The Ending of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Perfection

Avengers: Infinity War is a great film for its fantastic character interactions, riveting action scenes, or nail-biting scenarios, but it’s the movie’s ending that feels like a sucker punch to the senses.

Watching this film again last night, I couldn’t help admiring the beauty of a superhero movie that actually decided to turn things in favor of the antagonist.

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The scene where Wanda Maximoff has to kill Vision as her fellow Avengers do all they can to stop Thanos is emotionally taxing as the somber music rises in a neverending crescendo that oozes epicness. We get to see Wanda’s immense power highlighted in jaw-dropping fashion as she seeks to destroy the Mind Stone with one hand and hold off Thanos (with five Infinity Stones!) with the other hand.

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And then we have a plot twist within a plot twist within a plot twist! 1. Vision’s dead but Thanos brings him to back life and gets the Mind Stone anyway. (Plot twist.) Thanos has all six Infinity Stones and it seems like The Avengers have lost but Thor arrives in the nick of time to stop him. (Plot twist!) But…he didn’t go for the head and a half-dead but determined Thanos snaps half of all life out of existence anyway. (Ultimate plot twist!!!)

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For roughly three minutes we watch our favorite heroes turned into nothing more than brown powder scattered along with the wind. As the horror of the scenario sinks in, Alan Silvestri brilliantly decides to not compose any music for this moment so that we can intake the sheer sense of defeat that The Avengers are feeling. It’s giving me chills just thinking about it.

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As Cap mutters those iconic words, “Oh god” the music returns, its lilting tune invoking sorrow and yet a sense of haunting heroism for Thanos’ side of the story. He has won, the good guys had lost, and there was nothing anyone could do about it.

As the resoundingly epic score of the movie begins to play against a plain black backdrop for the credits, I can’t help feeling lucky to have been able to see this movie. Marvel Studios, for so many years, had given us fun stories where the hero always wins. To have an ending that tragic and hopeless feels like the turn of the century in blockbuster cinema and it really changed the idea of what even a Marvel movie could be.

This is my favorite film in the MCU hands down and if there is ever a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe better than this I’m going to be a very happy camper.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a Marvel-ous day.

2 thoughts on “The Ending of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Perfection”

  1. The ending of IW is kinda epic. I just Googled Thanos one more time to see if you could still “snapture” half your results. Sadly, it’s gone.

    That said… Infinity War kinda bugs me, in a way. It’s ultimately Thanos’ story more than the heroes’, and Thanos is a little too perfect. He’s stronger than everyone. He’s smarter than everyone. He has no real character flaws that seriously impede him or make him less effective. His fight with Hulk is so over before it begins that his minions chuckle they may as well let him have his fun. (And why is Thor so easily restrained here? He’s a god of battle. He’s one of the physically strongest characters in the MCU, and probably its best hand to hand combatant. How is he ever reduced to just being forced to watch while Hulk fights it out?) Even his brief moment of alleged tenderness over Gamora comes off as somewhat contrived, because it barely even slows him down before he simply tosses her over the cliff to get what he wants.

    I’d compare this to Empire Strikes Back, which thematically it most resembles… but Thanos just isn’t as interesting as Vader. Vader’s temper genuinely scares his own minions, and likely diminishes his own strategic success due to killing off highly qualified officers for minor failures. He’s got an actual emotional stake in finding Luke, that we don’t understand until the big reveal after their duel. He’s strong, but not so strong that there’s just no point in fighting him. (Although they swing way too far the other way in ROTJ, where he comes off like a whipped dog next to the Emperor and Luke just sorta rolls over him once he gets mad and starts trying, even though there’s little explanation of why he’s so much better between the two movies when he apparently never went back to Yoda until he’s on his deathbed.) And frankly Vader’s visuals and sound are just better than Thanos. I mean… it’s maybe not fair to compare Thanos to the best on-screen villain in the history of sci-fi, but it’s worth examining why. Loki, to me, is a far more interesting villain.

    So, in the end, although the visual of that had a strong impact, I’m not as big a fan of the movie itself. I’ve only partially rewatched it once, and that was to refresh my memory before I went to see Endgame, and even at that I skimmed through most of it. Most movies I genuinely love, I go and rewatch over and over. The first two Star Wars movies are neck and neck with my old family standby of Christmas Carol (1984, TV) for most lifetime viewings. (I haven’t exactly counted, but my educated guess is I’ve seen CCarol-1984 about 25-30 times, Empire somewhere around 20 and the original Star Wars slightly fewer.) Lord of the Rings, the first two Terminator movies, Kick Ass (there is only 1…. I’ve blocked out the memory that a sequel was ever made 😓), etc, I’ll rewatch. The MCU movies I’ve probably rewatched the most are Iron Man and Doctor Strange. Infinity War? I’ve skimmed through it a second time at home after seeing it once in theatre. I couldn’t even make myself watch it at normal speed again. I just… I don’t know. I never quite got on the hype train for this movie. I can rewatch the Ancient One’s death scene or the battle with Dormammu over and over, but Infinity War never quite grabbed me like that.

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    1. As Iron Man says in Endgame, “He wiped my face with a planet…while the Bleecker Street magician gave away the store. That’s what happened. There was no fight ’cause he’s not beatable.”

      At least Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely acknowledged the fact that Thanos is so overpowered.

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