Story by Caroline Harvey

With the opening weekend of the newest Avengers film, an electric buzz of excitement filled the air of theaters across the world. Parking spaces were scarce, ticket queues extended past stanchions, and reserved seating sold out within days as fans and moviegoers alike flocked to see if the movie was as intense as the trailers let on.

The film follows the heroes of Marvel as they struggle to prevent Thanos from getting his hands on the infinity stones. With his golden gauntlet and the six infinity stones together, Thanos could kill half the universe’s population at the snap of his fingers. Because half of the stones are on Earth, stakes are high for the MCU characters and Earth’s safety. Throughout the movie, the stakes get higher and higher as the audience is refreshed on everything they love about the Marvel characters and their relationships with each other.

The film is chock-full of action packed sequences, funny one liners, and leaves off on a massive cliffhanger that leaves every viewer on the edge of their seats. It intertwines multiple storylines for different characters from previous Marvel productions and ties them together so that they’re on the same playing field.

Directed by the infamous Russo brothers, Avengers: Infinity War quickly brought the next segment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase 3, to its climax. Although fans are already excited for upcoming Deadpool 2, after Infinity War received an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9/10 rating from IGN Entertainment, the excitement for the next film grew. It brought in $258.2 million on opening weekend alone, breaking the previous box office record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $248 million. Critic Bryan Bishop advocates that it is “exactly the film the franchise needed” to stay on its feet and keep its audience members hooked.

Many of Marvel’s characters face personal challenges throughout the movie. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has had a character arc that extends from the first Iron Man movie up to Infinity War, dealing with personal threats, threats on earth, and threats from space, but none of which compared to the threat presented by Thanos. Bruce Banner’s arc has extended across the films since the first Avengers film, including the recent disappearance of the Hulk from earth and appearance on alien planets (as seen in Ragnarok). These arcs, along with the other character’s arcs, raises the bar in Infinity War, something intense the franchise has needed for a while.

Overall, the film has been a massive success, both for the fans and the franchise. Fans of the MCU continue to look forward to future Marvel productions, likely even more now that Avengers: Infinity War left off on such a large cliffhanger.

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