The 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I’m including Sony’s Spider-Man there) finally brings us face to face with the threat hinted at in the 6th film, 2012’s Avengers Assemble. Thanos (Josh Brolin) has come to claim the Infinity Stones and wipe out half the universe with a snap of his fingers.
So was it worth the wait? If you are an existing fan, absolutely no doubt, this is going to be great fun for you. If this has never quite been your thing, I’m not sure there will be much to change your mind.
The film starts with a statement of intent, the stakes are high and Thanos means business. After this the Russo Brothers (directors of Civil War) do an excellent job of moving around the galaxy, creating different combinations of hero’s and having them fight enemies in a bid to stop Thanos from gaining the stones. There is not much in the way of plot and that’s not necessarily a negative if you’ve seen the previous 18 films as you know everyone already.
The high points of the film and this is the first time a Marvel film has truly excelled at this, is the villains. Thanos is fleshed out and Brolin gives a good performance. The Mad Titan actually has a halfway logical reason for his plan. His henchmen, who are the only new characters in the film though are fantastic. Truly evil and a real match for the Avengers. Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is particularly good.
Otherwise you can look forward to humour from the Guardians of the Galaxy, ego from Iron Man, Star Lord and Dr. Strange, quips from Spider-Man and heroics from just about everyone. All wrapped up in a super action packed spectacle.
There is one post credits scene, all the way at the very end of the credits, so as usual, stay in your seats.