‘Infinity War’ keeps you guessing

By Bret Pierce
Times-News correspondent

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From left to right: Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch); Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.); Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo); and Wong (Benedict Wong) in a scene from "Avengers: Infinity War." [Marvel Studios via The Associated Press

   ”Avengers: Infinity War” is by far, the best meshing of superheroes yet.
Marvel fans are going to be delighted to see The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) together on one screen.
There are also appearances by Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie).
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have stayed true to the comic book storyline, which most fans will enjoy, but others may not. My mother was quite disturbed by the film.
“Infinity War” explores the superheroes’ backstories, especially that of Gamora and Thanos (Josh Brolin), whose desire to control the universe consumes him. The film begins where “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Captain America: Civil War” ended. Thor and the Hulk are fighting Thanos and The Avengers have gone their separate ways. It seamlessly mashes together the action that we are used to with the comedy that we enjoy so much as well as some drama that will keep viewers hooked.
From the moment the film begins, there are intense fighting scenes. It should be noted that young children may be afraid of certain segments. At a recent viewing, some children cried and yelled out loud — cheering Hulk and Thor on.
There are a lot of plot twists and turns (no spoilers here) but while all theatergoers won’t be pleased with the outcome (my mother) — it will definitely keep you guessing — and talking about it for days and weeks to come.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is 2 hours and 3 minutes long. It is rated PG-13 for intense violent scenes and harsh language.

Bret Pierce is a sophomore at Page High School in Greensboro and a Teens & 20s writer. Charity Apple, Accent editor and volunteer Teens & 20s adviser, contributed to this story.

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