There’s a reason the first Avengers film is still considered one of the best films in the MCU by many people. They built up to it over several films about multiple different characters and they pulled it off. Now after an even longer build up it’s time to see if they can pull it off again.
They did. This really feels like a big screen version of the big event crossovers Marvel often make in the comics. There are several great interactions between characters meeting for the first time with a standout being Thor’s interactions with the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s also several really good action scenes, that I won’t spoil, that are a treat for any MCU fan.
And of course you have Thanos himself. He was the character a lot of that hype for the movie was centred around, especially with many of the more recent MCU villains being improvements over the old ones and his comic counterpart not really feeling like that big a deal anymore. He’s fantastic, every scene where he fights the heroes he shows just how much he outclasses them even without using the Infinity Stones. I also find his motivations more interesting than his comic counterpart but that’s something you’ll have to experience for yourself.
This isn’t my favourite MCU movie but it’s certainly one of the best, maybe when the sequel (which we still don’t know the name of) comes out next year I’ll do some kind of MCU rewatch marathon and figure out a ranking order for the whole series.