In addition to making your mornings suck less on Go 96.3’s Morning Show, Dana Wessel is a movie buff with a special fondness for big, noisy summer blockbusters. Check out his spoiler-free review of Avengers: Infinity War below. 

I was lucky enough to see a sneak preview of Avengers: Infinity War Tuesday morning after our show. Below are a some relatively spoiler-free thoughts on the film. I say relatively because “spoilers” mean different things to different people. I obviously won’t get into specifics, but I could potentially phrase something that might be considered spoiler-ish. So if you want to go in totally fresh then I recommend just punting now. But I promise to tread lightly. I know how important this is to people.

Before we get into things, just a little background on my Marvel-dom. I have seen the first two Avengers movies and a good handful of other (important, sorry Ant-Man) Marvel movies, but I am by no means someone who has seen all 18 films. So this review is coming from a casual Marvel fan perspective. Keep that in mind.

  • Whoa. What a ride that was. I loved it a lot and have to imagine that the hardcore Marvel fans will love it even more. I was able to follow everything but there was obviously things I missed that somebody with a GROOT tattoo on their chest will definitely catch. Casual fans don’t need to feel intimidated if you’re not completely fluent in the Marvel Universe. There is something for everyone.
  • As expected, there are some real stakes in this thing. See it as soon as you can. You definitely don’t want this thing ruined on the internet or by some drunk at the bar talking too loud at happy hour on Friday.
  • That trademark Marvel humor is outstanding throughout. Hearing Star-Lord and Tony Stark banter and exchange jokes is worth the price of the ticket alone.
  • I was NOT expecting that extended Robert Downey Jr. full-frontal nudity scene. How was this not rated R? They showed EVERYTHING and it lasted like 15 minutes. OK, just kidding. Or am I…..? (I am).
  • Avengers: Infinity War definitely keeps the summer blockbuster tradition of just being too damn long alive . This was to be expected, I suppose. We all had fun on Twitter with Marvel saying how this is the biggest crossover event in history, but there is some truth to it. There are a LOT of characters to fit into this thing and everybody gets their time. But it still felt like they could have shaved 20 outta the middle of this thing.
  • We obviously know another Avengers movie comes out less than a year from now and A:IW definitely felt like a part one. That can be both good and bad, depending on your thoughts on movies being split in two. But it is going to be a LONG year waiting for the conclusion.
  • Speaking of the next one, it becomes very obvious why they are waiting until everybody has seen Infinity War before releasing the title for next year’s Avengers movie. You’ll know why once you seen it.

Alright, that’s about all I want to say now before everybody else gets a chance to see it this weekend. Hope you enjoy, it is a lot of fun. Bring some tissues if you are a hardcore fan.

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