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Avengers: Infinity War trailer, cast, release date, plot, spoilers and everything you need to know

And you thought Captain America: Civil War was massive...

We all thought that Captain America: Civil War was inconceivably huge, with its two opposing armies of superheroes, but the closer we get to Avengers: Infinity War, the clearer it is that we ain't seen nothin' yet.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to the cosmic bust up for years – and it will stretch over two films, with triple the cast of Cap's latest outing.

Winter Soldier and Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo are back to tackle Marvel's monster, which will reunite them with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is serving as executive producer, and Spider-Man: Homecoming's Jon Watts, Black Panther's Ryan Coogler and Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi have been involved too.


But what can we expect when the mad titan Thanos comes out swinging for the double movie? Here's everything you need to know to prepare for the all-out Avengers war:

Avengers: Infinity War first reaction – Mighty ambitious
We've seen a half-hour preview of the film, and while we can't give anything away, we can promise that it's way ambitious.

As teased by composer Alan Silvestri, there are some wild switches in tones between different groups – the Guardians sequence had a very different, look, feel and soundtrack to the New York scenes. Naturally, there's a lot of humour to balance out the portentous, end of the world stuff.
Still no Hawkeye, alas!
Soldier, Black Widow, Iron Man, Hulk, Falcon and Captain America.

Avengers: Infinity War trailer – It's a super smash

The first trailer revealed just how massive this film is going to be.

The trailer begins with a nod back to The Avengers with Samuel L Jackson proclaiming: "There was an idea… " Does this hint at a return for the man who brought them all together, Nick Fury?

We're then treated to all the Avengers with the exception of Ant-Man (though, obvs, he could be flying around there somewhere). The Vision and Scarlet Witch seem to be sharing a moment, whilst we loved seeing Peter Parker's Spidey senses tingling and then in action in his new Iron Spider suit.

Also worth noting is the return of the Hulkbuster armour – which may be hiding an oversized secret – and more recent additions Black Panther and Okoye fighting alongside the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Iron Man, Hulk, Falcon and Captain America.
And what's Loki doing with the Tesseract…?

Finally, at the very end, we're treated to an eye-patched Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy gang.

Our second look at the film came at Super Bowl 2018, including a look at Captain America's new shield.

The second full trailer gave us more insight into Thanos's plans.

It focused on his relationship with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), even showing her as a little girl hanging out with her adopted father.

Avengers: Infinity War release date – One film or two?
First billed as a two-part movie, with Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 being followed a year later by Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, the latest seems to be that Marvel is drawing a more rigid line between them.

The first movie will be simply Avengers: Infinity War, and will be released worldwide on in the UK on April 26 and in the US on April 27.

The second film is currently known only as 'Untitled Avengers'. That's coming to the UK on April 26, 2019, and the US on May 3, 2019. It started shooting in summer 2017.

The Russos had already said that the previous titles were "misleading" and that the two films were going to be "very, very different". The question remains as to just how related or separated they will turn out to be. The eventual announcement of the second title should shed some more light on this particular mystery.

Infinity War has already broken ticket pre-sale records.

Avengers: Infinity War cast – Thanos is sitting pretty
Marvel has kept quiet on the complete cast of Infinity War. Originally estimated to have 67 characters showing up over the course of the movie and its follow-up – with 40 superheroes reportedly on screen in one scene. That accounts for pretty much all the MCU's existing stars, and presumably some we are yet to meet.

As the main villain of the piece, we have Josh Brolin's Thanos, who will hopefully be subverting Marvel's villain problem by serving as the "main character" in the film.
On the heroic side, we have pretty much everyone: Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Dave Bautista (Drax), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Vin Diesel (Groot), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Benedict Wong (Wong), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Benicio del Toro (The Collector), Winston Duke (M'Baku), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Jacob Batalon (Ned) and Florence Kasumba (Ayo).

Bradley Cooper and Sean Gunn also unite once more as the voice and motion capture for Rocket Raccoon, and despite not showing up in any of the trailers yet, Jeremy Renner will return – perhaps swapping his Hawkeye identity for the role of Ronin.

Due to Infinity War and Avengers 4 shooting back to back, there is some ambiguity about who among the supporting characters will appear in which film, although we know that Evangeline Lilly's Wasp won't be around until the second – and it's not clear that Paul Rudd will appear as Ant-Man either, although he is widely assumed to.
Marisa Tomei's Aunt May seems to be about the only supporting character who isn't coming back, although Spider-Man: Homecoming bit part Sally Avril (Isabella Amara) is apparently returning. And it is reported that Hayley Atwell will reprise her role as the recently deceased Agent Peggy Carter, somehow.
Brie Larson's Captain Marvel was widely expected to make her debut in Infinity War ahead of her own 2019 solo movie, but that is not to be. Perhaps she will finally join her fellow Marvel heroes in Avengers 4.

There is a theory that Spider-Man character Silk could even make an unexpected appearance.
In terms of villains, Thanos will be joined by his lieutenants, the Black Order – Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian. They may have been changed from the comics to be the children of the Titan – possibly in the same vein as his adopted kids Gamora and Nebula. Feige has hinted that some well-known actors will be voicing them. Could Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, who is on board in an unknown role, be one of them?

With all that, it will be no surprise that Infinity War is on track to be the longest MCU movie yet.
Feige told Vulture that he was most looking forward to seeing Doctor Strange and Iron Man meeting on the big screen, before teasing the other meetups to come: "Particularly in Infinity War and the movie after that, there are... unexpected team-ups."

Our new favourite Marvel heroes (via Netflix) – Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil – aren't looking so likely for an appearance. That said, Daredevil star Charlie Cox does have an option in his contract for film roles, so it isn't completely impossible. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed for Matt Murdock vs Thanos in a long hallway. The titan won't know what hit him.

Avengers: Infinity War budget – The most expensive movie ever made?
A report in the Daily Record suggests Avengers: Infinity War could end up being the most expensive movie made so far with a budget of $400M, topping the current frontrunner Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which tallied in at $378.5 in 2011.

It's still just a rumour but it sounds plausible, given the humungous cast and the ginormous takings of the last two Avengers films (which are currently the fifth and seventh highest grossing films of all time).

Avengers: Infinity War plot – Running the gauntlet
Here's the official synopsis:

"As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos."

"A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain."

Infinity War is a story that has been building from very early on in the existence of the MCU as the powerful objects known as the Infinity Stones have been coming to light.
Thanos wants unite them in the Infinity Gauntlet in order to "rebalance the universe" – which involved erasing half of all life in existence. These plans also involve the invasion of Black Panther's home, Wakanda, in order to get his hands on the remaining stones.

The story is inspired by 1991's classic Infinity Gauntlet comic miniseries, rather than from its sequel – the one actually called Infinity War. The 2013 event Infinity has also been a key influence. Are you confused yet?

To be honest, very few people are said to know the "true plot" – and that includes the cast of crew of the films!
It looks as though the heroes will be splitting off into teams before the big reunion in Wakanda, where the final portion of the movie will be set. Thor is setting off with Groot and Rocket in the great unknown, while back in New York City it looks like an Iron Man/Bruce Banner/Doctor Strange/Wong/Spider-Man team-up.

An Avengers romance is also on the cards, as well as a new look for the Vision, and there will be a 'devastating' reunion between Black Widow and Bruce Banner. And a picture from the set has hinted at big changes for Iron Man.

Steve Rogers expected to dump his Captain America title after going rogue in Civil War, perhaps to become 'Nomad' instead. And the Russos have teased more "radical" changes for Thor, too – including a new hammer called Stormbreaker and, maybe, a new eye too.
Bruce is back on Earth after Thor: Ragnarok, and feeling estranged from Tony and the gang after their catastrophic schism. His alter ego, The Hulk, might be a bit of a Thanos fanboy too, but that's nothing compared to a betrayal that it looks like might be on the cards.

The enormous cast will apparently allow for a set piece that will dwarf even Captain America: Civil War's iconic airport battle.
As Thanos's adopted daughter, Nebula could have a major part to play, too. She has a "brilliant and unexpected" new BFF, and Karen Gillan has promised that her backstory will (somehow) be getting "even worse". Gillan also said that the film will tie together "ten years" of story threads.

Whatever happens in the movie, you can bet that this won't be the end of the MCU. Not that anyone would ever take that bet. We've got a superhero future stretching ahead of us – although some big changes are on the cards, including, quite possibly, some grisly deaths.

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