To infinity and beyond

New movie turns the Marvel Universe upside down

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Story by Joseph Rodgers, editor in chief

Marvel Studios celebrates a decade of superhero fiction movies with the $641 million worldwide box office opening of “Avengers: Infinity War.” The movie is the pinnacle of the franchise and the result of the cohesiveness of three phases of Marvel movies from the first “Iron Man” to “Guardians of the Galaxy” to “Black Panther.”

“Infinity War” shattered records by becoming the fastest film to be on track for $1 billion worldwide but the movie also changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever. Spoilers ahead.

“Infinity War” is a fast, action-packed film that will keep you on the edge of your seat for all of its runtime. From feeling resentful of Star-Lord (Peter Quill) for not stopping Thanos and saving the multiverse to going on a tangent about all of the superhero deaths, the movie has a wide array of passionate emotions.

“Infinity War” contained a lot of deaths, but the disintegrations are most likely temporary since Marvel has sequels such as “Black Panther 2” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” planned for later years. After all, we have only truly known Black Panther for a few months. However, the deaths of Loki, Heimdall and Vision are likely to be permanent since they were all killed by the hands of Thanos.

The movie has a wide array of passionate emotions.”

— Joseph Rodgers

The deaths of our favorite characters are still emotional as many fans were brought to tears after Gamora’s death. Several moments in the film detail how Gamora met Thanos when he adopted her and slaughtered half of her homeworld. The scene on Vormir was definitely the most emotional and was powerful in the entire film.

However, the “Avengers: Infinity War” co-director Joe Russo confirmed that Gamora is not dead but rather trapped inside the Soul Stone, setting up fan theories that everyone who disintegrated in the film is alive but trapped inside the Soul Stone.

The Infinity Stones were very overpowered as Thanos showed them off quite nicely. From transforming Knowhere with the Reality Stone to bringing down a moon with the Power Stone, the stones and Thanos together crafted him to be a perfect villain, finally solving Marvel’s villain problem.

The unique interactions between heroes were explored including the reckless Tony Stark and the calculated Doctor Strange. The ‘superheroes’ here divided up into three main groups: Iron Man (Tony Stark), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Doctor Strange and half of the Guardians of the Galaxy as one group, Thor, Groot and Rocket Raccoon as another group and the rest of the heroes including Captain America, Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Black Panther in the last group. After following the Avengers’ conflict in “Captain America: Civil War,” the cast was split up brilliantly by purposely keeping Tony Stark and Steve Rogers (Captain America) apart.

The film was not shy of action with the Armageddon-type battle outside Wakanda and the showdown with Thanos on Titan in the latter half of the movie. The Avengers had many smaller showdowns with Thanos’ minions called ‘the Black Order’ which were awesome, sinister characters. Wakanda appeared much weaker in the film than when it did in “Black Panther,” but the action was epic nonetheless.

One of the themes in the film was that every life has value. The interactions between Vision and Captain America show that a life does not have to be lost to save the lives of many which turns the traditional view of sacrifice on its head. Even Thanos’ love for Gamora shows that even he values another being despite all of his evil characteristics.

Overall, the movie is a 9/10 with the presence of a decade of superheroes, action, emotion and humor-packed moments and the dramatic cliffhanger at the end. Only time will tell if and how the Avengers can stop Thanos and reverse his devastation on the universe.