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Beth's Blockbuster Blog: MCU Marathon - Avengers: Infinity War

Read up on my marathon rules here

So this is it. Only one movie stands between me and Endgame at this point. And man is this film a doozy. It changed the game for the MCU, superhero films, and honestly just film in general. When everything ends, the impact of this film and Endgame will be talked about for decades. Early reviews have already said that Endgame tops this film in terms of being a love letter to Marvel fans. If that's the case, then I'm very interesting because this is a pretty good letter by itself.

The scale of this film is something we've never seen before. All these heroes that we've seen fighting by themselves, and some fighting together, all coming together for one final battle is such a unique concept that if someone said 10 years ago when the MCU was starting, would've been laughable. The fact that this isn't the highest grossing movie of all time is a shock to me because it feels like everyone and their mother saw this film not only in theaters but on opening weekend, which can't be said for all Marvel films.

It's hard to call out anyone specific in terms of great performances outside of Josh Brolin as Thanos, because everyone's fighting for screen time. Really though, this is Thanos' movie. The entire movie is about him trying to save the world from the Avengers and doing whatever it takes to get the Infinity Stones, and he succeeds. Of course, he's not the hero so we don't see this as his origin film, but in a way it is. And for a guy only doing motion capture, Brolin brings a lot of life and terror to the role. Very few people can pull off making motion capture acting and he's done quite a great job with it.

The effects in this are astonishing, as even the big fights against the faceless armies don't feel as overdone as they usually do. The editors had a lot on their hands to pull off and for the most part, everything is done flawlessly. The design of Vormir is my personal favorite area effects wise, as the design really shows how desolate and hopeless that planet is, which fits perfectly with what the Soul Stone requires Thanos to do to obtain it. And of course, as terrible as it is to see, the idea of half the planet disintegrating is gorgeous, even if it is a slight rip off from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.

So, now that this marathon is done, I have just over 4 hours to wait until I find out how the story ends. But before I do that, I do have some theories of what the end will bring us, that I'll be posting shortly after this goes up. And of course, sometime late tonight or tomorrow morning, the review of Avengers: Endgame will be coming. So brace yourselves, and happy watching.

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