Avengers: Infinity War

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My name is Thanos, and my name means death!
I know what it's like to lose. To feel so desperately that you're right, yet to fail nonetheless. It's frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here. Or should I say, I am.
Thanos, the Mad Titan

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 superhero film and a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Thanos has come out of hiding to seek the Infinity Stones, including those on Earth. In the process, he finds the Asgardian refugees traveling towards Earth and massacres half of them as part of his philosophy of population control.

After Thanos obtains the Tesseract and the Space Stone with it, Heimdall with his last breath transports Bruce Banner to Earth to the Sanctus Sanctorum, with one message to give: Thanos is coming to Earth, and if he obtains all of the Infinity Stones, he will kill half of the population of the Universe.

Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Galaxy find Thor, that was adrift in space thanks to Thanos, by literally colliding with his body with their ship. Once Thor regains consciousness, he sets out to try to find the dwarf Eltri, so the latter can create a weapon strong enough to kill Thanos even if he has the Gauntlet and the stones.

The film was critically and financially successful with over $2 billion at the box office and was followed by Avengers: Endgame.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Produced by Kevin Feige for Marvel Studios. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Tropes used in Avengers: Infinity War include:
  • Anti-Villain: Thanos, who wants to protect the universe from starvation by killing half of its population.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Thanos becomes the arch enemy of his daughters Gamora and Nebula.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Thanos succeeded in completing his Infinity Gauntlet and wiped out a half of the population.
  • Big Bad: Thanos's search for the Infinity Stones causes basically every big conflict.
  • The Cameo: Stan Lee appears as a bus driver in New York City.
  • Darker and Edgier: The film as a whole is darker than the previous two Avengers films combined, with more death and misery than ever before happening to the heroes.
  • Darkest Hour: The people of Earth face this after the Snap.
  • Downer Ending: The Snap turned 50% of people into dust, all around the universe.
  • Evil Counterpart: At least Thanos makes a comparison implying he thinks he is one to Iron Man, being both geniuses who dedicate themselves to their cause to the point that they suffer a lot for it.
  • Gut Punch: A few make this movie memorable:
    • Loki, realizing that the Hulk and an incapacitated Heimdall have no chance of stopping Thanos, pretends to join his side, only to pull a knife on him. Thor is gagged and sees the knife, as well as the meaningful look that Loki gives him, promising silently that it's not a betrayal this time. Thanos grabs Loki in a chokehold and snaps his neck. All Thor can do his cradle his brother's body after Thanos and his armies leave him to die as the ship's survivor. As he puts it later to Rocket, Loki has faked his death before, but Thor knows that it was real.
    • Gamora's death. Thanos uses Nebula as a hostage to force her to reveal the location of the Soul Stone. Gamora does, and at first is relieved when the Soul Stone requires a sacrifice of love. Then Thanos apologizes to her, as Gamora protests that he doesn't love her. He killed her parents, separated her from her home, and made her a weapon. Nevertheless, him tossing her off the cliff does the job; she lays prone, and he gets the Soul Stone. Even Thanos seems to break from this, which Avengers: Endgame implies as he admits to Nebula that he treated her too harshly in his last moments and waits for the Avengers to execute him.
    • Peter Parker comes along to help Iron Man rescue Dr. Strange in space because instinct told him that, despite the "one-way trip" as Tony bluntly put it, that this is not a solo hero venture. He actually provides a lot of spider strength at crucial times and comes close to pulling the Gauntlet off Thanos's arm. While they're figuring out Plan B on the deserted planet as Thanos has delivered the snap, Peter delivers this line: "I don't feel so good". He starts disintegrating to dust, and becomes terrified. Tony tries to hug him, to offer comfort, but they're both scared, and Tony's worst fears of losing "the kid" came to life.
  • Killed Off for Real: Loki is killed in the opening by Thanos. Thanos then kills Gamora at the end of the second act so he can obtain the Soul Stone, which requires the sacrifice of a loved one.
  • Immediate Sequel: The beginning takes place just after Thor: Ragnarok.
  • Not So Stoic: Gamora is normally cold and matter-of-fact when talking about stopping her father. Then she lays what she thinks is a killing blow on him while rescuing the Collector. She starts to laugh in relief that the mission is won, only to break down crying, because despite their messed-up relationship, they had a bond. Turns out that it was a trap; Thanos already stormed the Collector's chambers and created an illusion so as to capture Gamora alive. He does admit, however, in Sincerity Mode, that it touched him that a part of her still cares about the man that she considers a father.
  • Odd Friendship: Even though Thor gets Rocket's species wrong, calling him a "rabbit" affectionately, the two bond over their shared pain as they prepare to build a weapon that can take on Thanos. Rocket comforts Thor about his brother's death, saying that he knows what that feels like to lose someone after they sacrifice their life for you. Thor introduces Rocket to Steve as his new friend when they reunite on Earth.
  • Precision F-Strike: Groot is implied to say one but it wasn't translated.
  • The Promise: Gamora makes Peter Quill promise her that if their attempt to rescue the Collector goes wrong, he must kill her. Peter is horrified but agrees when she begs him, saying it's a matter of saving the universe. When Thanos finds out about the promise, he holds Gamora and lets Peter take a free shot at her. Peter and Gamora exchange their tearful goodbyes, and he pulls the trigger. Turns out with Thanos having the Reality Stone, he could protect Gamora from any weapon fired at her. Nevertheless, Thanos is impressed that Peter was willing to respect Gamora's wishes at a terrible cost, and says he likes his daughter's boyfriend.
  • Serkis Folk: Thanos and his allies are portrayed through CGI and motion capture.
  • Shout-Out: Tony Stark calls Ebony Maw "Squidward". Some foreign dubs go with "Voldemort" for the sake of lip-synching.
  • Someone Has to Die: The only way to retrieve the Soul Stone from Vormir is to sacrifice someone you love. Gamora laughs hysterically because she says that Thanos loves no one...only for him to give her a regretful look. Despite Gamora's protests that what he feels for her isn't love, Thanos stops her from killing herself to deny him the Stone and sacrifices Gamora.
  • The Stinger: Nick Fury and Maria Hill use a beacon to call Captain Marvel before they get dusted.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Drax has this reaction on meeting Thor, though it's mostly a humorous Take That at the bit of weight gained by Chris Pratt since the previous Guardians of the Galaxy film.
  • Surgery Under Fire: The backdrop for the big standoff at the end is the Wakandan forces attempting to hold off Thanos, while Shuri performs what is essentially brain surgery on Vision. They certainly put up their best effort, but just as Shuri is almost done, Thanos's children knock her out and Vision is forced to enter the fray.
  • Trauma Conga Line: It takes three solo movies and this movie for Thor, but by this point his younger brother Loki turns evil, he lost his mother, he broke up with his girlfriend off-screen, his father died though naturally, his older sister turns out to be as bad as Loki, he loses his friends to said sister, the Asgardians are massacred in Asgard, the remaining Asgardians are massacred by Thanos, and Loki dies just after turning good. He doesn't even care if he dies making a weapon strong enough to kill Thanos because he is just that far past the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Undying Loyalty: Show to an unnerving degree with Thanos' troops, almost to the point of religious devotion. They throw themselves at the Wakanda's force field to disable it, amputating and killing themselves.