Although Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t the final installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s Phase 3, it very much marked the beginning of the end of not just of this MCU phase, but everything that this franchise has been building towards ever since Iron Man came out in 2008. So with a movie this ambitious and large in scope, naturally you need to fit in as many important MCU players as possible, and Infinity War did just that. And now that Infinity War is available on home media, the Honest Trailer folks have selected it as its latest target, highlighting just how packed the movie’s cast is and much more.
Looking at Avengers: Infinity War‘s critical reactions, many might consider it to be the best movie Marvel has ever made, but as this Honest Trailer points out, it is most definitely “the most movie Marvel has ever made.” The explosive visual effects certainly help accomplish that, but it’s the number of characters that really show how big a deal Infinity War is. From Iron Man and Doctor Strange to Thor and Spider-Man, nearly all of the major players were brought back to participate in the battle against Thanos and his minions. Even supporting characters like Maria Hill, Thunderbolt Ross and Ned cameoed. That said, naturally with this many people under one “roof,” not everyone gets to be equally as important to the story. Sorry, Steve Rogers, for this go-around, your role is to be the “guy who knows a guy” and who kills Outriders with a cool Wakandan shield.
Of course, if you haven’t caught most or all of the MCU movies that have come out over the last 10 years, then you’ll definitely feel lost watching Avengers: Infinity War. But for those who’ve been following along since the beginning, many of Infinity War‘s moments are treats, like Tony Stark’s first exposure to magic (which, surprisingly, he takes in stride) and Winter Soldier swinging Rocket Raccoon around as they both gun down Outriders. But the thing people are still talking about regarding Infinity War is Thanos (who’s changed shades of purple twice since he was introduced in The Avengers) snapping his Infinity Stones-powered fingers and erasing half of all life in the universe. Longtime comic book readers know that death is really permanent in these stories, so you can count on most, if not all, of the heroes who turned to dust to return in Avengers 4 next year. Still, that didn’t mean it wasn’t heartbreaking seeing them fade away as their friends and family watched.
You can buy your copy of Avengers: Infinity War now on Blu-ray, DVD and/or Digital HD. The MCU wrapped up its 2018 theatrical offerings last month with Ant-Man and the Wasp, but the franchise will pick back up with Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019. Two months after that, Avengers 4 will pick up where Infinity War left off.