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Don't make the same mistake walking into Avengers: Endgame that you did with Infinity War

10 years after Jon Favreau’s Iron Man kickstarted what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ most ambitious crossover, Avengers: Infinity War served as the culmination of a decade of world-building. It’s the crown jewel for comic book fans and those who embarked on the cinematic journey from the beginning (If you weren’t in tune with the MCU but went through the first 18 films prior to seeing Infinity War, welcome aboard! It’s good to have you!)

The critically-acclaimed film broke box office records, and became the talk of the summer on social media (today’s water cooler). But in accordance with the established, universal laws of enjoyment, there were some who didn’t obsess over the third Avengers film. I’m all for disliking things; healthy criticism promotes debate & it helps with the growth of any medium/artist, but it has to have merit. Which brings us to the most ridiculous condemnation of Infinity War…

“Why do I have to watch the other MCU movies to fully understand Infinity War?”

Let me start by being blunt… it’s a ridiculous question. You can’t complain when you chose to enter the saga 19 films in. Nobody said you had to be there from the beginning or spend every waking moment thinking about the universe, but to willingly ignore them before seeing Infinity War and using your lack of preparedness to complain is moronic. Keep crying about it. YOUR TEARS NOURISH ME!

I’m a firm believer that there’s an opposing reaction to everything. While I’m absolutely certain that a portion of those who subscribed to this asinine critique were actually ignorant enough to think they could drop in and be spoon fed everything, I also think there’s another reason this happened: people erroneously believed Infinity War was a direct sequel. It picks up in the timeline directly following Thor: Ragnarok and brings seeds that were planted as far back as 2012’s The Avengers. The plot centers around Thanos’ search for the six infinity stones, five of which have appeared in various MCU movies over the course of the last 10 years. Yes, sometimes sequels tend to contain quick re-introductions for all the base players but, again, INFINITY WAR IS NOT A SEQUEL; It is the 19th issue of an ongoing series.

The 18 that were released before it - a few stand-alone installments aside - were integral to the film’s completion. The MCU operates much like typical comic book crossover events that are set up by issues contained within individual character’s runs. There’s a list of specific titles that you can use to obtain enough surface level knowledge needed to understand Infinity War , but the full effect is only felt by having seen all of them. There is no logical reason to believe you’ll comprehend it if you’ve seen none of them, though. If you’re hell bent on considering a sequel, then the most honest way to do that is to believe it’s a sequel to every single film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that came before it. That holds infinitely more truth than it being a direct sequel to any one release.

Since I’m a humanitarian who genuinely believes in helping people and not because this entire “critique” has annoyed me far more than the narrative that Drake has classic album (editor’s note: Nothing Was the Same exists), I write this piece to all of you as an disclaimer. We are just months away from the release of Avengers: Endgame, which is intended to wrap up phase 3 of the MCU & close out important storylines 10 years in the making. It’s been rumored for a while now that there might be a time travel element to the film that will have our heroes revisiting previous incidents. If you haven’t AT LEAST watched the most vital entry’s in the MCU, then you’re gonna be even more lost walking out of Endgame. Please do not go see Captain Marvel and walk into Avengers because you think it’s the next one in line. I really don’t want to have this conversation again.

Avengers: Infinity War review

 *WARNING! Mild SPOILERS ahead!*

Well friends, it's finally here. The moment we've all waited 10 long years for. Avengers: Infinity War! Holy fucking moly bro... not only did Thanos come through and destroy any and everything in his wake, but he snatched my lining right along with them (Assuming that's the male equivalent of snatchin' edges, right?)

Whatever it is, he did it. In all seriousness, Avengers: Infinity War was an amazing movie, and easily sits at one of the top 3 MCU movies of all time (behind Captain America: Winter Soldier & Black Panther for me).  Everything was on point when it came to this movie; the writing, direction, acting, villain and most of all, the consequences all come together to make this one of the best cinematic experiences of our time.

Honestly G, I'm still shook. Infinity War literally felt like a live-action comic book, and though I've read this story countless times in the comics, I truly wasn't prepared to see some of Earth's mightiest heroes die in this movie. The acting usually takes a backseat in comic book movies, but not in Infinity War. Just about everyone acted their entire ass off, especially Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Zoe Saldana's problematic ass (Gamora). The pacing was seamless as the movie transitioned from one scenario to another. There wasn't a shortage of action, but we didn't get unnecessary violence either.

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THANOS. What a villain man. He was so calculated and really believed in his mission so much that I started to rationalize what he was doing. Josh Brolin really brought emotion and range to this role and the CGI on his character was amazing. I would have loved to see more of an explanation on why Thanos was so passionate about balancing the universe. Like, they explained it, but I think a proper foil would have really drove the point home. Someone on Twitter made a great point in saying that a lot of the sacrifices we saw were in the name of love, and I love that.

All in all, Infinity War surpassed expectations and I for one will be seeing this movie at least twice more in theaters. This movie had great acting and real ramifications for our favorite heroes. I'm giving the movie a 9.5/10.

Oh, and don't forget. Thanos a whole goofy, pidd.

Ball Don't Lie - emergency Avengers: Infinity War podcast

***WARNING*** This episode contains spoilers on Avengers: Infinity War. Please listen at your own discretion.

On this emergency episode of Ball Don't Lie, Pierce (@HennyOmega) Scott (@Scott_CEOofSUH) and Joe (@Flowsandolini) weigh in on Avengers: Infinity War. Our reactions on who lived, who died, where Thanos stands among comic book villains, and what's next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.