By now I imagine 3/4 of all Americans have seen the latest Avengers movie “Infinity Wars,” so I’m not going to worry about Spoilers here. I have mixed feelings about even posting a review of IW, because part of me wants to forget everything I saw, and refresh my memory next year before the sequel comes out. But instead I’ve been reading a few other reviews, some of which have agreed with me about the problems with this movie, while others have promoted some interesting theories about what the sequel might contain. So I thought, what the heck, might as well throw my two cents out there before I successfully forget everything (like Star-Lord fading away – I seriously don’t remember that happening).
Now, I’m not saying the entire movie was lousy, in fact there were some really good moments mixed into it. Loki’s death, for instance; if they’ve gotta kill him off, let’s at least give him a heroic, redemptive send-off. And the playful banter between the new matchups, particularly Tony Stark and Dr. Strange, which definitely put a few ideas in my head regarding the sequel (currently called “Avengers 4,” but nothing is definite yet). Sadly, at no point in the movie did Tony look at Dr. Strange and say “No shit, Sherlock!” Oh well, you can’t have everything, like a well-developed villain. And here is a general problem with Superhero movies – the villains tend to be one-dimensional. Giving Thanos a purpose isn’t the same thing as giving him a personality! Granted, Josh Brolin did better than most, but after Killmonger it just felt like a step backward.
But that complaint is NOTHING compared to the ending: Thanos not only succeeds in his mission to wipe out half the life in the Universe, he takes out all the new Avengers! Every single one of the original team from the 1st movie survives – like Captain America, while the new boys, Spiderman and Black Panther, fade away, which is just SO DUMB!!! First of all, any fan of the movies can tell you that Spidey and Black Panther have sequels coming out in 2020. And EVERYBODY knows Chris Evans will be hanging up his shield after Avengers 4, so what was the real point of all this? Emotional stakes??? NOBODY BUYS THAT!!! My husband is convinced (like a few other reviewers) that this was just a way to stretch things into 2 movies so that Marvel could make a shit-ton of money! To that I say well, yeah, of course. That’s what they want to do, make a ton of money. Peter Jackson was accused of that very thing when The Hobbit movies went from 2 to 3.
Anyway, we already know that the sequel will be about how the original 6 reverse everything & bring all those faded out Avengers back to life, so what was the real point of all that??? That’s not really a cliffhanger, especially when the final scene (not the post-credits scene) is of Thanos sitting somewhere (inside the Soul Stone?) with younger Gamora enjoying the sunset. No, that really wasn’t a cliffhanger at all. The only reason to watch Avengers 4 is to see exactly HOW everything gets reversed, because that brings up another problem. If they (theoretically) get the Infinity Gauntlet back and reverse everything, will that bring back Loki, or Gamora, or Vision? And if it does, none of those deaths were “real,” were they? We just got played, y’all!
But, there are some other theories, like the “Trade lives” or “Soul for Soul” theories I read today. Basically, the Old Avengers have to sacrifice themselves (the way Thanos sacrificed Gamora) in order to bring back one of the New Avengers. Something along the lines of Tony brings back Spiderman, Cap brings back Bucky and/or Sam, etc. I don’t buy that. See, there are only 5 of the 6 Avengers in IW – Hawkeye is benched – plus War Machine was NOT one of the Original 6, which means only FIVE of the faded away New Avengers get to come back. But we know that Guardians ALSO has a third movie coming, (not to mention the rumors of a stand-alone Black Widow movie) so no, I don’t think 5 Original Avengers can get that done. And that’s where my “Strange” theory comes in!
Yes, our favorite Necromancer turned Sorcerer Supreme is the key to solving this riddle. We know two things, one of which seems to have been forgotten by the other reviewers. First, Dr. Strange looked at 14 million possible scenarios for the Avengers v. Thanos, and the Avengers succeeded in only one of them. Just one, and for some reason Tony Stark was important to that victory. So important that Dr. Strange gave up the Timestone even though he insisted he’d let both Iron Man and Spiderman die in order to protect it. We also know that he put a spell on the Timestone, so that Thanos’ henchman couldn’t remove it from Dr. Strange, hence the torturing scene.
So, if he put one spell on the Timestone, couldn’t he have put another on it right before giving it to Thanos? Yeah, that sounds like something he’d do, especially if he foresaw Thanos snapping his fingers & fading out half the world’s population. MAYBE that spell was meant for the faded out people? Maybe that spell directed all of the faded/finger snapped people to an alternate dimension, or maybe even a MIRROR DIMENSION! And maybe Tony Stark, who’d spoken with Wong earlier, will be smart enough to figure that out, thus bringing back all the faded out people. Now, this would NOT bring back Loki, Gamora or Vision, since they weren’t killed with a finger-snap, so those deaths would be the real deal. BUT we’d have Dr. Strange, Star-Lord, Drax & Groot to help the Original 6 – plus Captain Marvel – and if they are working all together at the same time/same place then MAYBE they could defeat Thanos! Yeah, it’s a theory, that’s all. Maybe the Hulk will finally snap out of it, too!
Speaking of which, I did read a cute story about how 5 of the original 6 Avengers got matching tattoos. It started with Scarlet and Chris Evans, but then Robert and Jeremy Renner decided to get it done. The story goes that Chris Hemsworth had to be bullied into getting his, but Thor came through. The lone holdout? Mark Ruffalo. Well, maybe the Hulk will get one for him!