After having a MCU Marathon – more than 40 hours’ worth of MCU movies leading to the Infinity War release. Here’s a recap of notable things to remember and what you can expect to see from the past 18 movies.
Avengers: Infinity war will hit theatres Friday 27th April, 2018 and Fans are excited to see their favourite MCU superheroes and watch the culmination of 10 years of MARVEL-TASTIC filmmaking and watching as well.
Since MCU’s first movie release in 2008 – Iron Man, so much has happened to all our favourite characters. So here’s what you need to know before hitting the cinema this weekend for the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.
Over the last 10 years, MCU has been building up the ultimate bad ass villain, Thanos – the Mad Titan. Apparently Thanos has been playing puppeteer (pulling the strings from behind-the-scenes) all this while, having Loki, Ronan the accuser, Gamora and Nebula (to name a few we’ve seen so far) do his bidding all along.
What does Thanos want?? Ultimate power and rule?? We can’t be sure but we do know that his main objective is to collect the six infinity stones, unite them in his Infinity Gauntlet and, with the unprecedented amount of power they all provide together, probably take over the universe.
The Infinity Stones
There are six infinity stones for each slot on the infinity gauntlet and this is what they do;
- The Space Stone aka The Tesseract (Blue)
We get our first look at an infinity stone during the post-credit scenes in Thor (2011), when S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury hands Erik Selvig the Tesseract – which we now know is the Space Stone – and asks him to study it.
We find out more about the Tesseract and its power, which can alter the fabric of space, as well as how it fell into the hands of The Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Current whereabouts: We last saw the Tesseract briefly in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). It is insinuated that it was stolen from Asgard’s vault by Loki.
- The Mind Stone aka Loki’s Sceptre aka Vision headstone (Yellow)
In Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Thanos sent god of mischief Loki to Earth, and was entrusted with the Mind Stone in the form of his sceptre, allowing him to control the minds of others.
The Avengers recovered the sceptre, and Tony Stark’s experimentation on the infinity stone with assistance from Dr. Bruce Banner led to the birth of Ultron, which led to the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
Current whereabouts: The Mind Stone now sits on the forehead of Vision, who is an Avenger with the mind of Tony Stark’s Artificial Intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S., encased in a synthetic vibranium body.
- Reality Stone aka the Aether (Red)
The Reality Stone Also known as the Aether, was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013) – which allowed it to warp reality, when it took over Jane Foster and almost killed her.
Current whereabouts: Asgardians Lady Sif and Volstagg took the Reality Stone to Knowhere and handed it to the Collector for safekeeping after it was extracted from Jane.
- The Power Stone (Purple)
Star Lord aka Peter Quail stole the Orb that contained the Power Stone that has immense destructive power which led to a galaxy wide hunt in the introduction of the Guardians in the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Current whereabouts: The stone was eventually handed over to the Nova Corps on Xandar for protection, which is where it was last seen.
- The Time Stone aka the Eye of Agamotto (Green)
The Time Stone was first seen in Doctor Strange (2016), stored inside the Eye of Agamotto, which came into Doctor Stephen Strange’s possession, and was used to alter time to defeat Cosmic Conquerer and Destroyer of Worlds – Dormammu.
Current whereabouts: We last saw it in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) still hanging around Strange’s neck in his cameo appearance, while helping Thor and Loki find Odin.
- The Soul Stone (Orange)
Finally, we have the Soul Stone. It hasn’t made an appearance yet in any previous Marvel movie.
Current wherabouts: Although, Speculations and fan theories points the Soul stone in the direction of Wakanda, The home land of the Black Panther (2018) and the Comics tell us that it can collect and trap souls within itself.
7. The Infinity Gauntlet (Gold)
The Infinity gauntlet first appeared in Thor (2011) and seen again in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
To control the powers of the Infinity Stones, one must wield the Infinity Gauntlet. True to its name, it is a literal glove with slots on the knuckles and the back of the hand to place the stones in them.
Current whereabouts: A fake gauntlet was kept in Odin’s vault on Asgard. A left-hand gauntlet – which is the real deal — is shown in the end credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Thanos puts it on while muttering to no one in particular: “Fine. I’ll do it myself.”
It all began when Nick Fury approached Tony Stark with the “Avengers Initiative” in Iron Man 2 (2010), which was the first step in the lead-up to the eventual awesome team-up of the Avengers.
The events of Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) was the first time we watched our heroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and The Black Widow work together to collectively defeat the Chitauri invasion in New York – (The Battle of New York)
The next big assemble happened in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), as our team of superheroes worked together again to defeat Tony Stark’s accidental creation – Ultron. Two new additions were introduced to the Avengers team – Vision and Scarlet Witch.
Although a Captain America movie; Captain America: Civil War (2016), also starred our full group of heroes, and was centred on whether the U.N should supervise and have control over the Avengers. Captain America was staunchly against this, because he was working to save his friend and wanted criminal Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. Tony Stark, still reeling from the guilt of creating Ultron and the destruction of Sokovia, believed that the Avengers needed government supervision – The Sokovia Accords.
Hence the Team Captain America Versus Team Tony Stark showdown in Civil wars that had Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and new recruit, Antman on one side and Iron Man, War Machine, Black Widow and the newly introduced Spider-Man and Black Panther on the other.
Civil War ended with Captain America escaping to Wakanda with an injured Bucky in tow, and the rest of #TeamCaptainAmerica caught and in detention and isolation by the government.
Avengers: The next big Assemble – Our Superheroes: When and where we last saw each of them
Presumably still a little sore about the events of Civil War, Tony Stark was last seen offering helpful advice to his protégé Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He’ll have to swallow that giant ego and make nice with Cap and his pals when Thanos shows up to say hi.
Steve Rogers left his shield and Captain America identity behind at the end of Civil War. (El Segundo police still on the lookout for his wallet.) In addition, he’s been on the run since breaking out a few Avengers allies out maximum security ocean jail.
The Mightiest Avenger cut his hair and grew a funny bone in Ragnarok, to the chagrin of purists. After an escape from Gladiator Trash Planet and reluctantly letting go of his home world in the form of spectacular CG explosions, Thor and the surviving Asgardians are travelling to Earth when they are intercepted by Thanos’s larger spaceship.
T’Challa successfully defended the throne in his first starring movie earlier this year, though there’s little time to celebrate. Not only does he have a diaspora to unite, but Wakanda is soon to be a popular destination for all cosmic despots named Thanos, especially when on the prowl for more Infinity Stones.
After his mindbending debut movie, all we saw of Stephen Strange last year was a brief appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. He pointed the way for Thor and Loki to find their father in Norway.
After an electric introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker returned to Queens to fight crime on a smaller scale, helping to take down the Vulture in hopes of becoming a full-fledged Avenger. As the threat of Thanos appears over New York City, Spidey whips into action in a spiffy new suit.
The green machine spent the two years after Age of Ultron as a gladiator on far-off Sakaar. He, along with Thor and Valkyrie, bounce and impel the destruction of Asgard. He’s on the same vessel as the Asgardians when they encounter the enormous spaceship at the end of Thor: Ragnarok.
Natasha was swept into the events of Captain America: Civil War, siding with Tony Stark as pro-registration. She has a minor and reluctant change of heart when she allows Cap and Bucky Barnes to flee. Afterwards, she disappears.
James Rhodes was crippled by Vision and thanks to that sweet Avengers health plan, has been fitted with bionic leggings and undergoing physical therapy.
Falcon was last seen imprisoned and then freed by Captain America at the end of Civil War.
Scarlet fought on the side of anti-registration in Captain America: Civil War, which means she was part of the crew that was broken out of prison at the end of the movie.
Vision has an Infinity Stone inconspicuously located in the middle of his forehead, which will make him a prime Thanos target. He was last seen in Captain America: Civil War, when he accidentally knocks the War Machine suit out of commission and partially paralyzes Rhodes.
In GotG Vol. 2, Star-Lord discovered that his father was a powerful Celestial with genocidal tendencies, so he’s got a decent grasp on why Gamora and Nebula are devoted to taking Thanos down. It’s just not clear if his ego can compete with Tony Stark’s.
After she joined up with Star-Lord and the gang, Gamora still had to work out her sibling rivalry with Nebula, which ended about as well as it could. She’ll be a vital part of the fight against Thanos — her adoptive father — since she’s got all the intel on him.
Thanos’ other daughter is even less well-adjusted than Gamora. Her body’s broken and half artificial from all the abuse she’s taken over the years, so it’s no surprise when she leaves on a solo mission to take her daddy down.
Rocket & Groot
These two bounty hunter BFFs basically masterminded the Guardians’ escape from prison, and Groot even sacrificed himself for the team. Unfortunately, this also means Rocket gets to babysit a reborn, teenage Groot when the Guardians face Thanos.
Drax also has an axe — or a couple of huge daggers — to grind with Thanos, who ordered the murders of his wife and daughter. He looks to be the second big, topless green guy charging into battle in Infinity War.
Shuri splits her time between running the outreach building in Oakland after Black Panther opens one on the spot where his uncle was killed, and making science magic in Wakanda.
Leader of the Dora Milaje unit within the Wakandan military, she and her cohorts were able to suppress an insurrection and keep T’challa on the throne. She’ll still be in Wakanda by the time Infinity War starts.
We ask this every other MCU movie, but is Loki a good guy now? He certainly seems to have turned a new leaf again at the end of Thor: Ragnarok but we know he will always have something up his sleeves.
Bucky aka. The Winter Soldier aka White Wolf
His brainwashed days all but behind him, Bucky Barnes has been dubbed the White Wolf as he undergoes rehabilitation in Wakanda.
Wong has spent time rebuilding the Hong Kong Sanctum (one of three that shields the Earth from cosmic forces) after being destroyed by a rogue sorcerer. With that done, he jumps between the other Sanctums, including the New York location that Doctor Strange presides over.
The Guardians picked up Mantis when they faced off against Ego, who was kind of like a surrogate father to her in the way that he wasn’t for Peter Quill. She’s a little naive, but she’s got empathic abilities, and those antennae are just adorable.
What to expect from Avengers: Infinity War
The premise of the movie is centred on the Avengers coming together with the goal of stopping Thanos from collecting all the infinity stones.
from the trailer, we can expect some awesome team-ups, spectacular fight scenes, and the best character pairing that will result in hilarious exchanges.
We’re going to see our favourite Guardians of the Galaxy. Let’s not forget that Gamora and Nebula are the adopted daughters of Thanos, and they both have a bone to pick with daddy dearest.
The Guardians of the Galaxy team – Star-Lord/Peter Quill played by Chris Pratt (left), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Drax (Dave Bautista). Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
From the trailer, we see Thor together with the Guardians of the Galaxy team. Although it is unclear how this came to be, as we last saw Thor and the Asgardians earth bound, it has been suggested that Thanos’ fleet intercepted the Asgardians on their way to earth. Perhaps he was rescued by the Guardians? We’ll find out April 27.
Rocket (left, voiced by Bradley Cooper), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
It is still not known what happened to the Asgardians and Loki in the Asgardian’s ship attack, but the God of Mischief will definitely be making an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.
Loki, the god of mischief, played by Tom Hiddleston. Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
Meanwhile Back on Earth, Iron Man/Tony Stark is with Bruce Banner/Hulk, and they’ve met Doctor Strange and Wong.
Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Wong (Benedict Wong). Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
We can also see Peter Parker/Spider-Man on a school bus with his spidey senses tingling in the form of raised arm hairs. Then he’s getting suited up to join the team.
Spider-Man/Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland. Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
Wakanda: The Battle Ground
Our heroes will definitely be heading to the vibranium-filled lands under the rule of kind T’Chaka/Black Panther.
Black Panther/T’Challa (front), played by Chadwick Boseman, with M’Baku (Winston Duke), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in the background. Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
We already know Shuri is the brains behind almost all of Wakanda’s scientific innovations and advancements, and her first encounters with the brilliant mind of Bruce Banner is one to look out for.
Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
We also see Falcon and the Hulk buster in the middle of a big battle on Wakanda, so there’s that fight scene to look forward to.
Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie, flies over the Wakanda battlefield. Photo: Marvel Studios 2018
Will Thanos succeed in uniting all the infinity stones?
Will our heroes defeat him?
And, the biggest question of all: how many of our favourite Avengers will perish in their battle to save the universe?
With 10 years worth of MCU movies in the lead-up to Avengers: Infinity War, the release is bound to have us gripping the edges of our seats.