Avengers: Infinity War Review

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After watching Avengers: Infinity War I am both thrilled and disappointed at the same time. First of all, the movie was superb in its presence. There was literally action in every scene; never a dull moment where a person would normally fall asleep in the theater as I do sometimes lol. I actually could not keep my eyes off the screen for too long fearing that I would miss an important part of the fight. All the heroes from the previous movies make their return as well as heroes from different movies who are all now teamed up against a common enemy, Thanos. Thanos is of course all powered, mostly due to the Infinity gauntlet and the stones that he is collecting throughout the movie to basically control EVERYTHING. His resolve, although cynical is misunderstood by many and perceived to be acts that institute him as a villain. However, he believes that what he is doing is for the good of everyone and will stop at nothing to fulfill his purpose; even to the point of sacrificing those he loves. Again these are not the actions of a being that is evil, but a being that believes his way is the only way to make things right, albeit misunderstood. His pursuit brings him in contact with the six Infinity Gems which include the Mind Gem, the Soul Gem, the Space Gem, the Power Gem, the Time Gem and the Reality Gem. Each gem represents an unlimited source of power for the thing it represents. It just so happens that some of the heroes wield these gems which makes them immediate targets for Thanos and his children. However, this is one aspect that was slightly disappointing about the film. Although Thanos wielded the gems, he hardly enacted the untapped potential that they could portray. By being able to control space, time and reality or even mind, there was plenty of things he could have done differently to end things rather quickly (but of course the movie must be prolonged for 2 hours right?).

Of course none of the fighting scenes disappointed viewers, from street battle with Scarlet Witch and Supergiant, to the space battle with Ebony Maw and Dr. Strange to the all out war break out in Wakanda. There was never a dull moment. Although I was brought back to the show “Heroes”, where there is constantly scenes going on between random heroes and the show keeps shifting between each scene which was sometimes confusing and frustrating. In my opinion, the shifts worked in moderation, because unlike “Heroes” each scene served a significant purpose and each scene’s duration lasted for a suitable amount of time; enough to explain what is going on and to display enough action to satisfy the audience.

I was nonetheless, a bit upset on the manner in which the movie ended. It was a definite sour note, but also a surprising note for Marvel films. Marvel films always display postive endings in which the good guys succeed in their mission to rid the world of their “villain”. This is the first time I witnessed the opposite of that happening which was both saddening and refreshing at the same time. Having read the comics of Infinity War and knowing the importance of roles carried by both Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock, I realize the ending was a definite opening for a sequel. Adam Warlock is an integral part of the Infinity War storyline and has already made a small appearance in “Guardians of the Galaxy”. It is possible that he will make his entrance in the sequel that will make its way to theaters in 2019.

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Black Panther Claws Through Box-Office Records

 

Black-Panther-Throne-1200x806Is it too cliché to start of a sentence with “long live the king”?  Well, long live the king!  King T’Challa that is.  Marvel Studio’s Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, has broken numerous records in only an eight-week run, with the latest being surpassing The Titanic on the top grossing movies of all-time list.  King T’Challa is sitting quite comfortably on the throne.  In 2014, when Marvel announced that it would be making a Black Panther movie, undoubtedly Marvel knew that they were taking gamble.  It would be the studios first release starring an all-black cast.  Up until it’s announcement, and it’s official release, it was the only superhero film released in the MCU with a black character at the forefront.  There was Don Cheadle’s War Machine in Iron Man and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon in Captain America:  The Winter Soldier that had major roles in the MCU releases, but only as supporting characters.  After being introduced in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, skeptical fans were – uh, less skeptical.  The King of Wakanda proved that he deserved his own film, impressing both critics and fans alike.

Fast forward to current day.  Having only been released in February 2018, the film has continued to break records; let’s go over a few.  Even before it hit theaters, the film broke presale records, having sold more advanced tickets than any superhero movie before it – yes, including the MCU movie titans, The Avengers.  And, only six weeks in, the film passed the domestic sales of The Avengers taking in $626 million to their $623 million.  It is also the highest grossing film by a black Director.  A record previously held by F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious which ended with $1.23 billion in ticket sales.  Five weeks into the film’s release, it was still No. 1 in theaters.  Such a run hadn’t been seen since 2010’s Avatar.  Currently, with domestic sales of $665.4 million, it has passed The Titanic making it to position No. 3 on the all-time top selling movies list.  The film now stands with $1.3 billion in sales.  With the release of Avengers:  Infinity War this month, it is more than likely that the aforementioned flick will break some of those same records.  However, with Deadpool 2 following that release, it could affect the movies numbers.  Nevertheless, right now, King T’Challa is enjoying a well-deserved reign.  Did I mention that it was a good movie?