{Vemödalen} Avengers: Infinity War - SPOILERS

directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Steve Englehart, Steve Gan, Bill Montlo, Keith Giffen, Jim Starlin, Larry Lieber, Don Heck

cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Guria, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, William Hurt, Letitia Wright, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Carrie Coon, Michael James Shaw, Winston Duke Florence Kasumba, Kerry Condon, Sean Gunn, Stan Lee, Monique Ganderton, Jacob Batalon, William Hurt, Ariana Greenblatt, Ross Marquand, Samuel L Jackson, Cobie Smulders ... there were so many people in this movie, so.many.

I'm a Marvel fan. Even when I don't like any of the current comics they're publishing (or don't have the money to buy any), they're still my choice in the never-ending nerd battle between Marvel and DC. I'm also a MCU fan. I've seen every movie except AoU in theaters. I worked my ass off in physical therapy after the car wreck just so I had the stamina to sit in the wheelchair for Guardians of the Galaxy from start to finish because I am not leaving until I've seen ALL the stingers. ALL OF THEM.

Small side note: this was actually pretty difficult to do, be in a theater a month after the car wreck, and not just sitting in the wheelchair. That was pretty rough, though, because it was a cheap loaner that made my ass sweat no matter what the ambient temperature was. That car wreck fucked me up pretty good.

So, that obviously colours my opinion of this movie. I haven't liked all the MCU movies at the same level (or pretty much at all for AoU, to be completely honest), but I'm a fan. And this movie was made for the people who have been following all the MCU movies for the past 10 years. I don't think it would have the same impact for anyone who was a casual watcher of these movies or even someone who has watched all of them but didn't find themselves all in for them. This movie just cold opens like the next issue in a crossover event without the "Previously..." page of catch up you get with comic books.

I both really enjoyed this movie and was super exhausted by it. There's a TON of characters in this movie, a TON of action in this movie, a TON of laughs, and a TON of gut punches (for those of us deeply invested in the characters or just those of us with easily accessible emotions). Normally, going to see one of these blockbuster movies is pretty draining on me because of my TBI. After Black Panther, for example, I needed the rest of the day to just not do anything that took a lot of cognitive energy/work. It's pretty amazing the things you do that you take for granted until something comes along to disable you and make it painfully obvious how much your brain has to work to watch a movie.

I saw this on Thursday night. I'm still not completely back to the level I'm normally at now. Sure, some of that has to do with other things, but I'm not joking when I say this movie took a lot out of me. There was a lot of things to go through and there wasn't a lot of down time during the movie to process it. Right off the bat, Thanos and the Black Order are killing Loki and Heimdall, beating the anger right out of Hulk, and exploding the ship all the Asgardians were on, and it didn't stop there. I mean, they just rolled through (almost) everything the MCU has established so far and decimated it.

They killed Gamora! I could not believe that! I was expecting Vision to be killed, but I wasn't expecting that I'd buy into the romance between him and Scarlet Witch like I did. I'm obviously a huge Scarlet Witch fan, but I wasn't an MCU Scarlet Witch fan until this movie. I was so excited when Red Skull popped back up (disappointed when I found out it wasn't Hugo Weaving). Thor getting Beta Ray Bill's weapon made and Teenage Groot using his arm to make the handle. The mixing up of the characters was great. I loved how each felt true to what had already been set up for them previously and how well they meshed together. Not everyone got a ton of screen time, but I feel like that probably was done on purpose for what's essentially the second half coming out next year. I loved Proxima! I can't believe survived that car wreck and got to see Proxima Midnight in a movie that wasn't a cartoon on TV. THEN, when the stinger hit and Captain Marvel's Kelly Sue DeConnick/Jamie McKelvie emblem shows up on that space pager, I WASN'T THE ONLY ONE WHO SCREAMED WITH GLEE! This is bananas for me. 10 years ago, people would have looked at me like I was some kind of weirdo for my reactions to this movie.

The thing that did surprise me was who vanished into dust when Thanos finally got all 6 Infinity Stones and did the famous snap of his fingers.

Basically, everyone that still has a contract or another movie in the pipes with Marvel was wiped out by the snap. For the most part, it was only the core Avengers team that was still standing. So, while I totally yelled out a "NO" when Groot went to ashes and started crying when Peter was desperately clinging to Tony saying how he didn't want to go, by the end of that sequence I realized none of those people were going to stay "dead". Comic Books!

I immediately went back to Doctor Strange saying he saw 4 bajillion different timelines of the events about to play out and only one of them was a success in beating Thanos. Then I thought about him telling Tony they were in the endgame now and then that he was sorry but that it was the only way before he went to ashes.

From reading comic books, I know that Strange is not entirely above sacrificing half the universes population if he has to. I mean, he was part of the group that sent Hulk/Bruce Banner off into space in the comics. He'll do the unpopular thing if it has to be done. I think he gave the Time Stone to Thanos because it will eventually lead to Tony Stark (and possibly other founding Avenger members) to have to sacrifice themselves to reverse what happened with the Thanos snap. I think everyone that died before the snap is dead and not coming back. Everyone that went ashes could possibly come back. I'm torn on Vision, though. I mean, he's died a LOT in the comics and is just rebuild every time. Did Shuri get enough information on him before they were attacked that she could potentially put him back together? Or is Paul Bettany done with that makeup job?

I felt this movie had a job to do that movies normally don't do - it was basically the second to the last episode of a 10 year season of a crossover story. In that sense, there's probably no way you could come into this movie not having seen maybe half the movies that came before it in the MCU. I felt it had a story you could follow even if you didn't know all the characters in it, and I feel they were effective in conveying the impact of the events eve if you hadn't been following it for 10 years. I think they did a good job of handling the number of characters they brought in.

Mostly, I am beyond thrilled that one of my all-time favourite characters is the one being called in to save the day. I mean, how many X-Men movies have I had to endure and they still can't get those even halfway right. Carol fucking Danvers is going to show up in the MCU with her Binary fists and clean house. This is Marvel giving me a lifeline to survive through next year, at least, because I can't not see how they handle her. Marvel Comics, saving my life as a kid. MCU, saving my life as an adult.