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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is an overstuffed adventure with a terrific villain

When I saw the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War , I was really excited and really worried. Excited because holy crap, there were so many characters . Iron Man! Captain America! Thor! Black Panther! Black Widow! The Vision! The Guardians of the Galaxy! And they were all going to be in a movie together! Worried because, holy crap, there so many characters . How could you squeeze all of them into a single film? The answer is, with great difficulty. To be fair, Infinity War isn’t the giant mess that it could have been — in fact, it’s a lot of fun. But there’s simply not enough movie to do justice to the enormous cast. Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018 Some of those characters fare better than others. For most of Infinity War , the “cosmic” side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is well-represented by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Zoe Seldana and team), who end up working together. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely seem more willing to spend time with them, even when they’re not involved in a giant battle, and that pays off with the movie’s funniest moments — as well as also scenes with real weight and melancholy. Meanwhile, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) also get some good jokes in, recapturing the fun of their relationship in Spider-Man: Homecoming . Everyone else? Well, they usually get introduced with a nice quip or a badass moment, designed to remind you of how much you liked them in their own movies

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