WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
Parents need to know that Avengers: Infinity War is the most intense of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films so far, due to the villain’s genocidal quest and the grave consequences for some well-known characters. It has plenty of humor and lighter moments, but it ultimately goes to darker places than any previous Marvel Cinematic Universe entry. Also, it requires more knowledge of things that happened in the previous Marvel movies than other Avengers films have; it’s the meeting point of several franchises and storylines. Violence is the biggest issue; it’s stepped up even by MCU standards, with some torture and several impalings and crushings in addition to the usual smashed buildings, giant fights, and blasted spaceships. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is by far the most powerful nemesis the Avengers have faced, which the filmmakers establish right away with his brutal beat-down of one of the mightiest Avengers. The key plot element is mass murder on a universal scale, which might be a little much for younger viewers. Frankly, things get pretty grim: Key characters die, and the villains are much scarier than most comic-book baddies. The gore level isn’t higher; it’s really the emotional impact that’s different. There’s also some strong language (including “s–t,” “a–hole,” “dammit,” and several colorful insults), but sex isn’t a factor beyond a few loving kisses. As always, teamwork and courage are core messages as the Avengers (including Robert Downey, Jr.‘ Iron Man, Chris Evans‘ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor, and Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow), other MCU heroes (including Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther, Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man, and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange), and the Guardians of the Galaxy (including Chris Pratt‘s Star-Lord and Zoe Saldana‘s Gamora) come together to defend humanity — and the universe.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
In AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, Thanos (Josh Brolin), whose efforts to acquire powerful cosmic gems called “Infinity Stones” have been important elements in previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, marches toward his goal of eliminating half of all life in the universe (he believes it’s the only way to stop beings from using up all of the universe’s resources). Lining up to stop him are almost all of the big-screen Marvel heroes, including Avengers Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and others; plus Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and the Guardians of the Galaxy, led by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana). The sprawling epic takes place on multiple continents and multiple planets as Thanos and his terrifying henchmen stop at nothing to find the stones and take them by whatever means are necessary. It all leads up to a massive climactic battle with shocking consequences.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This is the most intense, complex, and stirring Marvel Cinematic Universe film yet — though the sheer number of characters and storylines might make it a little challenging for non-hardcore fans. Avengers: Infinity War is also the grimmest MCU movie so far, with consequences unlike any that have come before in this massive franchise. Much of the talk about the film will center on those events (no more details here, to avoid spoilers), but there’s more to it than that. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were already responsible for two of the best MCU entries to date, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. With Avengers: Infinity War, they continue to respect viewers’ intelligence while giving their characters deep motivations and presenting knockout action scenes. It’s as lean as epics get; none of its nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time feels wasted. While the many characters and intersecting plots may confuse casual viewers — the filmmakers assume audiences are familiar with all that’s come before — for fans, it’s one mind-blowing moment after another, starting with a jaw-dropping fight in the first minutes. Plus, Infinity Waris also one of the funniest MCU movies yet, relying on character-based humor rather than some of the wacky flights of fancy of, say, the also-excellent Thor: Ragnarok.
The performances benefit from the strong script, no-nonsense direction, and the growth the actors have experienced in their roles over many years. It’s fun to watch two of the MCU’s biggest egomaniacs, Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, bump up against each other — and then for Pratt’s off-kilter Star-Lord to crash into the mix. Relationships are deepened, and it’s a huge relief to see the Avengers working together again after the events of Civil War. Thanos, as voiced by Brolin and brilliantly animated by the VFX team, is perhaps the most frightening villain ever in a comic-book film (including Heath Ledger’s iconic Joker in The Dark Knight) — largely because he’s so thoroughly convinced that he’s actually a good guy who’s willing to make hard choices and impossible sacrifices in the universe’s best interests. Without spoiling anything, the film’s dire consequences feel almost Game of Thrones-like, with well-known characters defeated as never before. Some kids will likely be upset by that aspect. But keep in mind that this is a comic book world (so things aren’t always what they seem), and — in the meantime — appreciate the fact that the overall effect gives Infinity War the highest stakes and biggest wow factor of the MCU so far.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT …
- Families can talk about the violence in Avengers: Infinity War. How does it compare to the other Avengers movies? Is there a difference in the impact between hand-to-hand combat versus catastrophic, buildings-collapsing type of explosions? Was the movie scarier than previous MCU entries? If so, why?
- What are the movie’s messages about teamwork and courage? What happened when characters didn’t work together as planned? Why is teamwork an important character strength? Which teammates in Avengers: Infinity War were particularly effective? What strategies did they use to contribute to their team?
- How does the movie explore the idea/theme of sacrifice? Are there different kinds of sacrifice in the movie? What role does it play in the movie? What impact does it have on the characters?
- Why is it important for superheroes to be diverse? Do you think the Marvel Cinematic Universe offers strong examples of both racial and gender diversity? Has that changed over the films’ history?
- Captain America: Civil War left the Avengers split into factions. What’s changed since then, at the start of this movie, and what happens when a larger threat arises? What does that say about what’s most important to the characters?
- In theaters: April 27, 2018
- Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin
- Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Space and aliens
- Character strengths: Courage, Teamwork
- Run time: 156 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Seal
In nothing unexpected, Avengers: Infinity War moved past $450 million locally this end of the week and achieved (well finished) $1 billion worldwide in a record-setting 11 days. A decent lump of the Marvel motion picture’s opening end of the week group of onlookers picked not to catch up for a moment seeing this end of the week since the film endured a 56.4% drop in ticket deals from its first edge, yet the gigantic turnout was sufficiently still for Avengers: Infinity War to top its closest rival by nearly $100 million. It likewise conveyed the second-biggest second end of the week residential film industry ever, only in front of Black Panther (which is still in theaters and putting in the Top 10, BTW) and well behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Justice fighters: Infinity War still can’t seem to open in China and will do as such one week from now, so you can expect a noteworthy knock for the film’s worldwide and worldwide sums, the last of which as of now surpasses $1.16 billion. By method for examinations, the last couple of Marvel movies to open in China were Black Panther with $66 million, Captain America: Civil War with $98 million, and Avengers: Age of Ultron with $84 million (at current trade rates). Could Avengers: Infinity War top these movies with a $100+ million introduction? I wouldn’t be amazed.
You might be astounded to discover that different movies other than the initial segment of Anthony and Joe Russo’s epic occasion film do exist, however none of the newcomers made a big deal about an effect this end of the week. MGM/Lionsgate’s arrival of Pantelion Fims’ Overboard revamp surpassed end of the week gauges for second place and earned a record-setting all out for Pantelion as the most astounding netting opening in their eight-year history on the quality of the film’s A-CinemaScore and solid informal. Different newcomers Focus Features’ Tully and Electric Entertainment’s Bad Samaritan attempted to discover buy yet dealt with a Top 10 position.