deserved a cameo? He was one of the more boring villains they had and there wasn’t even a payoff! What connection does Red Skull have with Thanos? Nothing! It would have made much more of an impact if someone like Ronan the Accuser or, better yet, Loki be there to meet Thanos! There was no point besides having the people who’ve watched all of the films point at the screen and say it’s whathisface from Captain America: The First Avenger.


On character motivations…

I liked… Doctor Strange’s “change of heart”

Remember when I said I was shocked when Thanos impaled Iron Man with his own blade and I thought he was going to die but he didn’t? The reason why He survived was due to Doctor Strange’s intervention. He decided to give up the Time Stone in exchange for Tony’s life. While this was a mild shock as Strange said that he wasn’t going to give up the Time Stone, even if it meant their lives, I should’ve guessed he would change his mind when it came down to it.

Or did he? Before the said impaling, Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to look into the future to see if there was any timeline wherein they would beat Thanos. He only saw one. They execute the plan but they seemingly fail and Strange does offer the Time Stone to save Iron Man’s life. It may seem out of character for the Sorcerer Supreme to save one life while dooming an unimaginable number of people. But Doctor Strange does say one thing else. He says that they’re playing “the long game” now. If there’s one thing I seen from the character, it’s that he takes his time. He was willing to die multiple times when facing Dormammu in his movie, after all!

I’m betting Doctor Strange has a plan but he just didn’t reveal it to Iron Man and everyone else. Why, I don’t have the foggiest idea. We’ll probably be privy to his end game in the next Avengers film but, for now, his “change of heart” was a great emotional beat, even if it was actually fake.

…but I didn’t like… Star Lord’s emotional outburst

They had him. They absolutely had him. But no. Peter Quill just had to blow it all up with his stupid, ridiculous fit of rage!

You know this scene. It’s when Iron Man, Spider-Man and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy managed to incapacitate Thanos and they were just seconds from getting the Infinity Gauntlet of him when Peter Quill decides to go all caveman on the Mad Titan. This enables Thanos to break free and almost kill Tony Stark. While his emotional outbursts may have served Star Lord well in the past, you just knew he was going to be the reason why they failed! It was so cliche, I cringed!

That’s what I thought as well, Mr. Deadpool!

I bet Doctor Strange did foresee this was what was going to happen so it’s ultimately part of his year long plan but this just made Peter Quill look like a fool, deciding to let his anger get the best of him and doom untold trillions of people from being wiped out of existence. Boo!


On “the feels”…

I liked… the emotional gut punch at the end

I already talked about how Thanos won and I applauded Marvel and Disney for doing the unthinkable by “killing” off most of the heroes. It was shocking to see characters like Black Panther, practically all of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Scarlet Witch and Falcon. The most gut wrenching death has to be Peter Parker’s helpless plea to Tony Stark as he faded away into nothingness. I honestly felt a tear trickle down my cheek when I saw this scene.

*sniff, sniff*

It was a heartbreaking moment and then we saw all of the heroes stunned as it hit them that they failed. We then get to Thanos just having a quiet moment by himself in an isolated location. Fade to black. Roll credits. Wow.

I remember sitting there in stunned silence as I realized that Thanos won. It was then I realized that everyone else was also sitting in stunned silence. We were all invested in the events of the film and we couldn’t believe that this was the ending of the film. The disbelief then washed away and the feels just hit all of us. It was a heartbreaking ending but it was a beautiful and emotional way to close out the film. Bravo, Marvel!

…but I didn’t like… the feeling of anxiousness because we’ll have to wait a whole year to see the next Avengers film

As much as I liked the first Ant-Man film, the sequel is going to be so much of a downer after seeing Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, it may seem even pointless! What are they gong to do? Clear their names? Who cares about that when half the world’s population was cut in half in an instant! And then there’s Captain Marvel, which will also be strange to see since it’s supposed to be set in the ’90s, way before the events of Infinity War.

She got a cool costume, though.

Once again, who cares? I wanna see the next Avengers movie now! I want to see how they revive the guys and gals who faded away! I want to see Doctor Strange plan come to fruition! I just want it now! But I have to wait an entire year to see it? Whyyyyyyyyyyyy?


Byee!

What did you like and/or hate about Avengers: Infinity War? Let me know in the comments section below!

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5 thoughts on “Episode 253: Five Things I Liked and Disliked About Avengers: Infinity War

  1. Hey co-blogger. Hardcore MCU fans have been speculating that the Tesseract didn’t kill the Red Skull, but transported him to some unknown location or even realm (what with it being the Space Stone after all). His cameo in Infinity War is the Russos throwing these fans a bone, confirming a long-believed theory and finally giving closure to the Red Skull character.

    • Whatever the reason, it just is kind of dumb as there isn’t any “irony” or significance on Thanos’ part. He sees some guy with a deformed face and that’s it. I expected a whole lot more. Maybe something akin to Black Panther seeing his ancestors in the astral plane.

      • I’m not trying to be argumentative, as we are all entitled to our opinions and you can dislike Red Skull’s cameo as much as you want. I’m just trying to answer the questions that you posted – Why did they think Red Skull deserved a cameo? and What connection does Red Skull have with Thanos?

        So, what connection does Red Skull have with Thanos? Nothing, you’re right. But the Red Skull is connected to the Infinity Stones. He is the first onscreen character to ever lay his hands/eyes on the first ever Infinity Stone to make an appearance in the MCU (see The First Avenger), so there is some poetic sense in having him as the guardian of the last Infinity Stone to appear in the franchise. And that answers the first question as well, that’s why he deserves this cameo.

        But again, we are entitled to our opinions. His cameo may be dumb to you, but not to everyone. Just giving some additional insight.

    • I came into Infinity War expecting it to have too much happening at the same time. You kinda have to when you have these many characters in one film. It was still easy to follow despite all of the jumping all over the galaxy.

      Thanos’ plan is standard noble bad guy to be sure. But there was a small part of me that understood what he was doing, at least.

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