Avengers: Infinity War came out a few months ago and blew minds around the world, culminating a little over $2 billion dollars in its box-office run. Now it’s just recently come out on Digital and I have been enjoying it thoroughly! But in my second to latest viewing I realized something kind of amazing.
Disney owns two of the most popular franchises right now, Marvel and Star Wars, and a lot can be compared between the two but one thing that usually can’t be compared are the movies’ narrative compositions. Well, I have discovered that Avengers: Infinity War and A New Hope have nearly identical beginnings and that’s what I’m excited to share it with you. Enjoy!
Both Movies Start Showing a Ship Under Attack By a Larger Ship
In Avengers: Infinity War the first thing we see after the iconic Marvel logo is Thor’s Asgardian ship under attack by Thanos’s massive craft.
And in A New Hope we see Princess Leia’s ship, the Tantative IV, being chased and eventually caught by an Imperial Star Destroyer.
Darth Vader and Thanos’s Entrances
In A New Hope Darth Vader had a grand entrance after his stormtroopers nearly killed every rebel fighter aboard the Tantative IV. He surveys the dead with a cold and calculated presence before continuing his search through the ship.
In Infinity War we see one of Thanos’s Children, Maw, walking over dead Asgardians while Thanos quietly surveys space through the broken half of the Asgardian vessel. Just like Vader he’s big, scary looking, and has a calm but menacing presence about him. There’s no smoke to hail his arrival but he favors Darth Vader as he walks through the ship littered with bodies with no empathy whatsoever.
Each Movie Shows Someone Getting Sent Somewhere With A Message
In Infinity War Hulk fights Thanos but quickly gets defeated in a brutal fashion. Heimdall uses the last reserves of his strength to send The Hulk to Earth so he can warn his friends of the coming conflict. And then Heimdall dies. 😦
In A New Hope we see Leia place the Death Star Plans in R2-D2 and both C-3PO and R2-D2 get in an escape pod that jettisons down to Tatooine. There R2-D2 must send Obi-Wan a message so he can help save the galaxy.
And finally, Both Movies Showcased Characters Getting Choked and Killed
Darth Vader choked Captain Antilles when he wouldn’t tell him about the whereabouts of the Death Star plan. He killed the rebel captain and threw him into the nearest wall as he grew angry.
And in Infinity War, Thanos choked Loki to death in retribution for Loki trying to kill him. (Which is super saddening by the way.) 😦
I discovered these four similarities between Infinity War and A New Hope and now that I’ve seen them I can’t un-see it. In fact, it’s kind of amazing how different yet identical both of these films’ beginnings are. Avengers: Infinity War is a downright remarkable movie and there’s no better film to influence it.
Well, this is just an observation that I’ve discovered in the last couple of days. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.