The Avengers are assembling for the third time in Infinity War, the first part of the two-part culmination of the eleventy billion films so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is not to be confused with The Avengers Project, the upcoming videogame take on the characters which may or may not tie directly into some of the films.

There’s good money on this being the biggest film of 2018 – unless the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off has anything to say about it – so people are desperate to know what to expect. Here’s everything we know so far, including the release date and cast details, the latest trailers, and the biggest plot rumours we’ve heard.

Release date

Avengers: Infinity War is out in the UK from 27 April 2018, with the US release and Canada getting it a week later on 4 May 2018 – that’s a pretty common release tactic for Marvel films, using the release across the UK and Europe to hype everyone up ahead of the North American debut.

This is all ahead of the release of the currently untitled Part 2 – apparently the title along is a spoiler for Infinity War – which is expected in May 2019. Before then we’ve also got both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel to look forward to.

Cast and crew

Unsurprisingly, the cast for Infinity War is sprawling and difficult to keep track of, as it features just about everyone who’s ever starred in any of the prior 19 (!) MCU films. Still, we’ll do our best:

Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man/Tony Stark
Chris Evans Captain America/Steve Rogers
Chris Hemsworth Thor
Scarlett Johansson Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
Mark Ruffalo The Hulk/Bruce Banner
Jeremy Renner Hawkeye/Clint Barton
Josh Brolin Thanos
Benedict Cumberbatch Dr. Strange/Stephen Strange
Chadwick Boseman Black Panther/T’Challa
Tom Holland Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Paul Bettany The Vision
Elizabeth Olsen Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff
Paul Rudd Ant-Man/Scott Lang
Chris Pratt Star-Lord/Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana Gamora
Dave Bautista Drax
Bradley Cooper Rocket Raccoon
Vin Diesel Groot
Pom Klementieff Mantis
Sebastian Stan Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes
Tom Hiddleston Loki
Anthony Mackie Falcon/Sam Wilson
Don Cheadle War Machine/James Rhodes
Karen Gillan Nebula
Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts
Stan Lee ???

Looking behind the camera, Joss Whedon is out after directing the first two Avengers films, replaced by Joe and Anthony Russo – no bad thing though, as they made the thoroughly excellent Captain America films Winter Soldier and Civil War, proving they know how to juggle a cast of thousands.

The script is by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, best known for, well, Winter Soldier and Civil War as well actually. So that’s good. The pair also wrote the first Captain America and second Thor films, along with creating the brilliant Agent Carter TV show, so they’re well-versed in the MCU.

Photos and posters

Disney and Marvel haven’t released too many official images or posters from Infinity War, though of course you can get a great look at the film in action in the trailers below.

The best image we have for Infinity War is actually one of the oldest: the mega-poster assembled out of a smaller series of posters unveiled for San Diego Comic-Con 2017:

There’s also the film’s initial teaser poster, which bears more than a passing resemblance to similar posters from the first two Avengers films:

Watch the trailers

So far there have been two official trailers for the film – not counting the initial footage screened to fans at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. The first, embedded at the top of the page and again here, is our best look at the plot, spanning from moody voiceover to all-out war.

The second proper look came in the film’s Super Bowl spot, a 30-second tease that focuses on teasing fans with little details like Captain America’s new shields (yup, plural) and Iron Man’s fancy new armour.

Plot rumours

Naturally Marvel has done its best to keep a tight lid on the plot for Infinity War. Also naturally, fans have done their best to tease out every plot rumour they can, so we can guess about what might be on the way. Naturally spoilers for all the MCU movies so far follow, along with some potential spoilers for Infinity War itself.

As the trailers make obvious, Infinity War is all about Josh Brolin’s Thanos – the cosmic bad guy teased across quite a few of the earlier films – finally arriving on Earth. He’s wielding the Infinity Guantlet, which if he can fill with each of the six Infinity Stones will grant him essentially infinite power. That would probably be bad. 

The first trailer for the film (above) shows him neatly slotting the blue Space Stone (a.k.a. the Tesseract) into the gauntlet, where it joins the purple Power Stone (seen in the first Guardians of the Galaxy). We also see some goons trying to extract the Mind Stone from poor Vision’s forehead, so it looks likely he’s going to get hold of that one too.

Oh, and in case you’re struggling to keep track, the other stones we’ve seen so far are Reality (Thor: The Dark World) and Time (Doctor Strange), which just leaves Soul – presumably featured in the upcoming Black Panther.

Naturally, Thanos isn’t alone. The trailers show an army of snake monsters, but he’s also backed up by the Black Order – apparently named the Children of Thanos here – a group of four generals and warriors. Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Black Dwarf are likely to do most of the fighting in Infinity War, though we don’t yet know who’s playing them. You can see a glimpse of them in the giant poster up above, or see the statues revealing their existence at Comic-Con:

So far, so Thanos. What about the Avengers though? First up, we know that the Guardians of the Galaxy are finally joining the Earthbound heroes, with Thor seemingly acting as the cosmic bridge between the two groups. The rest of the Avengers will still be at odds with one another after the infighting of Civil War, but we’d imagine they’ll be in trouble if they can’t find a way to get along.

The biggest speculation so far is that at least one of the heroes has to die, with most scenes (and some suggestive set photos) pointing to Chris Evans’ Captain America. His death could be just the thing to bring the rest of the gang together…

A few of the heroes are also getting some new toys to play with. The trailers show Iron Man with a self-forming armour, which may be the comics’ Model-Prime technology – if so, he could follow the comics look and gain wings and an arm cannon, which at least one toy set has hinted at.

Meanwhile Captain America seems to have picked up some Wakandan shields on each arm, adding to speculation that Steve Rogers may not be Captain America at all any more, and may instead take up the ‘Nomad’ moniker from the comics.

Finally, Thor needs a new weapon after the events of Thor: Ragnarok, and eagle-eyed fans have used the combo of the trailers and a leaked Lego set to hypothesise that he may be swapping Mjolnir for an axe called Jarnbjorn – the ‘Wrecker of Worlds’. Sounds fancy.

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