Avengers: Infinity War premiered last night, and while full reviews aren’t allowed until tonight at 6PM ET (check back here for ours!), the first reactions are out, and the movie sounds completely overwhelming. That’s not to say there’s not any criticism to be gleaned from these early reactions, but those who have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its characters from the beginning are going to have a lot to process in this movie, at the very least.
So let’s dive right in with the very first reaction—or at least, I’d assume it was, since the tweet appears to have broken the very embargo date and time contained in it. Kevin Smith just couldn’t contain himself:
I am overwhelmed. The movie is epic beyond compare. LOVED it. My legs are still shaking. It’s a gigantic @Marvel masterpiece. So much to say but I’ll stay Silent Bob til Monday so as not to slip in spoilers. Suffice to say it’s gonna be a looooong year until @Avengers 4… pic.twitter.com/aHnsgj5MK0
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 24, 2018
As for some (non-spoilery) specifics on what to expect, it sounds like the Guardians of the Galaxy will feature prominently, which is no surprise when one of them is Thanos’ “favorite daughter,” and it sounds like the movie makes good on press tour talk of Thanos himself getting a lot of focus:
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
#AvengersInfinityWar is the MCU’s biggest soap opera ever, and that’s not a bad thing. Feels more like a sequel to Guardians, and you’ll get to see what makes a Mad Titan tick. We will have A LOT to unpack soon.
— Mike Sorrentino (@MikeJSorrentino) 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
The Russo brothers directing team has previously said that doing this movie simultaneously with Avengers 4 allowed them to pick and choose who got more focus and screen time in each, so if the Guardians aren’t your thing, you might find next year’s sequel more to your liking. You might also not be impressed with Infinity War if smash the action figures together isn’t exactly your favorite superhero blockbuster format, and you’ve been more appreciative of some of the more character- and story-focused offerings.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is basically CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR times 20, except with less hero-on-hero fighting. I think people who loved the airport fight in CIVIL WAR like I did will go nuts for this film, and people who were bored will be 20 times as bored here. #InfinityWar
— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) April 24, 2018
#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
But there was also plenty of just general praise to go around, as there usually is in early reactions if the movie is anywhere close to good:
— Amiyrah Martin (@AmiyrahMartin) April 24, 2018
Buy a ticket for a second viewing of #AvengersInfinityWar now. The movie delivers, it’s huge, and no one in your theater is going to be able to sit quietly through this one. Expect the unexpected. pic.twitter.com/8eobaAYrSF
— Jill Pantozzi ♿ (@JillPantozzi) April 24, 2018
I saw #AvengersInfinityWar earlier tonight and I can say that it delivers. There’s a lot of really fun character interactions, some cool action moments (Thor’s powers, Iron Man’s suit), and a few powerful emotional beats. Most of the humor is 👌🏻 Also Captain America is 💥 pic.twitter.com/WoZNPDpGXk
— Molly Freeman (@mollyrockit) April 24, 2018
Laughter. Fights. Tough decisions. Triumph and emptiness. @Avengers has it all. I feel the weight of what I just saw and the journey of the last ten years bearing down. Mama needs a drink. Wow. #infinitywar #ThanosDemandsYourSilence
— Grae Drake (@graedrake) April 24, 2018
Really can’t believe what I just saw. Gah people are gonna lose their shiz. My fave thing: the humor mixed w/ crazy action.
— Kara Warner (@karawarner) April 24, 2018
— KelleyLCarter (@KelleyLCarter) April 24, 2018
#AvengersInfinityWar is my second fave @Marvel movie after #BlackPanther. The superhero interplay is hilarious and surprising at every turn. The action is monumental. And there are actual stakes this time around. Kevin Feige is not f-cking around with this one.
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) April 24, 2018
#AvengersInfinityWar wrecked me and it’s probably going to wreck you. Can’t wait to see it again.
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) April 24, 2018
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) April 24, 2018
Just got out of the #AvengersInfinityWar premiere. The movie is incredible, epic beyond compare. It’s everything you want it to be. Iron Man and Captain America fuck within the first fifteen minutes. Marvel fans are going to love this one – EASILY top five.
— ben mekler (@benmekler) April 24, 2018
Another thing: I’ve been reviewing films for decades now, and I have never heard an audience react to the end of a film like the #InfinityWar audience reacted tonight. It was an astonishing experience. (And it’s another reason I want to see the film again in a packed house.)
— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) April 24, 2018
Pff, everyone knows it’s Captain America and Bucky or nothing. There’s also, of course, a post-credits scene, although there’s apparently only one—but you’re really going to want to stick around for it:
#InfinityWar may be the most expensive Hollywood movie ever designed to mess with its audience. People sure are going to sit through a lot of credits!
— erickohn (@erickohn) April 24, 2018
— Brian Tong (@briantong) April 24, 2018
(image: Marvel Entertainment)
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