‘Avengers: Infinity Wars’ Review: Marvel’s Big Finale Is An Intense Spectacle

After 10 years, Marvel delivers their biggest and boldest movie yet

It’s been 10 years since Marvel released their first movie as part of their ground-breaking cinematic universe. Since then, we’ve seen films for Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and even Antman. We’ve been on a roller coaster ride of emotions with our favorite superheroes. Infinity War is the grand season finale to the TV show-movie hybrid called the MCU. Whether you’re okay with this concept will ultimately determine your enjoyment of Marvel’s biggest, boldest, and most ambitious movie yet.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review: Taika Waititi Delivers The Funniest Marvel Movie To Date

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Taika Waititi creates a Thor movie worthy to be among the other Marvel entries

At this stage, it’s important for Marvel to keep pushing just what a superhero movie can be. With superhero movie fatigue on the rise, bringing in an established indie director such as Taika Waititi has proven to be one of Marvel’s greatest decision yet. Finally, Chris Hemsworth gets to showcase his comedic talent while getting a movie worthy to stand among the other entries of the forever lasting Marvel franchise.

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‘The Defenders’ Review: The Team Is United In An Underwhelming Netflix Limited Series

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Despite its many flaws, The Defenders’ diverse and compelling characters make it worthwhile

Netflix’s Marvel Cinematic Universe was once an exciting subject for fans of The Defenders. They got to see their favorite heroes’ separate series and Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and even Luke Cage’s stand-alone series were all surprisingly good. People seem to have forgotten that they were the first series to make Netflix a considerable network capable of spewing out high-quality content. Now, with this in mind, it’s rather disappointing that the highly anticipated team up is a sub-par 8-episode limited series only saved by the characters we already learned to love.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review: James Gunn Delivers Yet Again With A Good Sequel

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While not as fresh as the original, Vol. 2 surprises yet again with great banter and new characters

The first Guardians of the Galaxy surprised almost everybody watching. With a bunch of new characters, it shouldn’t have been that great but it was. Marvel found a way to make the viewers embark on a journey they had no idea where the destination would be. Let me tell you, they found gold. I fell in love with the ragtag team made up of a talking raccoon and a big tree that only knew three words. They didn’t pave an easy way for Vol. 2. Despite it not being as good as the original, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still loads of fun, packed with laughs and over abundantly cute.

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‘Doctor Strange’ is the trippiest Marvel movie yet – REVIEW

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a very strange change

Move over Scarlet Witch; there’s a new wizard in town, and his name is Doctor Steven Strange. He brings with him new destinations, never before seen universes and some visually stunning CGI work. While Doctor Strange continues with old grounds, there is an enrichment of the MCU. The final product is, however, still a Marvel movie filled with costly Marvel mistakes, but the changes prove to be a nice step forward.

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A neurosurgeon both charming and arrogant, named Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), lives life to the fullest. His arrogance leads him to a car crash which severely damages the nerves in his hands causing him to develop shaky hands. After the numerous attempts to recover, Strange decides to embark on a journey to Nepal.

There he meets The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), a powerful and magical being, who shows him the way of magic. As Strange uncovers the power of the magic, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelson) tries to destroy his plans using the forbidden dark magic. As worlds clash, Strange will soon find out about his true potential.

There isn’t any question that Doctor Strange’s dazzling visual effects are this movie’s strength. The buildings of New York bending and twisting is phenomenal work that aids the film with its flaws. The magic is also a great addition to the MCU. This mystical element added to the amazing fight sequences as well to the overall Marvel universe.

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton continue to be great actors. Their performances were both powerful and emotional. Cumberbatch is the star of this movie, and he drives it home. His character arc changes as he learns different information about chakras and energy. Swinton’s performance is excellent as well. While questions may have arisen about the whitewashing of Asian talent, Swinton delivers yet again an incredible performance to here diverse roles. She was fantastic, but that role could have gone to an Asian actor without any fuss.

Though, Doctor Strange isn’t without its Marvel tropes. The villain is completely forgettable, and the movie greatly underutilizes him. His fight sequences are nothing special, and he is only there to provide the film with a villain. Though not the first time Marvel has made this mistake, and it is time to call them out on it. Kaecillius falls yet again into the forgettable Marvel villains that you probably won’t remember in a week.

The strangest flaw is something that Marvel has had problems with sometimes. The comic relief in Doctor Strange comes in such awkward places. Sometimes, it hit, but other times it completely affected the tone of the movie. The poorly timed humor robbed some of the most powerful scenes in the film and what could have been pivotal scenes were sometimes crushed by a single misplaced joke.

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Doctor Strange does take a jab at the MCU formula that people grew tired of yet prove that there is still much more to do. However, it is a change of pace and a glimpse of what’s to come. The future Marvel films will surely adopt this mythology. Of all the gates they opened, who knows what’s next?

REVIEW: B+