Here's everything you need to know about Avengers: Infinity War!

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter

Feb 2, 2018

With Thor: Ragnarok now behind us, there’s one last big piece of the puzzle to contend with: Avengers: Infinity War. This will unquestionably be the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie so far, with an enormous cast that unites both the cosmic and earthbound sides of the MCU. Avengers: Infinity War boasts the Captain America: Civil War creative team of Joe and Anthony Russo directing, and with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley writing. 

Here’s everything else you need to know…

Avengers: Infinity War Trailer

Here’s the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War!

Earlier this year, Marvel released a start of production teaser with footage from the first day of shooting, and it confirms what we all hoped: the Avengers will meet the Guardians of the Galaxy in this one!

And then there’s this Avengers: Infinity War set video hosted by Robert Downey Jr. for charity fundraising platform Omaze. It shows some behind-the-scenes footage that will probably be examined by fans with Zapruder Film-like detail. The most potent part depicts comic interaction with co-star Tom Holland in which the Spider-Man actor is seen wearing what appears to be a grey-colored motion capture suit. 

Avengers: Infinity War Release Date

Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018, and Untitled Avengers Project (that’s Avengers 4, kids) will follow on May 3, 2019. Our full Marvel movie release calendar is here.

Avengers: Infinity War Story

There’s a new official synopsis for the movie courtesy of Disney:

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time.

The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice it all in an attempt to defeat the power of Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

“We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe,” Kevin Feige said back in October of 2014 when the project was first announced. “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”

As you might expect, this is the one where Thanos finally has all of those Infinity Stones he’s been collecting and is in a position to deliver a world of pain unto our favorite heroes. Thanos and his quests for galactic dominance have been a recurring theme in Avengers history, and we explored a number of those attempts (and how they might influence this movie) right here.

Don’t get too comfortable with the most familiar roster of the team, though. Whatever happens, there are likely to be some changes in this one. Joe Russo told a crowd at Wizard World New Orleans last January that they’re looking at “which characters can we pull to the forefront who potentially haven’t had their own ‘A’ story arc to this point. I think you’ll see that the supporting Avengers are going to become primary Avengers.” He added that people will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie…The concept of Infinity War is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept.”

Whether everyone makes it out of this one appears to be up in the air, though.

Keep in mind, that by the time we get here, we might have reached the end of key contracts like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. Not to mention the fact that the third Thor movie’s title being Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t necessarily bode well for Thor’s immediate future. In short, the core three Avengers of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, whether by necessity or by design, might not be the core team as these two movies progress.

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If you look at various Avengers rosters through the ages, that makes perfect sense, too. There was an era of the New Avengers comic several years ago where the team was primarily made up of characters we didn’t ordinarily associate with the Avengers team (Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, etc). Just looking at who has been recently introduced, maybe someday we’ll see an Avengers roster consisting of Vision, Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel, led by Black Widow, for example. Come to think of it, that would be pretty cool.

Avengers: Infinity War Cast

Avengers: Infinity War will star pretty much everyone. A post on moviecastingcall.com seems to indicate we’re getting the biggest cast yet (although we know that some of this information may not be accurate since Samuel L. Jackson at least insists he is not in the film): 

Starring in “Avengers: Infinity War” is BAFTA Award nominee Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin as Thanos, Saturn Award Winner Chris Pratt as Star Lord / Peter Quill, Teen Choice Awards nominee Sebastian Stan as Bucky, four-time Golden Globe Award nominee Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Academy Award winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, ALMA Award winner Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Empire Award winner Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, two-time Saturn Award nominee Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, BAFTA Awards nominee Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet, four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Vin Diesel as Groot, Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, British Independent Film Awards nominee Benedict Wong as Wong, Action on Film Award winner Dave Bautista as Drax, BAFTA Film Award nominee Paul Bettany as Vision, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award winner Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, three-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / The Hulk, and two-time Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man.

There had been some ongoing speculation about whether or not Brie Larson would make her Marvel movie debut in this one, or if they would save her for a solo movie, but it looks like she’ll be here, even though her solo movie isn’t due until nearly a year later.

Hiroyuki Sanada has apparently been set for a “supporting role” according to Deadline.

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Motion capture maestro (and current King Kong in Kong: Skull Island) Terry Notary revealed to THR that he’s playing Thanos’ “right hand bad guy in the film.” He’s listed on IMDB as a member of the Cull Obsidian, which might mean that this movie is taking as much inspiration from recent comics as it is from the classic Infinity Gauntlet story.

Sean Gunn is definitely in the movie, though, so we know that Rocket Raccoon is along for the ride!

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Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is being considered for a “key role” and we have a pretty good idea of who that might be.

Fresh off her first Marvel appearance in Black PantherWalking Dead star Danai Gurira is rolling right into Avengers: Infinity War. We can reasonably surmise she’ll once again play her Black Panther character of Okoye, the head of T’Challa’s private all-female security force the Dora Milaje. Will Okoye join her boss and the rest of the Avengers on a quest to find Thanos, or will the Mad Titan bring the battle to Wakanda? That remains to be seen. Of course Gurira will also continue as Michonne when The Walking Dead reanimates itself this fall. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 co-star Pom Klementieff will be along for the ride as Mantis.

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At this point, just expect the whole Guardians cast and then some.

In far less confirmed news, there’s a rumor that Liv Tyler will finally reprise her Betty Ross role. Not much to that story, though. It seems that Benedict Cumberbatch’s body double will be there for the parts of the shoot that he can’t make it to. We speculated on who else might join the party right here.

You probably shouldn’t hold your breath for appearances from anyone on the Marvel Netflix or ABC TV shows, though.

Avengers: Infinity War Images

If the prospect of THE ENTIRE MCU appearing in one colossal cosmic conflagration still seems like a surreal concept, then this immensely epic San Diego Comic-Con Avengers: Infinity War poster might just help you come to terms with the notion.

Indeed, the whole MCU gang is here, with all the Avengers characters, notably Vision and Scarlet Witch in a romantic embrace that should please comic book fans, Asgardians Thor and Loki, the Guardians of the Galaxy lineup (with adolescent Groot in tow), Doctor Strange and the new, box-office-breaking Spider-Man. Of course, at the center of the poster – and the two-film storyline – is Josh Brolin’s Mad Titan himself, Thanos, going without his familiar headwear, but sporting the all-too-familiar, gem-powered, omnipotence-granting Infinity Gauntlet!

Additionally, eagle-eyed fans may also notice the appearance of Thanos’s Horsemen-esque cohorts the Black Order, which includes his general Corvus Glaive, the ever-dangerous Proxima Midnight (Corvus’s wife), the unmitigated mad genius Ebony Maw and the ultra-durable Black Dwarf.

The latest Avengers: Infinity War photo, arriving via USA Today, gives us more Thor/Guardians interaction goodness.

While the Avengers: Infinity War trailer was rife with “wow” moments, the spectacular stamp of Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy team onboard the Milano likely stands as the most surreal crowd-pleaser. Consequently, this new image from the film will likely further fascinate fans, since it gives us a glimpse of what happens after a winded Thor asks, “Who the hell are you guys?”

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) has a puzzled look on his face as Mantis (Pom Klementieff) mind-reads a sleeping Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who’s still clearly winding down from a traumatic (albeit one-liner-filled) experience that’s left him minus an eye in Thor Ragnarok.