By Khaleel Herbert
It all comes down to this. From the very first “Avengers” film to “Black Panther,” almost every character in the Marvel Universe (minus the Fantastic Four and what’s left of the X-Men) join forces to stop the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin) as he travels the galaxy to scavenge all six infinity stones to become the most powerful being in the universe.
Since “Captain America: Civil War,” the Avengers broke up like the Beatles at the end of the ‘60s. After getting a brash ass-kicking from Thanos in space, Hulk is beamed to New York City to the meeting of Tony Stark and Dr. Strange. The Guardians of the Galaxy meet Thor in space after Thor is left battered after his encounter with Thanos.
During a romantic rendezvous in Scotland, Vision and Scarlet Witch meet Captain America and Black Widow. Captain America wants to put Vision incognito because his head has an infinity stone. Where’s the best place to go? How about Wakanda, where Black Panther awaits for the epic showdown.
Each hero gets his/her own spotlight to show off their special tricks and talents. A crossover like this is one in a million But let’s not forget the awe of seeing the very first Avengers film in 2012 or that time Batman and Superman joined forces in the animated DC universe back in the ‘90s (God, I’m old).
“Infinity War” takes a walk on the wild side and it’s hard for me to digest. Black Widow’s hair is blonde, Spider-Man becomes the Iron Spider instead of the Spidey we all know and love and Captain America looks like a wild-man with his thick beard and bad-boy hairstyle. Even Tony’s Iron Man suit isn’t the same as the original (damn you, Disney!).
Plus, Thanos (maybe misunderstood, maybe crazy) seems impossible to defeat. There are moments where we see a tender side to him, but he’s as worthy a foe as Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort combined. He plays for keeps.
A movie that’s over two hours should be epic like “Scarface,” “The Godfather” or “Lord of the Rings.” There are some good parts, but sometimes “Infinity War” falls short. It doesn’t hold me like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Black Panther” or the earlier “Iron Man” flicks.
Marvel-heads will enjoy the collision of worlds. But alas, “Infinity War” is only part one. Wait for this one to hit FX, HBO or Netflix then go see part two in theaters. Too bad Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. weren’t part of the shindig.
Studio: Marvel Studios (2hr. 29 mins)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie.
Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Story: The Avengers join forces with Guardians of the Galaxy and other Marvel characters to stop Thanos from collecting all six infinity stones.
Final Score: C+