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Review: Avengers – Infinity War


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"Avengers: Infinity War" biedt een kosmisch avontuur zonder weerga, een epische en langverwachte team-up in de ongelijke strijd tegen een uitgewerkte schurk en is opvallend duister.


Een opgesplitst en onevenwichtig verhaal. Enkele onverwachte afwezigen. Niet elk personage wordt evenveel recht aangedaan.

Het leidde allemaal hier naartoe. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War toont Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, de Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Black Panther en Doctor Strange in hun langverwachte en epische strijd tegen Thanos! Hier onze spoilervrije recensie!

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When I’m done, half of humanity will still exist. Perfectly balanced, as all things should be…

It’s all led to this. After ten years of spectacular superhero stories by Marvel Studios, after ten years of epic confrontations and ten years of financial successes in Hollywood, it is finally here. Avengers: Infinity War – directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) – is the long-awaited culmination of the adventures of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and so many others and unveals the battle against intergalactic villain Thanos.


It has been two years since the Avengers have been torn apart by the events in Captain America: Civil War. Now, Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his troops arrive on Earth to complete his set of cosmic Infinity Stones and use their incredible power in the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of the universe’s populace.

Reluctantly, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) have to overcome their differences and together with Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany) Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) have to defend – or damn well avenge – the world and so much more. Luckily, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can count on the much needed back-up of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

We were hoping for it, but Infinity War is indeed an incredibly entertaining blockbuster and spectacularly heavy nineteenth episode in Marvel Studios and Disney’s world. You get your expected action and jokes, but these are joined by an especially dreary atmosphere. Infinity War might well be the last chapter of the book that the Marvel universe was until now, it ends on a dark note and contains some welcome surprises. Criticasters of Marvel’s predictability are – not always but at some moments – very much silenced.

There are however some clear problems with the story which feels very divided, lacks some focus and occasionally loses its balance between a tear and a smile. After a clear turning point, Infinity War should have definitely ended. It is not quite the Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King-messy, but it could have been completed faster and cleaner. As a movie, the flick has its faults, but as probably in spirit the most faithful comic book movie yetInfinity War scores a lot of points.

The curse has been lifted and Josh Brolin as Thanos might well be the most frightening villain in years. From the first scene onwards, it is clear there will be no mercy and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are fighting a losing battle. Despite Thanos’ divine powers, the motion capture by Brolin and the impressive size of the Mad Titan, writers Christopher Markus en Stephen McFeely succeed in making Thanos “human” and explaining his character and motives. His Black Order, however, – formed by Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw and Black Dwarf – are mostly cannon fodder.

How about the other side of the battlefield? Marvel’s Earth’s Migthiest Heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and others assembled for the first time ever in one single movie and as expected, the gigantic Hollywood cast has been transformed into an epic spectacle of superheroes and -heroines. You notice that directors Joe and Anthony Russo have experience with a project of this magnitude after Captain America: Civil War (2016) which was pretty much their public job application for this even bigger team-up. The highly anticipated interactions between for example Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Pratt with pretty much everyone clarify it even better: the Marvel universe works. Unfortunately, not everyone gets their moment of glory and some unexpected absentees will without a doubt make people frown.


We mentioned already that Infinity War is a true comic book movie, faithful to its source material, but what exactly is that? Marvel clearly looked back at their cosmic stories by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim and George Perez about the Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity Stones, being Thanos Quest (1990), The Infinity Gauntlet (1991), its sequel The Infinity War (1992) and the several parts of the Infinity Saga about Thanos. Connoisseurs will also be able to marvel at Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity story (2013) as the base plot, the Iron Spider, an “Ultimate” Thor, the relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch, and the Bleeding Edge armor for Iron Man.

From a technical point of view, it should be noted that this expensive blockbuster is the first Hollywood picture being completely filmed with IMAX cameras in the 1.9:1 aspect ratio. That means you get an extra 26% of screen in an IMAX screening. Considering the polished CGI and bombastic score by Alan Silvestri, this Marvel picture is once more a cinematic gem.


Avengers: Infinity War is a spectacular, action packed and polished climax and an impressive team-up movie which despite a clear formula, an inbalanced and at moments predictable story and some unexplainable absentees packs quite a punch and contains some surprises and a strong villain. On to the next ten years of Marvel Studios adventures and especially the fourth Avengers movie next year!

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War shows up in Belgian cinemas on Wednesday 25th April.

Avengers: Infinity War post-creditsscène (Spoilers!)

Thanos has won. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have fallen. The impact is being felt worldwide when millions of people are disappearing and turning to dust. In New York City Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Mariah Hill (Cobie Smulders) get stuck in a car accident. A surprised Fury calls for Hill to call the authorities, but sees her vanish before his eyes.

The ex-director of S.H.I.E.L.D. runs back to his car and takes out a mysterious communication device on which he presses several buttons. However, before his message seems to have been sent, he utters the word “Motherfu-” and dies. The device falls, shows a “sent” message and unveals the logo of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).




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