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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ First Reactions Praise Marvel’s ‘Astonishing’ Epic, Go Crazy for ‘Shocking’ and ‘Unpredictable’ Ending

After 10 years and 18 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a climax that's already earning raves from fans.

“Avengers: Infinity War”

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Marvel has finally unveiled “Avengers: Infinity War” for the press, and the first reactions are overwhelmingly positive. Film critics call the Marvel tentpole “thrilling” and “an astonishing experience,” with IndieWire’s own Jamie Righetti raving that it’s “everything you go to the movies for: Action, romance, humor, heartbreak, it has it all.” The film’s ending, in particular, is eliciting major shock from the press, with everyone adamant that fans avoid all spoilers at every cost.

“Infinity War” brings together the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe after 18 films over the last decade. Heroes from the “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Doctor Strange,” “Spider-Man,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchises all team up to defeat Thanos from wiping out half the universe’s population. Thanos is played by Josh Brolin in a motion-capture performance.

While some critics found the movie a bit uneven and “exhausting” (the film runs a giant 149 minutes), nearly everyone agrees the Russo brothers managed to achieve the impossible in bringing so many different film characters together for one climactic tentpole. Even the less-than-favorable first reactions still imply the “amazing ending” makes the blockbuster a must-see.

“I have never heard an audience react to the end of a film like the ‘Infinity War audience reacted tonight,” The Verge film editor Tasha Robinson writes. “It was an astonishing experience. And it’s another reason I want to see the film again in a packed house.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens nationwide April 27. Check out some of the first reactions below.

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