Tuesday, 29 September

A new movie from the universe of Marvel was released – “Avengers: Infinity War” (directors – Anthony and Joe Russo). This is, without a doubt, the most densely populated part of the cycle, as well as the most dramatic, because the opposing sides here are too powerful to end up with a banal happy ending. On the one hand, the titan of Thanos is invulnerable. On the other – as many as three super–teams: the Avengers themselves in their entirety, from the Hulk and the Black Widow to Spiderman and the Iron Man; the crew of the Galaxy Guards, led by a magic raccoon–talker; the army of the African Kingdom of Wakanda (represented in the recent “Black Panther”); and in addition Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) with his magic.

There is everything that we should expect from Marvel movies. Enchanting, without exaggeration, special effects. There are fights with the use of all possible on Earth, on water, in the air and in space types of weapons. Between the carnages characters also have time to exchange jokes – as, for example, in episodes involving sharp–tongued Sentinels.

There is everything that we should expect from Marvel movies. Enchanting, without exaggeration, special effects. There are fights with the use of all possible on Earth, on water, in the air and in space types of weapons. Between the carnages characters also have time to exchange jokes – as, for example, in episodes involving sharp–tongued Sentinels.

But the “Infinity War” will go down in the history of cinema and сomic strips not for this reason and not even because of the unprecedentedly high mortality of goodies, no. This part of the Avengers is the first, in which the main character is … the main villain.

Shot from the film “Avengers: Infinity War”

Josh Brolin plays Thanos – the star of films of the Coen brothers. It is the wealth of the psychological palette of this artist that completely removes his character outside the image of the standard scoundrel. Usually bad guys in Hollywood blockbusters are simple and predictable: spiteful or greedy, psychopaths or self–serving bastards. But not this time. Writers and directors with the active help of Brolin break this scheme as much as they can. There is a certain greatness and peace in Thanos. Moreover, its breakdown, its drama. It’s easy to kill all kinds of monsters. It is much more difficult to do this with a humanized enemy, who does not fight for wealth and power, and which loses the most precious for himself – and it is clear how his heart is torn apart.

In the opposite camp also there are enough stars – the same Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man). But, as indicated above, their storylines are oversaturated: The Avengers and their allies are many, no character is able to unfold as it should. And because of this, a strong attacker looks so advantageous against the general background – that’s why he has enough screen time.

Shot from the film “Avengers: Infinity War”

The victory of Thanos looks at first sight as a game of chance, but in fact the logic here is quite solid: its opponents are too people, and there is a boundary they are not ready to cross. And he is capable – for the sake of his insane goal. That is, the central theme of the whole “War” was the classical theme of the new European culture: the problem of choice and the price of this choice.

Thus, the brothers Russo managed to cope with an extremely difficult challenge: in a completely massive, entertaining form of a fantastic action movie to put a true existential drama. To make a comic strip about the gods, who died because the gods are not alien to anything human.

Shot from the film “Avengers: Infinity War”

The development of the cycle is difficult to predict: there are many factors here, even quite non–artistic. The date of the release of the fourth “Avengers” has already been announced. But, whatever the further adventures of Spiderman, Thor, or Hulk, they will now always be shadowed by this intrusion of non–cinematic realities: to lose, because to remain human. Just a human.

Text: Dmytro Valdes

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