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The concept of “more” is a double-edged sword, and it’s also the ethos of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War. It is the most movie. It is the culmination of 18 films. It has more primary superheroes than any other film ever made. It has a villain who wants to wipe out half the universe with a snap of his fingers. There’s no denying that Infinity War is a lot. And while you’re on the ride, it can be loads of fun. There’s great joy to be had in watching the crossover intended to end all crossovers from the studio that defined the crossover movie in the first place. And yet Infinity War is like a hollow planet. It sucks everything into its orbit, and yet there’s nothing on the inside. The movie flirts with some facile ideas about the value of life, but at the end, we’re left feeling drained and wondering if the sound and fury signified anything at all.
Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his henchmen, The Black Order, are on quest for the Infinity Stones, six singularities formed at the creation of the universe. If Thanos obtains all six Stones—the Space Stone, the Power Stone, the Mind Stone, the Time Stone, the Soul Stone, and the Reality Stone—he’ll be able to wipe out half the universe just by snapping his fingers. For Thanos, he’s a bit passionate about overpopulation crises, and believes that randomly killing half the universe is the only fair way to bring about balance. The Avengers end up breaking themselves into groups to protect the Stones on Earth—the Time Stone and the Mind Stone—and Thor heads off on his own...
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