Since its April 27 release, Avengers: Infinity War has smashed box office records as the fastest film in history to bring in more than $1 billion worldwide and even inspired MoviePass to halt its policy of allowing customers to see the same movie more than once — so it's safe to say, the film is a good one. If you're looking to take your superhero-loving child to see the action flick, however, there are a few things you should know beforehand.
Ahead, find out what to look out for, including a couple of positives (warning: there are light spoilers ahead).
- It's rated PG-13 for a reason. Although movie ratings can definitely be considered loose based on your child specifically, Infinity War is rated PG-13 for its intense violence — it's definitely the most intense of the Marvel films thus far.
- The violence is both frequent and shocking. Although most of the sci-fi violence is bloodless and comic-book-esque, expect a few brutal beatings, stabbings, chokings, and graphic torture scenes throughout. Some of the violence is sudden, making it jumpy, and the amount of times the characters are in peril is enough to stress anyone out.
- Plus there are tons of deaths. Even in a fictional world, not all of the characters can survive such brutal violence. A main character death — along with several other emotional and shocking deaths — may upset even your tweens, let alone younger viewers. Additionally, there's a distressing scene in which genocide is committed in a city and hundreds of innocents are killed.
- There's plenty of mild profanity. Along with three instances of the word "f*ck" getting cut off but blatantly implied, characters utter a bunch of the usual suspects — sh*t, ass, assh*le — as well as some other gems, like d*ckhole.
- The film balances humor with its dark undertone. Although the seemingly nonstop violence seems to be front and center, as you're watching, you'll notice the comic relief is well-done and fairly frequent, which creates a nice balance in between the startling and surprising action scenes.
- It's looong. The longest of all the Marvel films so far, Infinity War clocks in at two hours, 36 minutes (plus, there's not one but two rounds of credits before a postcredit scene that you'll want to stick around for). Take a bathroom break before it starts!
- Your kid will be able to take away strong messages. Despite the sarcasm, quick wit, and — sometimes — selfishness thrown around between the various Avengers, the protectiveness and unification of the heroes sets a great example. Additionally, the courage, sacrifice, and teamwork demonstrated by all of the heroes make them each a positive role model you shouldn't mind your child looking up to.