The Avengers: Infinity War will be the biggest comic book film of all time. All fans can agree on that. Marvel Studios is throwing everything it has at this movie, as stars from all of its top franchises will be part of the spectacle set to release on May 4, 2018.
Of course an even bigger film could be the sequel, which is set for release one year later. If Marvel is doing that much work for the first film, fans can only imagine what's in store for the second one.
But despite everyone being on board in terms of the scope of Infinity War, not everyone could be in agreement when it comes to its importance. After all a ton of stars and CG effects do not necessarily equal a smash hit.
Even with Marvel's track record of success thus far, there's always the possibility that Infinity War could fall short of expectations.
Then there's the fact that every fan has what he or she believes is the most important comic book film of all time. An argument can definitely be made for the original Superman. The 1978 epic starring the late Christopher Reeve will always hold a special place in the hearts of many fans, who believe it expertly captured the tone of the genre.
The same can be said of Michael Keaton's Batman. 1989 brought a Dark Knight to the big screen in a way that many had only dreamed of. This was not the Adam West Batman of years gone by, but the Dark Knight Detective for a brave new world.
More modern day comic book movies could also be included in the discussion of most important of all time. The first Iron Man kicked off Marvel Studios' explosion in Hollywood, and the after effects of that film are still being felt nine years later.
Nine years have also passed since Batman:The Dark Knight captivated audiences around the world. That film stands out in large part because Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker, which gave the film mainstream appeal. For perhaps the first time, a comic book character was important not because of the medium from which he came, but because he was just a perfectly written character.
Of course the same is true of Hugh Jackman's Logan, which also brought more eyes to the product than just comic book fans. Logan could very well go down as one of the best films of all time, and not just in terms of the comic book world.
So where does that leave Infinity War? Needless to say, Marvel Studios has a lot to live up to, and most of that expectation comes from the company itself. With each new film, Marvel has raised the bar, causing many fans to wonder if a time will come when even the studio can't top itself.
But if the Russo brothers are able to successfully divide screen time for not only the Avengers cast, but also The Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man, then they may deliver the most important comic book project ever. It's the biggest crossover in the history of modern cinema, so keeping the film solid on all fronts won't be easy.
However, Marvel's biggest strength has always been in the story. The costumes, the capes, the masks, it's all secondary details to the characters themselves, which have always been treated as the most important elements. The focus will undoubtedly be on telling a great story, and with that being the case, then everything else should fall into place.
Critics of the comic book movie genre are surely sitting back and waiting for the monster failure, or at the very least, the moment when those films plateau. No one knows what Avengers: Infinity War will bring, but fans can be certain that Marvel Studios is working to ensure a hit on every level.
Perhaps this will be the film fans talk about not only for years, but for generations, to come.