Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Watching Avengers: Infinity War This Weekend

With 10 years worth of MCU movies in the lead-up to Avengers: Infinity War, the release is bound to have us gripping the edges of our seats. There’s more than 38 hours of footage that one can scour through before going to the theaters on 27th.

Does Thanos get the stones and bend the universe to his will? Does he kill any of our beloved heroes? Does Hulk punch someone really, really hard? We don’t know any of that but you can do your homework properly before going for what seems to be the biggest cinema spectacle in the longest time.

As an intersection for so many complicated narratives, enjoying Infinity Wars to the max requires a little prior knowledge. And we have you covered:

#1 Captain America doesn’t have his shield anymore

Captain America: Civil War ends with Steve Rodgers not donning his famous Captain America costume. One of the biggest heartbreaks of the movie was when Tony asks Steve to leave the shield behind as it was made by Tony’s father. Even from the trailers, we see that Steve doesn’t have his famous circular shield.

#2 Thanos

In the comics, Thanos was a member of the Eternals, a race of genetically-engineered superhumans who colonized Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Incredibly intelligent, uber-powerful, and born deformed thanks to a mutant gene, Thanos was absolutely obsessed with Death.

And to impress the human embodiment of death, Thanos wipes out half the universe with a snap of his fingers… just like Gamora says in the trailer for Infinity War.

#3 What exactly are the infinity stones?

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol I, the Collector had this to say about the infinity stones:

“Before creation itself, there were six singularities, then the universe exploded into existence and the remnants of this system were forged into concentrated ingots… Infinity Stones.”

So they are powerful gems that hold immense power within themselves. They control the six vital elements of life and are the only thing standing between Thanos and the complete destruction of the world as we know it.

#4 When were the infinity stones first mentioned in the MCU?

“Officially” debuting in Captain America: The First Avenger, the Space Stone (a.k.a. the Tesseract) is a blue gem inside a glowing cube, and it can open portals across the universe. Then there’s the Mind Stone, which powered Loki’s staff in The Avengers.

Then there’s the Power Stone, which appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy. A purple rock inside a metallic container, the Power Stone helped the Guardians become a force to be reckon with. The most perplexing gem is the Reality Stone (aka the Aether). It debuted in Thor: The Dark World but we don’t know its true powers yet.

Green and stored inside a magical locket, the Time Stone (referred to as the Eye of Agamotto) showed up in Doctor Strange and grants its user the ability to create time loops and reverse time. The only stone that is yet to appear in the MCU is the Soul Stone. It is definitely going to make a debut in Avengers: Infinity War.

#5 Where are all the infinity stones now?

Doctor Strange placed the Time Stone inside the magical compound of Kamar-Taj. Following the events of Thor: The Dark World, the Reality Stone was given to the Collector, though after the explosive events of Guardians of the Galaxy, who knows if he still has it.

And then there’s the Mind Stone, which was the energy source for Loki’s spear. Then, after creating Ultron, the Mind Stone ended up in Vision’s forehead. As for the Soul Stone, nobody knows where it’s hiding.

#6 How does Wakanda play a part in this movie?

Black Panther has also been protecting Steve Rogers’ best friend, Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, a.k.a. the White Wolf), since Captain America: Civil War. Until recently, Bucky has been sleeping in a hibernation chamber, but after the credits of Black Panther, the newly armed super soldier was walking around and supposedly cured of his Hydra brainwashing.

#7 Where is Hawkeye?

Well, this is a question that has plagued MCU fans ever since the first teaser of the movie dropped. The directors, Russo brothers, have been teasing the audiences with what is alleged role in this war will be.

Nobody really knows what happened to him but we do know that we last saw him being freed from the underwater prison where Steve Rodger’s allies were captured during Captain America: Civil War.

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