The gloves come off with galaxy shattering consequences in Marvel’s most epic superhero adventure yet.
It’s a full-fisted multi-coloured cinematic smack in the face which knocks you out of your seat with its scope and energy.
Earth’s mightiest heroes face their biggest challenge this extraordinary punch-up when an enormous intergalactic despot seizes the Infinity Stones.
Alien warlord Thanos is played by Josh Brolin with unrelenting gravel-voiced menace.
Once the stones are attached to his gauntlet of power, Thanos will be able to destroy half the universe in an instant.
Though the Avengers superhero group was effectively disbanded at the end of 2016’s Civil War, they reunite to stop Thanos.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America are at the forefront of the charge into action. Plus there’s Thor, Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy and more, as the heroes run, fly and swing into battle.
And with the billion dollar-making Black Panther still ripping up the box office, there’s no surprise to find ourselves back in his African home country of Wakanda.
With the stakes so high the script is packed with jokes to ease the tension. They’re spread through the huge cast. Inevitably some heroes go missing in action, and online speculation has been raging over which of the good guys survive the fight. However such is the series popularity, I imagine not even death could prevent anyone from returning, if only in flashback.
Ten years, 19 films and over £2.5bn in the making, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a wildly ambitious and incredibly successful exercise in long-form cinematic storytelling.
Characterised by CGI-heavy blockbuster escapism, using A list acting talent and top drawer technicians, the series has dominated the marketplace for a decade by consistently delivering top grade popcorn entertainment.
Plus by introducing new characters and moving across formats from fantasy adventure to political thriller and heist movies has helped keep the series fresh and moving forward. The result has been a combined total of over £10bn at the global box office. There’s a new Ant-Man film due in August and more films are scheduled through to 2022. With next year’s sequel has already in the can, it looks as if Marvel’s war on the box office will go to infinity and beyond.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Running time 149 minutes
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