Marvel Studios left audiences with a major cliffhanger at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, making the wait for Avengers 4 that much more excruciating. The ending was by far the most shocking moment in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (so far), proving Earth’s Mightiest Heroes aren’t invincible after all.
While Avengers: Infinity War is far from a perfect movie, it’s incredibly impressive for what it manages to pull off. The movie juggled a lot of different threads, culminating in the death of half of the universe. I was completely stunned by the time the credits rolled, but thoroughly entertained throughout the entire experience.
We’ve dissected the post-credits scene, shared our thoughts on why Thanos is such a great villain, and ruminated about the big deaths. Now, we want to explore some of the movie’s more memorable moments. How funny was it when Drax pretended to be invisible? Or when Star-Lord foiled a well-executed plan because he was angry with Thanos?
Here are the ten best moments in Avengers: Infinity War (in no particular order).
It was really funny
The stakes were higher than they’ve ever been Avengers: Infinity War. Yet, the drama was wonderfully balanced with plenty of great humor. I already mentioned that moment when Drax thought he was invisible in a previous post. It was also hilarious when Iron Man called Doctor Strange a wizard. The funniest moment for me, though, was when Iron Man called Ebony Maw Squidward. It was a brilliant pop culture reference that saw different franchises collide in a completely organic and funny way.
When Ebony Maw blasts off into space, Iron Man finally gives Spider-Man the Iron Spider suit, bestowing him with more abilities than ever before. The suit gave Spidey access to mechanical spider arms and improved durability, which is fitting considering it was developed by Tony Stark. Although it was a little flashier than we would have liked, it was still cool to see the suit in action; those mechanical spider arms came in handy on more than one occasion.
We already knew that Gamora was the daughter of Thanos. But we didn’t realize how complicated her backstory was. Avengers: Infinity War showed when Gamora was kidnapped as a child, but also how the Mad Titan came to love and care for her (in his own twisted way). And, despite his mission to eliminate half the universe, she cared for him as well. Considering how key Gamora was to the story, I loved learning about her life before she became a fearsome warrior.
Thor’s new axe
After Thor’s hammer is destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok, he devises a plan to make a new weapon capable of taking on Thanos. He eventually creates an enchanted battle-axe named Stormbreaker with the help of Eitri. To cap things off, the axe is contained by a handle made by Groot. Stormbreaker proves to be a formidable replacement of Mjolnir, severely wounding Thanos during the battle of Wakanda.
Which is a nice segue to this part. After ten years of tracking down the Infinity Stones, Thanos finally wields them together in a gauntlet. And right before succumbing to an axe through the chest, he snaps his fingers, eliminating half of all life in the universe. But, as we see immediately after, Thanos knows he paid a huge price to complete his mission.
Loki has always straddled the line between good and evil. In the end, he saves Thor from certain death and mounts one final attack against Thanos. Thor’s life is ultimately spared, making Loki’s sacrifice all the more impactful. It was a fitting end for a fan-favorite character who has come to peace with Thor and his place among the Asgardian ranks.
The Black Order
It would have been nice to learn a little more about the Black Order, the brooding children of Thanos. But we loved their involvement in Avengers: Infinity War all the same. They were dangerous, confident, and incredibly fun to watch. I particularly liked the theatrics of Ebony Maw, who announced the arrival of Thanos and pretended like being killed by the Mad Titan was somehow a privilege.
Captain America returns
Just as Scarlet Witch and Vision are set to be decimated by the Black Order, Captain America emerges from the shadows and saves the day. And he had a killer beard! After the events of Captain America: Civil War, it was great to see him return without all the messy politics in the way. It was just him trying to prevent Thanos from wiping out half of the universe.
Spider-Man’s “Aliens” moment
In Captain America: Civil War, there’s a great moment during the Berlin fight when Spider-Man references Star Wars to bring down a giant-sized Ant-Man. He makes a similar pop culture reference in Avengers: Infinity War, this time calling out “that Aliens” movie as he sets forth a plan to defeat Ebony Maw. His plan goes off without a hitch, proving that an all-powerful extraterrestrial being has nothing on Ripley.
Thanos moons Iron Man
During the battle on Titan, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and a few other Avengers grapple with Thanos, who is oh so close to achieving his goal of collecting all the Infinity Stones. During this battle, he takes a beating, and even spills a drop of blood in the process. But he also gives as good as he gets, at one point using the Power Stone to literally throw a moon at Iron Man. It was an awesome moment because it showed the incredible strength possessed by Thanos when wielding the Infinity Stones.