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Avengers: Infinity War. REVIEW (non-spoiler)

Marvel has been building this Cinematic Universe for a decade now and we have very much seen the culmination of an 19-movie arc result in possibly the grandest film spectacle of all time!

With this film following on from Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War and several other previous releases, we are immediately thrown into the action as Thanos immediately makes his presence known after finding the Asgardian refugee ship in 2017’s Ragnarok! Without giving too much away, this interaction is then what helps connect The Avengers to the other MCU characters who have yet to come together.

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Back on earth, we catch up with our heroes who are just going through everyday life. The threat of Thanos and his hunt for the Infinity Stones is enough to rally earth’s mightiest heroes to protect the planet and prepare for a climactic showdown. In a film which has SO MANY CHARACTERS, there is never a moment where a presence or personality is out of place or not required.

The cast is rich with MCU favourites, and when you see Doctor Strange and Iron Man in one quadrant and Thor kicking it with the Guardians Of The Galaxy in another, I just straight away thought this is the first true COMIC BOOK film. Watching this movie not only flits between these difference characters with ease like in a comic, but the tone and look are all perfectly complimented for each character and the image we represent them with.

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Looking at the newer cast members, we are introduced to the Black Order or “Children Of Thanos” in Infinity War. While we probably don’t get to learn a lot about them, they are all formidable fighters and more than a challenge for the heroes. If I could point out a particular favourite, it would possibly be Ebony Maw who specialises in telepathy and telekinesis. This character also makes himself sound like a preacher who is happy to honour his “god” Thanos and do all he can to fulfil his plans.

The pace of the film is consistent throughout its 2-and-a-half-hour runtime, we are constantly on GO and there is never a dull moment. At the same time, there is almost no opportunity to reflect on what happened 10 minutes previously as you feel like you are living through this film. When I reached the end, there was this weird feeling of joy and delight mixed with frustration and upset, but that’s what you needed when you got to this point. The ending rallies up a number of emotions and I can honestly say I have never experienced a film like this before. Because of the MCU and its rich history over the last decade, that is why I felt this mix of emotion. Can I just say, this was the perfect ending for the movie and perfectly sets up what is to come in the next 12 months.

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While writing up this review, I really wanted to say which character I thought was the best performed or the highlight of the movie. I would probably have to say Thanos is the star and actor Josh Brolin makes the mad titan one of the more satisfying villains in comic book movie history. While Kilmonger in Black Panther made the audience sympathetic and Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming saw a family man doing all he can, Thanos is doing what he honestly believes is the best for all of existence.

In a film with such a bloated cast, there is very little to complain about in terms of characterisation and enjoyment. Everybody plays their part and no single cast member is wasted. Some characters do get more screen time than others, but maybe this will be balanced out in Avengers 4 next year. The special effects are all top-notch and every little detail is presented perfectly. The BIGGEST congratulations though must go to directors Anthony and Joe Russo who took the reigns from Joss Whedon and have created The Avengers film that we needed. There isn’t a lot of films that can take pre-established characters and throw them together into a situation with worldwide implications, but Avengers: Infinity War shows the stakes are at their highest as every corner of the MCU is pulled into this adventure which will forever alter the cinematic Universe that we have come to know.

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The humour is still fantastic throughout, the laughs do still come in great supply and it never throws us off on the emotional scenes and no death is ever underplayed! The action is unparalleled and breath-taking. Plus, how many films will you see Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy…you get the point! As long as you know some background knowledge on the film franchise, you can enjoy this film thoroughly. If you have been with the Marvel Cinematic Universe since day one, I will give you an air high five as we celebrate what is definitely the pay-off for ten years of dedication to this cultural phenomenon we have lived through.

Well done to The Russo Brothers, THIS was the comic book film to beat them all!

So we still have a year to wait for Avengers 4? I may need to watch Infinity War a few more times before that…and so will you!

Final rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Look out for my future article where I discuss in detail more plot points and theories for the next film!

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Captain America: Civil War. “After everything that’s happened, there’s nothing compared to what’s coming!”

Kicking off Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with this explosive, fun and joyous outing, Civil War truly is the best film to come from Marvel so far! By far! This movie does a great job with multiple characters, intriguing story and making both an Avengers movie and a Captain America flick blend together seamlessly. So much good stuff came from this movie, and it really lived up to the expectations I held for it since its announcement in 2014. Also, when you have a movie where the bad guys take the back seat, how does it feel to see the two top MCU heroes go to war and fight each other instead?

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Starting off with yet another huge incident, The Avengers, led by Captain America (Chris Evans. The actor, not the radio DJ), are called to a meeting with General Ross…I mean Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (Am I the only one glad to see William Hurt back in this role?)! He proposes to them a system which would keep them in check and stop them being self-funded and independent. While Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is in favour of a more contained Avengers, Steve Rogers is feeling less enthusiastic and sees that many people may be at risk if they can’t help. This brings a huge divide to the team! Then we go into Cap 3 mode when we pick back up on the story of Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier as he is accused of causing a disaster. While Captain America thinks his former friend is innocent, Iron Man just wants to stop the Winter Soldier and bring order back. Without giving too much away, the two factions eventually develop and come face to face with each other. Both seemingly matching each other, this brings possibly one of the greatest sequences ever put to film. Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany is the setting and to see Team Cap and Team Iron Man face off is just…PERFECT! The scene is well crafted, it’s fun, funny, breathless, epic and I really can’t put all my words down for this scene.

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It’s not just about THAT scene, but that was probably my highlight overall. We also get to see great introductions for newcomers T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl, who gets to have a deeper role in Civil War than many may be expecting) and, of course, Spider-Man (Tom Holland). There is just so much I want to discuss, but I can’t give anymore away. But you must make note of the relationships that are clearly developed in the team, the enemies who look to do all they can to defeat the Avengers by conflicting these relationships really is the key to Civil War. But, we all know it comes down to Cap and Iron Man as they clash over their ideals and what they believe to be right. It is emotional to see these two clash! Steve Rogers has been good friends with both Howard and Tony Stark and to see their relationship come to this is hard to take in. The film may not be as dark as Batman v Superman from earlier this year, but this film really saw a bigger impact of seeing the two heads bang.

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I really don’t want to talk any more about the plot, I want you to see this film and you can see why I find all these points interesting and important. The whole cast really are on top form, and to see the iconic comic book story (even if loosely adapted) come to life on screen was more than we could have ever had hoped for. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and all the guys we followed through phase one and two of the MCU all put in superb performances. The biggest presence I enjoyed from the already established characters was Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olson makes her character stand out and you really do feel sorry for her situation in the movie. It is fair to say her part in AGE OF ULTRON was not exactly top on your list, but to see her really struggle in this world with her powers is certainly gripping. Paul Bettany’s Vision gets some great laughs, as does Paul Rudd continuing as Scott Lang. To pick a favourite between Chadwick’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s web-slinger is tough. They each provide their own distinct character and Holland really gives Spider-Man the treatment we all wanted. A REAL kid playing a KID! Spider-Man uses his screen time to win people over and you will be begging to see him in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year. And as for Chadwick Boseman? Black Panther really was a great new addition to the cast and brings a new bend to the MCU, as does Spider-Man. Finally, the directors Anthony and Joe Russo yet again give us a brilliant Captain America movie and prove to us these are the perfect candidates to continue making the Avengers movies! They will be tacking Infinity Wars in 2018, and I know this was the perfect way to say they know what they are doing. This film is just the closest to perfect I have seen a superhero movie get to. The laughs are great, the action is enthralling throughout and I can’t wait to see this for a second, third, fourth, twenty-eighth time!

P.S. Stay behind for the two big scenes once the main picture concludes and watch out for Stan Lee!

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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