Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting a decade for the upcoming superhero crossover Avengers: Infinity War, and have been hoping for a truly epic confrontation when their favourite heroes face-off against Thanos (one of Marvel Comics’ most fearsome and powerful super villains) on screen. Judging by the initial trailer, various rumours and cast tidbits, as well as the newly released official synopsis, they won’t be disappointed.
Thor may be on his way back to Earth (after Ragnarok), but the Avengers who live there remain fractured after the events of Captain America: Civil War (which not only led to huge infighting, but left several of our heroes either locked up or on the run); something which will quickly need to be remedied as the planet’s increasingly likely destruction inches ever closer, as Thanos descends on Earth and plans to use his power, and the infinity stones (those little gems the Avengers have been playing with for years) to destroy our universe.
The official plot line calls the film “An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their superhero allies must be willing to sacrifice it all in an attempt to defeat the power of Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.”
A key word in the synopsis being “deadliest” – as not only have fans expressed a desire to see the Marvel Universe trimmed somewhat, and remain hopeful of a hugely emotional journey with Infinity War, but several stars’ contracts are coming to an end, some may wish to leave the franchise, and there is now a very real possibility of seeing some of your favourite superheroes killed off this time.
The scale will also be far greater than any previous Marvel movie, with star Anthony Mackie (known on screen as Falcon) recently teasing an explosive action sequence featuring 40 superheroes, when Avengers: Infinity War is released on 27 April in the UK (a full week before it arrives in the US).