'Infinity War' shows struggle of living — even for superheroes

Sunday , May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

TX. Correspondent

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” was a hit years before its April 27 release date. Since this is the next step in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, filmmakers made sure to leave no “infinity” stone unturned.

In this long-awaited addition to the Marvel Universe, viewers will experience some pretty heavy stuff. Thanos, a.k.a. “the Mad Titan,” seeks out all six Infinity Stones, believing that salvation comes when life in the universe is “thinned out.”

With the stones, Thanos has the ability to wipe out half of the population by simply snapping his fingers. In this epic battle for the universe, the Avengers team up once again to stop their greatest challenge.

“Infinity War” is a story of love and hatred, friendship and denial, and most of all, sacrifices. It brings a whirlwind of emotions but still manages to deliver a few clever jokes. This film has been speculated about for years. Predictions of character deaths and possible outcomes were all taken into account.

I think it’s safe to say that no one saw this coming.

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“Infinity War” has every element needed to make a great story. It makes the audience feel things and love characters who aren’t real. It has gathered the entire world under its wing and taken all of us on this emotional journey.

Some say that the movie is dark and rather violent, but to them I say, “What Marvel movie isn’t?” This doesn’t mean that “Infinity War” is the same as other Marvel movies, because it definitely isn’t. Marvel just has the innate gift to address heroes as normal people, and all this death is simply a part of life.

The title of the movie literally has war in its name, so you should expect some degree of violence along with the regular witty jokes Marvel always uses.

As for the acting, I have to say I’m impressed. Each actor truly takes the persona of their character to heart, and it would be hard to imagine anyone else taking their place. Near the end of the movie, there is a specific scene that really hits the viewers. (As I try to shy away from spoilers, I want to address this topic because it really is amazing. So those who wish to avoid any type of spoiler, please skip the next paragraph.)

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Just before the movie cuts out, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man dies in Tony Stark’s arms. Peter cries that he doesn’t want to die and that he’s sorry. Actor Tom Holland has said he improvised this scene to make it seem more like an actual death and not just a plot device. To his credit, it really did seem more realistic than I could’ve imagined and actually made me cry. 

Another thing I’d like to talk about is the characters. Each had their own story and part in the movie, and each role was essential.

Perhaps the most memorable character was Peter Quill. In the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, we learned that Quill was practically part God. He lost his power when he killed his father, so now he is left with his human DNA. In “Infinity War,” he and Iron Man trade some insults, and Peter Quill claims that since he’s only 50 percent human, that only makes him 50 percent stupid.

I don’t think we really understood that Peter was human until he lost his temper and ruined the plan to take the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos. His rage from learning that Gamora had died pushed him over the edge, and in a fit of anger, he knocked Thanos out of his trance. Had Peter not done this, the Avengers might have won.

However, I’m glad the directors, the Russo brothers, put this in the movie. It was important for Peter to be shown as human, as he is just like any other hero. Peter Quill made a mistake, but like Dr. Strange said, “There was no other way.” 

While this movie is great, it also packs an emotional punch. I have joked that I survived “Infinity War” and all I got was this stupid heartache.

Each Marvel movie has something it is known for. “Thor: Ragnarok” was known for its jokes and sibling alliances. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was known for its amazing performances and compelling villain. For “Infinity War,” it’s the memorable story. Don’t get me wrong; the acting and the special effects were magnificent. But I value the story above all else. It truly shows the struggle for heroes, and the struggle of living.

If you aren’t an expert on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have a piece of comforting information: You don’t have to have seen every movie to understand what is going on. Yet if you have seen all the movies, you feel more connected with each character; you know their backstories and who they are as people. “Infinity War” is a great movie all on its own, but truly knowing the heroes makes everything so much more real.

“Infinity War” shows everyone that life is going to suck sometimes. Sometimes, you lose the battle. Sometimes, you lose the ones you love.

For fans my age, who’ve grown up with Captain America, we’ll be going off to college soon to go after our dreams. “Infinity War” teaches us that life is unpredictable. We were taught that when you get knocked down, you have to jump back up and fight. Resources are not limited; our lives are not predetermined. Like the Avengers, we will have to kill our own titans. But I think that no matter what, we will win those wars.

Overall, “Avengers: Infinity War” was a fantastic movie. It shows even heroes can make mistakes, because in essence, they are just like us. It shows that normal people can stand up to great opposition, despite terrible odds. Once again, Marvel has produced another blockbuster. In the end, “Infinity War” will leave fans wondering, “What will happen next for Earth’s greatest heroes?”

Taylor Jenkins is a sophomore at Weber High School. Email her at jenkinsta2@wsdstudent.net. 


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