Wait, you haven't seen what? Image: Facebook/ Marvel
It's been a Marvel-lous decade of cosmos travel and Chitauri-hunting, leading towards the penultimate battle. 18 movies later, Marvel Cinematic Universe is totally adulting and has a healthy fear of mortality, courtesy Thanos. Avengers: Infinity War releases today — and if you're around even one fanboy or fangirl, you probably get the deal.
But if you're not on the same page as the rest of the Thanos-fearing world, it's okay. We bet you want to catch Infinity War just to see what the big deal is, but can't really find the courage to blurt out rookie level questions like, "Umm... so, what is going on?"
Fret not — we got your back. Here are 5 questions you probably couldn't and shouldn't ask in public, especially today.
What. Is. Infinity. War?
The 19th MCU movie is also the third Avenger movie and is perhaps the most significant one so far. The massive, unprecedented crossover brings together the existing Avengers with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Wakandian warriors, and we hear Heimdall is in this too. The alien nihilist Thanos (Josh Brolin) is on a quest to collect the six Infinity Stones to attach them to his gauntlet and wants to wipe away half of the human population. And the Avengers want to stop him... it's quite simple really.
How closely do MCU films follow the comics?
YAS! I did it. I finally did it lol. 🤣I just had to sit down and read all the 6 parts of Marvel's "Infinity Gauntlet" comic before the movie.— Supraja¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@Suptech11) April 26, 2018
My thoughts? Umm, it's not bad. pic.twitter.com/r0R50elXbV
Not chronologically, at least. Infinity War is an amalgamation of two comics books, Jim Starlin's The Infinity Gauntlet series (1991) and the 2013 crossover storyline called Infinity. While, Infinity features Thanos's attack on earth, The Infinity Gauntlet revolves around the aftermath of Thanos's annihilation. You don't have to read up on the comics before watching Infinity War, but you should check them out anyways. George Perez's illustrations are sick.
What's going on with the sequels?
Infinity War is the third Avengers movie and its sequel, Avengers 4 is still untitled and is set to release in 2019. Avengers 4 will also be the end of MCU phase three. The MCU bosses are keeping a tight lid on anything to do with it, including the title.
Okay, so who are the Avengers?
The Avengers Initiative was fired up by S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury who recruited Iron Man, Captain America, Bruce Banner, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Names like Doctor Strange or the entire Guardians squad or even the Wakandian warriors never really get recruited, per se. Black Panther never got an official invite either, and Spider-Man kind of shrugged off the mantle. But the Avenger is more of an idea, than a status, escpecially now. So, anyone trying to put a stop to Thanos qualifies as an Avenger.
What should an MCU rookie do?
Contrary to what a fanboy or girl would tell you, not all MCU films are super crucial to understanding Infinity War. If you know the key players, and know the basic agenda, you should be fine. In fact, if you've made it through this, you are good to go.