I’m fresh out of a packed theater that just witnessed the culmination of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I’m honestly a little lost for words, and I’m not usually one to write immediately after a movie ends without parsing my thoughts, but I can’t shake some feelings.
First of all, I enjoyed the hell out of it. It has all your favorite characters, plus a surprise or two for the loyal fans who have committed the entire MCU to memory, and it has a villain who fucking means business. It also packs a heart wallop.
The movie’s appeal is going to rest on your relationship with these heroes, which has been forged over the last decade. If you’re a fan, you’ll love it. I found myself clenching my fists and gritting my teeth more than a 37-year-old man at a comic book movie probably should. It’s intense.
This film certainly comes closest to the comic model of serialization. While the rest of the films in the MCU canon can stand on their own and usually take a moment of expository dialogue to catch you up if there are any gaps, this films essentially begins in the middle of a story. It’s a story that’s been happening on the fringes of most every other movie so far and the dividends of that set-up are on display. These characters don’t take one second to explain themselves, their ideologies, or who they are. We’re supposed to know, and part of the fun of following along with these films is getting to know these characters so well that when this film comes out you’re already involved and don’t need to explain things. Because this film is massive. It has a very simple goal, but I think it accomplishes it in an intense, stunning fashion.
That being said, there are characters who certainly get to do more than others. We expected only some of the characters to actually be prominently featured since there are so many involved in the story, but it is pretty obvious that The Russo’s had to pick which toys they wanted to play with the most. And, as they have stated, themselves, this is a Thanos movie first and foremost.
It’s only day 1 of release so I don’t want to go into any spoilers but, man, the film has some stuff you completely expect to see but the arc of the narrative is definitely not what you’re expecting. And, honestly, I think it’s a great thing.
More to come…