This culmination of more than 20 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise did not just dampen the superhero convention – here, the good guys lose, and they lose hard – leading to a year of mystery and speculations. It’s really amazing to think about how big Avengers: Infinity War was only later to be dwarfed by Avengers: Endgame.
But it is important to lose. Superheroes aren’t made to fail. They must beat the bad guy and win.
But Avengers: Infinity War, for all its faults, did one thing incredibly well: it allowed the good guys to lose. Because without that L, the year later would mean nothing. That’s why you should watch Avengers: Infinity War before it leaves Netflix on June 24th.
If you come across this website often, chances are you have already seen Avengers: Infinity War.
But in case you haven’t, here’s a sneak peek- a crossover of virtually all Marvel franchises, Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Avengers: Infinity War includes “alien super-creature Thanos,” in his quest for “Infinity Stones” – six powerful gems that would grant him incredible power. Thanos hopes to use Infinity Stones to erase out half the universe, and Marvel’s superheroes have a team to stop him.
But if you thought Infinity War would end with the Avengers‘ fists held high, you were wrong. In an ending that may have traumatized an entire generation of moviegoers, beloved heroes were reduced to dust and ash. It wasn’t a death, really, but it was an erasure that showed just how brittle and fragile we all are, even if we have superpowers.
Calling Infinity War a “risk” is a bit absurd considering the over-familiarity of the Marvel brand by its audience and the heaps of money in marketing behind it. But something is daring and dangerous in these two and a half hours. The entire movie clings onto the audience that accepts its protagonists lose, only to return after a whole year for any resolution. And what a decision it was.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR IS UP ON NETFLIX TILL JUNE 24.