Avengers: Infinity War may have been a movie full of comic book superheroes that kids love, but that doesn’t mean it was a film suitable for all ages. Jimmy Kimmel apparently felt that small children needed a version of the story they could handle, and so a Jimmy Kimmel Live children’s storybook has been created, and the Avengers themselves took time to read it to your little ones last night. Check it out in the video below.
The story of Avengers: Infinity War and the extermination of half the universe certainly sounds less terrible when it’s spoken of in rhyming verse and accompanied by colorful pictures. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, and Don Cheadle are all on hand to tell parts of the story. It still ends the same way, which is probably going to make some children sad, but it leaves hope at the end teasing that Avengers: Endgame is coming to finish the story very soon.
There are some truly hilarious parts of the video. Everybody giving Thor a hard time for not going for Thanos’ head is great, and something that Chris Hemsworth has certainly heard before. Hemsworth, for his part, has a pretty decent rebuttal, that at least Thor actually did some damage to Thanos and came close to succeeding, which none of the rest of the team really did.
Of course, Hemsworth himself has plenty of blame to throw around. He calls out Star-Lord for ruining the plan to get the Infinity Gauntlet off Thanos’ arm, which we’ve certainly also heard before.
The highlight of storytime, however, may be when every reader stops reading and calls out whoever wrote the verse of the book for trying to rhyme Groot with soot. Needless to say, it doesn’t scan. Most of the team ends up mispronouncing soot to rhyme with Groot, but nobody is happy about it. There were plenty of other characters whose names could have been used if you can’t find a suitable rhyme for Groot.
Jimmy Kimmel is certainly right in his introduction to the piece that it’s no fun to see Spider-Man die. The end of Avengers: Infinity War, while being somewhat predictable for fans who were familiar with the source material, was no less shocking, even to them. The fact that a major Marvel Cinematic Universe movie ended with half of our favorite heroes turning to dust was still the sort of moment that blew people away.
What comes next, we’re all still only guessing about. While we fully expect our heroes to win in the end, exactly how that will happen, or who will still be standing when it does, is fueling endless speculation. There’s certainly no guarantee that if Avengers: Endgame becomes its own children’s’ book, that it will have any happier an ending.
We’ll find out when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26.