HomeEntertainmentMoviesREVIEW: Is ‘Avengers: Endgame’...

REVIEW: Is ‘Avengers: Endgame’ OK for kids?

It’s easy to gauge the success of a movie: You look at the box office gross.

But gauging its cultural impact and its popularity among children can be more difficult. Then again, maybe not.

Consider the newest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame (PG-13). And then visit your nearest McDonald’s and order a Happy Meal.

McDonald’s not only emblazoned the toy and box with images from the film — which is common for tie-ins — but it also placed the Endgames logo on the yogurt tube, the milk and the apple bag (which is not common).

More significantly, though, the company released 24 different Endgame character toys, meaning you’ll have to spend a lot of cash (and compile a lot of calories) to complete your child’s set. By comparison, 2018’s Incredibles 2 Happy Meal series included only 10.

There there are the Endgame tie-ins with Coca-Cola, General Mills cereals, and nine other corporate partners in a record-breaking corporate deal that will ensure your child knows all about the movie and is begging to see it — even though she may be 4 years old and can’t even spell “PG-13.”

The movie — it’s easy to see — is a cultural phenomenon.

Yet is Endgame OK for children?

I can’t answer that for your family. I can, though, give you the information needed to make an informed decision. Even better, I’ll list the content in a generic spoiler-free format, thus assuring you won’t learn anything about the plot.

Ready? Here we go.

The violence and disturbing content in Endgame is slightly less than that in its predecessor, Infinity War, but is still quite violent compared to a PG-rated animated film. We see a character get an arm and then his head cut off (mostly off-screen). We watch a sword fight that results in a character’s throat getting slashed (we do see blood). We see a machine gun fight. We watch missiles destroy a building. We see a character tortured (it’s not bloody). Of course, we see tons of punching and kicking, although it’s largely bloodless.

Endgame includes more strong language than Infinity War. We hear h-ll (6), s–t (5), a– (5), OMG (3), stand-alone misuse of “God” (3), GD (2), d–n (2), p-ssed (1), SOB (1), and misuse of “Jesus” (1). An alien spouts a word that sounds like the f-bomb.

The film contains no sexuality.

The worldview of Endgame is far from Christian, yet — like Infinity War — it can spark a Bible-centric discussion. For example, how is Thanos’ desire for God-like characteristics similar to the stories of Satan and even Adam and Eve — all of whom wanted to be God or be like God? More specifically, though, how is Thanos just like you and me when we rebel each day and refuse to follow his will? Perhaps we are sometimes Thanos.

Endgame is three hours long. Go easy on the soda.

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Most Popular

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be the first to.know what's happening in the Christian community

More from Author

MercyMe hopes new album can help heal divisions: ‘We’ve got a divided body of Christ’ 

Bart Millard and his MercyMe bandmates began writing some of the...

Matthew West: Silly song ‘Gobble Gobble’ has served as a bridge to the Gospel

Christian musician Matthew West has won multiple Dove Awards, an American...

Frustrated with Hallmark? Try Great American Family

My family was vacationing at a condo a while back when...

‘Lifemark,’ the Kendricks’ latest movie, perfectly captures the emotions of adoption 

Editor’s note: This monthly series, “5 Family-Friendly Things,” spotlights five family-friendly...

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Prayer, Faith Can Help Teens with Mental Health Issues

A study on teens and young adults confirmed that those who pray and have a relationship with God were more likely to flourish in life more than their peers.

Count Your Blessings Daily, Not Just Once a Year

I heard about a family seated around their table looking at the beautiful golden-brown turkey. Dressing and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, various vegetables, and casseroles complemented the turkey. From the oldest to the youngest, they went around and expressed their praise.

More than 7,000 Kids Decide to Follow Jesus –YFC

The Youth for Christ announced that 7,323 kids and teens decided to follow Jesus Christ this year, twice the record reported in 2021.

Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is Now Open

The new Billy Graham Archive and Research Center opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, the birthday of the late evangelist.

MercyMe hopes new album can help heal divisions: ‘We’ve got a divided body of Christ’ 

Bart Millard and his MercyMe bandmates began writing some of the songs on their latest album in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, long before the nation was divided over issues that now dominate the headlines.  Millard, though, believes the album’s release in 2022 had been God’s plan...

‘Praise the Lord!’ Ukrainian Christians Cheer Kherson Liberation

Ukrainian Christians celebrate the liberation of Kherson with cheers of praise and thanksgiving, seven months after Russia occupied the city.

JESUS Film Makes History, Now Translated in 2,000 Languages

The JESUS film makes history as it is now translated into its 2,000th language making it the most translated film of all time.

U.S. Renews Calls Against Blasphemy Laws

The United States joined 15 countries in expressing concern over international blasphemy laws.

Franklin Graham Attracts Record-breaking Audience in Italy

More than 13,200 people gathered for an evangelical outreach led by Franklin Graham in Milan, Italy on October 29.

A Hindu PM Marks a Historic Moment in the UK

Rishi Sunak becomes Britain's first Hindu prime minister. He is also the first person of color to hold the highest office in the UK.

A New Biblical Worldview Study Series is Now Available Online

Family Research Council and Summit Ministries announced a partnership launching a new biblical worldview series called Now We Live.

Gen Z Could Change the Faith Landscape in Australia

Two recent surveys on Christianity and the church in Australia found that Gen Zs are generally open to conversations about faith and spirituality.