Magazine May 28, 2018, Issue

Superheroes In Peril

Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Sebastian Stan in Avengers: Infinity War. (Marvel Studios)

Will I lose all of my credibility as a professional hater of superhero movies if I say that I rather liked Marvel’s Infinity War, the ne plus ultra (well, until the sequel) of modern superhero blockbusters? The movie clocks in at 160 minutes, it features an uncountable number of superheroes in various costumes, breastplates, and eyepatches, it has the most extravagant versions of the usual special-effects-driven throwdowns, the most insane version of the usual insane-villain-plot-to-destroy-the-universe, and — this being Marvel rather than DC — a lot of quips and deadpan and sarcasm even as the fate of half the universe

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