‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is less than the sum of its parts

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Very late in Avengers: Infinity War, deep into this big apocalyptic battle with Thanos, one hero turns to another and says, “We’re in the end game now.”

It’s a heavy moment, weighed down by the trauma of everything that’s happened so far and everything we know is still to come. It underlines just how apocalyptically massive the stakes are here – how grave the danger is, and how great the cost of fighting it off to live another day. 

It’s also a lie.

Infinity War isn’t the end game of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not even the end game of the Infinity WarInfinity War, it turns out, is the first half of a two-parter, with the second half to come next year in an as-yet-untitled sequel. Read more…

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