BEWARE: The following post, of course, contains massive SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War!
Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most secretive movies of all time. What are the spoilers that Thanos demands your silence on?
Earth's Mightiest Heroes are uniting against their most formidable threat to date, as Thanos the Mad Titan finally launches his quest to collect the six Infinity Stones. As promised, the film — currently playing in theaters everywhere — offers more than its share of shocking twists as it sets the stage for Marvel Studios' untitled Avengers 4.
For those looking for a chance to relive the shock of the film (before that inevitable second, third or tenth viewing), we're here to help. Now the movie's on general release, we're going to assess the biggest plot twists and turns. If you've not seen the movie yet, now's your last to chance to get out. You have been warned.
10. Thanos Claims The Power Stone Offscreen
Over the years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has maintained an ongoing scavenger hunt of sorts as it has introduced and shuffled around each of the six Infinity Stones that Thanos needs to wield his godlike Infinity Gauntlet. However, even audiences who haven't got the entire MCU canon memorized will be shocked to find that Thanos has already acquired one of the Stones before Avengers: Infinity War begins.
While Thor: Ragnarok sets up Thanos' acquisition of the Tesseract — a.k.a. the Space Stone (more on that in a moment), he has already decimated Xandar and retrieved the Power Stone from the Nova Corps. The Guardians of the Galaxy delivered the Orb/Power Stone to Nova-Prime (Glenn Close) in their first film, and though the chance to see Thanos wreak havoc there feels like a missed opportunity, it immediately sets up his threat. And it's not like the film doesn't kick off with a bang...
9. Loki Dies In The Opening Sequence
Judging from the trailers, many fans assumed that Loki's days were numbered, and Infinity War doesn't disappoint in that regard. Thanos and his children appear and slaughter most of the Asgardians, including Heimdall, leaving Loki with a decision to make. After first seemingly choosing the Tesseract over Thor's life, Loki cannot bear to see his brother suffer and gives the Space Stone to Thanos so that he'll spare Thor.
Then, rather than escape and save his own life, Loki makes a last-ditch effort to betray Thanos. Pretending to swear his "undying" loyalty, Loki — ever the God of Mischief — goes for Thanos' throat, only to be stopped at the last moment. For that act, Thanos strangles Loki to death, proclaiming that he will receive "no more resurrections." This time, it looks like the fan-favorite character is really gone. For now, at least.
8. Hulk Barely Makes An Appearance
Don't let that slow-motion shot of all the heroes making their last stand in Wakanda fool you. Bruce Banner's alter-ego only appears once in Avengers: Infinity War, and it happens right in the opening sequence. After his brief fight with Thanos, Hulk/Banner arrive in New York just before Thanos' children make their bid to claim the Eye of Agamotto (the Time Stone) from Doctor Strange.
Although Iron Man urges Banner to Hulk out and help him, Strange and Wong defeat them, Banner finds himself unable to tap into the green monster within. Hulk refuses to participate in the fight, leaving Banner with nothing to do but get out of the way. The Hulk's stubbornness continues throughout the rest of the film, even as Thanos arrives on Earth himself. Banner pilots the Hulkbuster armor instead.
7. Red Skull Returns As Keeper Of The Soul Stone
MCU fans haven't seen him since Captain America: The First Avenger, but that film's villain finally makes his return to the franchise in Avengers: Infinity War. Last we saw Red Skull, he was transported into space by the Tesseract. As it turns out, he wound up on the distant planet of Vormir, where he was tasked with protecting the Soul Stone, the elusive final Infinity Stone.
Related: Red Skull's Return Explained
Although Hugo Weaving doesn't reprise the role of Red Skull, actor Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead) effortlessly slips into the part. It's not clear if Red Skull's reappearance here means there's more in store for him in the future, but the callback is a much-appreciated move on the part of Marvel. Moreover, now that Red Skull has come back into play, perhaps other at-large villains from the MCU may be next in line.
6. Thanos Kills Gamora To Acquire The Soul Stone
Because of her close ties to Thanos, it was always figured that his daughter Gamora would have a pivotal role in Avengers: Infinity War. However, even those who theorized that the Guardians of the Galaxy would suffer losses against the Mad Titan may have failed to deduce that Gamora would fall by his own hand. But that's exactly how it plays out, as a heartbroken Thanos sacrifices Gamora's life in order to access the Soul Stone.
In the film, Gamora reveals that she is the only one who knows the Stone's location, and so Thanos takes her along on his quest to claim it. When Red Skull proclaims that Thanos would have to kill someone he loves to get it, Gamora laughs, believing Thanos' own vengeance has robbed him of a chance to retrieve the Soul Stone. But, much to her surprise, Thanos does love his adopted daughter, just not enough to stop himself from killing her in service of his ultimate goal.
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