Vodcast: Digging Deep Into Avengers: Infinity War

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So, how ’bout Avengers: Infinity War, huh? Remember that one scene? And then when that other thing happened … wow. Just … wow.

Obviously, we can’t get too specific about what actually happened in Infinity War here. Don’t want to spoil anything in print. But you know what? There’s a whole lot to talk about with this movie—emotionally, thematically and even spiritually—so we will spoil it in the vodcast below. Click on … if you dare.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoiler alert : I have seen this movie a few times and I finally noticed something. Doctor Strange transfers the time stone to Thanos later in the movie,when the stone gets a foot or two from Dr Strange there is a flash which is nearly imperceptible. I believe this is a different time line to fool Thanos into thinking he got what he wanted when in fact it is a time trick. Dr Strange gave up the stone way to easily to save Tony Stark's(aka Iron man) life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like in real life the movie shows that evil has its day but thank God! In real life He has the final say!
Joshua Kroeger More than 1 year ago

Ok, I totally agree this is a hard movie to watch...with a polzarizing cliffhanger that makes it all feel more like a Greek tragedy than your average Marvel film.  But in your discussion you missed Dr. Strange's very deliberate plan when he handed over the Time Stone.  Throughout the film, we'd been shown hints that he had a plan for them winning...but "this was the only way".

Let me also remind you of the post-credits scene.  I did not understand it at first, but further research revealed Fury was paging Captain Marvel.  Her solo film will come out next March, and act as a prequel, showing us a younger Fury as well as this super-duper powered hero with Kree blood (in other words, she's got a long lifespan).  Certainly it will tie into Avengers 4.

Finally, there were real stakes here and enough dramatic moments that didn't leave me feel cheated by the "end".  Let me elaborate: it seems that the pre-Snap deaths are permanent (although Gamorra may come back), while we know that new cash cows Black Panther and Spidey () are NOT, but instead trapped in another realm.  

Did anyone else notice the original Avengers only remained?  I'm sure they will have to make some real sacrifices next time to save their comrades, and a reconciliation between Steve and Tony needs to happen first!

What do y'all think?  Is Thanos the best Marvel villain ever?  (Some of the most emotional gut punches came from the scenes involving him and Gamorra!)
Lostariel Bronwethiel More than 1 year ago
I agree!! I think everyone post-snap will come back (Spidey, T'Challa, Bucky, etc), while everyone else will stay dead. They probably will bring back Gamora, but honestly, I hope they don't. Her death was one of the most emotional scenes of the whole movie, and I think if (when) Thanos is killed, her story will be complete. I don't want them to resurrect her just so the Guardians can have a woman on the team and so she can be a love interest for Star-Lord.

I'll have to watch Infinity War again to decide for sure if Thanos is the best Marvel villain ever (for me, it'd Loki and Hydra from the Winter Soldier, along with Killmonger, but the way Thanos was portrayed was absolutely brilliant!!), but I'm pretty sure that he is. 

I remember feeling sick in the theater during the flashback scene with Gamora as a child, because Thanos made sense. (at least, I think it was that scene. Could be wrong) The world is overpopulated, and sadly, far too many people live in poverty, starvation, homelessness, and broken countries. Thanos' goal to wipe out half the universe in order to ensure that EVERYONE has a roof over their heads and a full belly, while not the best solution, makes complete sense in my opinion. I'm not saying that that's the solution, or that I condone what he did, but it does make sense, and that's what made Thanos absolutely brilliant. 

I was bawling in the theaters when he killed Gamora... And then again when he touched Wanda's head after she killed Vision. Also when Spidey died. And Loki. And Bucky. And Groot. 

I'm convinced that either Doctor Strange did something with the Time Stone (I don't know what, but it just seemed very unrealistic when he handed it over without a fight to Thanos) or he saw that they only way they would win was with the destruction of half the universe. The second option is far more likely I think. 

And I did notice that only the original Avengers were the ones left!! I think either Steve or Tony (possibly both) are going to die in Avengers 4. And you're right, they'll definitely have to reconsile first, but I think they'll find it easy after everything that's happened. 

And also, Hawkeye. I have a theory that the snap killed his entire family, and that's what's going to bring him back. Jeremy Renner was spotted with a Mohawk and black leather outfit on the set of Avengers 3+4 with samurai swords, which is the persona he dons in the comics when he becomes Ronin. 

The next movie is going to be brutal. Absolutely brutal. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the Hawkeye theory. I also think Cassie Lang (Ant-Man's daughter) probably died during the snap as well, which will motivate him to join the Avengers.