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Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers Infinity War logo update.jpg
Directed by Anthony Russo
Joe Russo
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Based on
Starring
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Trent Opaloch
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

Avengers: Infinity War is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron and the nineteenth film installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Benicio del Toro, Tom Holland, and Anthony Mackie. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to confront Thanos, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones.

The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1. The Russo brothers came on board to direct in April 2015 and by May, Markus and McFeely signed on to write the script for the film. In July 2016, Marvel shortened the titled to Avengers: Infinity War. Filming began in January 2017, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and is scheduled to last until June or July 2017, shooting back-to-back with a direct sequel. Additional filming took place in Scotland and England.

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018, in IMAX. An untitled sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.

Premise

Four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,[1] the Avengers, torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to inflict his will on all reality.[2][3]

Cast

The leader and benefactor of the Avengers who is a self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist with electromechanical suits of armor of his own making.[4][5] Co-director Joe Russo said that "Tony senses this greater threat approaching, so he is doing everything in his power to keep the Earth safe."[6]
An intergalactic despot who longs to collect all of the Infinity Stones in order to inflict his will on all of reality.[7][3] Co-screenwriter Stephen McFeely noted that Thanos wants to amass the Infinity Stones so he can "re-balance the universe as he sees it."[8] In addition to providing the voice for the character, Brolin performed motion capture on set.[9] On choosing to portray Thanos, Brolin said that his "good friend" Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito "called me up and started talking about this thing. It was nice because I could intimately talk to him about it. What I liked. What I didn't like about the whole idea of it... It was really exciting because of the possibilities that it could become. Not as an idea or as a blockbuster, but just as something different. It's a character mentality."[10] Brolin was looking to explore the humanity of the character.[11] Producer Kevin Feige talked about the character's role in Infinity War, saying that "in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we've done before [with other villains], but that was appropriate for" this film.[12] He also said that Thanos would have similar motivations in the film to those he had in the "Infinity Gauntlet" storyline from the comics.[13]
The leader of a faction of Avengers and a World War II veteran, who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation before waking up in the modern world and the superhero formerly known as Captain America.[17] The Russo brothers hinted that Rogers would no longer go by Captain America in the film, explaining, "I think him dropping that shield [at the end of Captain America: Civil War] is him letting go of that identity" and "admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making."[18] Joe Russo added, "His responsibility to himself is now in conflict with his responsibility to others, and he will struggle to resolve that. His road forward involves figuring out who Steve Rogers is without the shield."[19]
An Avenger and the crown prince of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name.[17] Joe Russo stated that Thor's storyline picks up after the events of Thor: Ragnarok, which finds him in a "very profound... very interesting place" and gives him "a real emotional motivation after that."[20]
The half-human, half-alien leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers.[23]
A neurosurgeon who, after a car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovered the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and becomes a Master of the Mystic Arts.[25] Aaron Lazar will serve as Cumberbatch's stand-in during filming, until the latter completes filming on The Current War. At that point, Cumberbatch will re-shoot scenes where his face needs to be seen.[26]
A highly trained spy and former member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.[37] On Romanoff interacting with the Guardians, Johansson said it would not "faze her at this point" given the character has already seen aliens descend from the sky in The Avengers.[38]

Additionally, Terry Notary appears as one of Thanos' henchmen.[41]

Production

In October 2014, Marvel announced a two-part sequel to Age of Ultron, titled Avengers: Infinity War. Part 1 was scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018, with Part 2 scheduled for May 3, 2019.[42][43] In April 2015, Marvel announced that Anthony and Joe Russo would direct both parts of Avengers: Infinity War,[44] with back-to-back filming expected to begin in 2016.[45] The same month, Kevin Feige said the films would be two, distinct films "because they [have] such shared elements, it felt appropriate... to [subtitle the films] like that. But I wouldn’t call it one story that's cut in half. I would say it's going to be two distinct movies."[46] By May 2015, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely signed on to write the screenplays for both parts of the film.[47] A year later, the Russos revealed that they would be retitling the two films, to further remove the misconception that the films were one large film split in two, with Joe stating, "The intention is we will change [the titles], we just haven’t come up with [them] yet."[48] In July 2016, Marvel revealed the film's title would be shortened to simply Avengers: Infinity War.[49] In October 2016, Feige noted that filming would begin in January 2017, and that production on both films would last until October or November.[50]

Principal photography began on January 23, 2017,[51] under the working title Mary Lou,[52] at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia,[53] with Trent Opaloch as director of photography.[54] Additional filming took place in Scotland beginning in February 2017. The filming, which occurred in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands,[55] with studio work taking place at Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld,[56][57] is expected to last for six months.[55] Filming also began at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England in early May 2017.[58] Filming is expected to last until June or July 2017.[59]

Music

In June 2016, Alan Silvestri, who composed the score for The Avengers, was revealed to be returning to score both Infinity War and its sequel.[60] Silvestri is scheduled to begin recording his score in January 2018.[61]

Release

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018,[42][43] in IMAX.[62]

Marketing

In May 2017, Robert Downey Jr. and his philanthropic organization Random Act Funding partnered with Omaze to initiate a contest to benefit Random Act Funding. A randomly chosen winner from those that donated would receive an Infinity War set visit.[63]

Sequel

An untitled sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.[42]

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