Avengers Infinity War is the movie that many of the prior movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been building up to. Check out our spoiler free Avengers Infinity War review and parental guidance.
Avengers Infinity War Review
Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Avengers Infinity War is the movie that most of the prior movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been building up to. It is the ultimate team-up movie bringing together almost all of the major characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Notable exceptions are Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Both characters are mentioned and are listed to appear in the fourth Avengers movie next year.
In past movies, the 5 of the 6 mystical infinity stones have been gradually revealed. It was also revealed that Thanos wants to collect them all to control the world.
Avengers Infinity War definitely relies on viewers having knowledge of the characters and the infinity stones. Although the Infinity Stones are briefly explained, the characters are not really reintroduced.
Avengers Infinity War is best for those who already have some familiarity with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you want a stripped down list of movies to watch, I recommend:
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Thor Dark World (although it’s the weakest in the series)
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Avengers Age of Ultron
- Captain America Civil War
- Doctor Strange
- Black Panther (less important)
Avengers Infinity War borrows from movie series like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight where the last installment was broken into two parts. The untitled fourth Avengers movie is scheduled for May 2019. It is supposed to wrap up Phase 3. It is also the last contracted films for many of the original Avengers.
The two MCU movies releasing between now and the 4th Avengers, happen out of the timeline. Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 2018) is supposed to happen between Captain America Civil War and Avengers Infinity War. Captain Marvel (March 2019) is set in the 1990s.
Thoughts on Movie
We really enjoyed Avengers Infinity War. While the movie features a large cast, several characters were given time in the spotlight. Despite a 2.5 hour run time, the movie moves at a quick pace. There were not a lot of slow points through the movie.
Avengers Infinity War definitely left us with some questions and eager for the next installment. I know we’ll be lining up in May 2019 to see the movie. We’ll also be watching for the title announcement and trailers.
I was a little disappointed that Captain America doesn’t have his traditional shield (despite their being toy merchandise for it).
Avengers: Infinity War Trailer
About Avengers: Infinity War
From Disney/Marvel Studios:
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.
“Avengers: Infinity War” releases in U.S. theaters on April 27, 2018.
Parental Guidance for Avengers Infinity War
Avengers Infinity War is rated PG-13 largely due to violence.
Language is on par with the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sexual scenes and references are mild compared to some of the other movies.
The depicted violence is fairly typical of a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this is probably the darkest film with multiple major characters not surviving (or appearing not to survive). Personally, I think some of these deaths will be rolled back in Avengers 4 next year since (slight spoilers) some of these characters appear in announced films.
For impact with significant deaths, I would compare it to the final fight scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. But, without the story resolution since there is a second part.
I would recommend the movies for ages 10+ – depending on the child.
Final Thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War
Make sure you stay for the post-credits scene. There is just one at the very end of the credits. (Seriously, after 10 years why do you leave?)
Stan Lee makes his typical cameo in Avengers: Infinity War. His appearance is early in the film.
It is going to be a long wait until the fourth Avengers movie next year. Plenty of time to speculate how the story is going to conclude.
Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War? What are your thoughts?