Marvel Studios’s Avengers: Infinity War opened last week and scored the biggest box office opening weekend of all time. It pulled in about $640 million in four days, meaning that, at around $15 per ticket, it was seen by roughly 43 million people. Which is good news for us, because it means that it shouldn’t be a big deal that this episode is full of more spoilage than an Arizona romaine lettuce warehouse.
As is usual for our shows about the big Marvel movies (and the big DC movies, provided we bribe them sufficiently), we are joined by comedians Ross Garmil and Benari Poulten to talk about Infinity War, a movie that really had no right being as good as it was, considering it had a main cast so big it made A Chorus Line look like Waiting for Godot, and featured a villain best known to movie audiences for sitting on his throne as if it was the Wednesday morning after Taco Tuesday and said throne had a flush handle.
We discuss the economical opening that turns Thanos from appearing to be a lazy gimp to a legitimate threat in all of five minutes, how the movie earns comparisons to The Empire Strikes Back not only in tone but in structure, how the original Jim Starlin comic series compares to the movie, and what we think might be coming in next year’s finale movie. Rob has a theory that’s one part deductive reasoning and two parts wishful thinking, shaken not served, served over ice, no you can’t stop wanting a drink every time you think about that ending.
Again, to be clear: this episode contains huge spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. Like, within about 90 seconds. So if you’re one of the two people who didn’t see it this past weekend, well, you’ve been warned, and I’ve told you that I don’t want you and Dad listening to this show anyway, Mom.