You've probably already seen it but if you haven't it's embedded below. Here are some thoughts I have about why this movie will likely be the biggest movie of all time and why the stories seem to resonate with such a large audience.
When I was young, I walked into a grocery store and found a 'Fantastic Four' comic book on the magazine rack. I was no stranger to comics - I knew who the characters were and I read a few of my cousin’s books. But this one - THIS one - had The Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider in it. My imagination raced. How could it be that these superheroes were interacting with each other in a Fantastic Four book? They didn’t interact that often in their own stories, but here they were together in a giant-sized crossover. A Skrull alien who was a shapeshifter captured the true Fantastic Four. Pretending to be Susan Richards she convinced the heroes to form a New Fantastic Four to avenge their "deaths." My little mind was blown and I’ve been a comic book fan ever since.
This opened up my eyes to what superhero storytelling could be. It was all about good vs evil and the desire to serve others even at the cost of your own life. Honestly, it’s just all the stuff that God set inside our hearts so that we could understand the Gospel and the sacrifice of Christ. I just didn’t realize it yet as a fat kid standing in a grocery store staring at comic books.
'Avengers: Infinity War' is the culmination of 10 years of Marvel Studios succeeding in the impossible task of doing what the comics did for so many years - linking all of the characters together through their movies. We got the final trailer I’ll see for it this week and there are a ton of amazing moments in just the two minutes they gave us. This, along with the gigantic success of 'Black Panther' just last month, has everyone who is even remotely interested in the Marvel Universe waiting on what they're going to do next.
Every hero that we’ve seen on screen and a few more are going to team up to take down Thanos, the greatest threat to the universe that they’ve seen. If a recent interview with Slashfilm is any indication, we are likely going to see the death of a couple of characters in this movie. One of the directors, Anthony Russo had this to say:
“We’ll say this. We like mature storytelling. We like dramatic storytelling. We like intense storytelling. I think we appreciate conflict, and we appreciate stakes. And without stakes, there really isn’t a lot of value to the story. And I think if you look at the Marvel Universe as a whole as a story that’s been told for ten years, you can look at this as the climax. And the stakes will be higher in this movie than they’ve ever been, times ten.”
Those stakes are exciting and I’m hoping that the Russo Bros. can juggle the continuity from 20 movies and the 70+ characters that will appear in the film. But if anyone can, it’d be the directors of 'Captain America: Civil War'. If you’re a fan of what Marvel’s done over the last decade, you’re likely going to be in the theater right alongside me on April 27 seeing just what they managed to pull off.