What to know before you see 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Sunday , April 22, 2018 - 12:00 AM

MCKENZIE LEININGER
TX. Correspondent

In recent years, Marvel Studios has dominated the superhero movie genre. From “Iron Man” to “Black Panther,” almost every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie has been successful and many of them have positive reviews.

Certainly some of the most popular of the Marvel films have been the actual “Avengers” movies, which combine many of the standalone characters from other shows into one huge showdown.

So what, you ask, could possibly be bigger than even the first “Avengers” movie? Well, the finale, of course, coming your way Friday, April 27.

• Background

For some background information, MCU has been planning its movies years in advance. It has divided the films into different “phases,” each with its own set of movies. While movie releases may seem random, rest assured that Marvel has had everything minutely planned to create one huge, well … universe.

Phase 1 included “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers,” which was the finale film of this series. “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (finale movie) and “Ant-Man” constituted Phase 2.

The newest Phase 3 involves “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther” and — drumroll, please — “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Whew. Basically, “Infinity War” is such a hugely anticipated movie not only because is it the conclusion to Phase 3 of MCU, but also because it is a giant finale for the previous two phases. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, said, “I think there will be a finality to moments of Phase Three, as well as new beginnings that will mark a different, a very different, a distinctively different chapter in what will someday be a complete first saga made up of three phases.”

So there you have it. “Avengers: Infinity War” will be critical in changing the lives of every character involved and will vastly alter the fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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• Infinity Stones

So. On to the actual movie. Throughout the MCU films, the main theme tying them all together is that of the Infinity Stones (hence the name of the new movie). Essentially, these are super powerful objects that embody different elements of the universe — or in other words, really strong rocks.

So far, we have seen five of the six Infinity Stones out there. The Space Stone, or Tesseract, was first revealed in “Captain America: The First Avenger” as a blue glowing cube that can open portals, provide energy, etc. The Reality Stone, or aether, was revealed next in “Thor: The Dark World” as a floating red liquid that can change normal matter into dark matter.

The Power Stone, which can destroy planets, was shown in “Guardians of the Galaxy” as a purple stone encased in a silver orb.

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The Mind Stone appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Loki’s scepter and was used to control people’s minds, although it now resides in Vision’s forehead. The Time Stone was revealed in “Doctor Strange,” and allows the user to control time. Last is the Soul Stone, which has not appeared so far in the MCU.

• Characters

The main villain in “Infinity War” will be Thanos, the big purple guy we’ve seen in the credits who floats around on his flying golden chair. He will be joined by his personal forces, the Black Order, and the Collector, a man who was given one of the Infinity Stones for safekeeping in “Thor: Dark World.”

The heroes to oppose these villains will include the usual Avengers we have seen in previous films — Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Iron Man, Hulk and Thor. They will be joined by other heroes such as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Bucky, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Vision and many, many more. Apparently up to 40 superheroes will be on screen at one time!

As for anything you should know about these characters individually, it’s hard to say without having seen “Infinity War” yet. However, the tensions between Iron Man and Captain America could very well remain strained as a result of “Civil War,” which ended with Captain America giving up his Avenger shield (although he will gain a new one, judging from the trailers).

Loki’s intentions are also still muddled, as he appears to have stolen the Tesseract from Odin’s weapon vault in “Thor: Ragnarok,” and he is shown holding it over several dead bodies in the “Infinity War” trailer.

• Plot

With such a beast of film already, how is there even room for a plot, you may ask?

Well, most of it remains unknown at this point, but the gist of it is that Thanos, the big villain we mentioned earlier, will assemble his forces. It’s clear from the trailers that he has obtained the Infinity Gauntlet, a big glove that holds all of the Infinity Stones so they can be used to essentially rule the universe.

After trying to use others such as Loki and (”Guardians of the Galaxy” villain) Ronan to retrieve the Infinity Stones for him, Thanos has decided he had better do it himself. As such, the main plot of the movie will include his attempts to gather all of the stones and the Avengers’ attempts to stop him. From the trailers, Thanos has gained at least two Infinity Stones and appears to rip a third from Vision’s head.

So there you have it. While there is really no substitute to prepare you for “Avengers: Infinity War” besides rewatching all 18 MCU films, this article has hopefully served as a crash course in what to know and what to expect while saving you 50-plus hours of movie watching.

Clearly, this upcoming film is a huge production that will set the stage for movies to come, and among Marvel fans, it is one of the most anticipated superhero films of all time.

McKenzie Leininger is a sophomore at Bonneville High School who loves engineering, eating and writing. Email her at fiorgaoth@gmail.com.

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