Avengers: Infinity War -- Everything We Loved And We Hated
Avengers: Infinity War spoilers ahead!
Avengers: Infinity War was met with near universal acclaim from fans and critics alike upon its release earlier this year. That doesn't mean we loved every single thing about it, and with the movie's home release upon us, we're looking back at its successes and failures.
Like literally any other movie, there were good and bad parts of Infinity War. And because everyone's tastes are different, we don't necessarily agree about which was which. So GameSpot staff compiled a list of everything we loved, and everything we hated, about Infinity War.
The home release--it's out now on digital platforms and coming soon in physical form, including Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD--is allowing us to dig in to the movie further and pick out more details that it was harder to see in theaters. But much more notably, this release brings with it special features that reveal things we could only guess at before. Some of that is more lighthearted, like a cameo of a fan-favorite character in a deleted scene, while others provide answers to mysteries, like what's up with Hulk. We've begun to compile all the things we've learned, and we'll report back with more findings as they emerge.
As for what we loved and didn't about the movie, you surely agree or disagree with our choices laid out above. If so, let us know in the comments below. Then, when you're done, check out some of our other Infinity War galleries, including every character who dies in Infinity War, 12 things Infinity War undoes in the MCU, and the 30 Infinity War easter eggs, references, and callbacks you might have missed.
Loved: Spider-Man's Death
Spider-Man's death after Thanos's infamous finger snap is one of the most moving scenes we've ever witnessed in the MCU.
Hated: Spider-Man's Death
It may have been incredibly heart-wrenching, but--actually, that's the problem. It was terrible to see, and it made us feel bad.
Loved: Thor Showing Up With His Axe
Thor finally mastering the Bifröst and appearing at the Battle of Wakanda in full God of Thunder mode was one of the most epic things we've ever seen.
Hated: Not Enough Shuri
T'Challa's sister was the unexpected star of Black Panther. We know Infinity War was basically done by the time Black Panther hit theaters, but we would have liked to see more of Letitia Wright's character.
Loved: Tony Stark's Interactions With New Characters
Seeing Iron Man interact with heroes from other corners of the MCU, from Doctor Strange to Star-Lord, was super fun.
Hated: Gamora's Death
Infinity War put a lot of weight on Gamora's death, but it didn't necessarily feel earned. Zoe Saldana's character wasn't especially well fleshed out during the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and it felt like her backstory in Infinity War should have been explored before now.
Loved: Every Single Line Drax Said
We believe you can turn invisible, Drax. Just keep at it.
Hated: Not Knowing What Happened To The Nova Corps
We spent the entire first Guardians of the Galaxy movie getting to know the Nova Corps. In Infinity War, we got a throwaway line about Thanos annihilating them to get the Power Stone. Not ideal.
Loved: When The Guardians Met Thor
This was one of the funniest scenes in the movie. In the Guardians' defense, Chris Hemsworth's muscles are incredible.
Hated: The Children of Thanos's CGI
Seriously, they looked bad--especially Proxima Midnight's face. Carrie Coon deserved better.
Loved: Groot Helping Create Stormbreaker
So that's why Groot was there!
Hated: The Lack Of Stakes
Listen. We know it was a gut punch watching characters like the Guardians, Spider-Man, and Black Panther crumble into dust. But These characters also have sequels announced. It would have been nice if some of the old guard--the ones who no longer have to carry franchises on their backs--could have gone too, to make it feel more real, and less like something that Avengers 4 will undo.
Loved: The Fight On Titan
Seeing Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy team up in a melee against Thanos on Titan was exhilarating, and this was easily one of the most creatively choreographed fights in the MCU.
Hated: Bruce Banner's CGI Floating Head
Hulk didn't want to come out to play after Infinity War's opening scene, but that wasn't the worst part. That would be Mark Ruffalo's awkward CGI head floating vaguely above the Hulkbuster armor toward the movie's end.
Loved: Thanos's Humane Side
Yes, he's a genocidal maniac. But he does also have the capacity to be reasonable, like when he honors his agreement to let Tony Stark live. He says he likes Star-Lord, and you kind of believe him. He even seems sad when he throws Gamora off a cliff.
Hated: Rocket Being The Only Guardian Left
We're 99% sure the rest of the Guardians (or most of them, at least) will come back to life in Avengers 4, but still--not fun knowing Rocket is the only member of his crew left in existence. Dick move, Marvel.
Loved: Star-Lord's Facial Hair
Is there a name for this? I need to know what to tell my barber.
Hated: T'Challa's Terrible Battle Plan
The Wakandans created a perfect choke point when they opened a tiny portion of the force field, but they totally failed to take advantage of it. And seriously, where were the battle rhinos?
Loved: Iron Man And Spider-Man's Aliens Reference
For how many MCU battles take place in space, we're surprised this didn't happen sooner.
Hated: Thanos's Plan Kind Of Sucked
Sentient life spreads too quickly for the universe to support, so you use your reality-shattering powers to kill half of it? Why not snap your fingers and make the universe twice as big?
Loved: Black Widow, Okoye, And Scarlet Witch Teaming Up
Even if it was just for a moment, seeing these three team up against Proxima Midnight was great. These women are incredible.
Hated: Not Enough Winston Duke
To be fair we can never get enough M'Baku.
Loved: The Love Stories
Infinity War was packed to the gills, but somehow it still had time to explore not one, but three separate love stories: The secretive romance between Wanda and Vision, the desperate scenes between Star-Lord and Gamora, and the brief reunion of Black Widow and Bruce Banner. Good stuff.
Hated: Not Knowing The Asgardians' Fate
What happened to the rest of the Asgardians with Thor, Loki, and Heimdall? Did all of them die, or only half, as the movie suggests? And where are Valkyrie and Korg? Hopefully we find out soon.
Loved: Doctor Strange Peering Into The Future
What did he see that justified giving Thanos the Time Stone? Hopefully we find out at some point.
Hated: Having To Wait For Avengers 4
A year can feel like a long time when half your heroes are dead.