Avengers: Infinity War Set 4 Years After GOTG Vol. 2, Feige Says

When "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" writer and director James Gunn confirmed that the sequel is set just a few months after the first film, it led many to question what that meant for the Guardians and their forthcoming appearance in "Avengers: Infinity War." After all, this will be one of few MCU films not set in present day upon release -- joining only "Captain America: The First Avenger." Instead, the film will take place just a few months after the events of "Guardians of the Galaxy," resulting in four years between "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Avengers: Infinity War."

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During a press event for "Vol. 2," Marvel Studios head-honcho Kevin Feige confirmed (via CinemaBlend) that there will be four years between "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2" and "Avengers: Infinity War." And according to Feige, the reason for the big gap in time is simply due to the fact that Gunn wanted to keep the story still relatively fresh for the Guardians in the second installment.

Yeah, knowing that outside of the Guardians franchise, we don't necessarily always date the movies. You don't always know, we don't say, '2012, 2013...' We do in the Guardians because you do the math and 1988, and it's 26 years later. But we never say, 'Oh, this takes place in 2018, this takes place in 2017.' But it was important for the story that James wanted to tell that they're still relatively fresh in their new group.

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With so much time between films for the team of A-Holes, it's safe to say that the Guardians as we know them by the end of "Vol. 2" may be a bit different when "Infinity War" premieres. "They will have evolved slightly, in some recognizable ways," Feige explained. "But really they'll be the Guardians and dealing with the s**t storm they have to deal with."

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” brings together many of the key players from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to confront the threat posed by Thanos. Opening May 4, 2018, the film’s sprawling ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.

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