After the excitement of Black Panther, I was beyond excited to hear the Geek Squad was making a night of it with awesome food at Almost Famous, a great talk by recruiters and discussion around what it takes to be a super hero by recruiters, and the main event, the bit we’re all here for, Avengers: Infinity War.
I’ve attended many of the FoodnFilm events in the past and what I like most about the events is that it’s not your typical networking event, in fact, I don’t feel like I’m *just* networking, I feel like I’m making new friends too! This is an event I look forward to each month as it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with everyone.
In the past I’ve been to the events at Hard Rock Café and RevsDeCuba so it was nice to experience somewhere new (for me anyway). Upon arrival to Almost Famous, we headed upstairs to the private bar which given part of my job is organising events, I didn’t realise existed. There’s even a room off to the side of it which has a meeting room. I’m already eyeing it up for a potential workshop! However, back to the point… the venue was brilliant, the drinks available at the bar were great and the important part ‘food’ was brilliant – mountains of fries, more chicken than your local KFC, as well as some incredibly delicious burgers.
When everyone was left feeling full, it was time for a brief presentation where we were joined by Dave Hardy from Bespoke, and Matt Hackett from Canny Recruitment on the topic of ‘Finding your workplace Avengers’, we looked at the different characters within the Marvel universe and what it is people look for in employees and similarly employers.
Time for the film … now, slight confession. I’d seen this movie the week before but in IMAX. So I knew what I was getting in to by seeing it a second time but at the same time, I was desperate to talk about it yet couldn’t until everyone else had seen it too. Avengers: Infinity War is a huge film. There are a lot of characters in the film and with that there are lots of story lines. You were almost juggling it with the amount of action happening and at times it was almost difficult to process at times (hence why I’m glad I saw it again!).
If you haven’t seen the movie yet I’d close the browser now because I’m about to spoil everything …
The movie starts on board the Asgardian ship which is being attacked by Thanos and his Children (Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Corvus Glaive and Cull Obsidian) who are searching for the Space Stone. At this stage, Thanos already has the Power Stone after decimating Xandar (something you hear about rather than see – honestly, I only picked up on the reason for the first stone when I saw the movie the second time around).
Loki has the stone stored in the Tesseract which he had had stolen before Asgard's destruction and offers this to Thanos in exchange for Thor's life. Loki attempts to betray and kill Thanos but Thanos anticipates it and so ends up killing Loki instead of Thor and takes the stone either way. Hulk is somehow brought in to this and puts up a fight but right before Glaive kills him, Heimdall uses the power of the Bifrost to send Hulk to Earth – Thanos and his children leave with what they want (the stone) leaving Thor behind on the ship which self-destructs.
Hulk crash lands at the Sanctum Sanctorum and has reverted back to Bruce Banner, in a panicked voice he repeats over and over ‘Thanos is coming’ to warn Dr Strange and Wong about Thanos' impending arrival. Strange and Banner retrieve Tony Stark and brief him about the Infinity Stones and Thanos. Very quickly, Maw and Obsidian have arrived in New York ready to seize the Time Stone from Strange. Together, with help from Peter Parker they fight Thanos’s children. Banner attempts to transfer in to Hulk but struggles to do so after the defeat by Thanos. Maw injures and captures Strange, Stark and Parker pursue his spaceship while Wong stays behind to protect the Sanctorum and Banner contacts the rest of the Avengers.
In Scotland, Wanda Maximoff and Vision, who has the Mind Stone in his forehead, are ambushed by more of Thanos’s children, Midnight and Glaive, but Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson fend them off. They seek shelter in the Avengers Facility back in Upstate New York, where they meet James Rhodes, who is once again mobile thanks to his new bionic leg braces. Vision proposes that Maximoff destroy the Stone in his forehead to keep Thanos from retrieving it, but in doing so understands this would be the end of his life. Something Maximoff doesn’t want to do. Rogers suggests that they travel to the one place that has the technology to safely remove the stone from Vision without killing him: Wakanda.
Thor is found floating around space and is rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy, who had picked up the Asgardian ship's distress call. Thor guesses that Thanos would be after the Reality Stone, which is in the possession of the Collector in Knowhere, but first he must retrieve a new weapon from the dwarven planet of Nidavellir, where the only forge that can create such a weapon exists. The scenes here are quite amusing, especially with Peter Quill becoming seemingly jealous of Thor. Thor orders Rocket to join him to Nidavellir, while Quill, Gamora, Drax and Mantis travel to Knowhere.
At Knowhere, Thanos surprises the Guardians, having already retrieved the Reality Stone and created an illusion of an intact Knowhere to trap them. He captures Gamora and reveals that he already knew she knows the location of the Soul Stone after prying information having tortured her sister, Nebula. After they leave, Nebula escapes and sends a message for the remaining Guardians to meet her on Titan, Thanos' home world.
Thanos and Gamora travel to the planet of the Soul Stone, where the Stone's keeper Red Skull informs him that the Stone can only be retrieved by sacrificing someone he truly loves. At first Gamora laughs because she believes it can’t be her, but when she looks at Thanos and the tears in his eyes, she knew it was the end. Of course, he throws Gamora to her death, which grants him the Soul Stone. Admittedly, he does seem hurt by this.
Back on board the spaceship, Stark and Parker rescue Strange from Maw's torture, and throw Maw out of the ship killing him. The three leave to confront Thanos on Titan, where they meet Quill, Drax and Mantis and form a plan to remove Thanos' glove. Thanos teleports to Titan, where the group engage him hand-to-hand and manage to subdue him. Mantis is able to calm Thanos while Peter and Tony attempt to pry the gauntlet from his arm. Quill and Nebula, who arrived on Titan during the battle, deduce that Gamora is dead; an enraged Quill retaliates at Thanos, breaking the group's hold on Thanos meaning he can then defeat the group (ffs Quill!), and Strange decides to surrender the Time Stone to save Stark. Thanos retrieves the Time Stone and departs Titan, leaving the rest of the MCU team there.
Thor, Rocket and Groot arrive at an abandoned and desolate Nidavellir, where Eitri informs them that Thanos forced the dwarves to create his glove (I believe the technical term is gauntlet…) or he would kill them all – They made his glove and in return, Thanos killed them all except for Eitri. The four work together to create Stormbreaker, an axe that serves as Thor's new weapon and grants him the power of the Bifrost – a task that almost kills Thor but thanks for Groot’s quick action, didn’t.
Meanwhile, the Avengers arrive in Wakanda and task Shuri to safely extract the Mind Stone from Vision. Thanos' Outrider army arrives and begins attacking Wakanda, and the Avengers alongside the united Wakandan armies led by King T'Challa mount a defense against Thanos' forces. Glaive infiltrates Shuri's lab and attacks Vision. The Outriders begin overwhelming the defending armies before Thor, Rocket and Groot arrive to help the Avengers.
Midnight, Obsidian and Glaive are killed, but Thanos arrives for the Mind Stone. A tearful Maximoff destroys the still-implanted Mind Stone in Vision to prevent Thanos from retrieving it, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse the event and pry out the Mind Stone from Vision, killing him. Thor attacks and drives Stormbreaker into Thanos' chest, but Thanos survives, snaps his fingers with the gauntlet before teleporting away.
Thanos' goal of eradicating half of all life in the universe comes to fruition as people begin disintegrating; those include Bucky, Groot, Parker, Quill, Strange, T'Challa, Wilson, Drax, Mantis and Maximoff all dissolve into ash. In Wakanda, only Rogers, Thor, Banner, Romanoff, James Rhodes, Rocket, Okoye and M'Baku remain of the heroes. On Titan, only Nebula and Stark are left alive. Thanos awakens fully healed in another planet and watches the sunset, satisfied at having achieved his ultimate goal.
That ending – oh my god! I’m used to super heroes saving the day and a movie ending on a high and positive note, but when the characters started to fade away I could feel my eyes starting to fill with water. The moment when Peter Parker starts losing it, well that was it, tears were streaming down my face!
In a post-credits scene, you see the world is in chaos - people begin dissolving into nothing, cars crash on the street and a helicopter is seen crashing into a skyscraper and exploding. Former SHIELD Director Nick Fury and Deputy Director Maria Hill witness the scene on the street before they begin to dissolve themselves. However before he vanishes, Fury manages to send a final distress signal to Captain Marvel… So now we wait for Part Two!
Now, I don’t know about you but I’m not sure I can wait another year to know what’s going to happen. The movie still now when I think about it, leaves me a bit speechless and in awe. I can’t think of a movie that has left me feeling this sad and empty (ok, the Notebook perhaps but that’s different). It was brilliantly done though, I left feeling satisfied that it was a genuine action-packed movie.
Overall, the food and the film, was beyond great. The company, fantastic as always and I’m super excited for the next event which is Dead Pool 2!