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Avengers: Infinity War
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Teaser poster
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 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast with many actors from previous MCU films. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos, who is trying to collect 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 title to Avengers: Infinity War. Filming began in January 2017, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and lasted until July 2017, shooting back-to-back with a direct sequel. Additional filming took place in Scotland, England, the Downtown Atlanta area and New York City.

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 4, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. The 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 have been torn apart following the events of Captain America: Civil War. When Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality to his will, the Avengers must join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him before his onslaught of destruction puts an end to the universe.[2][3][4]

Cast

Additionally, reprising their roles from earlier MCU films include: Jacob Batalon as Ned;[58] Isabella Amara as Sally;[59] and Florence Kasumba as Ayo.[55] Terry Notary appears as one of Thanos' henchmen,[60] and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has been cast in an unidentified villainous role.[61] Avengers co-creator Stan Lee has a cameo in the film.[62]

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.[63][64] In April 2015, Marvel announced that Anthony and Joe Russo would direct both parts of Avengers: Infinity War,[65] with back-to-back filming expected to begin in 2016.[66] 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."[67] By May 2015, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely signed on to write the screenplays for both parts of the film.[68] 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."[69] In July 2016, Marvel revealed the film's title would be shortened to simply Avengers: Infinity War.[70]

Principal photography began on January 23, 2017,[71] under the working title Mary Lou,[72] at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia,[73] with Trent Opaloch as director of photography.[74] In early February, Marvel confirmed the involvement of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, and Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the film.[7] Additional filming took place in Scotland beginning in February 2017. The filming occurred in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands,[75] with studio work taking place at Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld.[76][77] Filming also began at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England in early May 2017.[78] In late June 2017, filming occurred in Downtown Atlanta,[79] as well as Atlanta's Central Park in early July,[80] before moving to Queens, New York in the middle of the month.[81] Filming concluded on July 14, 2017.[82]

Later in July 2017, Joe Russo stated there were a couple of unfinished scenes for Infinity War that would be shot "in the next few months".[83] Visual effects for the film were created by Framestore,[84] Industrial Light & Magic,[85] and Method Studios.[86]

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.[87] Silvestri is scheduled to begin recording his score in January 2018.[88]

Release

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to begin its international release on April 25, 2018, with additional openings on April 26 and 27,[89] before releasing in the United States on May 4,[63][64] in IMAX and 3D.[90][91]

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.[92] A life-sized statue of Thanos, created by Legacy Effects, was on display at D23 Expo 2017,[93] alongside statues of the Black Order members and Thanos's children Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian, which were revealed at the event.[94][95] Additionally, Feige, Joe Russo, Downey, Brolin, Bettany, Olsen, Klementieff, Gillan, Bautista, Cheadle, Mackie, Cumberbatch, Stan, Holland, Boseman, Ruffalo and Hemsworth appeared at D23 Expo to present a clip highlighting the 10 years of MCU films along with footage from Infinity War.[53] The footage, which was screened exclusively for the panel,[96] received strong audience reaction, with fans "literally on their feet and jumping as the footage played".[96][97] Julia Alexander of Polygon commented, "to say that there was quite a bit happening in the trailer would be one hell of an understatement, but that’s not what got me excited about the promises Infinity War may deliver upon. Seeing Spider-Man in the same movie as Iron Man, Thor, Star-Lord and the Scarlet Witch finally feels like Marvel has made the movie it always wanted to — and the one we’ve always wanted to see. For nearly ten years we dreamt of this reality and to see it play across a massive screen... it was impossible to not feel emotional."[97] CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg said the footage left him "literally shaking", with the film looking "like it could be one of the most epic blockbusters ever created," concluding "the hype [for the film] most definitely feels very, very real."[98] Haleigh Foutch for Collider said, "It looks dark and dramatic, and utterly epic. It’s clear Marvel is trying to do something different here... to pay off a decade’s worth of narrative and world-building. While it’s impossible to tell from two minutes work of footage, it certainly looks like that gamble paid off."[99] The D23 footage was also shown at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International.[100] Due to the two convention presentations, Avengers: Infinity War generated over 90,000 new conversations on social media from July 17 to 23, the third-most during that time period behind Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, according to comScore and its PreAct service.[101] Infinity War stayed in third the following week, with over 41,000 new social media conversations, behind Ragnarok and It.[102] By the week of October 16, Infinity War had generated over 679,000 total social media conversations.[103]

To promote the release of the film's first trailer, Marvel released "a retrospective video looking back at some of its best trailers" since Iron Man, "paired with fan reaction videos to those trailers."[104] The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War debuted on Good Morning America on November 29, 2017.[105] Josh Spiegel of The Hollywood Reporter said, "The trailer promises, in many ways, exactly what anyone with a passing familiarity with superhero movies would expect..." but "the most important part of the trailer is how it carefully, deliberately introduces the notion that the Infinity War films are going to function as a passing of the torch, from one set of Avengers to a newer group."[106] Scott Mendelson writing for Forbes noted that even though the trailer was not much different from the convention footage screened earlier in the year, it was "damn impressive. Moreover, it uses Nick Fury's big "Avengers Initiative" speech, along with Alan Silvestri's Avengers theme, to excellent effect."[107] Conversely to Mendelson, Alexander commented on the different marketing strategy for the film between the convention footage scenes and the trailer scenes, feeling the "two couldn’t be more different". She noted how the convention footage ("meant to please a crowd running on little sleep and jittery with anticipation") was released between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, and "[i]t made sense to use Thor and the Guardians to hype up [Infinity War]..." because "Marvel relied on the anticipation of Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's success to excite fans, and footage of older movies set to classic Marvel scores as a way to drive home how this movie is an event in itself." Conversely, the trailer ("designed to explain what's about to happen, teasing it out with additional background") heavily featured Black Panther and Wakanda, which Alexander said could not have been done earlier without the additional marketing for Black Panther that happened after the conventions to provide additional context.[108] Gael Cooper of CNET observed that the trailer was viewed nearly 500,000 times in its first 15 minutes after it was posted on YouTube but questioned if the trailer broke the site after the view counter appeared to be stuck at 467,331.[109] The trailer was viewed 230 million times in its first 24 hours, becoming the most viewed trailer in that time period, surpassing the record of It.[110]

In January 2018, Marvel Comics published a two-issue prequel comic titled Avengers: Infinity War Prelude, which serves as a bridge between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.[111] A commercial for Infinity War aired during Super Bowl LII. The ad generated the most social media buzz out of all the films advertised during the Super Bowl according to comScore and United Talent Agency; it was viewed 17.6 million times across YouTube and Facebook.[112]

Box office projection

In December 2017, a survey from Fandango indicated that Infinity War was the most anticipated film in 2018.[113]

Sequel

An untitled sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019,[63] with the Russos returning to direct,[65] and Markus and McFeely once again writing the screenplay.[68]

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