Avengers: Infinity War: On-set video, new Children of Thanos cast member, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts:

  • Avengers: Infinity War release date: May 4, 2018 (US)/April 27, 2018 (UK)
  • Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin… and soooooo many more (see our cast section for full details)
  • Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Update: September 4, 2017 - on-set video reveals Ant-Man's new suit

You can take a sneak peek at the set of Avengers: Infinity War in the above video which was released on the movie's official Facebook page to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Zoe Saldana, decked out in her full Gamora gear, headed up the appeal, but Karen Gillan as Nebula, Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man (plus, many members of crew) were all in attendance. Interestingly, this is also our first look at Ant-Man's new Avengers: Infinity War suit. Can you spot the difference?

Update: September 4, 2017 - another member of the Children of Thanos revealed

If you thought the Avengers: Infinity War cast was big enough, you were wrong because there's now another name to add. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor recently revealed in an interview with RTE Radio 1's Second Captains that he’ll be playing a member of the Children of Thanos, AKA The Black Order, AKA Thanos’ henchmen. The Peaky Blinders actor will be playing Ebony Maw, alongside Terry Notary who we think is playing another of Thanos’ baddies Corvus Glaive. 

"You sign so many documents and waivers," Vaughan-Lawlor revealed, "and people ask you about it and you have to give the generic and boring 'I can’t say too much about it.' But I am doing it and it’s really amazing and an amazing thing to be part of." It's likely that, just like Notary's role, this will be a mo-cap performance so we're unlikely to see Vaughan-Lawlor's face on the big screen but no doubt his acting skills will shine through no matter what.

Update: August 17, 2017 - Nebula is getting a BFF

It looks like Nebula is continuing her transition from villain to reluctant hero in Avengers: Infinity War as actress Karen Gillan revealed in an interview with Fandango that her character will be making friends. 

"I know who her new BFF is, and I can’t tell you. I can’t." She said. "I promise you it’s brilliant and unexpected and just so good… I don’t know about any frenemies. She is on a clear mission, as everybody is, to deal with someone with a glove, and I think that is the most important issue. So I think people are grouping together to take care of this task."

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Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers: Infinity War (and its sequel) is largely expected to be a finale of sorts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we know and love. It's the culmination of everything Marvel Studios and Disney have been working towards ever since Samuel L. Jackson showed up as Nick Fury in 2008's Iron Man to pitch Tony Stark the Avengers initiative. Its big bad, Thanos, made his first appearance in the post-credits scene for 2012's The Avengers, and this monumental crossover will feature pretty much every MCU character we've ever met (plus some we haven't). This is the big one, you get me?

Originally announced as Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1, Marvel Studios have since ditched the "Part 1" and confirmed that Part 2, which will come in 2019, will now be called something else entirely (apparently it's still untitled as its name is a spoiler for Infinity War). Expect big changes from these movies though - as producer Jeremy Latcham put it during a Q&A last year: "It's not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I think it is the end of part of it, for sure." This is most probably the end of the road for some of our favourite superheroes, and when you see how long the cast list is, you'll understand why. 

For now, read on for everything we know so far about Avengers: Infinity War, from its release date and cast, to the trailer and merchandise…

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Avengers: Infinity War release date isn't until next year

Avengers: Infinity War arrives on April 27, 2018 in the UK and May 4, 2018 in the US, which keeps in line with Disney's tradition of releasing its big blockbusters in the UK a few days earlier than the US. Expect these release dates to shift slightly before release though - especially given that the US release is currently set for Star Wars Day. For now, they're mostly placeholder dates, and Disney will confirm solid release dates next year. They shouldn't move dramatically though, so it's looking good for late April/early May 2018. 

In case you were wondering, the Avengers: Infinity War sequel (the currently untitled Avengers 4 movie) is currently set for April 26, 2019 in the UK and May 3, 2019 in the US - but again, expect them to shift slightly once Disney gets its other plans locked down. Filming began on the two movies (they're being filmed back-to-back despite Marvel's assertion that they are two distinct and separate films) on January 23, 2017, under the working title Mary Lou, and wrapped on July 14, 2017. 

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Avengers: Infinity War cast features... EVERYONE

And no, that's not an exaggeration. This will be the biggest Marvel movie of all-time, no question, and almost everyone from the MCU is involved in either major or minor roles. 

An Atlanta casting call released last year was our first indication of who would star in the movie and revealed the below cast members:

  • Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
  • Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
  • Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanova/Black Widow
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
  • Josh Brolin as Thanos
  • Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
  • Paul Bettany as Vision
  • Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
  • Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
  • Zoe Saldana as Gamora
  • Dave Bautista as Drax
  • Karen Gillan as Nebula
  • Bradley Cooper as Rocket 
  • Vin Diesel as Groot
  • Pom Klementieff as Mantis
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange
  • Benedict Wong as Wong
  • Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel

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There are few surprises here, but there are a couple of things of interest to note. The fact that Bucky will make an appearance despite being frozen at the end of Captain America: Civil War (maybe he'll be revived in Black Panther?), and that Brie Larson is included even though Marvel Studios has since announced that her solo film will be one of the few upcoming MCU movies not linked to Avengers: Infinity War. That doesn't stop her character from making her debut in Infinity War, but I think we need to put a flexible question mark after her name for now.

There's also a few names missing from this cast list, which have since been confirmed via social media or set photos:

And that's not all... we've also had some more supporting characters from other MCU movies revealed to be part of the Infinity War cast. Technically, not all of these have been confirmed by Marvel Studios, but we can probably say with some confidence we'll see:

Then we've got the supporting characters who are strongly rumoured to appear, but we don't really know either way yet:

Oh, and Stan Lee's cameo has been confirmed, so technically he's part of the cast too.

Phew! That enough MCU for you? No? Let's move on to the new cast members then. Despite seemingly every MCU character to date appearing in Infinity War, we still need some new characters to keep things from getting boring.

Big bad Thanos will be getting an evil right-hand man in the form of Corvus Glaive - one of the Children of Thanos (more on them later) - who in the comics, among other things, has the ability to return from the dead as long as his blade remains unbroken. Handy that. Mo-cap actor Terry Notary revealed he had multiple roles in Avengers: Infinity War while he was promoting Kong: Skull Island, and although he doesn't confirm the name of Thanos' henchman, it's a good bet it's Corvus. 

Finally, Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage is also rumoured to take on a role in the movie and is listed on the cast list on IMDb, but who he might be playing is anyone's guess.  

Oh wow, I'm exhausted. Are you exhausted? 

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Avengers: Infinity War trailer has only been seen by a lucky few

I've got good news and bad news. The good news is that there is an Avengers: Infinity War trailer and it sounds incredible. The bad news is that you can't see it yet. Unless you were one of the lucky few present in Hall H at SDCC 2017 (see the best fan reactions above) or at D23, you won't have seen the first trailer for the Avengers sequel, but thankfully, we have, and if you want to know what happens, read on. Alternatively, if you want to see the trailer spoiler-free when it's released (which hopefully will be soon), maybe skip to the end of this section. 

You can read a full account of the trailer here, but it starts with Thor hitting the windscreen of the Guardians of the Galaxy's ship and Rocket shouting: "Wipe it off, wipe it off!" Then Tom Holland's Spider-Man proves he does have Spidey sense as the hairs on his arm stand up while he's riding the school bus. There's some shots of Cap looking a little worse for wear before Black Widow shows off her striking platinum white hairdo. Loki is also featured handing the glowing blue Tesseract to someone unseen…

The main act of the trailer sees Thanos' ship crash down on a desolate landscape with the Avengers looking on. Thanos stomps out, sans helmet and starts dispensing threats, ominously promising: "I know what it's like to lose…" The rest of the trailer is all action including a scene which sees Thanos use a planet as projectile, drawing it in from space and directing it squarely at the Avengers. Yes, really. 

If that isn't enough to keep you going, Disney also released a video to mark the start of production back in February, which gives us a first look at some of the sets, concept art, and more. Watch it above now. 

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Avengers: Infinity War poster is a Comic Con exclusive

As with the trailer, we don't have an official Avengers: Infinity War poster yet - but don't despair, because that doesn't mean we have nothing. Marvel Studios released an official logo for the movie (which you can see above) at D23, and three exclusive posters were released at SDCC 2017 which combined to make one hell of a teaser:

The posters have a hand-drawn quality rather than the usual shiny movie stills we're used to seeing on posters. Clearly, this is more of a teaser than an official poster, but for the fans lucky enough to grab all three at Comic Con, it's a pretty cool keepsake. As you can see, it features most of the main characters from the movie, from Iron Man to the Guardians, and it even gives us our first look at a slightly more rugged Cap and blonde Black Widow. It's a good start, but we're hoping for something more soon. 

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Avengers: Infinity War's Thanos is the villain to end all villains

When it comes to baddies, Marvel's had a less-than-perfect track record. It's one of the few criticism of the MCU: its villains are often two-dimensionally evil and lack any character depth (hello Ultron!), but recent Marvel movies such as Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming have redressed this balance. Avengers: InfinIty War's Thanos might be one of the MCU's earliest baddies, having made his debut in the post-credits scene for 2012's The Avengers, but he's been given more time than most to be developed. After popping up in the Guardians of the Galaxy and returning for Age of Ultron, we're finally ready to give this villain our full attention in Avengers 3.

Played by Josh Brolin, the actor had no idea what a complex character he would end up playing years after filming the first teaser. "It's a really smart movie. He's a smart character. I had no idea, in all truth," he told Good Morning America. "I had no idea, when I did the teaser, we had like thirty-six cameras or something. And I sat on a seat, and it wasn't working with anybody. And now, being actually involved and interacting [with] the potpourri of characters that are in - it's way more emotional and interactive than I thought. It's a lot of fun. And a lot deeper than I thought, and a lot more emotional."

Thanos won't be alone when he comes up against the Avengers. As I mentioned earlier in the cast list, we're pretty sure his henchman Corvus Glaive will make an appearance, but he won't be the only one. Disney revealed that a number of the Children of Thanos will appear in Infinity War at D23 and we've even had a first look here. If you remember, Guardian of the Galaxy's Gamora and Nebula are also Thanos' adoptive children (though they both hate him and have managed to escape his clutches), so this movie should see them go up against their other siblings. Awkward. 

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Avengers: Infinity War set photos have leaked 

Despite the security around the Avengers: Infinity War set being one of the highest in the history of Hollywood, there are still some set photos floating around for you to feast your eyes on. Whether it's members of the cast sharing the vaguest of pictures on their social media, or fans snapping on-location shots of the action, Disney hasn't managed to keep all the set photos off the internet. Some of them even give a hint of what we can expect from the huge superhero showdown, and you can check them out in our breakdown of the best Avengers: Infinity War set photos here. 

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Avengers: Infinity War concept art teases some of the main characters

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Given that we don't have any official images from the Avengers: Infinity War movie just yet, you probably want to know if we've at least got some concept art which might give a hint as to what we can expect. Good news, we have! Disney's start-of-production video happily included some concept art from the movie featuring Iron Man, Thor, and more. Click through the gallery above to see them. 

One of the concept art images shows Tony Stark surveying numerous models of his Iron Man suit, which no doubt implies he'll be getting a shiny new upgrade for Infinity War. Another sees Thor and Rocket at the heart of the action (though not against each other) - but did you notice that Thor doesn't have his trusty hammer Mjölnir? Could this be because it appears to be destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok? The final image is a tease of big bad Thanos who's looking no less menacing on paper than he does on the big screen. 

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Avengers: Infinity War directors are Marvel veterans

After writer and director Joss Whedon backed away from the Avengers following what sounded like an exhausting shoot on Age of Ultron, Marvel turned to the Russo brothers, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Given that the third Captain America movie actually has more superheroes on-screen than both Avengers movies, they appear to be the perfect choice for Infinity War and signed on to direct both movies back-to-back. 

They're under no illusions that making these movies will be easy, with the directors telling Collider: "Infinity War is meant to be the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe up to that point. It's very ambitious in its scope, it wants to take everything that you've seen before and coalesce into some kind of climactic ending. It's complicated, ambitious storytelling."

Joe Russo hammered home the point in a separate interview, saying: "We've got to take 10 years of storytelling in this Marvel narrative experiment that's been going on since Iron Man, and we have to take all these disparate tones, disparate themes, motivations, and we have to pull them together in a unified narrative and write the final chapters of the book." 

Yeah… good luck with that!

In the same spirit, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote all three vastly different Captain America films, are scripting Avengers: Infinity War.

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Avengers: Infinity War story (finally!) focuses on the Infinity Stones

As shown at the end of Age of Ultron, Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet and he's looking for the Infinity Stones, which when combined would give him unprecedented power over the universe. There are six in total, and we've seen five of them so far. We know there's the Mind Stone, currently residing on Vision's forehead. The Power Stone from Guardians of the Galaxy was left with the Nova Corps. The Space Stone was taken back to Asgard at the end of The Avengers, fueling the Tesseract in that movie. Then there's the Aether, or Reality Stone, seen in Thor: The Dark World, and left in The Collector's care in the movie's post-credits. There's the Time Stone, which appeared in 2016's Doctor Strange inside the Eye of Agamotto. That just leaves the Soul Stone, which will appear at some point during Marvel's Phase Three. 

Do the comics give any clue as to the Avengers: Infinity War storyline? Well, the name Infinity War comes from a Marvel comic book crossover in 1992, itself a sequel to 1991's The Infinity Gauntlet by writer Jim Starlin and artist Ron Lim. It's likely that the movie's story is based more on Infinity Gauntlet rather than War, as it sees Thanos gather the Infinity Gems and take control of all life and death in the universe, wiping out many of the Marvel heroes we know and love in the process (though eventually the deaths are undone).

Expect some Avengers to die, and for other less-obvious characters to get more of a spotlight. Speaking at Wizard World Chicago, Joe Russo explained that Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature new Avengers more prominently, with "some [original] Avengers might not be around anymore." Ominous, eh? They also explained that Infinity War will see some characters who haven't had a major storyline yet become main characters this time around. "I think you'll see that the supporting Avengers are going to become primary Avengers." Hawkeye, could this be your time to shine?

Then, of course, at the end of Captain America: Civil War, we left the Avengers in a fractured state. Iron Man, War Machine, and Vision form the meekest Avengers team now, with Cap, Falcon, and co. technically fugitives from the law. Infinity War will see how they all come back together, and it's not going to be a simple case of making up over a drink. "The divisions that happened at the end of Civil War were so deep, they're not the kind of things you can resolve or move through off-camera," Anthony Russo told The Independent. "They're the kind of things you have to directly deal with in the storytelling." Let's hope we get an official synopsis released soon...

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