As a Disney-blogger, I had the opportunity to pre-screen the MEGA superhero highly anticipated Marvel Studios’ movie, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. All of the previous Marvel Universe movies received just as much attention, but THIS MOVIE is the culmination of 10 years leading up to this point. As a fan of the other movies, I was even more excited to see this epic installment with my favorite heroes and the dynamic plot points coming to fruition. My high expectations for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR were met and surpassed. I cannot wait to hear everyone’s personal thoughts. The movie was fantastic, but left me emotionally drained by the end. You will want to discuss it too – so, make sure to watch it as soon as you can, before the Spoilers pollute your personal and unique movie experience. Also, please help us keep all surprises under wraps.
Over the last decade, I have enjoyed the feature film adaptation of the Marvel Universe characters and intriguing story-line. Stan Lee is a master storyteller. Seeing his beloved world come-to-life across the big screen has been a phenomenal journey. Due to his attention to detail and backstory, I have grown to adore the many characters through their trials and friendships.
Obviously, the friendships went beyond the stage as well, as we can see here in this interview with the sensational cast:
As each film emerged, I quickly discovered that our experiences differed – depending on the Type of Fan that we are. What kind of fan are you? Some fans began as young kids, who followed the comic books. Others, like me, mainly got hooked when IRON MAN exploded on the big screen in 2008. I love learning more about characters and story from devoted comic fans.
In IRON MAN, one of my top favorite actors, Robert Downey Jr. portrays a perfect blend of charm and arrogance as the billionaire tech playboy, Tony Stark. IRON MAN thus kicked off a higher level of standards for action movies.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR met all my expectations, and left me speechless for several hours to process the range of emotions I had experienced:
- dynamic comic-inspired, easy-to-follow fight scenes, without shaky or blurred camera shots
- quality movie/character story-line continuity was intact. Each previous movie blends well into this epic installment.
- highly anticipated Marvel Universe characters meet and attempt to work together (despite their superhero sized egos…)
- knee-slapping hilarious one-liners, quips and witty banter among the characters
- finding out the relationship development between Vision and Wanda/Scarlet Witch, and Tony Stark with Pepper
- hearing the glee from comic-book fans in the audience who recognized a character
- audience uproar and reaction during strong moments
- a cameo with one of my favorite character actors (bonus!)
Meanwhile, things to prep for the movie:
- prior film and/or comic-book knowledge enriches the experience, but not 100% necessary to enjoy the film. Like the previous movie installments, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR can be enjoyed as a stand-alone film.
- Infinity Stone knowledge: tracking and familiarizing yourself with all the Infinity Stones lore is not necessary. The movie does a great job, recapping. [Especially for those of us with bad memories…]
- stay through the credits. There is a teaser clip for next movie that follows the end-credits scroll. [I was so overwhelmed and stunned at the closing shot of the movie, and may have unintentionally vocalized a loud “waaaaaaaat”… so, sitting through the list of movie contributors was easy, as I tried to decompress from the intense emotional roller coaster]
Parental Note: These Marvel Studios’ films tend to be in the mid-to-high levels of the PG-13 rating. I regard AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR as a HIGH PG-13 movie. Although my 13-year old daughter would love the banter, she would be uncomfortable watching the hard battle and causalities of a superhero war with her favorite characters. My emotional maximum tolerance with previous Marvel movies includes: the intense final nearly-debilitating-fight between Capt America and Iron Man in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016), and the tribal blade-fighting style in BLACK PANTHER (2018). My daughter has not seen these two movies yet – she prefers the more comical ANT-MAN (2015), SPIDER-MAN (2017), DOCTOR STRANGE (2016) and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014) movies.