The New Yorker’s Painfully Obvious ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review Gets Flamed

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Avengers: Infinity War smashed the record for the biggest global opening at about US$630 million, surpassing Universal Studios’ The Fate of the Furious, which made US$541 million.

Many who have caught the film would agree that it lives up to its 10-year hype, but at least one reviewer thinks otherwise.

The New Yorker’s opinion seems to have missed the mark with internet users, who believe it might as well have been written by the metaphorical ‘Captain Obvious’ instead.

The magazine took issue with how Marvel Studios skimped on introducing individual characters. Further, their behaviors were determined by the traits that they exhibited in previous movies. This meant that the uninitiated might not be able to keep up with the movie.

“Avengers: Infinity War would make little sense in the absence of its pack of predecessors,” the review reads. “Its characters aren’t introduced; they just show up, and their behavior is entirely defined by the template set for them in other movies.”

The New Yorker also lamented at how Marvel just “presumed” people had seen its previous films.

“Not only does Avengers: Infinity War presume that viewers have seen all the preceding films in the Marvel series but, worse, it presumes that they’ve thought about them afterward.”

Understandably, the commentary has had its butt kicked by fans. Several mocked the no-brainer nature of it by citing other sequel-heavy series, such as Harry Potter.

“I sat down to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and I was inexplicably meant to know why everyone was after a man with no nose,” joked anime voice actress Erika Harlacher.

Even Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn expressed his confusion over the reviewer’s understanding of a sequel.

“In Game of Thrones Season 8, the characters aren’t introduced, they just show up.”

It would take several hours—even days—to summarize everything that Marvel Studios has built up over the decade, so newcomers might want to get themselves acquainted with a few recaps before they catch the movie.

“I tuned into the series finale of Breaking Bad and I’m very confused. Who is Walt? Why should I care about Jesse? These characters are undeveloped and just show up out of nowhere.”

— Mr. Speaker Bustus Jurkitt, wretched Disney shill (@justusburkitt) April 27, 2018

“In Game of Thrones Season 8, the characters aren’t introduced, they just show up.” Really, @NewYorker? I love you guys, but it’s as if you have no clue about how modern film-going audiences are experiencing movies. https://t.co/qHrXqiinI7

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 29, 2018

"I sat down to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 and I was inexplicably meant to know why everyone was after a man with no nose. Is the society nose-ist? There was no backstory, how am I supposed to know who that boy with the scar even is? Unacceptable."

😒

— Erika Harlacher (@ErikaHarlacher) April 29, 2018

The whole entire point is that there’s a D E C A D E of context for these characters and setting. Infinity War can exist because its massive cast of characters can ‘just show up’ and we have extensive understanding for why. This is elitist freshman level of film critique.

— Eli (@EliAllen) April 28, 2018

"Not only does “Avengers: Infinity War” presume that viewers have seen all the preceding films in the Marvel series but, worse, it presumes that they’ve thought about them afterward."

Someone seriously typed this and thought, "yes, this is a good thing to write"

— Scott (@FakeScottKersey) April 28, 2018

"Marvel made a dream-crossover movie for people who actually read their comics and im confused"

Saved you a read

— AlexReignsHTX (@AlexReigns) April 28, 2018

You… do you… do you not know how sequels work? pic.twitter.com/Mse39lK8Pf

— VƎX is a Satyr (@andreuswolf) April 28, 2018

Well I mean that's like going to a stranger's High School reunion and expecting to know everyone.
Only the people who went to High School with each other is going to know everyone and that's who the event is geared to; not some random Joe who just moved in.

— Sleepi (@Sleepi201) April 28, 2018

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— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@tmlaygan) April 28, 2018

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— Chris Claytor-Scott (@HeyCwiss) April 28, 2018

No shit, Sherlock.

Said Robert Downey Jr to Benedict Cumberbatch.

— Eric Henn (@Eric_P_Henn) April 29, 2018

"Spectacular" – Boston Globe
"A superhero masterpiece" – LA Times
"Non-stop action" – Chicago Tribune
"Who's the green one, again?" – The New Yorker

— CaptainSauce (@TheCaptainSauce) April 28, 2018

Who is this Darth Vader guy, and why is everyone so happy he died? He seems like a nice father, protecting his kids. The real heroes…those Ewoks. Look at that great character development!

— Wheby (@MikeWheby) April 28, 2018

[via Mashable, cover image via Marvel Entertainment]

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