Created by: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Produced by: Kevin Feige
Other cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt
Release date: 27 April 2018
Premiere date: 23 April 2018
Genre: Comic book,
Running time: 149 minutes
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Having acquired the Power Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones, from the planet Xandar, Thanos and his lieutenants—Ebony Maw, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive—intercept the spaceship carrying the survivors of Asgard’s recent destruction. As they extract the Space Stone from the Tesseract, Thanos subdues Thor, overpowers Hulk, and kills Loki. Thanos also kills Heimdall after he sends Hulk to Earth using the Bifröst. Thanos and his lieutenants depart, destroying the ship.
Hulk crash-lands in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, reverting to the form of Bruce Banner. He warns Stephen Strange and Wong about Thanos’ plan to destroy half of all life in the universe, and they recruit Tony Stark. Maw and Obsidian arrive to retrieve the Time Stone from Strange, drawing the attention of Peter Parker. Maw is unable to take the Time Stone due to an enchantment and captures Strange instead. Stark and Parker sneak aboard Maw’s spaceship while Wong stays behind to guard the Sanctum.
In Edinburgh, Midnight and Glaive ambush Wanda Maximoff and Vision in order to retrieve the Mind Stone in Vision’s forehead. Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson rescue them and they take shelter with James Rhodes and Banner at the Avengers compound. Vision asks Maximoff to destroy him and the Mind Stone to keep Thanos from retrieving it, but Maximoff refuses. Rogers suggests they travel to Wakanda, which he believes has the resources to remove the Stone without killing Vision.
The Guardians of the Galaxy respond to a distress call from the Asgardian ship and rescue Thor, who surmises that Thanos is currently going after the Reality Stone, which is in the possession of the Collector on Knowhere. Rocket and Groot accompany Thor to Nidavellir, where they and Eitri create Stormbreaker, a battle-axe capable of killing Thanos. On Knowhere, Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, and Mantis find Thanos with the Reality Stone already in his possession. Thanos kidnaps Gamora, his adopted daughter, who reveals the Soul Stone is on Vormir in order to save her captive adopted sister, Nebula, from torture. On Vormir, the Stone’s keeper, Red Skull, tells Thanos that he can only acquire it by sacrificing someone he loves. Thanos kills Gamora, earning the Stone.
Nebula escapes captivity and asks the remaining Guardians to meet her at Thanos’ destroyed homeworld, Titan. Stark and Parker kill Maw and rescue Strange. Landing on Titan, they meet Quill, Drax, and Mantis. Strange uses the Time Stone to view millions of possible futures, seeing only one in which Thanos loses. The group forms a plan to subdue Thanos and remove the Infinity Gauntlet, which he uses to house the Stones. Thanos appears and justifies his plans as necessary to ensure the survival of a universe threatened by overpopulation. Nebula arrives soon after, and helps the others subdue Thanos until she deduces that Thanos has killed Gamora. Enraged, Quill attacks Thanos, inadvertently allowing him to break the group’s hold and overpower them. Thanos grievously wounds Stark, but spares him after Strange surrenders the Time Stone to him.
In Wakanda, Rogers reunites with Bucky Barnes before Thanos’ army invades. The Avengers, alongside T’Challa and the Wakandan forces, mount a defense while Shuri works to extract the Mind Stone from Vision. Hulk refuses to fight after losing to Thanos, so Banner fights in Stark’s Hulkbuster armor. Thor, Rocket, and Groot arrive to reinforce the Avengers. Midnight, Obsidian, and Glaive are killed and their army is routed, but Shuri is unable to complete the extraction before Thanos arrives. Maximoff destroys the Mind Stone and Vision, but Thanos uses the Time Stone to reverse her actions and rips the repaired Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead, killing him. Thor severely wounds Thanos with Stormbreaker, but Thanos activates the completed Gauntlet by snapping his fingers before teleporting away.
Half of all life across the universe disintegrates, including Barnes, T’Challa, Groot, Maximoff, Wilson, Mantis, Drax, Quill, Strange, and Parker, as well as Maria Hill and Nick Fury, although Fury is able to transmit an emergency signal on a modified pager. Stark and Nebula remain on Titan while Banner, M’Baku, Okoye, Rhodes, Rocket, Rogers, Romanoff, and Thor are left on the Wakandan battlefield. Meanwhile, Thanos watches a sunrise on a peaceful planet.
In October 2014, Marvel announced a two-part sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron, titled Avengers: Infinity War, with a subtitle denoting which “part” was which. Part 1 was scheduled to be released on 4 May 2018, with Part 2 scheduled for 3 May 2019.
In April 2015, Marvel announced that Anthony and Joe Russo would direct both parts of Avengers: Infinity War, with the films being filmed back-to-back in 2016. The next month, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had 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. In May 2016, the Russos revealed that they would retitle the two films to further remove the misconception that they were one large film split in two. Two months later in July, Marvel revealed Part 1’s title would be shortened to simply Avengers: Infinity War, while the second film was still untitled.
Principal photography eventually began on 23 January 2017 under the filming title Mary Lou at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, with Trent Opaloch serving as director of photography. Both Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were shot using IMAX/Arri 2D cameras, thus marking the first time that a Hollywood feature film was shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras. In early February, as filming continued, 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. 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 14 July 2017.
In early March 2018, Disney moved the release of Infinity War in the United States to 27 April 2018 in order to have it released in the same weekend as some of its international markets.
Select footage from the film was screened in various cities during the film’s press tour in early April, ahead of the Los Angeles premiere. The Russos said only a limited amount of the film would be shown at these screenings to reduce the chance of spoilers being leaked.
Avengers: Infinity War held its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 23 April 2018, screening also at the adjacent El Capitan Theatre and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It was released in most countries worldwide, including the United States, on 27 April 2018, with a few debuts beginning as early as 25 April, and was shown in IMAX and 3D on select screens.
In the United States, the film opened in 4,474 theatres (408 of which were IMAX), which was the widest release for a Disney title ever and the second-widest ever after Despicable Me 3’s 4,529 theatres. Three of AMC Theatres’ locations screened the film for 24 hours straight, with 53 of their locations having showtimes at either 2 am or 3 am to accommodate demand. In India, the film had the biggest release ever for a Hollywood film, opening on nearly 2,000 screens in four languages. The film also screened in 515 4DX theaters in 59 countries. The Chinese release of the film, which opened on 11 May 2018, was originally scheduled to end on 10 June 2018, but was granted a rare 30-day extension to end on 9 July 2018 instead.
Ahead of the United States release, AMC Theatres in New York City and Orlando aired an eleven-film MCU marathon beginning on 25 April that ended with a screening of Infinity War. The El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles had a similar marathon for the film’s release.
For the film’s final scene where Thanos settles in a nipa hut, the filmmakers worked with Thailand studio Indochina Productions to acquire footage of the Banaue Rice Terraces at Ifugao, Philippines.
Tom Holland was not allowed to read the full script for this movie after spoiling too much of Spider-Man: Homecoming during its press engagements. In one of the promotional videos for the movie, several of its cast members are in an interrogation room refusing to reveal any spoilers, and Holland’s mouth is conspicuously taped shut.
Additionally, Mark Ruffalo revealed that he was also given a fake script as the result of accidentally spoiling past Marvel movies. He jokingly claimed in an interview that the fake script was better than the real one.
The filmmakers did not know about the war chants the actors and actresses from Black Panther created, as that movie wasn’t finished at the time of Infinity War (and Endgame)’s shooting. Winston Duke had started the chant, which led to the responding war cry that Chadwick Boseman leads.
This became just the fourth movie to gross over $2 billion USD worldwide, after 2009’s Avatar, 1997’s Titanic, and 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
According to Chadwick Boseman, production on this movie began just two weeks after production on Black Panther ended, which is why the actors, actresses, and extras from that movie had no problem retaining their cadences.
Marvel Studios made the hashtag #ThanosDemandsYourSilence to help stop spoilers.
The filmmakers wanted to make it clear that Tony has not been actively seeking to bring Steve, Natasha, Sam, and Wanda to justice by showing that Tony knows Nat is on the run with Steve and Vision has been in a relationship with Wanda, and he has been okay with that.
Although Joss Whedon directed the first two Avengers movies, he did not return to direct either of the next two Avengers movies. Some cast members later admitted that Whedon had a difficult time directing such a close group of actors and actresses, since every creative difference he had with a single person would often lead to a discussion with the others as well.