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(2018) (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt) (PG-13)
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- Superhero Action: Various superheroes attempt to stop a megalomaniacal villain from obtaining six rare but powerful stones that he intends to use to wipe out half of the universe's population.
- Thanos (motion capture performance by JOSH BROLIN) is a megalomaniacal villain who wants to get his hands on six rare but powerful Infinity Stones -- they being the mind, soul, space, power, time and reality ones -- that will make him the most powerful being of all time and allow him to carry out his misguided quest to save those in the universe from themselves, mainly by using genocide to cull the herd by half. Naturally, there are those who desire to stop him, but we quickly see that Thor (CHRIS HEMSWORTH), his brother Loki (TOM HIDDLESTON) and even the mighty Hulk (motion capture performance by MARK RUFFALO) are no match for the villain's might, even with only a few stones put into his massive glove so far.
When Hulk's alter ego, Bruce Banner (MARK RUFFALO), ends up literally crashing into the estate of Dr. Strange (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), the scientist warns him and Wong (BENEDICT WONG) about Thanos and his deadly quest. They then find Tony Stark (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.), a.k.a. Iron Man, and hope he can get the Avengers to help battle the villain. Tony informs them that his former superheroes group went through a civil war of their own and are not on speaking terms, but is nonetheless urged to make the call.
Before he can, two of Thanos' goons -- including the telepathic Ebony Maw (motion capture performance by TOM VAUGHAN-LAWLOR) -- arrive and try to get their hands on the Infinity Stone that Dr. Strange wears around his neck. Ebony Maw manages to kidnap Strange and both Iron Man and Spider-Man (TOM HOLLAND) -- who's swung in to help his mentor -- catch a ride aboard the enemy spaceship in hopes of saving him.
The Guardians of the Galaxy -- Star-Lord (CHRIS PRATT), Rocket (voiced by BRADLEY COOPER), Drax (motion capture performance by DAVE BAUTISTA), Gamora (ZOE SALDANA), Groot (voiced by VIN DIESEL) and Mantis (POM KLEMENTIEFF) -- end up saving Thor who they find adrift in space. They learn about Thanos' plans from him, something that doesn't sit well with Drax whose family Thanos killed in the past, or Gamora who, like her sister Nebula (KAREN GILLAN), were "adopted" by the villain as children.
Also needing saving are Wanda Maximoff (ELIZABETH OLSEN), a.k.a. Scarlet Witch, and her android boyfriend, Vision (PAUL BETTANY), who've come under attack by more of Thanos' goons who want the Infinity Stone that's planted in Vision's forehead. Thankfully for them, Steve Rogers (CHRIS EVANS), Natasha Romanoff (SCARLETT JOHANSSON), and Falcon (ANTHONY MACKIE) show up just in time.
Realizing they're going to need extra help, they head for the hidden, high-tech capital of Wakanda where they join forces with that land's ruler, Black Panther (CHADWICK BOSEMAN), his top general, Okoye (DANAI GURIRA), Rogers' best friend, Bucky Barnes (SEBASTIAN STAN), and others, all while T'Challa's sister, Shuri (LETITIA WRIGHT), tries to figure out how to get the stone out of Vision's head without killing him, and before Thanos' army of monsters break through the Wakandan force field and attack the army inside that.
As various battles take place on various fronts, the assemblage of superheroes tries to stop Thanos from collecting all six Infinity Stones and unleashing mass murder across the universe.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They will if they're into superhero movies.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.
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