The last big piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe puzzle is almost here: Avengers: Infinity War. This will unquestionably be the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie so far, with an enormous cast that unites both the cosmic and earthbound sides of the MCU. Avengers: Infinity War boasts the Captain America: Civil War creative team of Joe and Anthony Russo directing, and with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley writing.
Here’s everything you need to know to get you through the wait for the biggest, most ambitious Marvel movie ever!
Avengers: Infinity War Release Date
Avengers: Infinity War opens on April 27.
Avengers: Infinity War Trailer
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Avengers: Infinity War Cast and Characters
Avengers: Infinity War will star pretty much everyone. A post on moviecastingcall.com seems to indicate we’re getting the biggest cast yet (although we know that some of this information may not be accurate since Samuel L. Jackson at least insists he is not in the film):
Starring in “Avengers: Infinity War” is BAFTA Award nominee Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin as Thanos, Saturn Award Winner Chris Pratt as Star Lord / Peter Quill, Teen Choice Awards nominee Sebastian Stan as Bucky, four-time Golden Globe Award nominee Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Academy Award winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, ALMA Award winner Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Empire Award winner Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, two-time Saturn Award nominee Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, BAFTA Awards nominee Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet, four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Vin Diesel as Groot, Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, British Independent Film Awards nominee Benedict Wong as Wong, Action on Film Award winner Dave Bautista as Drax, BAFTA Film Award nominee Paul Bettany as Vision, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award winner Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, three-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / The Hulk, and two-time Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man.
There had been some ongoing speculation about whether or not Brie Larson would make her Marvel movie debut in this one, or if they would save her for a solo movie, but it looks like she’ll be here in some capacity, even though her solo movie isn’t due until next year. We’re still not sure what to make of that information, to be honest.
Hiroyuki Sanada has apparently been set for a “supporting role” according to Deadline.
Motion capture maestro (and current King Kong in Kong: Skull Island) Terry Notary revealed to THR that he’s playing Thanos’ “right hand bad guy in the film.” He’s listed on IMDB as a member of the Cull Obsidian, which might mean that this movie is taking as much inspiration from recent comics as it is from the classic Infinity Gauntlet story. We have more info on Thanos’ Black Order right here.
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has a “key role” and we have a pretty good idea of who that might be.
Fresh off her first Marvel appearance in Black Panther, Walking Dead star Danai Gurira is rolling right into Avengers: Infinity War as Okoye, the head of T’Challa’s private all-female security force the Dora Milaje.
In far less confirmed news, there’s a rumor that Liv Tyler will finally reprise her Betty Ross role. Not much to that story, though. It seems that Benedict Cumberbatch’s body double will be there for the parts of the shoot that he can’t make it to. We speculated on who else might join the party right here.
You probably shouldn’t hold your breath for appearances from anyone on the Marvel Netflix or ABC TV shows, though.
Avengers: Infinity War Story
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.
“We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe,” Kevin Feige said back in October of 2014 when the project was first announced. “Avengers: Infinity War is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”
As you might expect, this is the one where Thanos finally has all of those Infinity Stones he’s been collecting and is in a position to deliver a world of pain unto our favorite heroes. Thanos and his quests for galactic dominance have been a recurring theme in Avengers history, and we explored a number of those attempts (and how they might influence this movie) right here.
Whether everyone makes it out of this one appears to be up in the air, though.
Avengers: Infinity War Budget
There are indications that Avengers: Infinity War “could be the most expensive film ever made” according to a report in The Independent, which claims that all in, the movie may have cost well over $400 million, which would beat Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ $397 million number.
Note that this figure has not yet been verified by other outlets.
Avengers: Infinity War Runtime
Early reports indicated that Avengers: Infinity War runs 2 hours and 36 minutes, which would make it the longest MCU movie.
We’ll update this with more information as it becomes available.