It’s been 10 years in the making and 18 movies in this breathtaking saga. Avengers: Infinity War is here. Of course we’ll name them so that you can catch up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

Ahem! Here’s the right order in which you should watch

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Iron Man
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. The Incredible Hulk
  5. Thor
  6. Avengers Assemble
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  12. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  13. Ant-Man
  14. Captain America: Civil War
  15. Doctor Strange
  16. Thor: Ragnarok
  17. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  18. Black Panther
  19. Avengers: Infinity War
Photo by Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios
Photo by Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios

Most Kenyans skipped the movies and watched in this sequence; from Iron Man 3 to Ant-Man to Thor: Ragnarock to Spider-Man: Homecoming to Black Panther and because we are Kenyans, we take this opportunity to forgive you on behalf of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

However, please catch up now that you’re in the good books.

Now then, on to Avengers: Infinity War which is the most anticipated movie in the world at the moment. Presumably, you watched Black Panther so you’ll be more that excited to know that Wakanda becomes the ‘ground zero’ for a central conflict.

Black Panther in Avengers: Infinity War || Marvel Studios
Black Panther in Avengers: Infinity War || Marvel Studios

The main villain is a deranged guy named Thanos, with a master plan of destroying half the universe. He thinks this is the best thing to do and he thinks he’s the hero. His backstory validates his perverse sort of logic.

Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War || Marvel Studios
Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War || Marvel Studios

For the past six years, we’ve been told that he’s on a collision course with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, setting us up for the chaos that ensues in this long-heralded culmination.

Thanos has continued on a mission to eliminate half the life in the universe, and needs the Infinity Stones to do so. And it just so happens that our Avengers are the only thing standing in his way.

The movie is as action-packed as it is comical.

Worlwide Reviews and criticisms

According to BBC News, the movie is getting almost as many raves as it has superheroes. One critic called it “a supremely entertaining showdown”.

Avengers: Infinity War, writes The Guardian‘s reviewer, is an “utterly confident comic-book movie mash-up.”

Featuring most of the characters from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), it shows Iron Man, Black Panther et al unite against an apocalyptic threat.

Variety says the result – out in the UK on Thursday – is “bedazzling fun”.

Yet its critic does suggest that having so many superheroes populate the same film “means they’re all less special”.

According to Screen Daily, the film “boasts plenty of comic-book action while also making room for a darker tone and emotional resonance”.

Total Film concurs, describing it as “an onslaught of action, thrills, gags and gasps” in its own five-star review.

Yet Digital Spy expresses reservations in its three-star write-up, saying “it all feels a bit rushed” and is “ultimately rather depressing”.

The Telegraph‘s Tim Robey, meanwhile, finds fault with Josh Brolin’s Thanos, suggesting he resembles an “outsize ogre-thug beamed in from World of Warcraft”.

When is it in Kenya?

We thought you’d never ask. Tomorrow, Jumia Kenya is holding a pre-screening at the newest IMAX screen in town at diamond Plaza. It’s an invite only affair.( Wish we had tickets to give away)

However, the movie premier is on Friday 27th April and you will definitely want to be among the first to watch it.

Check out the trailer below.