Let’s Talk About ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By now, you’ve likely seen Avengers: Infinity War, and at this point, you’re also likely still attempting to wrap your head around it’s ambitious storytelling themes and plot-twists. Infinity War is the nineteenth entry in the ten-year long Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s certainly one of its most memorable, as it’s full of gutsy, bold decisions that once again, redefine the capabilities of comic-book storytelling. Today, we take a dive into the bold decisions of this massive, larger-than-life feature film, and what the outcomes of Infinity War could possibly mean for the future of Marvel. As always, spoilers ahead.

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Thanos (Josh Brolin)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Who’s This Movie About, Anyway?

While The Avengers may headline this movie, this movie is certainly more interested in being a Thanos movie than an Avengers movie. One of the most fascinating elements of Infinity War is that the film’s big bad-guy, Thanos, is both the antagonist and protagonist of this massive story. The film follows Thanos’s own internal struggles, and allows him screentime to flesh out his own goal. At the heart of it all, Thanos is after more than just power, he sincerely believes his conquest is one of nobility, yet, in a despicable twisted sense of the word. But it also gives us many moments in which Thanos struggles with his own internal conflict, showcasing his truly demented pursuit into the unachievable power that has consumed him since 2012’s The Avengers. This brilliant perspective puts a new spin on superhero films, creating a film in which not only does the villain get what he pursues, but at the heart of it, Thanos’s is after terror or destruction….he truly believes what he’s doing is right, making him the most unique anti-villain in recent cinema history.

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2018

About That Big, Gutsy Cliffhanger

Somehow, Marvel did it. Infinity War is a movie filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of action. It balances subgenres of storytelling, and is a massive amount of fun. However, at the end of a ten-year long series of movies, this cinematic universe has got an infinite amount of tricks up it’s sleeves. It’s a movie where the villain wins….in his own odd, poetic and noble way, and it all works so perfectly. It’s an idea that will move you, and of course, does not do it without heartbreaking sacrifice throughout. For ten years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has redefined what it means to be a ‘superhero movie’ and yet they’ve done it again. Infinity War is bold, and possibly a little dangerous, but it’s the ambitious twist that screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely created that make this film so equally phenomenal and balanced.

Where Do We Go From Here?

For the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s really impossible to speculate how the creative minds at Marvel Studios, and Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, can take it from here. With half of the team gone, how could Avengers 4 possibly pick up the mantle, and conclude this story? Quite possibly, with half of the team gone (and most of the remaining ones, those of the original Avengers roster), Avengers 4 may just be a far more focused movie than its predecessor. Unlike previous Marvel movies, we have no indication of the upcoming films, or what could possibly come next, making this one of the most exciting eras of Marvel storytelling yet.

Until then, we got Ant-Man and the Wasp on the way this July, along with Captain Marvel in March 2019, while we eagerly await the still-untitled Avengers 4 in May of 2019!