Avengers: Infinity War
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo
Marvel’s many superheroes join forces.
“As an exercise of studio might,” the new Avengers movie “has no peer,” said David Edelstein in NYMag.com. The penultimate chapter in a story that’s been 10 years and 18 films in the making, it pulls together dozens of superstars in superhero costumes and last week racked up $630 million to score the largest opening weekend in cinema history. Even more impressively, “it plays its audience like a hundred million fiddles,” winning laughs, gasps, and—something new for the franchise—stunned tears. By now, true fans all know, even if they read past spoiler alerts, that several beloved superheroes die in Infinity War, said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. That makes the last moments of the film “by far” the most interesting. “The bad guy not only wins but triumphs in a way that brings despair,” a despair tempered only by our knowledge that the closing Avengers episode awaits, and that deaths in the Marvel Universe are seldom truly final. I’ll be back, if only to find out what becomes of this movie’s villain, said Ty Burr in The Boston Globe. Josh Brolin “gives a real performance” as Thanos, who hopes to save the universe from overpopulation by killing half its inhabitants. He’s not Spider-Man or Iron Man, but here he has a slight edge: “He’s interesting.”