To Infinity and Beyond
Written by Simon Waite
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR -
BUILDING ON 10 YEARS OF THE MCU
Avengers Infinity War has finally opened in cinemas across the world and it is breaking box office records left right and centre, crossing $1 billion worldwide in a record-setting 11 days. I really really enjoyed this latest MCU action spectacle and have already seen it 4 times in cinemas.
This speaks to the overall quality of both the main Marvel movie franchises: the Avengers and the X-Men, both of whom have translated well from comic book to the big screen with memorable stories/characters/villains and both have also had good leadership that has steered them to positive reviews and long term box office success.
By contrast DC and Warner Brothers have been much more hit and miss with their comic adaptations.
WHAT MAKES THE MCU so good?
Here are the two main reasons Infinity War works so well:
Firstly the film takes full advantage of the 10 years of development since Iron Man in 2008 to put this large group of characters together in a single movie we’ve had multiple movies with the Avengers both as a team and on their own plus 2 Guardians of the Galaxy movies and a Dr Strange, Spider-Man and Black Panther movie which has covered their development now we can have them get into it right away and have fun with their interactions.
Secondly, Thanos is an excellent villain and Josh Brolin is very very good in the role. He too has been teased in a 10 year road to Infinity War, now its time to let him off the leash and the calm demeanour he exudes as he seeks to kill half the universe makes him even more frightening and the action scenes with him resonate more because of that.
Now what about the future well aside from Ant Man and the Wasp in July 2018 and Captain Marvel (2019) plus Avengers 4 next year we simply don’t know and Producer Supreme, Kevin Feige talks about this in this interview from MovieWeb:
"We're always thinking ahead. Just when people think they can pin us down, we go somewhere else and that's going to happen again after Infinity War in the build-up to the next Avengers film. And we had meetings earlier today about 2024 and 2025."
What looms over all of this however is the recent deal between Disney and 20th Century Fox who currently holds the rights on X-Men and Fantastic Four and fans will be very keen to see those sections of the Marvel Universe come into the MCU should that deal be approved.
As for the immediate future well there are already plenty of fan theories and speculation about the next film (previously titled Infinity War Part 2 but as of this post remains untitled) but it is really reminding me of the time between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi where there was so many speculations and fan theories that when The Last Jedi came out a lot of fans were left disappointed and I feel that something similar could happen with Avengers 4 that could undermine the gutsy and bold storytelling of Infinity War but we will have to wait and see in 12 months time.
-Written by Simon Waite