This was Thanos’ story.
It started where we left off at the conclusion of Thor: Ragnarok. Thanos and his Black Order defeat Thor and the Asgardians, in space. He had the Power Stone in his possession and took the Space Stone from Loki. He quickly claimed the Reality Stone and took Gamora to obtain the Soul Stone. The Time Stone and the Mind Stone were more challenging to achieve due to the combined forces of The Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange. Despite two spectacular battles, Thanos took those remaining Infinity Stones and fulfilled his goal of wiping out half of the galaxy, with the snap of his fingers.
We learned that on his homeworld, Titan, there were more people than resources so, Thanos decided to randomly eliminate half of their population to save it. In the end, his world was decimated. The Titan took to the stars and began his galactic conquest to bring balance to the universe. Thanos’ story is one of sacrifice for a higher purpose, for the power required to complete his goal. His world destroyed. The end of his daughter, Gamora. The death of his children, the Black Order.
So much death in the beginning and so much death at the end. For the first time, Thanos gets to see his sunrise with a smile while things look hopeless for our remaining heroes. The ending is one hum-dinger of a cliffhanger; having to wait a year for the conclusion will have me feeling anxious before the end of the summer.
The Russo Brothers did an excellent job connecting the audience with the meaning behind Thanos’ purpose. While we may not agree with the heinous actions of this supervillain, we understood the reason behind his madness.
Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from amassing the all-powerful Infinity Stones.