This film is set after the events of Avengers: Civil War and Black Panther, and follows directly on from Thor: Ragnarok. (Note: If you didn’t watch all the way to the end of Ragnarok, I’d suggest you do so before watching this). Thanos, aka “The Mad Titan”, who we’re first introduced to way back at the end of the first Avengers film, is back and on the hunt for the six Infinity Stones in order to help purge the universe from over-population. The story follows his quest to locate and harness these stones; one of which is held in the Tesseract, one is defended by Dr Strange, and a third being in place in Vision‘s head, with the characters of the Marvel universe set out to stop him.
When you hear a theme tune, like Star Wars or James Bond, you know you’re in for something special, and the same applies to the opening brass chords for the Avengers films – it raises the hairs on the back of my neck. I’ve loved all of them and this one was no exception.
Firstly, believe the hype. This film is amazing. But don’t expect to come out of the cinema feeling blown away, that’s not what this film is trying to do. Instead, I came out feeling emotionally drained, like I’d just gone ten rounds with Professor X!
This film focuses on the battles both internal and external that each character must face to overcome the common enemy. The interactions between each other is spot on, and each character is included just enough to make sense of the scene and no more. It’s also a perfectly weighted film, with enough action and explosions to satisfy the John Woo fans, and enough emotion, psychology and character depth to satisfy even the most die-hard of Marvel fans. There are also a lot of surprising twists and turns to this film, and likewise exclusions that I shan’t possibly give away here. Watch it and I can guarantee you’ll come out wondering where some of the characters were throughout the entire film!
who should watch it?
All in all, a total must-see for Marvel fans, and even those who just enjoy a good movie, although if you haven’t caught up with the latest film, some references may be lost on you. Also, as per usual, Marvel have added a “taster nugget” to introduce the next movie in the series…but you’ll have to make sure you stay until the bitter end to see it (and that means after ALL the credits)