ByCaitlin Masessa, writer at

Earlier this week, the Russo Brothers (Anthony and Joe) stirred the movie news pot by stating that [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027)—the climactic ending to this run of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—will feature sixty-seven heroes. After being hit with an explosion of internet comments and speculation, the [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) directors clarified that, although the two-part movie will feature a lot of characters, they were simply being “figurative” when they revealed the large number (Um, funny?). This confirmation was met with both sighs of relief and screams of woe, but was also the jump start to speculation about how these movies will play out; how exciting it will be to see all the heroes of the MCU come together to defeat the titan Thanos.

Or, if you’re like me, it made you think about just how underwhelming this final product will be.

Just like all of you, I’m excited to see all of our heroes put aside their differences to fight against Thanos—and now with Spider-Man in the fray, the battle promises to be stomach-turning in the best way—but, with Civil War underway, it makes me wonder just how exciting the ultimate team up will be. It’s always nice to see the Avengers and Guardians put aside their differences for the greater good, but it’s even more thrilling—and unpredictable—to see the allies become enemies. Think about; why are you counting down the days until Civil War? It can’t be for the happy ending that is bound to happen, it’s for the battle—physical and emotional—in the center of it.

The same goes for why Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now considered one of the best movies Marvel has put out to date. Unlike the previous Avengers movies, the final battle of the sequel wasn’t Captain America versus faceless aliens and robots, it was Steve Rogers against his “best pal” Bucky Barnes; a man Rogers would never want to hurt, which was why the standoff between the pair was more intense than any half hour punching match is.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be excited for Infinity Wars—the Russo brothers have already proved themselves to be capable directors in the Marvel world—but I’m warning you that you should lower your expectations just a tad. The movie promises to be a climatic ending to a franchise years in the making, but as moviegoers, let’s focus on the release of Civil War and just how thrilling that emotional roller coaster will be.


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