After 10 years of capes, suits, collisions and comic interludes it has finally arrived. All the stepping stones have been traversed and your patience thoroughly tested waiting for post credit moments of comic book nerdishness, Infinity War is here! Thanos is finally among us and the question must be asked - was it worth it?
Earth's mightiest heroes once again assemble (albeit in fractured parts) to fend off the threat of Thanos. A Titan, a god of epic scale and menace, powerful and yet seeking even more power via the infinity gems, a series of mcmuffins that have spread themselves over the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) anthology. With these gems Thanks will have ultimate power and can halve the population of the universe in order to restore balance and as he sees it justice to the universe.
All the familiar characters make welcome returns finding themselves in entertaining new relationships, Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy brought some really funny and unexpected nerdy joy to my fan boy sensibilities.
The films pace is relentless as is the feeling of threat Thanos provides. Every move he makes cranks the tension just a little tighter until things come to a head and our heroes are forced to act. As with all superhero tales there are protracted battles that take up slightly more time than necessary, but on this occasion never outstay their welcome.
The last few Marvel films have given me some characters that I found myself surprisingly invested in. Valkyrie, Okoye and Kilmonger have all intrigued me and left me wanting more. Infinity War also provided these characters in the shape of the children of Thanos.
Devoted disciples each with their own powerful gifts, introduced to us spouting liturgy about Thanos and his value and power and how he should be praised. These characters get their first appearance in this film and left me wanting more. I was intrigued by their devotion and their contentment that Thanos was someone to be followed, worshipped and adored. The idea that Thanos was right in his actions, so obviously wrong to viewers and yet all encompassing for these few really struck me. How do these individuals come to be followers of this god of destruction and violence?
I've wrestled with this over the last couple of weeks and I've reconciled their misguided loyalty through my own experience. I came to realise that I have been misguided in the past, I placed my faith in a destructive, vindictive and violent god.
I used to believe in Thanos.
I believed in a God who watched from the wings, not with love and care, but watched in anticipation of my inevitable failing and could punish me for them with a click of their fingers. I'm not even sure who planted the seeds of that idea but it took years for this notion to be removed from my beliefs. I'm glad today that this false belief has passed and my spiritual journey is all the better for it.
Infinity War is fast paced, but well balanced. It has so many character threads to contain and build yet it never unravels. Among the action there are laughs, gasp and even points of high emotion. Infinity War is one of the great comic book movies and I imagine will only improve with repeat viewing.
Avengers: Infinity War is in cinemas everywhere now.