This Marvel Mom is excited about the newest Avengers movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27 and, you can bet it’s going to break records. As a parent, I know we all have the same questions: is it safe for kids to watch? Is Infinity War kid friendly? Popular kids movies these days can be questionable! Here’s my Avengers: Infinity War parent movie reviews.
Avengers: Infinity War Parent Movie Reviews
Kids love superheroes, so it’s an obvious connection to consider taking yours to see the next Marvel superhero movie to hit the theaters.
I know mine plan to go! We’ve been going down the list of Marvel movies to watch in order before Infinity War comes out together.
That’s why I felt it was important to have Avengers: Infinity War parent movie reviews before they go.
Because even if they’ve seen the others, this movie promises to be on a whole other level! Should kids see Avengers: Infinity War?
I admit that I had a few concerns as noted in my parental review for Black Panther when it came to my youngest child.
And having just left the Avengers: Infinity War screening, this post should be helpful for parents wondering if Infinity War is kid friendly. Is Infinity War safe for kids?
Avengers: Infinity War Plot
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Read that again, parents. This movie is HEAVY. And my takeaway is that a sensitive child could be overwhelmed with the way the movie proceeds.
From a child’s perspective- this one could even cause nightmares.
At least I don’t know how else to interpret devastation and ruin and end of the universe, do you?
This movie is full of ACTION and intense scenes. Crazy intense scenes with quite a bit of hand to hand fighting and deaths. As a Marvel fan, I loved it! But thinking about it from a young child’s eyes, it certainly is a lot to take in.
With so many of our kids struggling with anxiety these days, please take it into account when you decide if this movie is right for your child. Adults are struggling with what they saw; kids who are already prone to deep feels might really be in for a tough go on this one.
Have you seen Thanos? He’s big and he’s bad and he is definitely not a nice guy.
He’s being called the biggest villain of the MCU, and up, he lives up to his name. If your child is sensitive this might end up being a movie to skip. Or at least prescreen it without the kids.
If you happen to have a child who is obsessed with certain any of the Marvel superheroes (you know what I’m talking about, parents!) please prescreen the movie first or be sure to find some spoilers online before you take them to the theaters. This really may not be the movie for kids of all ages or for every child.
Avengers: Infinity War Trailer and Reaction Video
When the trailer came out, we had a good sense of the intensity of the movie to come.
I was a little worried about so much Guardians of the Galaxy, however.
And before the Guardians fans get mad: I LOVE THESE GUYS!
They are hilarious and irreverent and awesome— but maybe not completely appropriate for all kids.
And I can confirm that Peter Quill and the gang play a big role in Avengers: Infinity War. There is a fair amount of adult language being thrown around in this movie, mostly from the scenes with the Guardians, though Doctor Strange has a few zingers as well.
Consider that point before taking the kids- especially if you felt the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was a little coarse for your family. I have a few friends who strongly feel this way.
My friend, Ashley, sat down with me right after the movie to share our initial reactions. We shared this video in our Facebook group via the live function.
Previous Marvel Movie Reviews for Parents
I’m going to give some background on which Marvel movies I thought were kid friendly in the past and what ages I recommended for them.
I’m a Marvel superfan, and hope my kids are going to be too!
But I know not all parents are, which is why I include Marvel movie reviews for parents in my Marvel movie posts.
My children are teens, tweens, and a 6-year-old.
And in full disclosure, the youngest has seen most of these movies as well as everything in the Star Wars franchise.
This was probably one of the most kid-friendly of the Marvel movies I’ve seen. It’s certainly become one of the more popular kids’ movies around this house.
This was one I was pleasantly surprised over! My kids all saw Ultron and I appreciated the lower level of language (as Cap says LANGUAGE!) in this one.
One of my family faves! My tweens vote this one as a top 3 in good movies for tweens.
This one was the funniest of all the MCU movies so far- and there’s a tiny bit of Hulk booty to be aware of. I know there was also an off-colored joke or two, but it went over my head, so likely over most kids as well.
My vote is not so much- at least for the youngest crowd. Check out the parent movie review to see why.
So the Big Question: Is Infinity War Kid Friendly?
My children are 15, 12, 11 and 6. Here are my recommendations for each age based on my children’s maturity levels.
So you want to know if Infinity War is kid Friendly? If you had ANY concerns with previous Marvel movies, I would reconsider taking the kids to this one before you prescreen it. If you felt they were all fun/fine/no concerns, then just keep in mind this movie is on the heavy end of things.
You don’t leave the theater in a light feel-good mood, and remembering the lines you laughed over is harder than remembering the scenes you cried/cringed over. Should your child suffer from anxiety or depression, I’m not exaggerating to say this might be an intense movie for them. We speak from experience over here.
8 to 10-years old Depends greatly on the maturity level. If they have seen and understood the previous Marvel movies, these superhero lovers probably going to be fine. Just remember the up close and personal nature of some of the fights as you decide what to do here and the language expectations.
If your child of this age is highly sensitive, you may want to avoid the movie or screen it ahead of time. I can’t call Infinity War kid friendly, especially for the kids 10 and younger.
7 and Under I say, “proceed greatly with caution” in this age range. I’d mostly say don’t do it, but there are exceptions of course. Most likely it’s not appropriate for your kid, I mean, it’s got a PG-13 rating for a reason.
It is rated PG-13 due to violence and adult themes so a child who only watches Thomas the Tank Engine is probably not ready for this one.
It’s also the first Marvel movie that, as an adult, I walked out with an uneasy and unsettling feeling. Kids may not get that level of feeling out of the movie, but… it needs to be noted that this one is darker and heavier than all the others in the series.
Here’s where that parenting thing comes in: know your child and know what they can and can’t handle. My youngest happens to grasp the line between fiction and reality well. She doesn’t repeat lines from movies that she shouldn’t (at least, I haven’t been called into school just yet over it!).
But does she *need* to see Infinity War? We’re going to say no at this time- and that will break her Marvel-loving heart a little.
Ahhh… parenting. It’s not always easy for a good Marvel fan to be a good parent, is it? But this one is just too much for her little world.
Is Avengers: Infinity War a Good Movie for Tweens?
My oldest are 15, 13, and 11. They’ve seen all the previous Marvel movies and they are popular kids movies in my house! Is Avengers: Infinity War a good movie for tweens? Yup. My kids will love it- mostly. I have one that struggles with anxiety, however, so I’m going to proceed with extreme caution over watching with the teens.
Like the other Marvel movies, this one has enough edge, enough action, and just enough language to get tweens on board.
All three kiddos in this age range have grown up over the past 10 years of Marvel movies and for the most part they give the MCU thumbs up as good movies for tweens.
Just be aware that some language and of course action/fighting will happen in this movie. I counted about 12 instances of language that parents might not love their tweens repeating and one obscene finger gesture from our favorite Guardian.
But overall, the Marvel movies are good movies for tweens in my house and while I can’t call Infinity War kid friendly, I can say my older kids can handle it.
Maybe it’s time for them to put their own movie reviews for kids on the site. I’ll have to see if any of them are up for that!
I also want to share these great Avengers shirts with a CafePress coupon code to save 20% – perfect for seeing Infinity War with the whole family!
Infinity War Infinity Stone Posters
These are just… WHOA.
Gorgeous posters for the Avengers: Infinity War movie. We seem to be missing one Infinity Stone- which the location and mystery of that stone is answered in Avengers: Infinity War.
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.