The block buster movie, “The Avengers: Infinity War” brings together all your favorite superheroes—hands locked shoulder to shoulder in an epic battle. They were relentless in their will to win. From Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Nebula, Rocket, Groot, Mantis, The Collector, Vision, Loki, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Wong, M’Baku, Okoye, the Dora Milaje, etc. Their goal—save humanity as we know it from the crushing actions of the Titan Thanos.
For the villains, the main character of the movie, Thanos, was not alone as the drumbeats of battle rolled through the galaxies. He had the Black Order, or Cull Obsidian, to back him up. The Black order was made up of Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, and Black Dwarf. Bringing together all these superheroes and villains was Marvel’s way to give its global audience a tremendous thrill and an enormous emotional joy ride. To be honest, they did not disappoint at all to say the very least.
All these characters are in their nature and remain developed throughout the story, with each one of them playing integral roles. Even in this act, the Iron Man, Tony Stark, keeps struggling to have a normal life with Pepper, and Captain America tries to do what is right—always. Unlike the pairings you get in the superhero universe such as Tony Stark-Peter Parker moments—you don’t have it here. There are apparent stakes in the Infinity War.
What was Thanos’ Motivation?
Infinity War can be said to be Thanos’ film as the story is hinged on him presenting one of the most compelling characterizations. He is driven by the desire for power, convinced that he is being kind and merciful by his decision to take the lives of inhabitants of the universe. On the one hand, you might not seem to understand this crazy stance of his—wanting to wipe out half of the inhabitants of the world. But on another note, you start to see his reason and understand the pain for the kind of choice and sacrifice he had to make to achieve his goal.
“There are six stones out there. Thanos already has the Power Stone because he stole it last week when he decimated Xandar. He stole the Space Stone from me when he destroyed my ship and slaughtered half my people. The Time and Mind Stones are safe on Earth, they’re with the Avengers.” — Thor
Why destroy half of the universe? I have never really thought about what motivated Thanos to carry out such a drastic act in the movie until now. Reading in the Smithsonian Magazine, Thanos is compared to Thomas Malthus, a philosopher who wrote an essay claiming that populations grow much faster than their food resources, and if population growth is left unchecked, it would lead to a collapse of society. In the same light, Thanos believed that the amount of life in the universe was unsustainable and would eventually destroy itself by consuming all resources. Is it justified? For now, I will say no, but will leave this philosophical discussion for later.
“In time, you will know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right. Yet to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.” — Thanos
The movie kicked off with a shocker. Loki tries to weasel his way out of yet another sticky situation, but our new villain shows that he is not here for games. He reduces Loki’s appearance in the movie to a mere cameo. Or did the God of Mischief play a fast one on Thanos? Who knows? It’s Marvel after all.
Then came the Hulk. We were sure that he would give this bad guy something to think of seriously. However, he deals out some quick combos that turn our green giant into a scared shadow of himself.
Thor manages to flee on learning of Thanos’s intent and is rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy while Doctor Strange and Spiderman go after Thanos.
Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Bucky, Falcon, and Black Panther’s goal is to help Vision who has the Mind Stone. The Avengers face the dilemma of deciding whether to destroy the stone while it was still attached to Vision or keeping it and risking allowing what seems to be the single most stalwart being seize it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) till date. While the Avengers choose not to sacrifice their own to achieve their goal, Thanos’ approach is the exact opposite. He tosses Gamorra, his adopted daughter down a cliff, effectively sacrificing her for one of the other stones. I am sure some of our readers can relate to this single-minded ambition and its destructive influence on relationships.
Perhaps the most outstanding battle scene was the Wakanda invasion. After falling in love with this African utopia in the Black Panther movie, audiences were pleased to revisit the land of King T’challa. However, this return visit was not a friendly one. We saw a battle that had us questioning our eyes. Our heroes, our cherished icons; falling one after the other, to this strange force. The more stones Thanos added to the Infinity Gauntlet, the more powerful he became, and the closer he got to achieving his goal—obliterating half of the universe.
“You are in Wakanda now. Thanos will have nothing but dust, and blood.” — T’Challa
Overall, the Infinity War is such an emotional and compelling movie that it leaves you reeling in your seat, breathless and drained. The main plot bequests more questions than answers, but it’s not all there is about the movie. There is so much going on with subplots added to the main story, giving it a long stretch. But what do you expect when many of your characters are here?
Infinity War raised the stakes high with Thanos’s character, bringing all Marvel heroes of the past ten years together and engaging them with the cause of saving the world. The good thing again is these characters are given the space to shine and show themselves as we have known them to be. Still, that end left us in greater awe or should I say in more suspense of what is to come. With this, I would give the film a 4.5 Stars rating.
- Marvels. (2018). Avengers: Infinity Code – Embed Code. Retrieved from https://www.marvel.com/movies/avengers-infinity-war