Eighteen full-length feature films have brought dozens of comic book characters to life in a universe of unmatched scale. all of it leads to this
We’ve waited ten years for this!
No one and nothing has ever before achieved what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has.
As of Black Panther, the mega-franchise is comprised of 18 films, which together have raked in over $14.4 billion in the box office. That’s the most that any film franchise has ever grossed, even beating all of Star Wars. That’s more than the annual GDP of Jamaica. It’s been nearly a decade since the MCU’S first film—jon Favreau’s Iron Man—and immediately after we’d been witness to a Big Bang of superhero stories that span centuries and galaxies. Now, with its 19th film and the penultimate installment of The Avengers, the entire saga will reach its epic culmination.
Avengers: Infinity War will see Earth’s mightiest heroes unite to battle the alien warlord Thanos, their most powerful opponent yet. Thanos is on a mission to collect the Infinity Stones, which when imbued into his gauntlet, will give him the power to “balance the universe.” In the Infinity Gauntlet comics, Thanos does this because it is tasked upon him by the Mistress Death, who does so because the number of living things in the universe has exceeded the number that have died. However, it’s uncertain (and highly unlikely) that the upcoming film will draw too much of its main plot from the comics.
Instead, the MCU’S Infinity War will likely forge its own arc while taking some comic influences, picking up from where Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Black Panther left off.
The first of two Mcu-canon prelude comics offers the latest update on the status of Team Cap’s heroes, who have been fugitives on the run after being freed from the underwater prison at the end of Civil War: Steve joins Bucky in Wakanda, where he’s arranged with T’challa to have Shuri remove his Hydra programming. Wanda and Vision have withdrawn to an undisclosed location together. Clint is back in retirement with his family. Steve, Natasha, and Sam continue to operate as a covert superhero team.
We know from Homecoming that Tony Stark is moving his headquarters to the new Avengers Facility, and that Peter Parker now has a new Iron Spider-like suit. Rhodes is presumably recovering from his injury in Civil War. We know from Thor: Ragnarok that Stephen Strange is sitting pretty in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York, and that both Thor and The Hulk are on a ship headed back to Earth (before being intercepted by Thanos’s ship, the Sanctuary II, in the post-credits).
So there’s obviously a lot of ground to cover in Infinity War, with over 60 MCU characters (72, according to a recent interview with Chris Hemsworth) to shuffle around and rotate. But considering that the film is under the capable direction of Joe and Anthony Russo, who also made the last two Captain America films, we’re not worried about the movie delivering on its promise of greatness. We’re more worried about the Avengers themselves, and whether or not they’ll all make it out of this next installment alive.
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