KNOWHERE — "Avengers: Infinity War" is now in theaters and it is selling out shows across the country. My guess is some of you happen to be calling in "sick" today and may or may not find your way to a theater this afternoon.
The movie has been highly anticipated and audiences are coming out in droves, and your kids are probably begging you to drop them off at the cinema so they can get their Marvel fix.
That's what I'm here for. I'm not going to tell you if the movie was any good or not, you can find that review here. What I'm doing now is giving you a heads up on what you can expect to see in the movie to help you decide if it's right for your kids or for you.
I am not saying if you should or should not let your kids watch "Avengers: Infinity War." Only you can make that choice. I am only letting you know what to expect in the film to help you make an educated decision.
Here is what you can expect to see in "Avengers: Infinity War" from a content perspective:
This movie is really up the alley of pretty much all other Marvel films. There are a few comments here and there and both male and female superheroes wearing tight costumes, but other than that it's very tame.
Other than a kiss or two between a couple, I can't really think of anything else in the movie. Romances are hinted at and a couple of mild off-color jokes are made, but sexuality in the film is next to none. In fact they even seemed to tone down some of the female costumes to be more tactical instead of exposing, which I thought was a smart move.
This section is par for the course for Marvel as well. There is some cursing, but nothing too major. Some characters you get more language from, like Starlord and Tony Stark, and others use next to no language, like Thor and Captain America.
I'd say the language borders a PG-13 to a PG rating. I think it earned its PG-13 rating, but not by much. There are no R-rated curse words said in the film, but one is alluded to and cut off before it's said.
I'm not sure I would say there is more violence in "Avengers: Infinity War" than other Marvel movies, but there is just as much, which is a fair amount.
This is where Marvel movies always make sure to secure that PG-13 rating, and if there was more blood I'd bet it would be fighting to stay away from an R. People and aliens get killed en masse in battle sequences and throughout fights here and there.
Mayhem, destruction and death are everywhere in the film, which is typical for these films. The violence isn't as gritty as "The Dark Knight," for example, but there is a lot of it.
This is where things seem to get a little different for "Avengers: Infinity War" and some of its predecessors. While the movie has some great jokes and lighter moments, it's darker than most other Marvel films.
There is a tone of darkness that permeates the entire run time. To reference "The Dark Knight," again, "Infinity War" doesn't go to those lengths on tone, but it's a much heavier film than other Marvel entries, and I think it's fair to warn you of that.
I won't go into any specifics given — I want to avoid spoilers — but stakes are higher and the overall tone darker in "Infinity War" than "Black Panther" or "Captain America: Civil War."
All in all, "Avengers: Infinity War" is exactly what you've come to expect from Marvel. If your kids have been good with the films up to this point, I don't think this would be any different for them.
"Avengers: Infinity War" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.