Just through a coincidence, I watched ‘the Dark Knight’ last night. Bias aside, still my favorite ‘film featuring characters who started in comic books.’
But ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ might be the best ‘comic book movie’ ever.
A few non spoiling thoughts…
- I was rolling over in my head the last time I sat in a theatre that was stunned into silence when the credits rolled. COMPLETELY different genre obviously, but it was ’12 Years a Slave’. Some (like me) where processing what just happened, and what comes next; some were legitimately emotionally shattered. Some were pissed off. So…well done, Marvel!!!!
- If I had to pick out a single thing I was most impressed by, it was the balancing act. I’m not going to go back and count, but every headlining hero, and more than a few surprising supporting players from the past decade made appearances. Three or four rotating arcs/locations, and I at least, never got tired. Credit to the editing here for keeping the story going and always going somewhere else before the audience got restless.
- The template has been well set now: if your goal is to create a compelling villain in one of these movies, from Magneto to Killmonger to Thanos, the audience has to understand the logic and say, ‘but you’re going way too extreme to get what you want.’ Mass genocide is mass genocide, but Thanos is just empathetic enough…
Had time to do a little homework about where Infinity War: Part II goes…still have no idea?
But why on earth would you doubt that Marvel knows what it’s doing?