Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Over a month has passed since I've seen the movie and I only have one comment: give me the next movie! While the next one won't come out until May 2019, there should be a sufficient number of Marvel movies being released to hold me over.

Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Without further comment, I would recommend anyone who hasn't seen this film to start watching through the Marvel Comic Universe and catch up with the collections of movies that are all connected. For those who want a shorter experience, I would recommend the following movies (because they are related to Thanos and/or the infinity stones): The Avengers (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), and Black Panther (2018). Then there's some essential remarks:
1) Thor: The Dark World (2013) - mid-credits scene pertains to the Infinity Stones
2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) - events in this movie are the catalyst for Captain America: Civil War
3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - remark is about Groot: Groot is a little sapling and in the credits he's become a teenager
4) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) - more about the Tesseract.

Thanos (Josh Brolin)
Iron Man and Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland)

On a different note, while watching the credits, I had the following thought: (spoiler for Infinity War) Doctor Strange vanishes among the number of people eliminated by Thanos. And yet, he was able to observe 14 million possible futures. (spoiler for Doctor Strange) How does this compare to The Ancient One being unable to see past her death in Doctor Strange (2016)?.*

Thinking about Strange's statement today, I suppose using the eye somehow excluded "equivalent" futures, e.g., all else equal, someone sneezes in one future and coughs in another. It's also interesting to ask how many of the choices that can be made in the different futures are within anybody's control. It's possible that all the futures seen by Strange necessarily involve his personal actions. It should also be noted that although he spent time observing 14 million possible futures, there are likely futures left undiscovered, including those in which they prevail. I also considered the possibility that perhaps he could have placed a spell on the Stone itself.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
Groot (Vin Diesel, voice)

Re-examing the scene between The Ancient One and Doctor Strange, apparently The Ancient One was able to see the future concretely, to some extent, up to a certain point in time. However, she still saw possibilities for Doctor Strange's future.

Hear It: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). Attached Trailers: Deadpool 2 (2018), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), Venom (2018), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Incredibles 2 (2018), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). 9:34 PM PT, 9:36 PM PT


20190303, 20190304:
I rewatched Infinity War and realized that the plot was inconsistent, especially where Thanos was involved. In general, all the action in the movie occurs for the sake of action, but is typically foolish and/or unnecessary.

Peter Quill / Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)

Netflix determined the movie for me as a 97% match. I decided to give the movie neither a thumbs up nor a thumbs down.

Instant Comments:
1: Approximate seating around the time of arrival: (starting with the front row) 0|0|0|2|0|2|3|2|4 & saving spots|Ada and myself, plus 3 persons who came right after us|1|3. 8:01 PM PT
2a: He beat the Hulk.
1: Stan Lee is the bus driver. 2: "What's the matter with you kids you've never seen a spaceship before?"
1: "He means get lost, Squidward."
2a: Ha. "Wong you're invited to my wedding."
2a: "I am Groot." "Whoa, watch the language!"

Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans)
M'Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), T'Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), 

2a: Confrontation between Quill and Thor is hilarious.
2a: "Like Kevin Bacon?"
1: Audience claps when Captain America shows up.
1: Lol. Drax thinks he is capable of being so still that he'd be invisible. 2: Hahahaha.
2a: "Yes, but the kid's seen more movies." (Aliens)
2a: Good exchange of dialogue:
Parker : I'm backup.
Stark : No, you're a stowaway. The adults are talking.
Strange : I'm sorry, I'm confused as to the relationship here. What is he, your ward?
Parker : No. I'm Peter, by the way.
Strange : Doctor Strange.
Parker : Oh, you're using made-up names. Um... I'm Spider-Man, then.

Drax (Dave Bautista) and Star-Lord
Loki (Tom Hiddleston)
2a: "Stormbreaker." "That's a bit much."
2a: Mantis jumping up and down (on Titan)
2a: "Kick names, take ass."
2a: HA! "Don't forget, I'm half human. So that 50% of me that's stupid... that's 100% you."
2a: There might be some room for interpretation on the outcomes which Doctor Strange saw. First, it would be reasonable to believe that Strange only focused on certain outcomes and that he didn't truly see all possible outcomes. However, he did manage to see fourteen million six hundred five outcomes and that one of those outcomes was a win. With that being said, it would be incorrect to assume that every outcome has an equal probability of occurring. [We might also assume that Strange would not be able to see outcomes which branch off situations where he dies (c.f., Doctor Strange).]
2b: Chuckle. I had it paused at "How many did you see?" [~@1hr24min]

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Drax, Star-Lord, and Mantis (Pom Klementieff)
Doctor Strange in the middle of examining fourteen million six hundred five outcomes.

2b: "No, this is not love." I didn't understand this scene when I first watch it, because I agree with Gamora's opinion. However, I suppose... it is possible to sacrifice someone you love for something else.
2b: "The Olympics. Or even a Starbucks."
2b: Lol. For some reason I noticed Scarlett Johansson looking at Captain America and up and down.
2b: "And get this man a shield."
2b: Hmm. Thinking about this fight in Wakanda, I know the Wakandans have advanced technology, but additional military support from other countries would have been convenient... Especially considering the world is at stake.
2b: When they open a section of the barrier, they should have concentrated fire at the opening. That would have easily killed a percentage of the enemy. On a related note, they should have a weapon system outside of the barrier. Imagine if bombs were released outside the barrier...

Nebula (Karen Gillan)
Rocket (Bradley Cooper, voice)

2b: Thanos intuitively uses the time stone...
2b: "You should have... You should... You should have gone for the head."
1: Wow, so close to victory but of course it's better to have more plot. 2b: It's worth considering that Strange saw many outcomes, so he must have known most of the events which have taken place.
1: Tense moment when Iron Man seems like he's gonna be killed.
2b: Thanos asks "No tricks" and Doctor Strange shakes his head no, but he could have been lying. Thanos doesn't have any magical powers, so Strange could have easily enchanted the stone without Thanos knowing.
2b: I'm curious about Thanos using the time stone so easily. Strange had to study magic and read a book... Thanos just intuitively activates and uses it. [I read various plausible non-exclusive answers. 1) The gauntlet makes using the stones easy. 2) The green runes are inherent to the stone. 3) Thanos is knowledgeable with magic.]

Gamora (Zoe Saldana)
Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)

2b: "Tony. There was no other way."
2b: It's interesting because when Bucky disappeared, he dropped his gun. So fine, clothes dissipate but not machinery? Nope: Spider-Man's suit disappears. I suppose it's just artistic license.
2b: The thing about Thano's goal of destroying half of the people in the universe is that (generally speaking) in time it will increase again. It should also be noted that while the snap doesn't discriminate who is eliminated, the outcome may be hazardous. In fact, there is a high probability that in any local region, the subset of people who maintain order are completely eliminated and that region would spin into chaos. Similarly, the ratio of adults to children that remains after the snap can be unstable.
1: I looked over at Ada and realized that she probably didn't know the rest of the story would be a separate movie. It reminded me of when I watched The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. In any case, I leaned over and told her that there was going to be a second movie. 20180427 12:09 AM PT

Bruce Banner / Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)

2b: "Oh no. Mother..."
1: Captain Marvel
1=20180426, 2a=20190303, 2b=20190304

*Theoretically, (spoiler to Doctor Strange) while the entire scene in Doctor Strange is meant to be interpreted by the viewer that The Ancient One has died, it's possible that she simply was prevented from seeing past that moment and may still be alive.

Released 20180427
Watched 20180426 (theater)
Watched 20190303 and 20190304 (Netflix, Instant)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. 149 min

Relevant Links:
Avengers: Infinity War (IMDb.com)
Avengers: Infinity War (RottenTomatoes.com)
Avengers: Infinity War (Wikipedia.org)

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