There’s no doubt about it, Avengers: Infinity War is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most massive entry yet. It’s packed with characters, plot developments, game-changing moments, and a massive cliffhanger that leaves a year for fans to cope with everything they’ve witnessed. This is where we warn you to stop reading if you’ve yet to see the movie, as we are going to dig into some heavy spoiler territory.
Infinity War kicks off by picking up dangling plot threads from seemingly a half a dozen movies. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), last seen fleeing Asgard at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, have been attacked by Thanos, the giant purple baddie who was glimpsed in OG Avengers and expanded upon in Guardians of the Galaxy before being fully unleashed here. Thanos is out to claim all six Infinity Stones, original pieces of the universe formed in the Big Bang, that if combined would give him magical powers beyond comprehension or opposition. With some Asgardian assistance, the Hulk escapes back to his home planet where, after changing into Bruce Banner, he begins warning heroes both old (Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man) and new (Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange) about the horror approaching Earth.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s various entries might enjoy a lot of great reviews from both fans and critics, but one of the issues that everyone has with Marvel is that the franchise constantly keeps on bringing back supposedly deceased heroes.
However, now that Avengers: Infinity War is on its way, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige tells Entertainment Weekly that fans ought to be more careful what they wish for.
“Yes. I mean, I could always list off the characters that we’ve killed in our movies that haven’t come back, but the big ones, which I know they’re looking at …? [Pause.] I would just say, yes. People need to be careful what they wish for.”
That’s not all Infinity War is packing, though. In addition to the death, destruction, and insanity that unfolds throughout the nearly three-hour movie, there are also some major changes made to MCU canon. Things established in previous movies throughout Marvel’s 10-year streak of superhero adventures are altered to better fit the story of Infinity War.
There’s little doubt that these changes will impact the MCU for years to come, given the movies Marvel already has on the way. However, there are still two movies to come before Avengers 4 takes over theaters. Both Ant-Man and The Wasp will likely carry heavy implications for the next Avengers movie, given how the characters from both films are likely to play a major role.
While Ant-Man himself didn’t factor into Infinity War at all, thanks to the deal he cut with the government, Captain America, Thor, and the rest of the surviving Avengers are going to need all of the help they can get their hands on in Avengers 4. That’s also, most likely, where Captain Marvel will come into play. In the movie’s post-credits scene, Nick Fury sends out a distress message to the female superhero that’s getting her own standalone film in 2019–just in time to introduce fans to her before she swoops in to help save the day in Avengers 4.