Why ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ isn’t “just a film”

In a few hours, I’m off to a midnight screening of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. I am beyond excited, probably more than I have been for any film ever. To be honest, it’s probably up there as the one of the things I’ve been most excited for ever. Now, while some will say “It’s just a film”, I am here telling you it’s not, at least not in my case.

I can count the number of heroes I’m certain won’t die tonight on one hand, and that terrifies and excites me at the same time.  

Franchises like this always gather more fanfare than typical films, but the MCU is something I’ve grown up with for ten years. Unlike other franchises I love (e.g Star Wars), the fact I saw ‘Iron Man’ at the cinema way back in 2008 and every subsequent release since then means I am way more connected to this series than most other things in my life. I can’t even think of something that’s had such a huge effect on my life for five years, let alone ten. The characters have resonated with me, the big moments literally stunned me and the world building has been a stroke of genius. It’s been six years since we first saw Thanos, and by holding all their cards close to their chest, I’m genuinely unsure what’s going to transpire on screen tonight. One of my biggest positives of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (I loved it, we can argue later) was how shocking it was. When something happened in it, I had no idea where the film was heading afterwards, something very rare for such a huge blockbuster. I can count the number of heroes I’m certain won’t die tonight on one hand, and that terrifies and excites me at the same time.

Tonight is one of the biggest nights of some people’s lives, please don’t take it away from them.  

With 18 films released, and only two that were “just alright”, I really am not worried about being dissapointed by the main event. Devastated? Possibly, but not let down. The idea of bringing six heroes together in ‘Avengers’ was pretty bold, so none of us could’ve predicted the idea of over sixty all joining forces. Tonight may feel like a curtain call, but it’s going to live on forever within pop culture. Just as I wish I could’ve seen ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ on the big screen back in the 80’s, future generation will wish they could’ve experienced the rise of the MCU, all leading to this moment.

Tonight has caused someone whose been having a really tough time recently to be allowed a rare day with no worries.  

In the past few weeks, I have had a really tough time with my anxiety, probably the worst I’ve ever experienced. This morning, I woke up and I couldn’t stop smiling. I went to the cinema this afternoon and before the film begun I couldn’t stop thinking that in a few hours, I’d be back surrounded by fans all excited for the same common goal. So no, tonight isn’t “just a film”, tonight is a celebration of something that begun as popcorn entertainment but quickly evolved into a way of life. Tonight has caused someone whose been having a really tough time recently to be allowed a rare day with no worries. Tonight is one of the biggest nights of some people’s lives, please don’t take it away from them. And also, if you do see it tonight, don’t spoil it for other fans whose lives don’t allow them to see it as soon as us. Thanos demands your silence.

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