As of today, we only have six months to go until the release of quite possibly the most anticipated comic film of all time. And if it isn’t the most anticipated, it should be. Marvel Studios and the Russo bros Avengers: Infinity War is a film that’s been in development since The Avengers first hit theaters back in 2012, possibly even earlier. At the end of that film, we were given our first sneak peek at the upcoming epic when we got a glimpse of the main antagonist, Thanos. While many were shocked that a studio had decided to put that massive story on screen, I think it’s fair to say that the majority of us were more than excited. At the time, we were surprised that The Avengers was even made into a film. So this was, and still is, an enormous deal for any Marvel fan.
And now that we’ve got only half a year left until the film’s release to go, I thought I would take a moment to catch people up on a few things they may be curious about! Here are five things to know before you line up to see Avengers: Infinity War!
When a movie of this scale is released, it’s only fair to wonder who will star in it. Although the title of the movie is Avengers: Infinity War, the film contains quite a few characters beyond the Avengers we’ve become associated with to date. You can expect to see the cast of the film include not only the core Avengers, but also Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Wong (Benedict Wong), Vision (Paul Bettany), Shuri (Letitia Wright), and Okoye (Danai Gurira). The last two are set to be introduced in 2018’s Black Panther.
That is already a star-studded, and some would say bloated cast. While typically I would agree, Marvel has proved time and time again that they can handle seemingly overloaded casts before. While it has never been on this scale, it will be interesting to see how they tackle a story with a cast of this size. And these are just the heroes!
It was announced during the production of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy that Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, True Grit) would be playing the role of the lead villain, and one of the greatest evils in the Marvel Universe, Thanos. His performance, provided by motion capture, was first previewed to audiences via that film, and a second time in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Thus far, he has proven that he is more than capable of filling Thanos’ oversized golden boots, and is ready to wield that oversized golden Infinity Guantlet as well!
Joining Brolin on the villains side of things will be The Collector, again portrayed by Benicio del Toro. And while that’s all that’s been CONFIRMED for now, it’s important to note that Thanos’ lackeys, The Black Order, will be portrayed via motion capture in the film. Though we don’t know who will voice them, we do know who they are. These include Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian (known in the comics as Black Dwarf), and Ebony Maw. These villains are strong, cunning, malicious, and are sure to provide an interesting challenge for the heroes in the film that may not get the chance to tackle Thanos quite yet.
Unfortunately, but fortunately at the same time, the actual story details for Avengers: Infinity War has been pretty successfully hidden thus far. However, if you’re a comic fan, or a Marvel film fan in general, you know generally what to expect. Avengers: Infinity War is a story that’s been building up since the release of Iron Man back in 2008, following the villain Thanos after he finally assembles all six of the Infinity Stones. The Infinity Stones are powerful, legendary gems that were first introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ve already seen five of the stones in the MCU. Each of them have been revealed and shown off in Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Doctor Strange. While it may still be revealed in Black Panther, or Avengers: Infinity War itself, we have yet to learn the location of the sixth and final stone. It’ll be especially interesting to see how Thanos obtains the Mind Stone, which currently resides in Vision’s head!
Aside from the Infinity Stones, the story becomes more interesting and complicated when you remember where our heroes have been left since their own individual films. Captain America: Civil War especially has left the majority of the main Marvel heroes in a very interesting place. The Avengers remain divided, Captain America’s team is in hiding, and Bucky has been placed in stasis in Wakanda. While it’s entirely possible that Bucky will be released during Black Panther, my bets are on him being called out during an attack on the futuristic city in Infinity War! More than anything however, I’m interested to see whether Infinity War reforges the bond between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, avoids their relationship entirely, or perhaps even worsens it? Civil War remains my favorite MCU movie to date, so I admit, that movie’s is the one I’m most interested to see touched on again.
THIS WON’T BE THE END
For those who are sick to death of Marvel movies and are hoping for some grand finale with Infinity War, I’m sorry to say, you’re out of luck. Not only does Marvel still have the following and money they need to continue their films for years to come, but Infinity War isn’t even a whole story, technically. Revealed back in 2014, Infinity War is technically the first of a two part story, with the second part (and the fourth Avengers film) due for release May 3rd, 2019. This will conclude Phase Three of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, with a Phase Four still waiting to be officially announced.
Aside from the fourth Avengers film, a two other key Marvel films will be released in between it and Infinity War. The first is Ant-Man and The Wasp, the sequel to the 2015 film, due to be released July 6th, 2018. But more importantly, perhaps, is Captain Marvel, due for release in 2019. Starring Brie Larson, Captain Marvel will be the first female-led MCU film, and will introduce the iconic alien race known as the Skrulls to the MCU. Captain Marvel has already been confirmed to appear in Avengers 4, so perhaps the Skrulls will continue to make their presence known as well?
Avengers: Infinity War is a story that’s been a longtime coming, in many different ways. Will it satisfy, or disappoint? No matter how excited and hopeful you are for the film, and believe me, I am, it is important to know that high expectations can potentially ruin even the best of movies. So while you’re sure of it’s success, keep your excitement at a reasonable level!
Listen, I know you won’t. It was a worth a try though. Don’t worry.
I won’t either.
Avengers: Infinity War is due for release May 4th, 2018