If you've seen Avengers: Infinity War and want to read more about it, Screen Rant has you covered. From explainers of what happened to theories on what's next in Avengers 4 by way of in-depth op-eds, we've written about the latest entry in more ways than it has characters.
Infinity War has become the cinematic event of 2018, bringing together ten years and eighteen movies for one big showdown (or at least the first part of one), smashing hitherto unfathomable box office records. But that the latest Avengers is a major release is almost beside the point when we get to the content of the movie itself.
Related: Our Avengers: Infinity War Review
Over the past week, we've run a whole range of features breaking down Infinity War, and now the dust of the dead Avengers has well-and-truly settled, we present you the highlights.
- The Original Marvel Studios Plan Would Have Led To A Very Different Infinity War - We've all seen Infinity War and let it sink in, but in another timeline things are very different. We went back to the very early days of the MCU to look at the original Marvel Studios plan and image a Power Pack Infinity event. Needless to say, we're glad with what we got.
- Avengers: 40 Easter Eggs You Completely Missed In Infinity War - The only thing more dependable in a Marvel movie than a post-credits scene is Easter Eggs, of which Infinity War is full of. Highlights include setting up of The Eternals and a tease for Captain Marvel's Kree-Skrull War.
- Avengers: Infinity War Corrects Marvel’s Broken Timeline - There's a lot to love about Avengers: Infinity War's positioning in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the best has to be how it completely circumvents the massive "eight years later" plot hole from Spider-Man: Homecoming. It's inelegant, sure, but seems to put all the timeline concerns to bed. We've also look at numerous plots holes, both those created and undone by the film (like how Thor got to Earth in The Avengers).
- Avengers: Infinity War’s Ending: What Happens, What It Means, & What’s Next - An ending so utterly bleak it makes Rogue One look delightful, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1's cliffhanger is one for the ages. The villain wins, the heroes die (well, half of them), and we're all left with a lot of questions. The whole movie is really about the cost of victory, and we dove deep into the ramifications of that.
- Avengers: Infinity War’s Ending Was Very Different In The Comics - Yes, Infinity War is technically based on the comics, but that doesn't mean it's a straight adaptation. The finger snap in particularly has been completely altered, with entirely different motivations and impact: it's a true cliffhanger in the film, rather than the inciting incident of Infinity Gauntlet. We also looked at Thanos, and how he's barely the Marvel Comics' version.
- Doctor Strange Needed The Avengers To Lose - Why exactly did Doctor Strange give up the Time Stone? Sudden compassion for Tony Stark? Or a bigger plan to achieve the 1 in 14,000,605 outcome where the Avengers actually beat Thanos? Here we explore the latter, looking at how Thanos must first win for the Avengers to ultimately triumph (although we will concede it likely does need Tony Stark alive).
- Peter Quill Is The Worst Hero In Avengers: Infinity War - Yes, it's his plan that captures Thanos on Titan, but Star-Lord undoes all that by getting angry at the wrong time, freeing the villain and directly enabling him to kill half the universe. It's tragic that Gamora died, but Peter Quill's lack of sense was a big bugbear. We also applied critical lenses to the roles played by Hulk and Captain America.
- Avengers: Infinity War Solves The MCU’s Biggest Problems - Infinity War was definitely worth the ten-year wait, not only for what it paid off but how it managed to retroactively correct some recent problems we'd had with the MCU: its villains, its humor, and its lack of conviction (not that everyone agreed). Here's hoping they can keep this up with the resolution in Avengers 4 and beyond.
- Why Nick Fury Didn't Call Captain Marvel Before - We have to talk about Avengers: Infinity War's end-credits scene, which brings back Nick Fury and Maria Hill, shows the ramifications of Thanos' destruction and, of course, teases Captain Marvel. As exciting as it is to be getting ready for Carol Danvers' MCU debut, many people were curious why she hadn't been called up during previous Earth-threatening events. The answers get weird.
- What Is Avengers 4’s Title? We Have A Cool Theory - Aside from it picking up with the Avengers on a massive low, Marvel's not confirmed much about Avengers 4 - not even a title. However, based on what we do know of the plot and what's seeded in Infinity War, we have a pretty neat idea. After all, we're entering the endgame.
But, like the movie, the story's not over yet. Keep it with Screen Rant for more discussion on Avengers: Infinity War and the future of the MCU in the coming year!
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019