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'Avengers: Infinity War': What we know about Marvel's biggest film

Here's everything we've discovered so far about next year's Avengers adventure, including plot points and who we'll see on screen.

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The Avengers are coming back, and it sounds like it will be their biggest outing yet. 

The team's third movie, which will include more Marvel Cinematic Universe characters than any previous film or show, is fast approaching.

Let's dig into what we know about the heroes' next fight in "Avengers: Infinity War" and maybe later we can discuss how it will likely destroy everything we thought we knew about the MCU.

Is there a trailer?

YES, FINALLY. 🙌  Watch it here.

Sounds like the trailer is a bit different from the footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con and Disney's D23 over the summer.

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Plot details: What's going to happen?

We do know it's going to be a heist film with Thanos at the center of it. The Russo brothers told CNET's Erin Carson as much last month: 

With "Infinity War," the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he's entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he's almost one of the leads. We've shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he's going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, [and] that brought some inspiration.

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Just a boy and his glove, no big.

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Is someone gonna die? Well, yes, that is the speculation, especially considering what Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige told Vanity Fair about the expansive MCU stories:

We thought it would be important to bring the current three-Phase, 22-movie current series to a conclusion. How do I say this? There will be two distinct periods between everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting. 

Okaaaaaaaay, cool, cool, cool. Basically if you care about any of the last decade's MCU characters, be prepared to have your heart broken. The Russo brothers also told Vanity Fair that they were told "who they could kill," which I think means death is definitely coming for someone. Check out the piece above and VF's cover story for more little tidbits. 

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If you've watched the IW trailer but still haven't seen "Thor: Ragnarok," you've probably noticed that the god of thunder is sporting a new eyepiece. Long story short, he looks a lot more like Odin and -- added benefit -- a lot more badass.

But you should probably still check out "Ragnarok" because it's awesome and so you can see the mid-credits scene where Thor, Bruce Banner and Loki (and breakout star Korg) see their ship overtaken by a significantly larger ship. Seems pretty likely that ship is Thanos' and that this scene will roll directly into the first scene Marvel showed at SDCC. According to Slashfilm, that footage began with Thor floating through space and coming to "land" on the Guardians' ship as he remarks, "Something is very wrong." 

If we assume the Asgardian ship encounter is one of the first things to happen in IW, other pieces of the trailer begin to fall into place.

We see Banner stunned on the floor of Doctor Strange's mansion, presumably after being flung through space after a battle. Shortly after, he's seen with Strange, Wong and Tony Stark -- both inside the mansion and then in a fight on the street outside. This is all pure speculation of course, but isn't it fun? Where do you think the plot is going to go from there? We'll be updating this piece consistently until the movie's opening -- would love to add any great theories! 

Cast and directors: Who's in it?

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Directors: The Russo brothers, who also directed "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Captain America: Civil War."

Starring: The real question is who *isn't* in "Infinity War," and it's a short list. Here are the confirmed stars:

  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Chris Evans
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Paul Bettany
  • Tom Holland
  • Don Cheadle
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Benedict Wong
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Letitia Wright
  • Danai Gurira
  • Chris Pratt
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Dave Bautista
  • Sean Gunn
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Vin Diesel
  • Pom Klementieff
  • Karen Gillan
  • Paul Rudd
  • Evangeline Lily
  • Josh Brolin
  • Benecio Del Toro
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Linda Cardellini
  • Cobie Smulders 
  • Samuel L. Jackson

No word on whether we'll actually see Brie Larson pop up as Captain Marvel. Her film isn't due until 2019, and it will be set in the '90s, so honestly who knows. Marvel has done stranger things.

Release date: When can I see it? 

Soon (sort of). Originally set to be the first in a two-part series, "Infinity War" became a standalone film before filming began in 2016. 

It currently has a release date of April 25, 2018, in Australia, April 27 in the UK, and May 4 in the US.

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