Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Other cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Paul Bettany, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo
Release date: 27 April 2018
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Running time: 149 min
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.
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 including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from amassing the all-powerful 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, which drew inspiration from Jim Starlin’s 1991 “The Infinity Gauntlet” comic and Jonathan Hickman’s 2013 “Infinity” comic. 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 have its world premiere on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on April 27, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. The sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.
Tom’s Character: Peter Parker / Spider-Man
A 16-year-old who gained spider-like abilities after being bitten by a genetically-modified spider. He’s Tony Stark / Iron Man’s protegee and he joins the battle against Thanos.
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:
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. Co-director Joe Russo explained that Stark “senses this greater threat approaching, so he is doing everything in his power to keep the Earth safe.” Downey added that Stark would have smaller goals than in previous films, with the idea of him as a tinkerer continued from Iron Man 3.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor:
An Avenger and the king of Asgard based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name. 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” with “real emotional motivation”. Thor now wields a mystical axe known as Stormbreaker, after the destruction of his hammer Mjolnir in Ragnarok.
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk:
An Avenger and a genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or agitated. Banner spends the film trying to reintegrate with the Avengers, and also tries to “impress upon everybody how dangerous [Thanos] is.” This continues a story arc for the character that was established in Thor: Ragnarok and concludes in the Infinity War sequel, with the difference between Hulk and Banner “starting to blur a little bit”. Ruffalo described Hulk in Infinity War as having the mental capacity of a five-year-old.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers:
The fugitive superhero formerly known as Captain America, leader of a faction of Avengers. A World War II veteran, he was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation before waking up in the modern world. Joe Russo said the character will struggle with his decision to no longer be Captain America, as well as with the conflict between his responsibility to himself and his responsibility to others. The character embodies the “spirit” of his comic alternate identity Nomad in the film, and receives new vibranium gauntlets from Shuri to replace his traditional shield.
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:
A highly trained spy, and former Avenger and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Johansson said that Romanoff’s situation in the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War has been “a dark time. I wouldn’t say that my character has been particularly hopeful, but I think she’s hardened even more than she probably was before.”
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange:
A former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovered the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and became a Master of the Mystic Arts. Aaron Lazar served as Cumberbatch’s stand-in until the latter completed filming on The Current War. At that point, Cumberbatch re-shot scenes where his face needed to be seen. JayFunk once again assisted Cumberbatch with his finger-tutting movements.
Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine:
A former officer in the U.S. Air Force who operates the War Machine armor and is an Avenger. Following his paralysis during the events of Civil War, Rhodes is given an apparatus by Stark to walk again, although he is reluctant to don his War Machine armor and rejoin the Avengers due to his injury. Cheadle believed that Rhodes is “negotiating this reunion and his rejoining this team.” He also explained that Rhodes’ relationship with Stark “deepened” from his accident, saying, “I think Tony feels somewhat responsible and culpable in a way. But again, he’s always had my back in a way that only he could really have.”
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther:
The king of the African nation of Wakanda, who gained his enhanced strength by ingesting the Heart-Shaped Herb.
Paul Bettany as Vision:
An android and Avenger created using the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. and the Mind Stone. Anthony Russo called Vision “a living MacGuffin. Obviously, that raises the stakes because Vision’s life is in danger, and his life is in conflict with Thanos’ goals, so something’s got to give.”
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch:
A member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers, who can harness magic and engage in hypnosis and telekinesis.
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon:
A member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers and former pararescueman trained by the military in aerial combat using a specially designed wing pack. Mackie noted that Wilson has a grudge with other heroes like Iron Man and Black Panther after the events of Civil War.
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / White Wolf:
An enhanced assassin and Rogers’ ally and best friend, who reemerged brainwashed after being thought killed in action during World War II. Barnes, who formerly went by Winter Soldier, is given the name White Wolf by the people of Wakanda who helped remove his Hydra programming.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki:
Thor’s adoptive brother based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name.
Idris Elba as Heimdall:
The all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian former sentry of the Bifröst Bridge, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name.
Benedict Wong as Wong:
One of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, tasked with protecting some of Kamar-Taj’s most valuable relics and books.
Pom Klementieff as Mantis:
A member of the Guardians of the Galaxy with empathic powers.
Karen Gillan as Nebula:
An adopted daughter of Thanos who was raised with Gamora as siblings.
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer:
A member of the Guardians and warrior in search of vengeance against Thanos for killing his family.
Zoe Saldana as Gamora:
A member of the Guardians who is an orphan from an alien world who seeks redemption for her past crimes. She was raised by Thanos.
Vin Diesel as Groot:
A member of the Guardians who is a tree-like humanoid. Executive producer James Gunn explained that Groot is still an adolescent in the film, in the same state of growth seen in one of the post-credit scenes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Terry Notary provided motion capture for Groot, and said the character is “coming of age, so you’ll see the teenager find a mentor to look up to and to model him self after.”
Bradley Cooper as Rocket:
A member of the Guardians who is a genetically-engineered raccoon-based bounty hunter and mercenary, and is a master of weapons and battle tactics. Sean Gunn once again served as the stand-in for Rocket during filming, with his acting and expressions serving as motion reference for the character.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts:
Stark’s fianceé and the CEO of Stark Industries. Downey felt that “Pepper remains the heart of the [Iron Man] story”, which was not a focal point in some of the preceding films with Stark. Downey continued that “we wanted to get back to that reality. Not just for them, but let’s really see how that can add to the something-worth-fighting-for of it all.”
Benicio del Toro as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector:
An obsessive keeper of the largest collection of interstellar fauna, relics, and species of all manner in the galaxy.
Josh Brolin as Thanos:
An intergalactic despot from Titan who longs to collect all of the Infinity Stones in order to impose his will on all of reality, wanting to “re-balance the universe”.
Producer Kevin Feige added that Thanos believes the universe is becoming over-populated, which led to the destruction of his home planet Titan and is something he vowed not to let happen again, and also said “you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character of” the film. Brolin likened Thanos to “the Quasimodo of this time” and the novel Perfume, since Thanos was born deformed and considered a “freak” on Titan, while Joe Russo would reference The Godfather for Brolin at times, which Brolin felt helped “to emotionalize the whole thing.” Brolin further added that he preferred playing Thanos over Cable in Deadpool 2 because of the amount of work that went into creating the character. Thanos does not wear armor in the film, which is symbolic of his growing power as he collects the Infinity Stones. In addition to providing the voice for the character, Brolin performed motion capture on set.
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord:The half-human, half-Celestial leader of the Guardians who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers. Pratt described his role in the film as “a cameo… you get to be a little more vibrant; a little more irreverent; a little bit more col orful if you want it to be.”
Additionally, several other actors reprise their roles from previous MCU films in Infinity War: Danai Gurira as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje; Letitia Wright as T’Challa’s sister Shuri; Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, a master archer who has his own “special” journey in the film; Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, the former deputy director of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, a former petty criminal who acquired a suit that allows him to shrink or grow in scale while also increasing in strength; Winston Duke as M’Baku, the leader of Wakanda’s mountain tribe the Jabari; Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, an Asgardian who was once a legendary warrior of the Valkyrior; Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Queen Mother of Wakanda; Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Stark’s bodyguard, chauffeur and friend; Jacob Batalon as Parker’s friend Ned; Isabella Amara as Parker’s classmate Sally; and Florence Kasumba as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
Thanos’ henchmen, known collectively in the comics as the Black Order, appear in the film as the “Children of Thanos”: Terry Notary as Cull Obsidian, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Ebony Maw, and Carrie Coon as Proxima Midnight. The trio performed motion-capture for their characters in addition to voicing them. Avengers co-creator Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in the film.
In October 2014, Marvel announced a two-part sequel to Avengers: 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. In April 2015, Marvel announced that Anthony and Joe Russo would direct both parts of Avengers: Infinity War, with back-to-back filming expected to begin in 2016. The same month, Kevin Feige said the films would be two, distinct films “because they 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.” By May 2015, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely signed on to write the screenplays for both parts of the film, which draws inspiration from Jim Starlin’s 1991 “The Infinity Gauntlet” comic and Jonathan Hickman’s 2013 “Infinity” comic. Anthony Russo added the film was inspired by 1990s heist films, with Thanos on “on a smash-and-grab [to acquire the Infinity Stones], and everybody’s trying to catch up the whole movie.” In May 2016, 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.” That July, Marvel revealed the film’s title would be shortened to simply Avengers: Infinity War.
Principal photography began on January 23, 2017, under the working title Mary Lou, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, with Trent Opaloch as director of photography. 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. Additional filming took place in Scotland beginning in February 2017. The filming occurred in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands, with studio work taking place at Wardpark Studios in Cumbernauld. Filming also began at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England in early May 2017. In late June 2017, filming occurred in Downtown Atlanta, as well as Atlanta’s Central Park in early July, before moving to Queens, New York in the middle of the month. Filming concluded on July 14, 2017.
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”. In early March 2018, Disney moved the release of Infinity War in the United States to April 27, 2018, to have it be released the same weekend as some of its international markets. Visual effects for the film were created by Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Method Studios, Weta Digital, Double Negative, Cinesite, Digital Domain, Rise, Lola VFX, and Perception.
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. Silvestri started to record his score in January 2018, and concluded in late March. Silvestri felt working on the film “was a really different experience than anything I’d done before, especially in regard to the approach and balancing quick shifts in tone.”
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to have its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 23, 2018. Its worldwide release is set for April 27, 2018, with a few debuts beginning as early as April 25 in a handful of countries, and will be shown in IMAX and 3D on select screens. It was originally scheduled to be released on May 4 in the United States. Select footage from the film was screened around various cities during the film’s press tour in early April, ahead of the film’s Los Angeles premiere. The Russos noted that only a limited amount of the film would be shown at these screenings to reduce the chance of spoilers being leaked. Adam Chitwood of Collider commented that this was “highly unusual as most Marvel movies are screened in their entirety for press about a month before they hit theaters.” Ahead of the United States release, AMC Theatres in New York City and Orlando, Florida will air an eleven-MCU film marathon beginning on April 25, leading to a screening of Infinity War. The El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles will also have a similar marathon ahead of the film’s release.