They said a crossover of this size couldn’t be done. But, not since the Laff-A-Lympics, The Jetson’s Meet the Flintstones, or Scooby Doo Meets KISS, has there been a crossover of this gargantuan size. After 10 years, and 18 films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to the epic extravaganza that is Avengers: Infinity War. With the introduction of Iron Man back in 2008 these films have changed the way blockbusters are made, developed, and experienced. Whelp it’s finally here folks!

The first Avengers film hinted at Infinity War some six years ago. When Thanos (Josh Brolin) was revealed in a post-credits scene as the evil super villain whom Loki was doing his bidding for when he opened up the Tesseract to wreak havoc on New York City. Now Thanos has returned to Earth from the shadows of the universe with the goal to collect six Infinity Stones, which are articles of unimaginable power. These stones will help him destroy the universe one planet at a time with the snap of his fingers.

To put it bluntly, Infinity War is a lot of movie to take in. It’s one that’s both overwhelming and exhilarating as its directors Anthony and Joe Russo grabs its audiences by the throat and doesn’t let go. Since the fun of the movie lies in the unexpected I’ll be sparse on the plot, but it involves almost every Marvel character its introduced in the past 10 years banding together to stop Thanos’s destruction of the universe.

In the A-storyline is the Guardians of the Galaxy meeting Thor, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, and Spider-Man in space as they scramble to find a weapon to stop Thanos. Back on Earth, the B-story involves Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch, as they try to keep Thanos from getting to Vision. Vision has one of the Infinity Stones lodged in his forehead – the Mind Stone that harnesses his powers to absorb ambient light. Cap and the earth-bound Avengers then seek out the help of Black Panther, and fellow Wakandans. With all these characters coming face to face it’s the Marvel equivalent of when Charlie’s Angels visited the Love Boat.

How can one not be impressed with what Infinity War accomplishes in 2 ½ hours? The standout performance belongs to Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. She’s got a lot of emotional baggage. Thanos did, after all, raise her as one of his own. Taken that it was after he massacred her family as a child back on her home planet. Raising her to be an assassin until she rebelled against him it helps that this emotional back-story of Gamora’s tragic past is the backbone of the movie. It’s a thoughtful story edition thanks to the comics.

Other standouts of the cast are the return of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, and the rivalry of Star Lord and Thor. Did I mention this movie almost has a “Battle of the Network” stars quality about it? It’s fun to see these different characters play off each other.

The mic-drop ending of Infinity War is what you would call a disarming cliffhanger, and audiences will be guaranteed to lose their minds over it. After all after 10 years, and two previous Avengers movies how does one top itself? The Russo Bros were more than up for the Mount Everest climb to where these films were building.

More satisfying than Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War is an action-packed ride, and opens up an exciting new chapter to its universe.