Annlyel continues her series focussing on the best moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuing with Avengers: Infinity War
I knew Avengers: Infinity War was going to be good. I didn’t know it was going to be that! good. Walking out of that theater after watching the film for the first time last year was an experience I’d never forget. Dazed and wondering what had just happened, I couldn’t fathom the fact that the heroes had lost. That Thanos had won. And that we had to wait a whole year to find out what would happen next.
In the year that has passed, I have watched Infinity War more than fifty times, and that is not an exaggeration. I love everything about this movie. From start to finish it entertains in ways that most superhero movies (including Endgame, unfortunately) can’t and ends with a conclusion so unexpected one can only stare at the screen in slack-jawed awe.
To try to pick the best moment is near impossible. With so many incredible scenes that leave me beaming, cheering, clapping, and crying I can’t help but love every second the film but if I had to decide there is actually one moment in the film that can’t be topped. It turned the movie from great to instantly iconic. It sent people in droves to movie theaters around the world to see what would happen to our beloved Avengers, resulting in the film making a record-breaking billion! dollars in its opening weekend.
And that moment is when the heroes lost. Star-Lord had screwed up when he let his anger ruin the plan he had concocted to steal the Infinity Gauntlet, forcing Doctor Strange to hand over the Time Stone. Thanos arrived on Earth looking for the last and final stone, which he got, after an epic showdown with Wanda Maximoff as she killed the man she loved to save the world. But, remember, he had the Time Stone. So, he turns back time and I still remember the horror I felt realizing that this was it. He was about to snap the galaxy in half.
Then out of nowhere, Thor arrives to save the day…but he doesn’t, resulting in Thanos uttering those haunting words, “You should’ve gone for the head.”
As we watch in horror those we have grown to care about fading into dust Alan Silvestri does a great job at pulling back the music, leaving us empty inside as the only noise that is provided resides from the sound of shock by those who are witnessing the nightmarish event, the soft howl of the wind, and the rumble of thunder on Titan.
And with all of the dusted heroes gone and the remaining Avengers on Earth standing around in defeat Captain America only has two words to say that perfectly summarize the moment. “Oh god.”
It sends chills down my spine every time.
Next up is Ant-Man and the Wasp. That should be fun.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!