'Avengers: Infinity War' - Movie Review

Marvel has been building up to this one for a decade, giving many characters their own movies and now finally bringing every single one (umm - except Ant-Man and the Wasp) into one massive movie against the most super-evil villain, like, ever. It's very carefully structured, first introducing Thanos as he slaughters thousands - and we find out he's strong enough to beat the shit out of both Thor and the Hulk. And that's before he gears up his super-weapon (the Infinity Gauntlet). So now we have a threat. And a couple characters tell a couple other characters about it, so you're gently reminded of these characters. And more character introductions, with humour - and a bit of fear. All amazingly well constructed.

We're also eventually introduced to Thanos's master plan. See, the universe is over-populated, and because of that people are living unhappy lives without enough food. His solution? Kill off half the population of the universe. He's been doing this planet by planet, but with the Infinity Gauntlet, he could do it with a snap of the fingers. He explains to Gamora (on whose world he's already applied his solution) that after, everyone has enough to eat, "a paradise." Hold on there, back up a bit ... Aside from the economic collapse this would cause, last I checked, we double the Earth's population in 50 years. So your "solution" is good for ... what, 25 years? How about halving the fertility of all sentient creatures? With that solution you wouldn't even have to kill people, it would all settle down in a generation or two ...

I found the big fight two thirds of the way through a bit dull (and illogical), and the conclusion particularly absurd. They kill off a lot of people - but they're killing off high value Marvel franchises, and anyone with a couple brain cells to rub together knows they won't be leaving these people dead because they can't afford it. One death has weight, but dozens of their major characters? It carries no weight at all because Marvel needs these characters, and so the weight and tragedy evaporates to leave disappointment at the silliness.