Don't Miss
 

[Article] – Top 10: Funniest Moments in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

 

0
Posted May 8, 2018 by

 
Full Article
 
 

If you haven’t heard, a little film called ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ just broke all box office records and has stunned audiences around the world to silence. Following 10 years of blockbuster hits, ‘Infinity War’ was touted as a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it didn’t disappoint. All viewers knew to expect several on-screen deaths, yet just how they took place has taken many by surprise.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Marvel’s 19th instalment. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, along with writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, imbued the film with plenty of humour that undercut the overall dark tone of the plot. For the most part, the jocular nature of the dialogue and the gags were in sync with the heroes’ solo outings, an essential component given how stylistically varied the MCU films are.

So, while we are still processing the phenomenal ending of ‘Infinity War’, let us take a look at the top 10 funniest moments from the film. Be warned, spoilers abound.

10) Ben and Jerry’s

An ambitious film like this brings together myriad personalities; without a doubt some of them will clash, either because of ideologies or egos. In the case of Doctor Strange and Tony Stark it is a lot of both. They are of similar temperament and it was expected that they would attempt to get the better of each other. Of course, Tony being the petty one, delved deep in his arsenal to one-up Strange. When Bruce Banner reveals the imminent arrival of Thanos, the Titan bearing the Infinity Gauntlet, Tony and Strange debate about entering the fight. Among the many passive-aggressive retorts they volley, Tony mentions that Strange should dispose of the Time stone. When Wong and Strange reiterate that they have sworn an oath never to give up the stone, Tony responds by saying he’d given up dairy till Ben and Jerry’s named an ice-cream flavour after him – Stark Raving Hazelnut, Strange concedes, before adding that it’s a bit ‘chalky’. Let’s just say these two definitely got off on the wrong foot. But, just as you think Strange has lost this verbal battle, Wong comes to his unlikely aid by stating he prefers the Hunka-Hunka Hulk flavour, much to Bruce Banner’s delight, but probably to Tony’s annoyance.

9) Language!

Remember Groot, the kind-hearted tree creature who sacrificed his life to save the Guardians of the Galaxy? And then, Baby Groot, whose adorable dancing trumped his propensity to press the wrong button and blow up the world? Well, that is not the Groot we meet in ‘Infinity War’. During the mid-credits scene in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’, we got a glimpse of teenage Groot – it was implied that he was as rebellious as any other teen. Just how much, we find out in this film.

From the get-go, Groot is a sulky teen uninterested in his surroundings. He goes where Rocket tells him to, but never do his eyes leave his videogame. When first we meet the Guardians in this film, they are on their way to the Asgardian ship to answer the distress call. As they approach, Star-Lord tells Groot to put down his game, something he has told him several times already. Groot’s reply is a snarky ‘I am Groot’, which translates to something pretty colourful going by the Guardians’ reactions. Each one is shocked and astounded, taking a moment to quietly berate Groot for his appalling language. Not that it makes any difference, since Groot just goes back to his game anyway. But, let’s just say the Guardians are on Captain America’s side when it comes to using ‘purple prose’.

8) Pirate Angel

Thor is a God, not only because he looks like Chris Hemsworth, but because he is based on Norse Mythology. That doesn’t mean the MCU writers and directors can’t eke out every ounce of hilarity they can from him.

When the Guardians answer the Asgardian distress call, they find bodies floating everywhere. Just as they are about to leave, Thor crashes into the Milano II’s windshield (he has a thing for glass surfaces). The team bring him in and well, immediately fall in love with his ‘manly’ form. Drax is virtually drooling. But when Gamora gets into the act, it’s part funny and part cringeworthy.

The scene was a bit overlong, but the pièce de résistance is when Drax says ‘it’s like a pirate had a baby with an angel’, and the team proceed to refer to Thor as the Pirate Angel Baby for the rest of the film. Plenty of characters earned new nicknames in this film but this one struck a chord with viewers.

7) Spidey and Pop Culture

Spider-Man has been a refreshing infusion of young blood in the MCU. His innocence and exuberance have taken him far in his three on-screen appearances. His death was particularly heart-breaking in Infinity War – whether it will stick is to be seen – but there is no doubt that Tom Holland was a scene-stealer. Spidey is never more relatable than when he’s spouting pop culture references. This is what made his comic book appearances so delightful, and it works as well on screen.

In ‘Captain America: Civil War’, his Star Wars knowledge pretty much won his side the advantage. In ‘Infinity War’, just as it seems impossible to save Doctor Strange from the torturous grasp of Ebony Maw, Peter asks Tony if he’s seen ‘that really old movie, ‘Aliens’’. Before we know it, Ebony Maw is out in the vacuum of space courtesy of a hole in the wall, and Strange is back on his feet.

But, that’s not the end of it. Just as Peter senses someone coming, the Guardians attack the three Earthlings, with Mantis aiming for Peter. Spidey’s hilarious pleas for her not to ‘lay her eggs in him’ got the loudest laughs in the theatre.

6) Why Was She Up There This Whole Time?

Ever since ‘Black Panther’ hit screens earlier this year, everyone has fallen in love with the Wakandans. And who can blame them? The Wakanda crew have brought some long-awaited diversity to the MCU and have done so just in time to stage a grand battle in ‘Infinity War’.

In the final act of the film, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers join forces with Black Panther, the Dora Milaje and other Wakandan tribes to fight off alien hordes striving to get to Vision and the Mind Stone. But, when huge underground alien tanks start attacking the heroes, the battle seems all but lost. Cue Wanda Maximoff leaving Vision’s side to fly into the fight, hurl the tanks around and team up with Okoye and Black Widow to take out Proxima Midnight, one of Thanos’ formidable children. Just as the audience begin to wonder why Wanda was kept away from the main fight, Okoye exclaims, ‘Why was she up there this whole time?’. Our thoughts exactly, Okoye.

5) Star-Lord Has a Plan

The Guardians of the Galaxy are an eccentric group whose myriad personalities often chafe against each other. It was anyone’s guess how they would interact with the rest of the Avengers – a team of egotistical heroes. Well, ‘Infinity War’ proved our fears correct.

Thor’s arrival drives a wedge between the team with Rocket and Groot choosing to go with Thor on his mission for a Thanos-killing weapon. The remaining members of the team are left to go to Knowhere where they watch Thanos capture Gamora. Star-Lord et al make their way to Titan (seemingly on Nebula’s orders), in the hope of recovering Gamora and defeating Thanos – unfortunately, they find themselves face-to-face with Tony, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man.

Now, we all know that Tony is used to calling the shots. The only person whose orders he has ever followed are Cap’s, and well… they’ve broken up. So, the surprise on Tony’s face when Star-Lord categorically tells him that his detailed plan ‘sucks’ is priceless.

4) Only If I Die

The funny thing about Thor is that he has consistently been the most underrated Avenger in the MCU. But, Chris Hemsworth’s ability to imbue his God of Thunder with equal amounts of comic relief and pathos has endeared him to many. The humorous side of Thor has increased exponentially since his on-screen appearance in 2011. Taika Waititi upped the ante in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, and that stylistic choice percolated through to ‘Infinity War’.

The film’s opening scene is dire, as we see the result of Thanos’ attack on the Asgardian refugee ship, before witnessing the quick and shocking deaths of Heimdall and Loki. All this while, an immobile Thor looks on. Let’s just say, things can only get better from there.

Having lost everyone, Thor vows to take vengeance on Thanos – but for that he needs the Thanos-killing weapon, the Stormbreaker. To forge this weapon, he and the dwarf Eitri have to restart the galactic forge. Thor bravely decides to hold it open himself, despite Eitri’s warning that he’ll be taking the full blast of a dying star. ‘It will kill you’, he says. ‘Only if I die’, Thor retorts. The combination of Peter Dinklage’s bewildered expression and his patient reply of ‘Yes, that’s what ‘killing you’ means’, takes your mind off all the sadness.

3) I am Steve Rogers

There is no denying what an amazing character Steve Rogers is. Captain America could easily have been a one-toned, boring patriot on screen, but Marvel’s writers, directors and Chris Evans have handled the character well. He is righteous, but his heart of gold will win anyone over. Despite being over 100 years old, the man has a genuine innocence that makes his character refreshing to watch.

Amidst the battle on Wakanda, the Avengers seem to be at sixes and sevens – every team failing to fight off the alien hordes. Just as the outlook seems bleak, Thor, Rocket and Groot arrive via the Bifrost and make quick work of as many aliens as possible.

As Cap and Thor reunite with some witty banter, Thor introduces his new friends ‘Rabbit’ and ‘Groot’. Groot says hi the only way he can: ‘I am Groot’. To the uninitiated, like Cap, it seems like he is introducing himself in a very polite manner. So, Cap returns the favour, replying graciously, ‘I Am Steve Rogers’. Heart eyes.

2) Kevin Bacon

Okay, I know Thor and the Guardians feature on this list often, but you can’t blame me – they are hilarious. Following the aforementioned Pirate Angel Baby moment, Thor and the Guardians debate Thanos’ next likely destination.

Thor informs the team that Xander was attacked and Thanos now has the Power stone, along with the Space stone, which he took from Loki. But, he insists that the Mind and Time stones are safe because of the Avengers, Earth’s mightiest heroes. Of course, the Guardians have never heard of them, but Star-Lord has told his team about the only hero on Earth he knows – Kevin Bacon! So, when Mantis asks Thor if the Avengers are like ‘Kevin Bacon’, the audience is already in splits. But, Thor’s answer is the icing on the cake: ‘He might be on the team. I don’t know, it’s been a while since I’ve been back’.

The Kevin Bacon jokes don’t end there. While Quill is trying to convince Tony that he has a better plan to take down Thanos, Drax asks him to tell the Earthlings about the ‘dance-off to save the galaxy’. Tony is confused, but Peter replies ‘dance-off, like in ‘Footloose’’? ‘Yes!’, Star-Lord, exults. ‘Is ‘Footloose’ still the greatest movie ever?’ To which Spidey responds, ‘It never was’. The righteous indignation on Quill’s face: give Chris Pratt all the awards.

Now, all we need is for Kevin Bacon to turn up in Avengers 4. Make it happen, Marvel.

1) Made-Up Names

Dr Stephen Strange is an uncommon name. When shortened to Doctor Strange, it does indeed sound… well, made up. Strange’s name was the butt of some amusement in his solo film, when Kaecilius couldn’t quite figure it out. We should have guessed that something similar would happen when he meets the Avengers.

Aboard Thanos’ spaceship, Spidey, Tony and Strange work together to crash land on Titan. While Tony is figuring out how to get them out of there, he reminds Strange that they had just saved his life, ‘It was the kid’s idea’. Peter Parker, ever the boy scout, comes over to introduce himself. ‘I’m Peter, by the way.’ ‘Dr Strange’, comes the reply. Poor Peter immediately assumes he’s made a mistake by using his real name, so he goes, ‘Oh, we’re using our made-up names. Then,’ gravelly voice, ‘I’m Spider-Man’. Doctor Strange looks both annoyed at the slight and unconvinced by the young hero’s pseudonym. Nevertheless, this exchange guarantees unexpected guffaws from the viewer.

 

That’s our list of funniest moments of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Do you agree? Let us know what you thought and what we missed.

.

Read Similar Articles?…

[Article] – “Carrie” (1976) Revisited…
[Article] – “Amadeus” (1984) Revisited…
[Article] – Eight Overlooked Movies… 1995-2000

Reviews | Joint Reviews | Articles | Debates | Promotions | Interviews |

Written by:

GetAttachment.aspx

Lestat de Lioncourt
Random Thoughts – Lestat’s Blog
@EnsignLestat58
Freelance Contributor

Join The Debate! Leave us a comment…


0 Comments



Be the first to comment!


Leave a Response


(required)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.