The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces to combat the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin). The ruthless super villain is seeking control of the universe's six powerful Infinity Stones, which will make him invincible. An army of heroes must miraculously find a way to save the future.

"Epic" doesn't even begin to describe this mind-exploding spectacle. Marvel has crafted its biggest, and quite possibly best, "thank you" to fans. Elements from many previous films in this cinematic universe come into play here. Having a little knowledge of past adventures is helpful. A who's who of the studio's screen characters dominate
the landscape. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the other Avengers are all present. Also accounted for are the Guardians, with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) still in command. The huge cast rivals that of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and is certainly part of this movie's charm. Pretty much all of the characters get their moment to shine - a few more than others. Even at around two-and-a-half-hours, directors Anthony and Joe Russo make sure the time flies by at a rapid pace. The screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely has just enough humor to offset some stunningly serious moments.The directors and writers previously teamed on the last two Captain America blockbusters, so this latest effort is in good hands. Speaking of humor, many of these scenes are stolen by Dave Bautista, as Guardian Drax, with a hilarious deadpan delivery. Josh Brolin makes Thanos a multi-dimensional purple people beater, with a level of emotion that is rare in this genre. He elicits fear, loathing and even a touch of sympathy. To keep this review spoiler-free, no more will be said about relationships and confrontations. Alan Silvestri's out-of-this-world music score accompanies some astounding special effects. A technical note: the entire production was shot with IMAX cameras, but our screening in a standard theater looked fine. There are several twists and surprises - at least one that will leave the audience breathless. Be on the lookout for Stan Lee and stay through the credits. The ending is a shocker that will have fans on edge until next year's Avengers installment. It's scheduled to be released May, 2019. With thrills of galactic proportions, "Avengers: Infinity War" provides hope that this series will never end. (4/5 CAMS)

Rated PG-13 (intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references)
Running Time: 149 minutes

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