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March 01, 2018

The nineteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and set four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Avengers: Infinity War will be the latest to come from Marvels Studio.

Slated for release on May 4, there is a lot of rumors as to what will happen in the movie, with fans eagerly awaiting perhaps the BIGGEST movie ever to come out of the Marvel Studio. Fans of every Marvel movie to come out in the last decade or so will find a common ground to enjoy the movie. Tying in all the previous 18 movies, Infinity War will assemble all major Avenger characters (and then some) to fight Thanos as he comes to Earth looking for the Infinity Stones for his gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality as he sees fit.

 Thanos

Rumors & What We Know

The trailers are very clear about the main plot: Thanos arriving on earth to lay claim on the Infinity Stones and every hero in the MCU teams up to stop his onslaught.

Thanos has been slowly introduced in the MCU through post and mid credit scenes in the past movies. The Avengers movie had him as Loki’s mysterious benefactor. Guardians of the Galaxy set him as the father of Gamora and Nebula. In the mid credits scene in Age of Ultron, the annoyed, Thanos is seen getting his gauntlet (missing all the stones) and saying, “Fine, I will do it myself.”

This weaves his story as a villain who has been working behind the curtains, manipulating people to get his hands on the Infinity Stones he needs for his gauntlet. Clearly out of patience in Ultron, he finally takes on earth to get his hands on the stones.

 

What we know about the Stones on Earth?

There are six stones in total that Thanos seeks. A couple of stones are on earth, with a few remaining that arrive on earth (or are expected to). This ease in plot allows Thanos to gather all the stones from one place. So far, we know this about the stones’ location:

  • Space Stone: Housed in the Tesseract, it is in possession of Loki who is on his way to earth with Thor and Asgardians.
  • Mind Stone: Used by Hydra for weaponry, it is now fixed on the forehead of Ultron, that gives J.A.R.V.I.S his consciousness. The trailers show Thanos cutting it off Ultron’s head and infusing in the gauntlet.
  • Reality Stone: Also called the Aether, it was handed over to the Collector in The Dark World. How will it end up in the hands of Thanos is yet to be seen.
  • Power Stone: attempt to use it by Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy to destroy the planet Xanadar was foiled by the Guardians and the stone was entrusted to the Nova Corps. There is not much indication on how will Thanos acquire this stone too.
  • Time Stone: Encased in the Eye of Agamatto, this stone was used by Dr. Strange to save earth from Dormammu and he wears it like a locket.
  • Soul Stone: There is not much known about the stone in the MCU and is the third stone that is shrouded in secrecy when it comes to Infinity War

The Cast

Connecting all the previous movies, Infinity War has the biggest cast in a Marvel movie:

  • Iron Man / Tony Stark (Robert Downey Junior). Scarred from learning that the Winter Soldier killed his parents and dealing with a fall out with Captain America opposing him, Stark had recovered his usual self in Spiderman: Homecoming. How will he manage to assemble the fragmented team will be his biggest challenge in the movie.
  • Captain America / Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). An opponent of the Sokovia Accords and now a rogue, the man was on the run from authorities. The trailers complete his look with a typical rogue beard too. How will the Avengers team deal with him coming back will be a tension in the plot that remains to be seen.
  • Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The king of Asgard, he was about to reach earth in a spaceship full of his people, Loki and Hulk in the end of Thor: Ragnarok, which saw Asgard being destroyed.
  • Strange / Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). A former neurosurgeon and now a master of the mystical arts can access magic and hidden dimensions.
  • Vision (Paul Bettany). An android that is a combination of Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S and the mind stone.
  • Black Widow. Agent of Shield, she has a complicated relationship with Hulk, being the only one who can cool him down to turn back to Bruce Banner. She appears a blonde in the trailers.

Apart from other minor roles and parts, characters from other MCU movies that are not a part of Avengers also join the team, such as the Guardians , Spiderman, Black Panther and many more.

To list all would have to be a work in itself. Originally estimated to have 67 heroes in the movie, Hemsworth once stated that the current count is around 76, with one scene including 40 in one go.

 

Two Movies Or One?

Initially there were two movies, titled Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. But later on, the first movie’s title dropped the Part 1 portion. The reason was cited as though the movies shared a lot in plot, yet there were significant differences and that naming these as two parts would mislead the audience into expecting a two episodic like movies. As of yet, the second movie has not been given an official title under the new scheme.

 

Expectations from the Movie.

With such a huge and big cast, attempts in the past by Marvel’s and other super hero movies to integrate multiple heroes has always led to weak screen times and character development of the characters. However, considering that nearly every hero that has a significant (no matter how small) role in Infinity War has already been developed in the previous 19 movies, this just might change the outcome. We suggest you to watch the previous ones if you have missed any so that you can get the maximum entertainment out of Infinity War.

The movie is expected to have A PG13 rating like its predecessors, but expect a few cuss words and some not-so-PG13 suggestive dialogues that have become a part of MCU.


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