After 10 years, 18 movies, and countless comic book characters, it’s time for Avengers: Infinity War. The first part of the culmination of an entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, one that began with 2008’s Iron Man, finally screened for critics on Monday. Some people are amped, some are shook, and some don’t know what to feel.
Some, like EW’s Anthony Breznican, just had emojis.
“AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR has like ten legit ‘chill down the spine’ great moments,” UPROXX’s Mike Ryan tweeted after a press screening in New York. “But it’s for sure the first half of a two part movie and I left a little unsatisfied/frustrated, maybe by design … at least that’s how I feel right now three hours later.”
Tasha Robinson of The Verge called it Captain America: Civil War “times 20, except with less hero-on-hero fighting,” Eric Kohn of IndieWire wrote it “may be the most expensive Hollywood movie ever designed to mess with its audience,” and io9’s Germain Lussier called it “a very impressive piece of entertainment and storytelling.”
“Holy Hell. Avengers: Infinity War is the real deal,” CinemaBlend’s Eric Eisenberg added.
Other critics were left feeling exhausted, but not in an ideal way.
“It all just turned into noise for me after a while,” Bilge Ebiri of The Village Voice tweeted. “But the amazing ending almost made up for the rest of it. And Thanos is a good, sad villain.”
Mashable’s Angie Han wrote, “Despite some truly thrilling moments, feels like less than the sum of its parts.”
“A movie version of a massive comic-book crossover, for better (fun character interactions) and worse (it’s pretty much all Infinity Stone shenanigans),” ScreenCrush’s Matt Singer argued.
Thanos, the villain who orchestrated the Chitauri attack on New York in the first Avengers movie, finally emerges from the shadows in Avengers: Infinity War. Performed through motion-capture by Josh Brolin, the Mad Titan wants all six Infinity Stones — the cosmic gems that caused some drama for Marvel’s heroes in various films — so he can wipe out parts of the galaxy.
Characters played by Robert Downey Jr., the Chrises (Evans, Hemsworth, Pratt), Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and pretty much every major hero will converge to take down this villain and his forces.
Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, opens in theaters this weekend on Friday. See more reactions below.