In addition to serving as the initial installment in the now perpetually dominant MCU, 2008's Iron Man also served to set the stage for what was in many ways the ultimate superhero film project: The Avengers. Each of Marvel Studios' films in phase 1 of the MCU set more and more elements of the big team-up event into place, before the film went from geek fantasy to amazing reality in 2012. Of course, that would go on to be only the beginning for the titular squad's journey through the MCU, with phase 2 reuniting the gang for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and phase 3 set to include both the third and fourth Avengers installments.
Initially billed as a two-part story, Marvel Studios eventually opted to present the two movies as separate entities, retaining the title Avengers: Infinity War for the third film only, with the fourth film still yet to be named. Infinity War officially began filming back in January at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, with Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo at the helm of an Avengers entry for the first time, following the departure from the MCU of Joss Whedon.
Now, the Edinburgh News reports that Avengers: Infinity War is about to move production to Scotland, beginning on Saturday, March 19. This isn't a surprise, as a 6-month Scotland shoot was revealed as being in the works last month. Still, this is the first confirmation of the actual filming schedule to be reported. Additionally, residents of Edinburgh - Scotland's capital city - have been warned to expect small explosions on several different days in April, suggesting that some big action scenes might be coming up soon.
As with most MCU films this far prior to release, the actual plot of Infinity War mostly remains a mystery, although it is at least known that the main dramatic thrust will be the Avengers' quest to stop the world-damaging plans of intergalactic villain Thanos, a.k.a. The Mad Titan. Thanos is in possession of the Infinity Gauntlet, a weapon of almost unfathomable destructive power.
Returning for Infinity War is basically every main surviving cast member from prior MCU films, including all the Avengers team members from the first two movies, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and many more. It's sure to be the battle to end all battles, at least until the stakes likely get raised even higher with the still untitled Avengers 4.
Source: Edinburgh News
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019