Avengers: Infinity War is set to release May 8, 2018. That’s right around the corner and every day the release gets nearer, more and more wild rumors hit the internet. The people at Marvel Studios have been adamant in shooting down any rumor that gets too wild, but for every rumor that’s debunked or confirmed, ten more take its place. There have been a lot of exciting little tidbits coming out of the Avengers: Infinity War production that have been keeping fans on the edge of their seats, but it’s hard to decipher which tidbits are the real deal, and what’s nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor.
It doesn’t help that some news sites have been reporting the false claims or blatant speculation alongside real news confirmed by people involved in production. If you haven’t been keeping up with the news and rumors, or if you’ve heard so many conflicting accounts that you just don’t know what to believe anymore, then you’re in luck! We here at CBR have been paying close attention to the news dropping on Infinity War every day, and we’ve curated a list of the eight things we know for sure (and the seven rumors we really want to be true!)
15. KNOW: IT’S THE END FOR SOME CHARACTERS
After nearly 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nobody should really be surprised that some actors are finally bowing out of their iconic superhero roles, and we’ve gotten confirmation from multiple sources that Avengers: Infinity War will mark the end for some characters.
For fans that have complained in the past that the Marvel universe has nothing at stake because no character is ever really killed off, Infinity War co-director Joe Russo has confirmed that it’s time for the Marvel universe to have some real stakes, saying, “I believe that everything has to have an end at some point in order for it to have value.” Executive produce Kevin Feige has mirrored those comments saying that Infinity War could be the end for any or all of the Big Three: Iron Man, Captain America or The Hulk.
14. KNOW: SPIDER-MAN GETS A NEW SUIT AND SPIDER-SENSE
The week before San Diego Comic-Con, fans got a glimpse of some concept art from Avengers: InfinityWar that showed Spider-Man in what looked like a new suit. Along with it came rumors of Spider-Man finally getting to use his spider-sense in the MCU as Spider-Man: Homecoming left out any depiction of the power, begging the question as to if he even had a spider-sense in the MCU.
With San Diego Comic-Con came an Avengers: Infinity War trailer for the people lucky enough to make it into the legendary Hall H. Marvel Studios has yet to release an official trailer to the public, but descriptions of the teaser confirmed both a clear instance of Peter Parker’s spider-sense, and indeed, a brand new suit resembling the “Iron Spider” costume he donned in the Civil War comic, written by Mark Millar and drawn by Steve McNiven.
13. KNOW: NEW HEROES WILL DEBUT
Along with the news that some long-time mainstay characters will be killed off for good in Avengers: Infinity War, we have had confirmation that audiences will get to meet some brand new heroes for the first time in this movie. One of the main names that has been thrown around concerning new heroes debuting is Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson. She has the next film set to release on Marvel’s lineup, right before the grand finale in the as-of-yet untitled Avengers 4, but unfortunately, it was just revealed that she will not be appearing in Infinity War.
However, she’s not the only name on that list of potential new heroes. Marvel CCO Joe Quesada was asked directly if Namor the Submariner would be showing up in Infinity War, to which he responded, “I cannot confirm or deny, sir.” Sounds pretty vague when a simple “no” might have sufficed.
12. KNOW: A BOATLOAD OF RETURNING CHARACTERS
Avengers: Infinity War is easily the most ambitious Marvel Studios film (and possibly the most ambitious of any studio) ever to be undertaken. More superhero characters will appear in the film than any of the previous 22 Marvel movies. Along with new heroes and the classics like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Black Widow that you would expect for an Avengers movie, you have all the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and dozens of returning faces like The Wasp, Spider-Man, and Loki.
Even more minor characters like Pepper Potts, Maria Hill and Phil Coulson have been rumored to make an appearance. It makes one wonder how they’ll have time enough for each character to appear, but it’s been confirmed as the longest Marvel film to date, so audiences will have to wait to see if they can pull it off.
11. KNOW: MJOLNIR IS BACK
The first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok showed the destruction of Thor’s beloved hammer, Mjolnir, casting doubt on whether Thor would have his iconic hammer by the time Avengers: Infinity War rolled around. That question was answered in a behind-the-scenes set photo from Avengers: Infinity War, in which one of the Russo brothers is holding the God of Thunder’s hammer.
There’s been no word on how exactly the hammer returns after its apparent explosion, or if we’ll have the answer to that before the end of Thor: Ragnarok. It’s unlikely that the hammer is just used for a flashback scene or something of that nature because Thor has also been seen wielding the hammer next to Rocket Racoon in concept art for Avengers: Infinity War.
10. KNOW: THE GUARDIANS WILL BE FOUR YEARS OLDER
Fans were a little confused when Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place just a few short weeks after the first film ends. It kind of messed with the timeline of everything else happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But then James Gunn recently came out again and confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy will have experienced a four-year gap between the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Avengers: Infinity War. He went on to say that they will be more mature as individuals and as a team and that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will take place after Infinity War, so we’ll be seeing a noticeably different team than the previous two films.
9. KNOW: THANOS ISN’T THE ONLY VILLAIN
Even casual fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know that Thanos, the Mad Titan, has been teased as the big bad for the Marvel Universe ever since his appearance in a post-credits tease in The Avengers in 2012. He already had quite a big hype machine to overcome when Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo said in an interview that they want Thanos to be this generation’s Darth Vader, which are some pretty big shoes to fill.
Then it was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that Thanos wouldn’t be the only threat to our heroes in Infinity War. We already know that Loki will be involved, spreading more chaos and mischief than ever before, but it was also confirmed that Thanos will be bringing along his children, aka the “Black Order,” which consists of Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight and Cull Obsidian.
8. KNOW: CAPTAIN MARVEL WILL NOT DEBUT
The next big hero of whom everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival is Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson. With the news from San Diego Comic-Con coming out that her solo film will be set in the ’90s, this means that by the time Avengers: Infinity War takes place after Carol Danvers will have already been super-heroing for nearly 20 years.
Unfortunately, it was was recently confirmed by director Joe Russo that Carol will not be making her hotly-anticipated arrival, saying, quite simply, “She’s not in Avengers 3.” That, of course, is a shame for those who were waiting on bated breath for her to show up to help the Avengers and the Guardians put the hurt on Thanos, appearing in Act III of Infinity War to level the playing field. Alas, we’ll just have to wait for ol’ Princess Sparkle Fists.
7. RUMOR: PHIL COULSON RETURNS
Fans have been wondering when The Avengers would learn of Phil Coulson’s resurrection, and since Avengers: Infinity War is the grand finale of a 22-movie story arc, one big rumor is that Agent Phil Coulson’s time has finally come. It certainly seems likely considering that the finale of last season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left Coulson (and presumably the rest of the team) on a ship in space, while it’s been confirmed that Thor will meet the Guardians of the Galaxy among the stars before they all come crashing to Earth.
Since Phil Coulson started out primarily as a friend and ally to each member of The Avengers, before his apparent death led to them coming together as a team, it makes sense that after they’ve been divided once again by the superhero Civil War, Coulson would be the man to bring them together once again!
6. RUMOR: VISION BECOMES HUMAN
Paul Bettany, who plays Vision, has been a part of the MCU since the very beginning as Jarvis in Iron Man, then Avengers: Age of Ultron gave him a uber-powerful android body to work with, not to mention an infinity stone. Now, a set photo from Avengers: Infinity War shows Vision sparking up a romance with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. That relationship won’t come as too much of a surprise for comic readers, who know that the two eventually get married and even have children!
What might be surprising is that the same set photo that shows the two leaning in for a kiss, features a very non-robotic looking Vision. It’s not just that the CGI hasn’t been rendered yet. Paul Bettany is wearing normal human clothes and even has hair! This could be some sort of trickery… or maybe the stone has somehow changed him!
5. RUMOR: TWO INFINITY GAUNTLETS
There hasn’t been a lot of information about how two Infinity Gauntlets would be used, but unless the people in charge at Marvel Studios are content to allow one massive glaring mistake to stick out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has been virtually confirmed that there are two Infinity Gauntlets.
The gathering of the Infinity Stones has been the driving force behind the story in the MCU since The Avengers, and in the after credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we saw Thanos don a golden infinity gauntlet minus the six Infinity Stones. However, we already saw the Infinity Gauntlet WITH the Infinity Stones in the background of a scene in Thor. The most likely result will be that Thanos will destroy the universe with one Infinity Gauntlet, and someone else will revive it (and kill Thanos) with the other… unless it’s all some other kind of swerve (or just a mistake).
4. RUMOR: NEW CAP AND NOMAD
In Captain America: Civil War, Steve Rogers dropped the shield at Tony Stark’s feet and went into hiding. This seems to symbolically represent Steve Rogers leaving “Captain America” behind, but at the same time, we already know that Steve will be back for Avengers: Infinity War. In the comics, when he left the name “Captain America” behind, it wasn’t long before he came back to the superhero world under the name “Nomad.”
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of “Captain America” completely. In the comics, several people have taken on the iconic shield under the name Captain America, including MCU alumni Sam Wilson, The Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier. With rumors that Chris Evans could be leaving the MCU for good, someone will undoubtedly have to be the new Captain America, but as for whom, we’ll just have to wait and see.
3. RUMOR: THANOS WILL DESTROY XANDAR
Since Thanos has been teased as the big bad villain of the entire MCU for over five years now, he’s going to have to do something pretty epic to live up to his post-credit teasing, especially for fans who don’t know him from the comics.
We also know that Thanos is going to have to retrieve all six infinity stones to complete the Infinity Gauntlet, one of which is currently housed on Xandar with the Nova Corps. This has led to rumors that Thanos’ first stop will be the city of Xandar, which he will completely annihilate. This will, of course, get the attention of the Guardians, while he recovers the Power Stone, showcasing his power and removing the Nova Cops from interfering with his plans in one fell swoop.
2. RUMOR: RED SKULL LIVES!
There’s been a lot of speculation on the fate of the Red Skull ever since his abrupt departure in Captain America: The First Avenger. We say “departure” rather than “death,” because if you watch closely, it doesn’t look like he actually dies. It looks more like he’s teleported somewhere else using the Tesseract.
Add to that, the fact that Thor and Loki use the Tesseract to transport themselves back to Asgard in The Avengers with the exact same visual effect, and you have a virtual confirmation that Red Skull is still alive. Since Infinity War has been repeatedly described as the culmination of a 22-film arc, that almost definitely means the return of a certain rosy-cheeked Nazi supervillain. There hasn’t been any confirmation from Hugo Weaving or Marvel Studios, but that’s a secret that will be kept heavily under wraps until the movie drops.
1. RUMOR: CAPTAIN AMERICA DIES!
It has already been confirmed by multiple sources that Avengers: Infinity War will be the end for some characters with no official word on who’s getting the axe, but the frontrunner for speculation is Captain America himself. The most telling hint of this rumor is that Chris Evans’ contract with Marvel is set to expire after Infinity War, with no word on renewal.
They’ve also been driving the story toward his death for a while now. Tony Stark had a vision of Cap’s death in the opening scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Steve Rogers dropped his shield and left the mantle of Captain America behind at the end of Captain America: Civil War, suggesting a symbolic end to the character which might be foreshadowing his actual death in Infinity War!
What do YOU know and/or hope about Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know in the comments!
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