The Infinity War ‘Nerdg*sm’

The wait is finally over…

Good Morning, Good Evening, Good Night. No matter what time it is for you at the time of reading this, I well and truly hope you’re having an absolutely amazing day. For those of you new around here, it would be an impossibility to know just how much of a nerd I truly am! So, with that being said, before the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ it was physically impossible to be any more excited than I was for this movie. The following piece isn’t necessarily a review. Nor is it an educated, in-depth analysis of the movie, but what this piece is is a culmination of before thoughts, non-spoiler orientated thoughts, spoiler filled opinions and last but not least, what I think this all means… enjoy!

A Before Thought.

Naturally, coming to the end of the ten years build up, I thought back to what would’ve been the more ‘critically acclaimed’ parts of the MCU. Most noteworthy to me is ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ and 2018’s ‘Black Panther‘, which quickly became the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time. These films in particular set themselves apart, for unlike the usual blockbuster action pieces produced by the dozen, such as: ‘Avengers Assemble‘ or ‘Doctor Strange‘ — Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slating the genre; I love these movies! I’m Just making a point— these movies stand for something. These films have an outstanding, current message without feeling overly forced.

What I mean by this, not that I have a problem with television and cinema expressing political view or message, but it’s when this selfsame view becomes more apparent than an actual good story. Some examples of this can be, Netflix’s ‘Bright’, or ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in Bright’s case, I may be slightly biased because I didn’t like the world, nor the story this movie was set up in- but it’s almost as if the film was almost indefinitely trying to force the idea of equality, without the least remorse. Alternatively, Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ was both an incredible movie; featuring breathtaking action and a beautifully formed CG world, with underlying themes of race, prejudice and many more issues; which despite being there, never even once feel out of place in the Marvel Universe, nor to the overall story.

The reason I bring this up is that films today in order to register and have the best possible reception require themes or a purpose or anything along those lines. You know what I mean. A before thought of mine, is that- not that I’m complaining; once again, I’m a huge fan of the genre, so I really couldn’t care less- infinity war will be amazing, yes… but won’t sit well to the wider audience, for to my greater knowledge the latest instalment of the series doesn’t have any specific, world-changing themes. I’m sure I’ll fall in love with the movie. I’m sure it’ll be THE, if not one of the best movies I have ever seen in my existence; but I’m very interested to see how it resonates with rotten tomatoes or notoriously anti-comic film critics.

We’ll just have to wait and see!

‘The Spoiler-Free Statement’

Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a true, true masterpiece like you’ve never seen before! It was the perfect way to culminate ten years of hard-work, film and story whilst still working to shatter every expectation in a work of brilliance. Every character in their prime, with the king of all MCU villains shown to true glory. ‘Infinity War’ is not to be missed. I only hope you find as much joy from this hope-exceeding movie as I did, taking from it everything you wanted…

10/10

– The rest of this page contains spoilers and theorised plot-points from Marvel’s ‘Avengers: infinity war’ onwards, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, feel free to stop reading. In the meantime, here’s a photo of me on a booster seat for the ‘best view possible’.

Infinity War and Beyond…

wow. If you’ve made it this far, I am going to assume that you’ve seen the movie or essentially don’t mind having the ending quarters spoiled. The movie to me was absolutely breathtaking. The way every scene flowed into one, was just seamless with the introduction of every dozen characters never feeling forced or out of place. For every new question left unanswered, the movie ties together every event ‘n’ every piece of the puzzle so beautifully with each and every actor excelling their performances to new heights.

However, there is one question I had that stands above all the others… what about the other characters? We’re told that Ant-Man ‘n’ Hawkeye are under house arrest, which not only makes sense, but sets up Ant-Man’s upcoming sequel in a few months- but what I mean is, looking at the films of the individual. It was both amazing and a nice little nod to see Peter Parker’s best friend Ned in the opening sequence, but looking first to Thor: Ragnarok, what about Valkyrie? Obviously Tessa Thompson may have been busy filming ‘Westworld’ with its second season… but it would be a huge wast to see Thor’s new presumed love interest wiped from the timeline after a single appearance- not to mention Korg, but it simply doesn’t look good… what about Captain America’s Agent 13 too, or Happy Hogan, whom I could’ve sworn was in this movie… but even so, for all of the characters in the movie, I understand there’d be little space and actor’s schedules can always be an issue when it comes to filming, but it just would’ve been nice to better know what’s happened to all of these characters… maybe in a follow up comic, or anything similar? Who knows.

now lets talk about the questions raised from the movie… you know, that ending. The ending which- FINAL, FINAL SPOILER WARNING- kills everyone you love.

This leaves the Infinity Gauntlet notably ruined, with the stones looking somewhat crippled… taking Thanos’ places we know not where to watch the sunset as he always wanted. Personally, I believe the most important lines of the movie belong to the Doctor himself, Stephen Strange.

When looking into the millions upon millions of alternate futures the Avengers could be subject to, he sets into motion the plan which will lead to the one and only victory. Toward the beginning of the film, there’s a conversation between Tony and Strange where Strange essentially leaves no doubt in Stark’s mind that HE is the guardian of the universe. Protecting everything at all costs. With that in mind, it would be nonsensical for a man who values himself the Universe’s ‘last hope’ to follow one of the many realities where he himself loses his own life… although I can’t remember the direct quote, Stephen Strange’s final words to Tony are those of comfort. This obviously IS still the victory plan, but the way it unfolds is unclear…

Looking towards set photos of the fourth Avengers movie:

We see Cap, Tony and Bruce accompanied by Ant-Man in the battle of New York. In other set photos, we’ve seen Chris Hemsworth back to Thor’s roots, with long hair adorned in the original costume in the same time period. This leads me to my theories. We’ve been told explicitly that Ant-Man and the Wasp is supposed to meddle with a little dalliance of time travel; an element I strongly believe will become a recurring element going forward. I believe to change the future, the Avengers- or what’s left of them- will be tasked with going backward in time and changing the way in which the original battles of the infinity stones play out. This could either lead to making the stones impossible for the mad titan to find in the alternated future, or even destroying them (which is apparently possible now)

This could lead to an interesting movie. In fact, the fourth Avengers could be even bigger than before, reintroducing us to characters like Ronan, Malekith and Red Skull hopefully better than ever before, even with any luck a reappearance from Loki! For every enemy defeated ‘n’ infinity stone changed maybe an Avenger or too could be arisen from the dust, leading to one big showdown at the climax of the movie with each and every member lined up to take revenge on a gauntlet-less titan. To represent that same idea on a smaller scale, maybe the team go back to the battle of New York simply to fly through the blackhole with the assistance of Captain Marvel to challenge Thanos head on BEFORE the retrieval of even a single stone! The most interesting part of that, is that since not accounting for the added extras, since it’s only the original avengers left, what if they were stuck in the new past? Having time play out the way it always did- obviously they’d be older, but they’d simply have to lay low until the point in which their original selves went back in time in the first place!

There are thousands upon thousands of possibilities in the coming months. If you’d like to start the discussion, please feel free to drop a comment down below. The world of possibilities is expansive and beautiful- whether you think we’ll see everyone again, or just a few? Tell me below. Thank you so, so much for reading… but it’d feel wrong to end with Wakanda Forever. Today is no day to die, general.

A happy note to end on.

Well, if you’re still as dazed ‘n’ confused about what to say as I am, just remember it’ll only be a week or so more until most of the world has caught up in seeing the movie, so we can all open up and discuss vocally what it means. It’ll only be a few weeks until the directors do as they promised and open up about the movie… share to the rest of the world finally what this means, where this universe is going and everything we can expect.

Next month, we have the highly-anticipated sequel to Ryan Reynold’s ‘Deadpool’, followed by ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ ‘n’ ‘Venom’ alike! So with so many movies to tide you over until the fourth Avengers instalment? Just keep on smiling.

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Thank you all so much for reading, I appreciate that this was a long one and I cannot be more grateful for your support ❤ – if you’re new around here, feel free to stay tuned and I will love you forever. Bubye for now!

Stay happy,

Josh.p

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