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Studio:
     Disney/Marvel
Plot:
     The Avengers and their allies take on Thanos out to destroy the universe.
Cast:
     Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Zoe Saldana, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland
Rating:
     PG-13
Bottom Line:
     ***

Coverage:
by
Laurence Washington

“Step right up boys and girls! Pick a superhero, any hero!” That just about sums up “Avengers: Infinity War.”

If you’ve been following the Marvel universe on the big screen for that past 10 years, every superhero you’ve ever seen appears in “Infinity War.” Luckily, “Infinity War” is not a cluttered mess, but nonetheless it’s cluttered. That being said, Marvel hardliners will love it.

Spidey, Thor, (bearded) Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther and the rest, all get sufficient screen time. It’s a blessing and a curse, because the movie runs 2 hours and 36 minutes, giving everyone sufficient time to do their feats daring of do. And admittedly, to and old guy like me, it’s a little hard on the bladder.

But I digress.

“Infinity War” looks great, no argument here. And there’s even a script, which is always welcomed in these CGI laden flicks. Plus, “Infinity War” has its expected lighthearted moments, but it is also a little darker than pervious Marvel offerings. Which might shock some fans. But the film’s real problem is, Disney is cranking these bastards out too fast. I’m still trying to digest “Black Panther,” and then two months later, BOOM “Infinity War” and “Dead Pool 2” is just around the corner. It’s truly a sensory overload.

But enough whining. Here’s the premise: since the first Avengers movie, the franchise has been hinting that the Mad Purple Titan Thanos is coming to Earth to capture the Infinity Stones that will give him power to destroy the solar system, universe, galaxy or whatever he pretty much wants.

Sounds pretty bad, uh? But actually, Thanos isn’t a bad guy. He’s misguided on how to balance the universe. The problem is no one appointed him Sheriff of the universe. So he’s self-appointed, and figures by getting rid of half the population, the universe will be in balance. So yes, I guess in the end, he is a bad guy.

We’ll the Avengers think so too, and they aren’t having it. So they team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and the armies of the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to defeat Thanos. They give Thanos, and his army weird of creatures, a run for their money. However, Thanos is so powerful, even the Hulk has reservations about tangling with the purple titan after Thanos whips him like a green-headed stepchild.

“Infinity War” is thought provoking, but it's not the best movie in the Marvel library. I still love the first “Captain America.”

A couple of house keeping things: “Infinity War” is part one, so there’s another 2-hour film on the horizon. I know not when so don’t ask. And Hawkeye and Ant-man are suspiciously missing from the film. I suspect they’ll surface in the next installment, plus they’ll be a new character that was hinted at during the end of film to join the Avengers.

A note for filmgoers with weak bladders: Go to the restroom during the five minutes of end credits, and then come back and watch the traditional after credit scene. After all, who cares about the Best Boy and the assistant to Chris Evans?



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