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Reaching Infinity by Losing The War

The opening weekend was such a success that many people went to see this popular movie still decked out in prom outfits (Courtesy of Mumbi Mungai).

The opening weekend was such a success that many people went to see this popular movie still decked out in prom outfits (Courtesy of Mumbi Mungai).

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is praised by critics on social media. Marvel Comics successfully portray their long-lasting characters on the big screen, making fortunes while doing so. Marvel began as a comic company, but the universe it created was transformed into action-filled movies that captivate millions with thrilling adventures and storylines. It all started in 2008 with Iron Man, which set the stage for the next 10 years of successful superhero movies, including The Avengers. Of course there have been various independent superhero movies, but the creation of The Avengers by Marvel and Disney allowed the formation of a connection between each film, leading up to a grand battle between the main characters and the all-powerful Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.

“The plot of the movie was well made. The whole idea that caused all the fighting was spoken of multiple times, which showed how important certain things were, which built tension,” says freshman Kylie Roach.

The plot itself was built around six “infinity stones,” each one giving the beholder the ability to control minds, souls, time, reality, and space while also obtaining physical powers. These stones had never been held by one individual and were dangerous due to their immense strength.

“The purpose of the movie was to show how powerful the stones are and how many people are needed to take down Thanos. They were also brought together to show the majority of the Marvel Universe. If I could change the plot, I wouldn’t have made it so that Thanos acquired all of the stones in the first movie and so easily…I was fine with the ending, but I didn’t like how the movie played out to get there; it didn’t feel complete enough,” says senior Logan Roach.

The movie has garnered praise and a profit projection of $1 billion internationally from its opening weekend to May fourth. This is an extraordinary accomplishment considering that  many classic movies with complex storylines and universes, like Star Wars, have gotten close to this record but have never quite reached it.

“The movie was well worth the money and hype…I have watched the movie twice, and I thought it was great. I liked it because I love the Avengers and this movie really brought a new intensity to their stories,” says junior Kirsten Nicklaus.

A problem with this two-and-a-half hour movie is that it had to emphasize every scene including more than 70 important characters in a rather concise film so that it wouldn’t be like The Hobbit film series. This, theoretically, prevented specific characters from outshining others.

“There were absolutely under-represented characters. The issue with adding in characters, like Scarlet Witch and Vision, is that they are extremely powerful, at least in the comics, and the movies don’t want to use [these] invincible characters because it would feel like the rest of the heroes are there for no reason,” says senior Andrew Lamont.

Such a groundbreaking movie as this is sure to come with slight criticism. Some believe that this movie did not represent the comics well or contained easily fixable plot holes. However, most of the feedback has been positive and even optimistic, for many people are already expecting the sequel to this jaw-dropping movie.

“I think the plot was exciting. When they were trying to show all the different people, it was kind of mediocre, but when they all came together to fight Thanos, it was a thrill to watch…I think the characters were presented well with showing their powers. The Hulk was a bit underrepresented because it didn’t even come out. [However,] they did really good in showing the dynamic of the characters together,” says junior Mumbi Mungai.

Furthermore, the cliffhanger was probably the most questioned and enlightening part of the movie. It left the whole fan base and new audience in a state of confusion and even panic, for their favorite characters did not end up winning the fight, like they usually do. For the first time, the Avengers, the good guys, didn’t win against evil. This change is crucial to the success of this movie.

“I think the cliffhanger was great because you can tell that the heroes [did not] know where to go or what to do, and that’s the point. They didn’t really win, so not only did they lose, but they are lost. I was surprised that the directors actually went through with the ending that they did. Most people just don’t have the guts to do what they did,” says Lamont.

The Marvel movies started a chain reaction that has made the fan base even stronger than one might have thought. The support for Avengers: Infinity War was unchanged despite the plot twists that brought grief to the fandom. All fans can do now is wait and see how it all unfolds in the next movie that will, hopefully, bring a satisfying resolution.

“The Marvel Franchise blew up ten years ago with the first Iron Man movie, and, in those ten years, we have gained so many great stories and heroes. I believe the purpose of having all of these characters was to bring together the Marvel Universe so that the worlds could collide. All of the heroes were needed to bring down Thanos because of how strong he is… Infinity War 2 should be worth watching because, hopefully, the cliffhanger will be resolved,” says Nicklaus.

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