It's official people - this week is Avengers: Infinity War week! One of the biggest (and hopefully best) superhero movies will be hitting a cinema near you this Thursday April 26 if you're in the UK, and this Friday April 27 if you're in the US - have you got your tickets yet? If you're anything like me, you can't quite believe it's finally here and the next few days will be a struggle to say the least, so to help you pass this difficult and tense time may I suggest checking out everything we know about Avengers 3 ahead of its release below?
Don't worry - while we've definitely speculated about what's coming, Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers have done a really good job of not letting any spoilers hit the internet (despite Tom Holland's best efforts!), so you can read on to watch every Avengers: Infinity War trailer, or find out about the huge cast, or maybe check out the frankly epic posters, without the fear of having the film ruined for you. Remember #ThanosDemandsYourSilence!
Plus, our Avengers: Infinity War review will be landing right here tomorrow at 11pm (BST), so make sure you bookmark this page and come back to read our initial verdict then!
- Avengers: Infinity War release date: April 26, 2018 (UK)/April 27, 2018 (US)
- Avengers: Infinity War directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
- Avengers: Infinity War 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)
- Avengers: Infinity War writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
The Avengers: Infinity War release date is just days away
Avengers: Infinity War arrives on April 26, 2018 in the UK and April 27, 2018 in the US, which keeps in line with Disney's tradition of releasing its big blockbusters in the UK a day or so earlier than the US. In case you were wondering, the Avengers: Infinity War sequel (the currently untitled Avengers 4 movie) is set for April 26, 2019 in the UK and May 3, 2019 in the US - but expect these release dates 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. And we now finally have a confirmed Avengers: Infinity War runtime thanks to BBFC who has classified the movie in the UK. Clocking in at 149 minutes and 9 seconds, just short of two and a half hours, Avengers: Infinity War will be the longest MCU movie to date.
Watch every Avengers: Infinity War trailer in one place
If you're the sort of person who wants to go into Infinity War completely fresh and would rather not watch all the trailers, then fair enough. Skip this section! But for everyone else, we've put all the Avengers: Infinity War trailers in one place - here - so you can watch them all in order of release. And to be fair, while they definitely tease some things, they do a pretty good job of avoiding anything too spoilery.
Having said that, the very first footage which was released for the film was only shown at SDCC 2017 and D23, so unless you were there at the time, you can't see that. (Sorry.) But you can watch the best reactions to the exclusive trailer (above) and read a full account of the trailer, which is the next best thing, right?
After teasing us with an Infinity War trailer that most of the public couldn't see, Disney released a video (above) to mark the start of production back in February, which gave us a first look at some of the sets, concept art, and more.
Then came the biggie! The actual first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War (above). Better yet, despite being called a "teaser" by Marvel, it's almost two and a half minutes long and showcases quite a bit of superhero spectacle. We get our first real look at Marvel's new and improved take on Thanos, a glimpse at a massive Wakandan-set war with Cap, Hulk, and Black Panther all involved, and a promise of the kind of team-ups that dreams are made of, including a post-Ragnarok Thor stumbling across the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Then came a 30-second Super Bowl trailer (above) - so, ahem, actually teaser-length, Marvel - and while it's not big on meaty details, there are a few cool takeaways. Not only is Spider-Man teaming up with Doctor Strange and Thor is hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but Vision and the Scarlet Witch are seen sharing an intimate moment and Captain America's got Wakandan weapons, including what looks like a folding arm-blade/shield combo. Even Iron Man's got (another) armour upgrade, similar to the Prime Armour in the comics, which is actually made of nanotechnology that allows it to shift form according to Stark's every thought.
Still want more? Well, there's been a number of TV spots and featurettes released too, which double down on moments we've seen in other trailers, while teasing a few seconds of new footage too. Watch them all below:
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 one way or another. An Atlanta casting call released way back in 2016 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
There are few surprises here, but there are a couple of interesting things to note. We now know how Bucky will re-enter the MCU story after being frozen at the end of Captain America: Civil War thanks to Black Panther, but you can scrap Brie Larson's debut as Captain Marvel as, after a lot of back and forth, the Russo Brothers confirmed that she was originally suppose to appear, but her role had to be cut.
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:
- Letitia Wright as Shuri
- Danai Gurira as Okoye
- Winston Duke as M'Baku
- Benicio Del Toro as The Collector
- Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
- Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
- Isabella Amara as Sally Avril - she's a minor character in Spider-Man: Homecoming who went to school with Peter Parker, so I'm thinking we'll probably see some of his other school friends too and they've just been better at keeping it a secret...
Then we've got the supporting characters who are strongly rumoured to appear, but we don't really know either way yet:
- Stellan Skarsgård as Professor Erik Selvig
- Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
- Michael Rooker as Yondu - I'm guessing in a flashback given the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2...
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/the Black Order (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 say who he'll be playing, it's a good bet that one of the roles is Corvus, with the other recently being confirmed as Cull Obsidian.
Joining him will be The Leftovers and Fargo star Carrie Coon who will play another of Thanos ‘children’ Proxima Midnight, who is married to Corvus in the comics, and wields a spear that possesses the power of a time-distorted sun and is coated in an incredibly deadly toxin. Ouch! Irish actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor will be completing the villainous team and taking on the role of telekinetic baddie Ebony Maw.
Last, but definitely not least, Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage was rumoured, and then confirmed, as part of the Avengers: Infinity War cast, but details on his role have been kept very quiet. We still don't know who he's playing, but the Russo Brothers recently revealed that it'll be someone we'll recognise: "It may take you a beat or two, but you'll certainly recognise him... That's all we can say."
Oh wow, I'm exhausted. Are you exhausted?
There's A LOT of Avengers: Infinity War posters
If you're looking for some cool posters to decorate your room/phone/computer screen and you're thinking Avengers: Infinity War might be the answer... well, let's just say you've got plenty to choose from. Above you can find EVERY Avengers: Infinity War poster released so far starting with the very first teaser poster which was just a simple 'A' and a release date (which has since changed) and ending with many, many, many character posters for almost everyone appearing in the film. The one notable exception? Hawkeye - but the Infinity War directors promise that his absence from the trailers and the posters will be explained.
There's also three exclusive posters which were released at SDCC 2017 to make one impressive teaser, which you can check out below:
Clearly, this is more of a teaser than an official poster, but for the fans lucky enough to grab all three at San Diego Comic Con, it's a pretty cool keepsake.
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, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and particularly Black Panther, 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.
Actor Josh Brolin 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, 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/the Black Order 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.
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.
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.
And they had no illusions that making these movies would 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." On the plus side, if the early reactions are anything to go by, it sounds like they've done a bang up job!
In the same spirit, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote all three vastly different Captain America films, are scripting Avengers: Infinity War.
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, but was picked up by Loki before the planet was destroyed on his way out in Thor: Ragnarok. 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 didn't appear in Black Panther as many of us thought, which means a lot of the Avengers: Infinity War plot will probably revolve around trying to find it/keep it away from Thanos.
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."
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...