The Battle of Wakanda is grander in scale than the Battle of New York from the first Avengers movie. The battle was a major confrontation between the Avengers and their Wakandan allies, in the fields of Wakanda outside the Golden City. The Avengers, commanded by Captain America and Black Panther, managed to stand their ground against the Outrider onslaught all to protect the Mind Stone, which was placed in the facility on Mount Bashenga.
“You guys are so screwed now!”
Most fans agree that Taika Waititi’s film was the Asgardian Thor’s best showing – that is, until Avengers: Infinity War. Thor: Ragnarok redefined the god of thunder by stripping away his support system, and plunging him into an unfamiliar world. In one fell swoop, Chris Hemsworth’s character lost his father, his enchanted weapon, his hair, an eye, his home, and yet Ragnarok also showed a Thor that lives up to his epithet – the god of thunder.
Every character gets time to shine in Avengers: Infinity War, from Black Panther to Spider-Man, and from Scarlet Witch to Doctor Strange. But no hero comes close to the god of thunder. With a new eye, courtesy of Rocket Raccoon’s never-ending need to part others from their artificial prosthetics, a new battle-ax that can summon lightning and the Bifrost itself, and new allies, Thor makes an epic entrance on the battlefield of Wakanda.
There, he proves to be the powerhouse he was always meant to be, as mows down the Black Order’s army of Outriders with ease. Where the other Avengers struggled, Thor arrives as the lonesome cavalry, the change in the tide.
“You should have gone for the head.”
It is the culmination of all the different storylines that have been percolating in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first Iron Man film popped into cinema in 2008.
Over the course of its nearly three-hour running time, Avengers: Infinity War largely makes good on the promises Marvel has implicitly made to its audience since before we even knew there would be an Infinity War.
The integral aspects of all the characters that we had followed for a decade beforehand were clearly drawn here, from Tony Stark to Steve Rogers to Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy crew. Each heroes’ defining characteristics remain fully developed in an epic story that takes place across multiple planets and with an ensemble that numbers in the dozens is perhaps the most satisfying aspect of Infinity War. Continuity of character abounds, and most effectively. Every character arc remains intact and continues on and now when it is – the big baddie – Thanos’ time to shine has finally come in the form of Joe and Anthony Russo’s The Avengers: Infinity War, and it’s every bit the epic that it needs to be. It is remarkable really how a completely computer-generated character can feel so real.
Infinity war is a success. It brims with tensely spectacular combat sequences and Josh Brolin is the film’s most interesting performance. Considered on its own, as a single, nearly 2-hour-40-minute movie, Avengers: Infinity War makes very little sense, but considered as a 10-year long arc – it is truly excellent.