Stacey Abrams halted her run for Georgia governor, but the Democrat said she would not concede the contest to Republican Brian Kemp. (Alyssa Pointer/AJC)
Photo: Alyssa Pointer
Photo: Alyssa Pointer

A blockbuster political mashup at Georgia's version of 'Infinity Wars'

Infinity Wars isn’t just a superhero-filled movie with a sequel, Avengers: Endgame, that was filmed in Atlanta. It’s also an appropriate description for Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial race. 

And the Midtown Atlanta premier of that sequel, the 22nd of a long line of expensive Marvel-inspired blockbusters, attracted the two figures in the state’s other never-ending saga. 

We’re told Stacey Abrams joined the group of current and former state lawmakers who attended the Wednesday evening screening of the movie. She watched the movie alongside a high-ranking Disney executive. 

Also attending was her arch-nemesis, Gov. Brian Kemp, who addressed the crowd to tout his support for the lucrative film tax credit that’s made Georgia a chief destination for big-budget movies. 

Multiple sources in the crowd tell us he left unmentioned any talk of the anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill that’s triggered threats of boycotts from a few well-known actresses but no Hollywood studios.

We’re not sure if Kemp enjoyed the movie. But we’re told that Abrams, an avowed TV and movie buff, stayed to take selfies with audience members after the screening.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.