Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero movie based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and was produced by Marvel Studios. It’s the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and overall the nineteenth film in the cinematic universe.
The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, among many more.
Infinity War is the first part of an on going series that the Russo brothers came on board to direct in April of 2015, and drew inspiration from Jim Starlin’s 1991 The Infinity Gauntlet comic, as well as Jonathan Hickman’s 2013 Infinity Comic.
The film was so popular that it affected a number of industries, and even made an appearance in the betting industry, where people wagered on characters in the film, not unlike AFL Premiership betting.
The Story of Thanos
The Mad Titan Thanos has begun his hunt for the most powerful objects in the universe: the Infinity Stones. When we first meet the titan, he possesses the Power Stone, and takes the Space Stone from Loki after he kills him.
He then sends his lieutenants to planet Earth to acquire the Time Stone that’s being guarded by Doctor Strange. Tony Stark and Doctor Strange team up to fight Thanos’ lieutenants with the help of Spiderman, while the Hulk refuses to make an appearance.
Thor joins forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy in space, and the team decides to split in two, with Thor, Groot and Rocket heading to forge Thor a weapon worthy of facing Thanos, while the rest of the team, including Starlord, Mantis, Groot, and Gamora head out to meet Thanos head on.
Thor, Rocket, and Groot manage to forge Stormcaller, a weapon that has the power to match that of Thanos, even with his newly-acquired Infinity Stones. Stark, Strange, Spiderman, and the rest of the Guardians team up on Thanos’ home world in an attempt to remove the gauntlet from his hand. While almost successful, an error on Starlord’s part sees Thanos defeat them all, who is then given the Time Stone by Doctor Strange.
Back on Earth, the rest of the Avengers have assembled to fight Thanos’ army while they try to remove the Mind Stone from Vision’s head. Thanos arrives and takes the last stone, and completes the gauntlet just before being mortally wounded by Thor.
With his last breath, Thanos snaps his fingers and instantly wipes out half of all sentient-creates in the entire universe before teleporting away.
Infinity War was the fourth film and the first superhero film to gross more than $2 billion worldwide, and broke a number of box office records to become the highest-grossing movie of 2016, as well as the fourth highest of all time.
Overall, the film received high praises from both critics and the audience with an approval rating of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. Many have praised the choice of the Thanos winning in the end, which provides a break from the generic villain arcs that had begun to plague the MCU.