Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Date released: 27th April 2018
Written by: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Main actors: Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth
This is the third Avengers film. If there’s a time for audience fatigue, it was going to be now. Yet the reason it become the highest grossing film in the franchise is because it leads the audience to expect one thing, then does the opposite. Every time Thanos attempts to acquire an Infinity Stone, there’s a realistic obstacle and an element of doubt, which would usually be to the heroes’ advantage. So by overcoming those obstacles, the heroes are defeated, Thanos succeeds and the audience’s expectations are challenged. It makes this Marvel Studios films stand out from the rest by having a villain protagonist and a downer of an ending – but it’s not just popular characters being killed for dramatic effect, though the effect is dramatic. It’s the way in which it happens. The battles and showdowns are very much the same but that’s the point. Thanos’ ultimate victory is by the closest of margins. Because we arrived at that place according to established form, the twist ending is a deconstruction of the genre by being the one difference that changes everything but is still believable. The formula isn’t followed, it’s used.
“Evacuate the city, engage all defences and get this man a shield.”