Yes, you can believe in the hype again.
Marvel is on a bit of a roll lately, and Avengers: Infinity War was primed to keep the studio’s train of hits going.
The world premiere took place on Monday night, with initial reviews on social media describing the latest instalment as a thrilling and epic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as a culmination of a decade of investment.
Here are the first reactions from critics, industry folk, and members of the public who were lucky enough to be at the first screening. And look, it seems like people are losing their minds. ***Spoilers ahead.***
#AvengersInfinityWar: Despite some truly thrilling moments, feels like less than the sum of its parts. A definite step down after that epic run of GotGV2 / Spidey / Thor 3 / Black Panther, but what else did I expect?
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 24, 2018
Thanos is the main character of #AvengersInfinityWar and Josh Brolin is great. But the best pairing in this movie is Thor + the Guardians and I will fight anyone who says otherwise.
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) April 24, 2018
I’ve left every Marvel movie with a sense of where the franchise was going. The strong “Avengers: Infinity War” is the first time where I’m utterly perplexed about what’s next. There were audible gasps at the NYC screening. pic.twitter.com/xouqNzh7ps
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) April 24, 2018
I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I screamed, I jumped. I’m in disbelief.
I watched Avenger: Infinity War.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) April 24, 2018
After 10 years of investment in this series & these characters, boy does #AvengersInfinityWar knock you on your ass. Humor, sky high stakes & a truly overwhelming amount of emotion in it. Russos did a great job spreading screen time for the ensemble but my MVPs – The Guardians.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) April 24, 2018
#AvengersInfinityWar was an incredible ride that caps off 10 years of MCU. It truly is a Thanos movie and does him justice. The character interactions were as fun as you’d think but there wasn’t enough character development. Still, what a ride… it left me utterly devastated. pic.twitter.com/iILT0HYlS3
— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) April 24, 2018
Yup. It’s what every Marvel fan has been dreaming about. And a movie that truly lives up to the hype. Marvel did it. My god did they do it. Stuck the landing. #avengersinfinitywar
— Mark E Reilly (@ReillyAround) April 24, 2018
“Perfectly balanced. As all things should be.”
AVENGERS INFINITY WAR is masterclass in balancing story & characters. What RUSSO BROTHERS did w/ this film is pure filmmaking. I am in awe @ how they juggled every aspect.
Perfectly clean action. Perfect tone. Brolin is INCREDIBLE. pic.twitter.com/cziE3Lllpw
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) April 24, 2018