Synopsis: The Avengers grow their ranks to fight the genocidal Thanos.
• A dark fever dream of apocalyptic proportions.
• All the characters were allowed to shine within the madness, if only just.
• Stan Lee might just have had his best cameo yet. Humans really should be a bit less shocked over aliens showing up by now!
• Successfully avoided any and all action movie cliches by everyone going after Thanos and that gauntlet every chance they had.
• Thanos was brutal, uncompromising, and surprisingly deep. It was possible to understand his argument, even if there had to be another way.
• The war was lost … Or was it won?
• The darker, more nihilistic tones might have been too much for fans unfamiliar with Thanos storylines.
• Might be somewhat hard to follow without having seen the prior films.
• Lacked a strong beginning or ending.
• Perhaps the greatest spoiler in the universe is the cast list for the next film(s) …
Thanos might as well be the definition of apocalypse in Marvel. There is an irony in that, because there is a relatively far more earthbound supervillain, “Apocalypse,” who Gauntlet-enhanced Thanos might enjoy throwing into the sun of another galaxy. Like the comics he was born in, Thanos was built to be an agent of cataclysmic destruction, and one that aimed to reveal hard truths of the universe.
Cataclysmic destruction was what Thanos not only envisioned himself to be here, but also succeeded in becoming. And for some, having ten years of world-building with Thanos pulling strings in the shadows might not have been enough to prepare us all for what he did in the end. Yet, time is but a controllable illusion, as both Thanos and Dr. Strange knew all too well.
Doctor Who has also seen such apocalyptic villains. In the Fourth Doctor story The Pyramids of Mars, Sutekh, a god of destruction of the race that inspired the Ancient Egyptian Gods, might very well have already had the power that Thanos ultimately wielded, but his own race imprisoned him for eternity to save the universe. The Doctor, who Sutekh had no trouble controlling, beat him using the “time factor” or the amount of time it takes for light to travel from Mars to Earth. Beating the supervilain to Earth with a time-space machine, The Doctor basically trapped Sutekh in a time loop for eternity by breaking Sutekh’s own transporter.
In the end, it might just be a time factor that saves half the universe from oblivion.
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to affect, but actually, from a non-linear, non subjective point of view it is more like a big ball of wibbily wobbly timey wimey …stuff …
The Marvel Cinematic Universe already utilized a time-bending storyline in Agents of Shield, while the running live action X-Men universe used it with some regularity. In the end, though, Dr. Strange can confirm at least 14,000,605 possible outcomes, so time will tell, always does …
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Rotten Tomatoes — 84%