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RatCreature ([personal profile] ratcreature) wrote2018-04-28 07:57 pm

Avengers: Infinity War

I watched it yesterday evening...

I had heard that it would end on a cliffhanger (the only spoiler I didn't manage to avoid), but this is really not what I expected. I'm not quite sure what I think about the movie, because it depends so much on how everything resolves in the second part. I mean, it's really not a full movie, but truly just part one, in a way that movies, even in a franchise, normally aren't.

It's more like a season cliffhanger in tv series that ends on a split two parter, and I don't really like that movies now go that way too. Though considering that they try to make their movie franchise resemble a massive comic crossover event, the kind that extorts you to buy all the tie-ins across three dozen series to follow the full plot, it is perhaps unsurprising. But I enjoy somewhat self-contained comics more too, and prefer superhero movies that have standalone plots. Also with comics you don't have to wait a year for the next part.

That said, I did enjoy watching it, and the split narrative as a way to handle the massive cast worked well. And the special effects and different planets and such were great. I did have trouble sometimes understanding the dialogue though -- not sure whether that was me or the sound levels or what, but I missed some of the quips for example.

I mean, as usual the plot had the kind problems that become bothersome if you examine it too closely, and since I don't care about Vision I wasn't into his love story with Wanda.

And the fact that Steve and T'Challa allow some massive ground battle likely to kill many Wakandans to save Vision, rather than just going with his willing sacrifice started to feel like a really forced plot contrivance after a while. I could go with it for a bit, Steve suggesting the Wakandans advanced technology as a possible win-win solution made some sense, but once the alien monster invasion got started way too soon, not making that hard call but rather sacrifice a bunch of Wakandans for a mere chance to save Vision makes no sense.

I've seen some reviewers interpret this as a part of some kind of theme, of Thanos' population cull for the greater good as opposite to the Avengers ethos to always try to save everyone, that then leads to disaster in its own way, because it causes them to loose to Thanos. But this doesn't really hold together for me. Like, Doctor Strange clearly did not really give Thanos the Time Stone to save Tony Stark, but because he had found one solution in millions through his visions that ultimately could lead to Thanos' defeat and for that path to come about he had to give Thanos the gem, and trade for Tony's life.

So in the best case scenario some wizard with extra knowledge making life and death decisions for everyone will work out in the end, which IMO isn't really more ethically sound than someone deciding to end their own life for the greater good based on the more limited knowledge available to them. But then thinking superhero scenarios through for ethical implications always ends up in horrible places, and worse ones the more the powers escalate.

Anyway, like many I was shocked how many characters died, even if most were the text book case of "comic book death" when they just crumbled to dust because of some magic gem universe manipulation, that can be undone by the gadget, and are thus most likely just temporarily dead. However, not knowing what the resolution of this dilemma is yet, it's impossible for me to say, whether I'm going to appreciate it as tension peak in the middle.

Also it doesn't seem like a very good stopping point for fanfic "fixes", because sprawling, ultimately gen, space epics with a giant cast aren't the kind of fix-its fandom likes to write most. Also I've since learned that the symbol in the pager in the after credits was for Captain Marvel and her introductory movie isn't even out.

Though that both Steve and Tony remain undusted, if on different planets right now, makes maybe some team reconciliation fanfic possible. On the upside at least Steve and Bucky got to hug briefly, before Steve lost him again (hopefully temporarily).

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