**If you’ve not seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, this post has MAJOR spoilers.
But also, damn! Why not? It was the biggest film of the year, Marvel’s most anticipated film, and it’s available on digital and Blu-ray like, right now!**
Last year, after a planned set visit for Ant-Man and the Wasp, we made an unplanned excursion to the set of Avengers: Infinity War. We weren’t allowed to take photos, but from the outside of the building, which held just a small portion of the set, you’d never guess that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were ever here.
The part of the set we visited was the headquarters of The Avengers and it was stunning! Glass walls, character-centered props, and the attention to detail was like no other. I made sure to sit in every single seat on set because I wasn’t sure what would be seen in the final cut of the film; I really wanted to be able to say “I sat in that chair!” Filming had wrapped, so we didn’t meet the Avengers that day, but I feel like I’m part of the movie’s history, nonetheless.
I won’t make you click through multiple pages, so here are the other amazing moments from the film that, honestly, changed the MCU and the future of the Avengers.
#9: The Fall Of The Asgardians
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Avengers: Infinity War grabs you and holds on from beginning to end.
We now know that the events of the film begin almost directly after Thor: Ragnorak. The ship that was filled with Asgardians escaping their now destroyed planet is filled with death, thanks to Thanos’ Black Order – Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, and Corvus Glaive.
Are there any Asgardians left? It’s known that Thanos’ MO is balance – to destroy half of humanity. So it could be said that only half of the Asgardians were destroyed. Where is Lady Sif and our beloved Valkyrie? Is Thor the only Asgardian left?
We see the death Loki (again?) and Heimdall, but if there’s one thing that we can take away from Loki dying in the past is that Loki never really dies, right? RIGHT?!
Fun fact! The voice of the person calling for help is Thor director Kenneth Branagh!
#8: Captain America Returns With A Vengence
“I’m not looking for forgiveness, and I’m way past asking permission. Earth just lost her best defender, so we’re here to fight. If you wanna stand in our way, we’ll fight you, too.“
This is, of sorts, a groundbreaking moment. Members of the Avengers took sides and fought against each other during Civil War, which eventually separated Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This included the major rift between Tony Stark (#TeamIronMan) and Cap (#TeamCaptainAmerica).
In this scene, and this very loaded-with-meaning line Cap delivers, he basically shuns the Sokovia Accords, and Thaddeus Ross, to fight for the future of the Universe.
#7: Stormbreaker Is Created
In the comics, Stormbreaker was created after an epic battle between Thor and Beta Ray Bill at Skartheim. Odin had the Dwarves of Nidavellir create a new hammer, made from the same metal as Mjolnir.
Beta Ray Bill wasn’t the cause of creation this time. Instead, during Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s hammer was destroyed by his sister, Hela, and he needed a new weapon to fight Thanos. Eitri, the dwarf who created Mjolnir, also forged Stormbreaker. Sadly, Eitri also created the Gauntlet under threat from Thanos.
#6: The Reappearance of Red Skull
We first experienced the wrath of the Red Skull back in Captain America: The First Avenger (well, technically, we first saw him in October 1941 in Captain America Comics #7) and now he’s back!
He’s no longer your average Hydra baddie; now he’s the keeper of the Soul Stone on Vormir. As he put it, “A lifetime ago, I too sought the stones… but it cast me out, banished me here, guiding others to a treasure I cannot possess.“
It’s not likely that they’ve brought back one of Cap’s most memorable foes if there weren’t plans for him in the future, right?
“He’s the first one obsessed with these Infinity Stones in the MCU and he certainly did not die,” co-writer Christopher Markus said during the film’s commentary included on the digital release. “The idea of where he might have gone is so tantalizing and much like being able to fill roles that would be there anywhere with William Hurt or Benecio del Toro, he fit this moment perfectly…Sometimes, you can dig a body up and put him in a scene.”
Could that be all that is planned for the Red Skull in the future of the MCU?
According to a tweet from directors Anthony and Joe Russo, “Red Skull is free to leave Vormir, and he is also free to pursue his desire for an Infinity Stone.” Of course, the Russo Brothers are the KINGS of fake outs, so we’ll see where that statement actually takes us.
#5: Dust & Blood
Just before the epic battle on Wakanda begins, Black Widow, Captain America, T’Challa, and Bucky Barnes converse with Glaive and Proxima Midnight at the edge of the barrier.
T’Challa says to Proxima, “You are in Wakanda now. Thanos will have nothing but dust and blood.”
I get both excited and sad at this statement because while he does sound like a total badass, ready to protect his homeland and, essentially, the universe, it’s also a foreshadowing of when Thanos gets his dust in the form of half the universe at the snap of his Infinity Stone-filled Gauntleted fingers.
And, as such, changes the future of the MCU forever.
#4: The Endgame
Rewind to Age of Ultron when Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are talking about the (or rather, an) end game.
“We’re the Avengers.” Tony said. “We can bust arms dealers all the live-long day, but…that up there? That’s the endgame. How were you guys planning on beating that?”
Rogers tells him that they’ll do it together, whether they lose or not, it will be together. More foreshadowing, perhaps?
Some have predicted that this is what the title for Avengers 4 will be. Some have commented that this is what Tony saw in his vision during Age of Ultron. End Game is a popular title in the comic books, but mostly with regards to X-Men and Legion. We’ll just have to wait and see! (I know, I’m not a fan of waiting when it comes to the MCU, either.)
#3: Hulk Refuses To Fight
Try to research why Hulk won’t make an appearance beyond his crashing back to Earth and you’ll find dozens of theories. When we first see Hulk on the ship with the Asgardians, he’s full-on ready to beat down Thanos. But, the Titan proves too much for Hulk and instead, Hulk is safely sent back to Earth, thanks to the dying wish of Heimdall.
Despite all the theories, however, director Joe Russo has his own idea which he shared during his appearance on the podcast, Happy Sad Confused:
I think people have interpreted it as Hulk’s scared. I mean, certainly, that’s not a — I don’t know that the Hulk is ever… he’s had his ass kicked before, and he loves a good fight. But I think that it’s really reflective of the journey fromRagnarok. Is that these two characters are constantly in conflict with each other over control. And I think that if the Hulk were to say why, it’d be [that] Banner only wants Hulk for fighting. I think he’s had enough of saving Banner’s ass.
So what happens to the Hulk and Bruce Banner going forward in the MCU?
#2: The Final Stone Is Added To The Gauntlet
In one of the film’s final moments, just when we thought the final Infinity Stone – Vision’s Mind Stone – was destroyed by Scarlet Witch, that Titanic bastard, Thanos, uses Strange’s Time Stone to reverse his death, only to kill him again when he takes the stone.
Then, we nearly see the takedown of Thanos with Thor’s new toy, the Stormbreaker ax, but armed with his fully powered Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos snaps his fingers and, in an instant, dusts half of existence.
#1: Thanos Gets His Dust
Of course, you knew that #1 would be the dusting of half the universe. Unfortunately, that included – in a very particular order – Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, a crapload of Wakanda, Black Panther, teenaged Groot, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Mantis, Drax, Star Lord/Peter Quill, Doctor Stephen Strange, and, maybe the saddest goodbye of all, Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Then we’re hit hard with a quick, but hopefully not forever, goodbye to Maria Hill and Nick Fury.
Of course, we all know what happens to our friends from Ant-Man and the Wasp, don’t we?
We have no idea how many will return, other than a few leaked photos from the set and a possibly incorrect IMDB cast listing. We do know that many of our heroes’ contract with Marvel are up and likely won’t be renewed, but again, we can only wait for the next few films to see what happens.
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