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Four-Hour-Long Documentary About Iraq War Disappoints Marvel Fans

The newest Marvel flick offers sick fight scenes and the chance to learn about the role of Kurds in Iraqi society.

Marvel fanboys, superhero geeks, and Stan Lee disguised as a moviegoer piled into movie theaters around the country this week to see Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War. Though the film had been touted as the epic climax to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, moviegoers were disappointed to discover that it was just a four-hour-long documentary about the American invasion of Iraq.

Grace R. Pendleton, who saw the film on opening night, said, “For the first half, I thought ‘Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath Party have WMDs’ was just a quirky nickname for Thanos having five-out-of-six Infinity Stones, but when US troops captured the Basra petroleum fields, I knew there was something fishy going on with this movie.”

Despite the film's "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have offered mixed reviews. The New York Times raved that Infinity War was “falsely advertised,” while The Washington Post lamented, “Too much Dick Cheney, not enough Hulk.”

"Damn, I had never really reflected on just how premature George W. Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' announcement was," said Paul T. Smith, stumbling out of the theater bleary-eyed after four hours. "But honestly, I just wanted to watch Chris Hemsworth kick some ass."

According to the documentary, the Iraq War has cost the American people 100 times the amount of money that every Marvel film combined has. 

At press time, Marvel Studios was announcing plans to dive further into gritty historical realism with a 2021 sequel to Doctor Strange, a documentary about the life and times of Dr. Ben Carson.

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