Saturday, March 17, 2018

Avengers Infinity War Part 1 Trailer #2

When The Avengers was first being promoted, I thought they released a ton of footage for their marketing push, and expected--as with most films--that we had all ready seen all the good stuff in the trailers and clips; that being in ancient history now, it's safe to say that any scene from any Marvel film is sufficiently high quality to make the cut into a trailer and they will keep all the best footage for the actual filming experience. The first part of Infinity War has been moved from its early May opening to April 27, which was a brilliant move on part of Marvel because that's my birthday, and nothing puts me in the celebratory mood like an excellent film opening! So, finally, the second trailer has been released and the first shot tells us everything we need to know:
The slow turning of New York City from upside-down to right-side-up is a device we just saw in Black Panther: when Erik (Michael B Jordan) first takes the throne after the defeat of T'Challa, the scene of the Wakandian throne room starts upside-down as Erik enters, effectively communicating to the audience that the world has been turned upside-down with Erik taking the throne. The start of The Avengers Infinity War trailer begins the same way, meaning that Thanos and Erik are the same kind of villain (throw in Ultron, too) because they both want to do the same to the world, turn it upside-down.
We know Thanos receives the Tesseract from Loki--darn him--and there are at least two, possibly three Infinity Stones on earth: the one Dr. Strange holds, Vision's Stone (in his forehead) and possibly a Stone in the mines of Wakanda which came on that meteorite filled with Vibranium (but this is speculation at this point, but that would explain why Wakanda is under attack with New York and London).  Now, the Infinity Stones hold power, but why does that make sense (trust me, this is symbolically important to walk through this)? We know each color symbolizes a virtue and vice (the above image isn't a true color representation of the stones, but for example, Strange guards the green stone, which both symbolizes new life and hope, as well as something which has gone rotten, decayed, so while Strange builds himself in the virtue of hope in his new life as a wizard [after the end of his life as a medial doctor] Thanos builds his vice of being rotten and thoroughly despicable; the Tesseract is blue because blue symbolizes both sadness and wisdom, because it is only through our depressing experiences in life that we can gain wisdom, however, instead of gaining wisdom, Thanos holds grudges and chooses to see the worst in people and situations; rather than lead him to contentment with what is beyond his control [which is what wisdom ultimately does] the perverse judgment Thanos denounces upon the universe causes him to act against it so he can make it "fair and balanced" by his own distorted standards; the yellow Infinity Stone giving life to The Vision is a sign of dignity, and The Vision--not being human--has a profound respect for life and people which Thanos obviously doesn't have since he wants to wipe out half of them, again, to achieve "balance" for the half of the universe he does seem to value [those who would be willing to be his slaves]) so the color and vice which each stone symbolize then become embodied in the stone: the heroes are the "living stones" who act out the virtues in every facet of their lives, whereas Thanos has hardened his heart with vice, and has, therefore, became a stone incapable of love (like the Grinch). So, in the trailer, when we see Thanos trying to smash Thor's head, or crush Spider-Man or pommel Captain America, it's a question of whether the power of cultivated vice Thanos has harnessed is greater than the habitual virtue each of our heroes exercise in their self-sacrificial roles as heroes. This is why each and every single sacrifice we make--and no sacrifice is too little or too big--is so important because in the increasingly self-entitled world, when we willingly sacrifice something, we don't balance the bad with the good, we overcome the bad, because it takes far greater will power to sacrifice than to go with the flow, and our own powers are built up so someone else's evil won't overcome us.
Why is Thanos purple? Purple symbolizes royalty and suffering: because purple was so insanely expensive to produce in ancient times, only the king or appointed members of the royal family could wear purple; as time went on, and depictions of Jesus became popularlized, purple became the color of Lent and the Passion, because our King suffered for our offenses and sins. When a villain, such as The Joker or Thanos wear purple, it's because they want to be royalty, and usually their sufferings have something to do with becoming wicked rather than becoming holy, and they take out their pain on others rather than helping others through their pain. In Black Panther, and even in the trailer above, we see T'Challa wear a long, purple "vest" because he is a good king who is willing to suffer for his people, rather than have his people suffer for him. Thanos, then, looks at himself as being royalty--the right to rule over others--but because we know that being capable of suffering is a virtue, we also know that Thanos will cause others to suffer for him; any sufferings or wrongs which Thanos has experienced in life will also be the "defining characteristic" of his entire being (just as we look at him and notice how purple he is, so his personal character won't be made of up victories and virtues, rather, his defeats, miseries and complaints, like all liberals). 
What part of "balancing" the universe translates to "turning it upside-down?" Wiping out half of it, then re-distributing it would do that. Well, which half is he going to wipe out? That's an easy question to answer: the half that will revolt. It's always the first task of a socialist dictator to purge their enemies, and Thanos is no different than Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pott, Castro, Kim, or any other socialist leader. They have to remove those who want to remove them, and in the case of Thanos, that's going to be at least half of the universe; the remaining half is how much he can easily control and enslave forever because they will be happy just to be alive and the chances are slim they will revolt, or so Thanos thinks. There is no reality in creating "fairness" or "balance" because we are not all created equal: there is no possible way that I am equal to the incredible skills of Michael Jordan or Peyton Manning, or that they are even equal to each other, but they also aren't equal to me because it's very unlikely they would be able to critique film and art the way I can.
Pro-capitalist films have done a good job of sizing up the pro-socialists with a few pen strokes: the ones who focused on what others had, instead of what they themselves had, and decided they wanted it for themselves (consider Blofeld in Spectre, or Vortigern in King Arthur Legend Of the Sword). While he will likely be a minor character in Infinity War, we can expect Loki, the god of mischief, to indulge his grudge against his brother Thor (going back to their first film) in Loki's relentless pursuit of revenge for having been graciously adopted by Odin instead of being left for dead.
So, the most anticipated film of the year opens on my birthday, that gives you about a month to get caught up on any of the films you haven't seen (including Black Panther; I have to watch Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok on my end). If you are not sure which films you may need to catch up on, here is the link to all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order and their "phase development" order as well.
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