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After 10 years of lean, threadbare, Lilliputian tales, Marvel Studios has finally decided to go big.The scale of "Avengers: Infinity War" isn't a departure for Marvel but an apotheosis. Despite assured dominance, Marvel has gone nuclear.Even Steven Spielberg, who once said superheroes will go the way of the Western, recently signed on to produce a DC Comics film.It's, in part, the lure of finality that has made "Infinity War," directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, one of the year's most salivated-over movies. The preamble has been one long tease – we've seen fleeting glimpses of Thanos (Josh Brolin) since Barack Obama's first term – leading up to a battle royal that could mean the demise of some of Marvel's most famous faces.Arguably the best quality – and most vital asset – of the Marvel canon is its star-making (or star-expanding) power.On the one hand, Chris Pratt's performance as Star-Lord in "The Guardians of the Galaxy" has been terrific and turned him into a household name.On the other hand, we've rarely seen Robert Downey Jr. outside of the Iron Man suit in the last decade. I doubt allegorical gestures are anyone's favorite part of the Marvel movies.
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