It’s been ten years in the making, and if you’re a fan of the genre then I’m sure you’re well aware of the whole ‘10 years leading up this moment’ spiel. Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest cinematic event of 2018 and it’s the most anticipated film of the year too. Next year, its sequel, Infinity War II will no doubt garner equal if not more attention and praise.
I like superhero movies and I always have. Since my folks quieted me down during the evening news while dangling Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman: The Movie as a reward for my silence afterward, I’ve been in love with this genre of movies. But I’m also a realist. I can understand what some perceive to be superhero fatigue. Some hot shot directors and producers have even claimed they’re waiting for it to happen. Mr Spielberg and Mr Cameron, we understand it’s been a while since you two dominated the box office.
Where did it all start?
Okay, this part is for that reader who’s been sleeping peacefully under a rock for the past ten years. The Marvel Cinematic (MCU) was started in 2008 when the first Iron Man movie was released. It’s a very decent entry into the series and still stands up by today’s standards, but it’s in no way the best superhero film out there. Not all the MCU films are perfect either, but I’ll say this much, they’ve all offered solid entertainment and endearing characters and they’ve only gotten better at doing it. The box office receipts don’t lie either. If a movie is bad or putrid, it’s not going to break the billion dollar barrier. Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther all made over a billion dollars. Infinity War has already cleared the billion dollar mark and it’s done it faster than its predecessors.
DC v Marvel
I don’t fully buy into the very real rivalry between Marvel and DC. I think over the years both have made contributions, both had fed off each other’s ideas and both have proven to be pioneers. But there is a rivalry. You get DC fanboys and you get Marvel fanboys just the same as you get Microgaming video slots players and Playtech slots players. But here’s the thing and the bigger picture too; Superhero films are not just similar but their subject matter is pretty much the same too.
In the same vein, video slot games are also pretty much the same. These games might have different story lines but it all still comes down to 5 reels, 9 paylines etc. To me, this DC and Marvel rivalry is a little bit silly and I’ll tell you why. Just a little over 20 years ago superhero films were rare and the kind of teams-ups we’re seeing now were undreamed of. Now we’re spoiled for choice! We’ve got Batman and Superman facing off against each other, the Justice League, Thor, the Hulk, Dr Strange, Spiderman and the Avengers. We’re enjoying a climate of superhero films that at one point would not have been foreseeable. I’ll admit that Marvel is creaming DC, hard, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be personally offended when someone says that Batman V Superman was nonsense or that Iron Man 3 was really quite average. I think we should just appreciate it all.
Go in Clean!
By clean I mean clean of any reviews or opinions. That’s how I went into Marvel’s latest adventure. I read no reviews whatsoever. And I’ll say this much, I was not disappointed. I don’t like spoiler reviews so I’ll only say what I felt about this latest marvel extravaganza and that is it not only met my expectations, it exceeded them. This is, in this humble writer’s opinion, the best Marvel film of the lot and it’s a testimony to Marvel’s patience – something that has paid off big time. Oh, one more thing I’d like to add, if you haven’t stopped reading already; the villain in this new one is just epic! Thanos, the mad titan, steals the show, wreaks havoc and does it in a way that leaves you reflecting in silence and leaving the cinema with possibly just these words to say: “My word.”