Luke Hickman from TheReelPlace.com reviews the biggest movie of the year!
Avengers: Infinity War“ (PG-13)
The Avengers meet the Guardians of the Galaxy and team up to protect the universe from Thanos, an intergalactic villain who’s trying to collect all six Infinity Stones and use them to literally destroy half the universe.
The movie runs 2 hours and 40 minutes, and brings together the 76 main characters from the previous 18 Marvel movies that your kids have grown up with over the past 10 years.
The stakes are pretty high in this one and the rumor is that Thanos is actually going to kill at least one of the Avengers. Everyone’s contract is up after next year’s fourth “Avengers” movie, so no one’s safe going into this one . . . except maybe Scarlett Johansson since they announced earlier this year that she’s getting her own Black Widow movie.
As for the rest of the team, Captain America was last seen in “Civil War” when he broke his team out of prison and lost his original shield. He gets a new one in Wakanda when he reunites with his buddy Bucky Barnes, who was finally cured of his brainwashing at the end of “Black Panther”.
Thor was last seen in “Ragnarok”, where he lost his hammer and one eye. That’s the last time we saw the Hulktoo.
And Iron Man was last seen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. A few of the other Avengers are still missing from both the trailers and the promotional posters. No word yet on what’s up with either Hawkeye or Ant-Man.
Some people think that means they’re at risk of being the ones who DIE . . . however Jeremy Renner is listed on the credits for next year’s untitled sequel, so I’d take that as a good sign. That movie’s no longer being called “Infinity War Part 2”, by the way.
As for Stan Lee’s obligatory cameo in this movie, it happens during the Peter Parker bus scene you’ve seen in the trailer. And he says he thinks it’s his funniest yet.
The Infinity Stones are the remnants of singularities that existed before the Big Bang. They were compressed and forged into six extremely powerful artifacts after the universe exploded.
We first heard about them from Benicio Del Toro’s character in “The Guardians of the Galaxy“.
The Space Stone is hidden inside the Tesseract . . . that blue cube we first saw in “Captain America”. Loki stole it to open a portal to summon his alien army in the first “Avengers” movie and he got his hands on it again at the end of “Thor: Ragnarok”.
The Mind Stone was in Loki’s scepter and was used by the good guys to create Ultron, the artificial intelligence villain from “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. The stone now rests in the forehead of Paul Bettany’s character Vision. He was created with it too . . . and the stone in Loki’s scepter is also how Elizabeth Olsen got her magic powers.
The Reality Stone is used to manipulate matter. It was in “Thor: The Dark World” in the form of the Aether, that red stuff the Asgardians gave to Benicio Del Toro’s character The Collector for safekeeping during the end credits.
The Power Stone is the orb Star Lord and the other “Guardians of the Galaxy” used when they saved the universe. They gave it to Glenn Close and the Nova Corps.
The Time Stone is the Eye of Agamotto pendant that Dr. Strange now wears.
And the last stone is the Soul Stone. No one knows for sure where that one is, but some fans think it’s how Black Panther can speak to his ancestors in Wakanda. Other theories suggest that Thanos already has it or that it won’t show up until next year’s “Captain Marvel” movie.
Now you know.
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