Avengers Infinity War Review | Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 501 | Starring Robert Downey Jr
On today’s episode, The Hollywood Redux Podcast reassembles for season 5 to bring you their review of Avengers Infinity War. Will they succeed in stopping Thanos from collecting all the Infinity Stones? Watch and see!
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About the Movie (spoilers):
Having acquired the Power Stone from the planet Xandar, Thanos and his henchmen—Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive—intercept the ship carrying the survivors of Asgard’s destruction. Thor, Loki, Heimdall, and Hulk are powerless to prevent them from extracting the Space Stone from the Tesseract, as Thor is defeated and subdued, and Thanos kills Loki and overpowers Hulk. Heimdall sends Hulk to Earth using the Bifröst before being killed. Thanos departs with his henchmen and obliterates the ship.
Hulk crash-lands at the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, reverting to Bruce Banner. He warns Stephen Strange and Wong about Thanos’ plan to kill half of all life in the universe. In response, Strange recruits Tony Stark. Maw and Obsidian arrive to retrieve the Time Stone from Strange. After a battle including Peter Parker, Maw captures Strange; Stark and Parker pursue Maw’s spaceship, Banner contacts Steve Rogers, and Wong stays behind to guard the Sanctum. In Scotland, Midnight and Glaive ambush Wanda Maximoff and Vision. Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson rescue them and take shelter with James Rhodes at the new Avengers facility. Vision offers to sacrifice himself by having Maximoff destroy the Mind Stone in his forehead to keep Thanos from retrieving it. Rogers suggests they travel to Wakanda, which he believes has the resources to remove the stone without destroying Vision.
The Guardians of the Galaxy respond to a distress call from the Asgardian ship and rescue Thor. He surmises Thanos seeks the Reality Stone, which is in the possession of the Collector at Knowhere. Rocket and Groot accompany Thor to Nidavellir to retrieve a weapon capable of killing Thanos. There, they and Eitri create Stormbreaker, an enchanted battle-ax. Meanwhile, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis find Thanos at Knowhere with the Reality Stone already in his possession. Thanos kidnaps Gamora, his adoptive daughter, who reveals the location of the Soul Stone to save her captive adoptive sister Nebula from torture. Thanos and Gamora travel to Vormir, a planet where Red Skull, keeper of the Soul Stone, informs him the stone can only be retrieved by sacrificing someone he loves. Thanos reluctantly throws Gamora to her death, granting him the Soul Stone.
Nebula escapes captivity and asks the remaining Guardians to meet her on Titan, Thanos’ destroyed homeworld. Stark and Parker kill Maw by ejecting him from his ship and rescue Strange. Landing at Titan, they meet Quill, Drax, and Mantis. Strange uses the Time Stone to view millions of possible futures and states that there is only one in which Thanos loses. The group forms a plan to confront Thanos and remove the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos arrives, justifying his plans to Strange as necessary to ensure the survival of a universe threatened by overpopulation. The group subdues him until Nebula deduces that Thanos has killed Gamora. Enraged, Quill retaliates, breaking their hold on Thanos, who overpowers the group. Strange surrenders the Time Stone in exchange for Thanos sparing an injured Stark. Thanos departs for Earth.
Upon arriving in Wakanda, Rogers reunites with Bucky Barnes and the Avengers task Shuri with extracting the Mind Stone from Vision. Thanos’ army invades and the Avengers mount a defense alongside T’Challa and the Wakandan forces. Banner, unable to transform into the Hulk, fights in Stark’s Hulkbuster armor. Thor, Rocket, and Groot arrive in Wakanda and rally the defenders; Midnight, Obsidian and Glaive are killed and their army is routed. Thanos arrives, and despite Maximoff’s attempt to destroy the Mind Stone, retrieves the stone from Vision, destroying him. Despite being severely wounded by Thor, Thanos activates the complete Infinity Gauntlet and teleports away.
Thanos’ plan succeeds with half of all life across the universe disintegrating, including Barnes, T’Challa, Groot, Maximoff, Wilson, Mantis, Drax, Quill, Strange and Parker. Stark and Nebula remain on Titan, while Banner, Okoye, Rhodes, Rocket, Rogers, Romanoff, M’Baku and Thor are left on the Wakandan battlefield. Meanwhile, a recuperating Thanos rests on another planet.
In a post-credits scene, Nick Fury transmits a distress signal as he and Maria Hill, among others, disintegrate. The device displays a star insignia on a red-and-blue background.
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