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Tom Hiddleston

'Avengers: Infinity War': a rousing Marvel mash-up, or a truly epic tease?

'Avengers: Infinity War': a rousing Marvel mash-up, or a truly epic tease?

Before a recent screening of “Avengers: Infinity War,” my fellow audience members and I were asked not to reveal the secrets of what we were about to see. (I’ve done my best, but depending on what you consider a secret, you may wish to read no further.) This familiar studio entreaty against spoilers has by now hardened into ritual, like some of the other built-in features of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: amusing jokes, dynamic action, state-of-the-art effects, a happy ending, a post-credits teaser.

OK, not all the endings have been happy. (In the case of “Iron Man 2,” I was mainly happy that it ended.) Serialized blockbuster entertainment, even the Disney/Marvel industrial-strength...

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