“Avengers: Infinity War” was released on this date last year.

This article contains opinion and spoilers.

April 23, 2018, will go down as the day of happiness and sadness among comic book fans. 

It was the day Thanos snapped his fingers and half the Marvel universe was gone from existence. 

The third installment of the “Avengers” saga was released nationwide in theaters to a strong reception. From many personal accounts, the sounds of sadness and clapping occurred at the end. 

The names involved in this movie are names that will go down in history: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Josh Brolin as Thanos. 

Marvel Studios had waited 10 years and 18 movies to get to this point. Many die-hard comic fans saw coming from the first visual of Thanos from Marvel’s “The Avengers” in 2012. 

I remember my little 13-year-old self going to see the movie and walking in the parking lot with my mom saying, “I know that character, he has the infinity gauntlet.” I’m sure my mom thought I was crazy.

Flash forward to 2018 when the Russo brothers gave fans one of the best, if not the best, superhero movie created. It had just about every main character from those 18 movies packed into a two-hour-and-29-minute spectacle. 

To start things off, it throws viewers right into the action as you see the ship that Thor is on with the people of Asgard. This is directly after the conclusion of “Thor: Ragnarok.” 

A couple minutes in, we finally go to see Thanos in action beating up Hulk like he’s nothing. Next thing we know, Loki dies. Although Loki is a villain, many fans enjoyed the character. From that moment on, viewers knew that no one was safe. 

Time after time, as new characters showed up in the movie, your heart would skip a beat in excitement. Nothing can compare to the feeling that was experienced the first time seeing your favorite character on screen. 

The movie is truly a rollercoaster of emotions. There would be an uplifting scene, then a depressing scene, and up and down it went. 

My favorite part of the film was knowing an event would happen but still feeling surprised when it happened. Many people will remember watching it and seeing Spiderman turn into dust. The gasp sound from 90 percent of the theater was funny and sad at the same time. 

At the end of the day, the movie made $2.048 billion nationwide. That makes it the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. That was made on a budget between $316 and $400 million. 

With the newest installment in the movie franchise coming out Thursday, this will surely drop in the list. “Avengers: Endgame” will break records no one has ever seen. It owes it all to this blockbuster.

This movie will always have a special place in my heart. Mostly because out of the three times watching it in the theater, something went wrong twice. 

The good old MovieScoop Indiana Mall Cinemas put on Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” before “Avengers.” And my movie theater back at home had a fire drill in the middle of it. 

Wow. A year flies by almost in the snap of the fingers. 


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