Before Avengers: Endgame arrives this week, let’s revisit the 7 essential MCU movies you should rewatch before the Infinity Saga comes to a close…
What’s it about? It’s all been leading up to this. When Thanos finally starts his assault on the universe as he tries to collect the Infinity Stones, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and every hero out there must put aside their differences to come together to defeat him. But what if, just this once, they can’t save the day?
Why is it essential? This surely goes without saying. The MCU had been slowly building up to Thanos for years, with his post-credits and cameo appearances in The Avengers, Age of Ultron and Guardians and at last the villain finally took centre stage in IW. Likewise, fans had been counting down the years until we got to see every single hero come together.
Why is it worth re-watching? Well, impossibly, Infinity War actually managed to live up to the hype. As a logistical achievement alone, it’s a miracle that the film manages to make its ginormous cast work but more than that it’s actually an incredibly thrilling, exhilarating, hilarious, heartbreaking experience. We can only hope that Endgame manages to follow its strong lead.
What’s the best scene? Comedy-wise, Thor meeting the Guardians is gold dust (“it’s like a pirate had a baby with an angel”). In terms of emotion, though, you can’t beat the devastating final sequence where Thanos succeeds in wiping out half of all life. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything so genuinely distressing any previous superhero movie, or ever will again.
What should I watch out for? Oh boy, there is so much going on Infinity War that it takes a good few viewings to catch all the less-obvious easter eggs and extra little touches. So instead I’ll just point you towards the unintentionally pathos-puncturing sign on a chip shop window behind Wanda and Vision in Scotland: “WE WILL DEEP FRY YOUR KEBAB.”