Avengers: Infinity War

Critics Consensus

Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.

85%

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Total Count: 439

91%

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User Ratings: 56,064
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An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

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Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
as Tony Stark/ Iron Man
Mark Ruffalo
as Bruce Banner / Hulk
Chris Evans
as Steve Rogers / Captain America
Scarlett Johansson
as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Dr. Stephen Strange
Don Cheadle
as James Rhodes / War Machine
Tom Holland (II)
as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Chadwick Boseman
as T'Challa / Black Panther
Elizabeth Olsen
as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Anthony Mackie
as Sam Wilson/Falcon
Sebastian Stan
as Bucky Barnes/White Wolf
Idris Elba
as Heimdall
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Pepper Potts
Benicio Del Toro
as The Collector
Chris Pratt
as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
William Hurt
as Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross
Paul Rudd
as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Carrie Coon
as Proxima Midnight
Sean Gunn
as Rocket Raccoon
Callan Mulvey
as Jack Rollins
Terry Notary
as Cull Obsidian/Teen Groot
Tom Vaughan
as Lawlor-Ebony Maw
Perla Middleton
as Business Worker
Marija Abney
as Dora Milaje
Marie Mouroum
as Dora Milaje
Hyejin Jang
as Japanese Woman
Matthew Zuk
as Street Pedestrian #2
Annie Pisapia
as Pedestrian
Blair Jasin
as Street Pedestrian #1
Michael David Yuhl
as MYC Maintenance
Michael Pierino Miller
as Wounded Business Man
Slim Khezri
as Asgardian
Martavious Gayles
as Construction Worker
Cecil M. Henry
as Patron in Vehicle
Chase Ledgerwood
as NYC Pedestrian
Daniela Gaskie
as National Guard
David Escobar
as Taxi Cab Driver
Devin Koehler
as NYC Pedestrian
Mallory Kidwell
as NYC Pedestrican
Edward Parker
as Construction Worker
Luke Maher
as Medical Assistant
Cobie Smulders
as Maria Hill
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Critic Reviews for Avengers: Infinity War

All Critics (439) | Top Critics (53)

  • At stake, as ever, is the fate of the universe. Why must it always be the universe? What's wrong with the fate of Hackensack? Doesn't anyone care what happens to South Dakota, or Denmark, or Peru?

    Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The insubstantiality of the film isn't due to the infinite yet flimsy malleability of C.G.I. gimmickry but, instead, to the dispersion of its drama throughout the many cinematic installations set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Apr 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Never has the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" seemed like more of a universe, in ways both good and bad. Infinity War-the title is almost too apt-is far from a perfect movie, but it is probably close to the best movie it could have been.

    Apr 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This blockbuster leaves you wildly curious about the sequel, even if you are not an Avengers fanatic.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Caryn James

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Some of the sequences are undeniably thrilling but, at about 2-1/2 hours, overkill sets in early.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • "Avengers: Infinity War" isn't just a gussied-up mediocrity being widely mistaken for a good movie. It's also, at least arguably, a dangerous movie for anyone who cares about the future of American cinema.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Avengers: Infinity War

  • Dec 30, 2018
    Such a dope superhero epic, so many characters in one film I can not believe they pulled it off! This is also some of the best action I have seen on screen, the visuals are so realistic. The other thing that really pleased me was the story telling it's sad, funny, and dark all rolled into one.
    Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2018
    It's kind of difficult to begin a review of a movie of such gargantuan scope and ambition such as this one. I think some movie nerds, even if they admit it openly or not, come to the assumption that films within the MCU, or the larger Avengers movies (which brings a lot of the characters in this universe together in one film), are easy to make. I suppose they come to that assumption because the film is so obviously and openly meant for the broadest possible of audiences. They want to make sure that everyone of every age, color, race and gender finds something they like in these movies. And, to me, I find that it is the exact opposite, I think these are the most difficult films to make. Not saying that other, smaller movies are "easy" to make, I just mean that films like the Avengers have to juggle so many balls in the air that, realistically speaking, it's gonna be incredibly difficult to do just for one director and writer. You not only have to serve the major arc of Thanos, finally, arriving (after over half a decade of constant teasing in MCU films) and attempting to complete his mission of gathering the Infinity Stones in order to obliterate half of life on earth in order for it to be 'balanced'. But, at the same time, you have to find a way for every major character in the MCU, at least the good guys, to have a role to play and for that role to make sense within the context of the story you are trying to tell. When you compare this film to the first two Avengers films or even something like Civil War (which was the movie that Age of Ultron should have been), in terms of scope and ambition, this movie blows them out of the water, even if I felt that Civil War, as a whole, was the better movie, which I'll get into later. To me, the problem with Age of Ultron, the second Avengers movie, was the fact that it was the very definition of a hot mess. It was incredibly bloated and, to me, felt like a total repeat of the first Avengers except, instead of Loki being the main villain, it was Ultron. There was nothing really all that fresh about it and it didn't blow my mind in the slightest. I also felt that the movie introduced new characters for the sake of introducing them, not because it actually made sense within the context of the story. None of the new additions really stood out in any significant way. I feel that my initial worry for this movie, when I knew that this was Marvel's biggest film yet, encompassing, probably, more than twice the major characters as Age of Ultron, was the fact that I didn't think there was a way to shove so many characters in there without the film feeling overstuffed or there not being enough time to properly showcase all of its characters. And you could make the argument that that was the case here, as I feel that Black Panther and Wakanda, while being the place for the final major showdown, were criminally underused after the success of Black Panther (which may be the best MCU film yet) as a whole. Regardless, with that said, Anthony/Joe Russo (directors of this film) and Christopher Markus/Stephen McFeely (screenwriters) found a way to make this gargantuan undertaking work and works about as well as anyone could have possible hoped. I think that the smartest thing that they did was split everyone up. That was probably the problem with Age of Ultron, everyone was together at all times and they were all fighting the same enemy, following the narrative path, that it felt like too much at times and you didn't get enough time to breathe and/or relax. This movie, smartly, splits up the cast and they each have their own stories to explore. Yes, everything works towards taking the fight to Thanos and stopping him from accessing the final Infinity Stones he needs in order to obliterate planets with a snap of his fingers, but you explore Vision and Wanda's relationship, as an example, and this helps a lot, because Wanda and Vision were unessential characters in previous films. Vision has one of the Stones implanted in his head, so Thanos needs him. In fact, Vision's stone is the last one that Thanos collects. So Thanos needs Vision alive, as the good guys attempt to find a way to destroy the Stone so Thanos can't access it. Regardless, I did like Vision and Wanda more in this movie. Thor is off on his own with Rocket Raccoo and Groot in order to forge this axe that will, hopefully, help them defeat Thanos. Thor is also dealing with survivors' guilt as, of the Asgardians, he is the only one to have survived. The Guardians of the Galaxy are on Gamora's trail after Thanos takes her in order to gather the Soul Stone, as she knows where it's located. Iron Man, Dr. Strange and Spider-Man take the fight to Thanos' planet, Titan, where they hope to stop him there (Strange also possesses one of the Stones, the time stone which, of course, lets him control time). Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Banner and Winter Soldier are off in their own. They help plot the plan to remove the stone from Vision with the Wakandans' help. I don't know if I missed anybody, but the point I'm trying to make is that all of the characters are spread out, so scenes have a lot more time to breathe. You can jump from story to story without the movie feeling like it's becoming too much at one time. With that said, however, the fact that this is Marvel's biggest undertaking yet, means that some major heroes are gonna die. I think they made a really smart choice in ***MAJOR SPOILERS*** killing off Loki in less than 10 minutes. That's how you know they're not fucking around. That's been the problem, to me, in a lot of these MCU films, a lot of what happens feels inconsequential. Not that they're bad movies or anything of the sort, it's just that, if anyone dies, it's a secondary character not essential to the plot or the villain him/herself. So for this movie to not feel like another run-of-the-mill 'villain of the week' film like most MCU entries, they did have to kill off some really major character. In fact I think that, by the end of the movie, if my math is correct, something like SEVENTEEN major characters died (and Vision actually dies twice, once by Wanda's hand, at Vision's behest, and the other by Thanos, after he rewinds time to remove Vision's Stone). I believe three others died in the second Ant-Man movie, so that's 20 major characters killed off by Thanos. Thanos, almost by default really, is the best villain the MCU, bar none. And I don't mean that because he's actually the first villain to ever, you know, actually win instead of the good guys, but I do think that he is an incredible presence, wonderfully performed by Josh Brolin. What I like about Thanos is that, in his own mind, he feels like he's doing the right thing. He's bringing order to the universe by wiping out half of all life on every planet he visits. Overpopulation has lead to hunger and, in his own way, he does this so the planet itself can prosper and not slowly drag itself into extinction. I suppose you could make the case that every villain in the MCU feels like what they're doing is the right thing, but I don't think they've ever done it as skillfully as they have with Thanos. You don't agree with Thanos, of course, but he rationalizes his reasoning better than most villains would. And, like I said, he's got an intimidating presence, the CG work for Thanos is tremendous (through the use of motion capture). I love Brolin in this movie because there's something that he adjusts about his voice that gives Thanos a lot of strength and power. He's not a character that needs to yell to get his point across or to be threatening. He's got a very subdued manner of speaking and, I don't know, but I thought that Thanos, in my opinion, lived up to the hype as a villain. But, of course, this being a Marvel movie, it isn't all doom and gloom. I mean, yes, billions of people on earth are at risk of being killed by Thanos, but I think Marvel understands that you also need to have some comedy to liven things up. I don't think this is as funny as a film like, say, Deadpool (1 and 2), but it's a very entertaining movie. Drax, who has probably grown to be my favorite character in this entire universe, has THE best line in this movie and, quite possibly, the entire MCU. Dave Bautista has, honestly, been a really fucking pleasant surprise to watch as Drax. His comedic timing and delivery is impeccable. I wish I could go over everyone in this movie, but there's way too many people to go over. Just know that, as always, since a lot of these people have been playing these characters for more than six years, everyone is great here with no real discernible weak links, to me at least. In short, the movie is just an absolute fucking blast to watch. It manages to fulfill every expectation I could have expected. Having said that, and this is referring to a point I made earlier when I said that I said Civil War was still better than this. The reason I mention that is because this really feels like they went the route of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, they divided it up into two parts, because there was too much story to tell. And I don't blame them for that, why get just one multi-billion dollar movie out of it when you can get two. With that said, however, this still feels very much like an incomplete movie. The next movie Endgame, which comes out in less than four months, is gonna complete this story. That doesn't mean that this doesn't stand on its own merits and the bad guy finally wins, for once, and that's a big thing for this universe. It still feels very much like half of a movie that it is. It gets you pumped and excited for Endgame, for sure, but it's still an incomplete experience. That's why I don't feel comfortable giving this a higher rating than four stars (which is still fucking great, mind you). Civil War felt like it was a complete story, a story that had repercussions that were felt in THIS movie. I don't know if, by the end of Endgame, the repercussions of Thanos' actions will be felt, given the fact that the time stone can, basically, prevent this from ever happening. Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty damn fucking great movie, it's just not an amazing one. I really don't know what else to say about this, just that the impossible was done and they managed to make a movie that correctly used every major character in the MCU without feeling like it's shoving 10 hours of content into 150 minute time-frame. You know how difficult that actually is to pull off? The movie is thrilling, the action is top-notch (the climactic battle in Wakanda is fantastic) and the scripting is great That's it's half of one five-hour movie aside, I had a fucking blast watching this and if you've been keeping up with this universe, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to not watch this. Would easily recommended.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2018
    The Marvel Universe unites in Avengers: Infinity War, an epic, action-packed adventure. When the Mad Titan Thanos comes to Earth to collect the last Infinity Stone the Avengers assemble and wage a desperate battle to save the universe from Thanos' plans for mass genocide. The film does an extraordinary job at bringing together all of the different Marvel characters and teams them up in interesting ways. And the chases and fight scenes are incredibly exciting and well-choreographed. The special effects and the CGI are also really good (with the exception of the disintegration effects). However, the plot is weak and ends rather abruptly. Additionally, Thanos proves to be a fairly generic villain and a little too all-powerful. Yet despite a few weaknesses, Avengers: Infinity War is an unparalleled cinematic event (the culmination of ten years of filmmaking) that has a remarkably ambitious vision.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2018
    In an interesting decision, particularly for a genre that typically regulates villains so far to the back so that they are like bodily imperfections, pimples, present merely to be done away with, this feature favors the villain, follows his story, and leaves the heroes as secondaries. And it is interesting, making his journey to conquer the universe the focal point. So, who does one root for? There are so many heroes, 10 years of investment, no, that I, for one, felt a bit conflicted. There was enough excitement to keep me dialed in though, and I thought, "this is like a fancy meal, and this is only the set-up for the grand finale." It better be one hell of a grand finale. And if the Infinity Stone that controls time is used (ala Superman flying around Earth to bring back Lois from the dead) to resolve matters I will feel so cheated.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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