Avengers: Infinity War hit the big screen last weekend and is one of the most significant movie crossover events in the history of cinema. Most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is included in the film, and the number of characters, action, and plot twists are a little bit overwhelming. All that said, here’s the main introduction without spoiling the plot.
Infinity War’s main character is Thanos, a gigantic purple-headed CGI-enhanced beast played by Josh Brolin. Thanos has been mentioned and even seen in several previous Marvel films, but Infinity War is his coming out party.
Thanos is on a mission to obtain as much power as he can, and in order to do this, he needs all six of the Infinity Stones. And if you’ve seen any of the previous films, you know the Avengers either possess or have a pretty good idea of where most of these stones are located.
Should I Take My Kids To See Infinity War?
The new Avengers movie is dense, dark, and full of intense action. The trademark snark is always present when we have characters like Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy crew on-hand, but the overarching themes of death are stronger.
The film is nearly non-stop action, and the battle sequences are incredible in scope and appearance. Some new villains might be a bit scarier than your kids are accustomed to, and the heaviness of the movie is what we were left with as we exited the theatre. For these reasons, it’s probably not a good idea to take the little ones to see Infinity War. Especially if they are under 13. Our recommendation would be to go and see it as a parent first and then make a decision whether or not your kids are ready for this movie, even if they are well versed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s been 10 years of action-packed films with the Marvel name stamped on them, and while in no way does Infinity War end this thrilling adventure, it’s a pivotal point in the storyline. As we mentioned, Thanos is the main character here, and the writers have created a complex antagonist that will at the very least make you think more about his motivations and ultimate decision making.
There are also plenty of familiar heroes throughout this 2 hour and 40-minute rollercoaster ride, although because of the breadth of the story that is being told, the multiple storylines and intensity might be a bit much if you aren’t already up to speed on everything happening leading up to Infinity War. And despite the big, bold, heaviness of the film, Infinity War is a landmark moment for this franchise that is a real treat for fans that have patiently waited as the story has played out over the past decade.