Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War might be the most anticipated movie of the summer. Let us help you with the wait.

News Mike Cecchini Joseph Baxter

Mar 24, 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 the newest trailer, which features Tony Stark “knighting” Spider-Man to become an Avengers.

And here’s everything else we know so far…

Avengers: Infinity War Release Date

Originally scheduled for May 4, 2018 Avengers: Infinity War moved its release date up a week earlier, to April 27! 

Our full Marvel movie release calendar is here.

Avengers: Infinity War Trailer

Check out the trailers that have been released so far!

Here’s the spot that aired during the Super Bowl…

Avengers: Infinity War Story

Here’s the official synopsis:

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 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.

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 and Characters

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 in some capacity, 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. 

The whole Guardians of the Galaxy core cast is coming along, too. 

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 Budget

There are indications that Avengers: Infinity War “could be the most expensive film ever made” according to a report in The Independent, which claims that all in, the movie may have cost well over $400 million, which would beat Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ $397 million number. 

Note that this figure has not yet been verified by other outlets.

Avengers: Infinity War Runtime

Early reports indicated that Avengers: Infinity War runs 2 hours and 36 minutes, which would make it the longest MCU movie.

Avengers: Infinity War Images

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We’ll update this with more information as it becomes available.