Marvel enthusiasts would probably have heard the exciting news: the superheroes are returning to the big screen this April.
Airing three years after the previous Avengers movie (or after two years, if you considered Captain America: Civil War as Avengers 2.5), Infinity War has a pretty amazing lineup of superheroes.
If you’re a fan of blockbuster movies, here are ten facts about this soon-to-be blockbuster that will certainly be the talk of the town real soon.
Infinity War is a story that has been brewing since the existence of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) when the powerful Infinity Stones were introduced.
There’s also plans to invade Black Panther’s home, Wakanda, to get his hands on the remaining stones.
The story is a spin-off from the 1991 classic Infinity Gauntlet comic mini-series, and not the sequel named Infinity War (confusing no?).
The 2013 Infinity comic has also contributed to the storyline.
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, artefacts 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.”
Okay that’s all: no more spoilers (not that we know anyways).
In the Avengers: Infinity War footage released at Comic-Con in San Diego, Thor was travelling through space until he lands on the windshield of a spaceship belonging to the Guardians of the Galaxy following the events of Thor: Ragnarok.
This intertwined fate will bring both teams face-to-face with Infinity Stone-crazed Thanos.
Watch how the Guardians of the Galaxy will play into Avengers: Infinity War in this interview.
All your Marvel characters
According to Channel NewsAsia, Infinity Wars is MCU’s 19th movie and will be boasting a massive line-up of 80 characters!
That’s almost triple of Captain America: Civil War, which fans have noticed starred quite a number of heroes itself.
So…is Hawkeye in the movie?
Before we move on, here’s the official trailers, in case you’ve been unaware of all the buzzing on the Internet:
Sharp-eyed (note the pun) fans would have noticed that there hasn’t been a trail of Hawkeye in the publicity materials. Such poor guy, isn’t it? No only does he not have a stand-alone movie, he isn’t in the trailer as well.
But don’t worry, director Joe Russo has confirmed that he will be appearing in the film.
“Characters on Cap’s team made certain decisions,” he said, “and others made other decisions that led to different paths in them dealing with oversight in this movie in a different way. So Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie.”
Fellow director Anthony Russo added, “he has a unique reaction to the Civil War situation that puts him in a special spot in this film.”
Last we know, he has been rescued by the Captain after he was jailed in Captain America: Civil War.
Ooh…all these mysterious hints are killing me!
Infinity War will be directed by Winter Soldier and Civil War (i.e. Captain America’s movies) directors Anthony and Joe Russo.
It is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The duo held the pen for the scripts of three Captain America films (The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier and Civil War), and Thor: The Dark World.
They are also the screenwriters of The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise
Other than reuniting again for Infinity War, the two will also be writing its untitled sequel, which is set to be release next year (2019), which we’ll be talking about soon.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn holds the title of executive producer, and Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Jon Watts, Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler and Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi are also key personnel behind the movie.
All these big names already promise the quality of this highly-anticipated movie.
Places they’ve been to
After the main casts confirmed their involvement, they went to Scotland to film at the beginning of February 2017.
The filming also took place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands, with studio work done at Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld.
They then went to the Durham Cathedral in Durham, England in early May 2017.
From late June to middle of July, filming took place in Downtown Atlanta, Atlanta’s Central Park, and Queens, New York.
Filming concluded on July 14, 2017.
Box office projection
Back in December last year, a Fandango survey concluded that Infinity War was the most anticipated film of this year.
Just this month, early box office projections had Infinity War grossing between USD200–235 million in its opening weekend in the US and Canada and between USD490–590 million for its total domestic gross.
And if you thought the Black Panther craze was insane, wait till you read this:
Fandango also claimed that Infinity War broke the record for largest initial 24-hour ticket pre-sales for a superhero film in just six hours.
(i.e. people buying even before reading any review)
That’s already better than Black Panther.
Atom Tickets also reported that Infinity War sold more tickets in its first pre-sales day than Black Panther sold in its first month.
Within three days, the film earned the biggest amount of pre-sales for any superhero film at AMC Theatres.
AMC noted that Infinity War‘s advanced ticket sales were 257.6% ahead of Black Panther‘s, 751.5% ahead of Captain America: Civil War, and 1106.5% ahead of Avengers: Age of Ultron during the same time frame.
Talk about impressive.
There’s gonna be a sequel
Infinity War was meant to come in two parts, with the sequel coming out next year May.
However, the Russo brothers have stated that the titles (Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2) were “misleading”.
In fact, the two movies are going to be “very, very different”, unlike what their titles suggest.
Hence, the first movie will be simply Avengers: Infinity War, releasing in the UK on April 26 and in the US on April 27.
The second film is currently known only as ‘Untitled Avengers’ (kind of like how your computer automatically saves a file as ‘Untitled’).
It has already begun shooting last summer and will be coming to the UK on April 26, 2019, and the US on May 3, 2019.
Chris Evans is leaving
I’m sorry to be the one breaking this piece of news to you.
As a huge fan of Capt myself (for very obvious reasons), I am devastated to find out Chris Evans will be officially off the team after the sequel.
According to a New York Times profile, Evans has confirmed Avengers 4 will be his last film with MCU.
You know, given that he broke every possible law in Captain America: Civil War, it might not be that surprising.
The actor signed with MCU for six Marvel movies and kindly extended his contract to include the seventh one, which is the sequel we just talked about.
In his own words,”You want to get off the train before they push you off”.
You can say that the Captain is ROD-ing. Good for you, Cap, but…
I’ll brb from crying.
Free this day!
Once again, the heroes will be visiting our little red dot!
The team, led by Iron Man Robert Downey Jr (‘coz Iron Man is the leader since Cap is going to ROD, no?), will be attending the red carpet publicity event at Marina Bay Sands on April 16.
According to Channel NewsAsia, Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch will also be in attendance.
Joining them will be Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula as well as co-director Joe Russo.
Marvel fans will get the chance to take a selfie or get an autograph with the stars. And FYI, the event is free!
More details of the red carpet event will be revealed on April 2 at noon, at http://www.marinabaysands.com/avengers/.
Not sure if they’ll be taking SIA or Iron Man will just give them a ride, though.
Avengers: Infinity War will be in cinemas from 26 April 2018.
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