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The Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man all the way back in 2008, and almost 10 years later, it’s now in ‘Phase Three’. Phases One and Two comprised six films apiece, but Phase Three is even bigger: beginning in 2016 with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, it continued this year with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok. Then, in 2018 come Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and the following year, Captain Marvel – but also coming in 2018 is Avengers: Infinity War, the first of two massive Avengers films that will tie the events of the MCU together into one blockbusting, £400m action-fest the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Here’s everything we know about the film so far – record-breaking budget and all.

What is the release date for Infinity War?

Infinity War is set for release on April 27, 2018 in the UK and May 4, 2018 in the USA. This means the film will coming out in the USA on the unofficial Star Wars Day of May the 4th, which is a little bit cheeky.

The second film, >Avengers 4 – currently known as ‘Untitled Avengers Sequel’ – will be released on May 3, 2019.

Is the trailer out yet?

It is – catch it below. Absent from the trailer are several characters including Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Valkyrie – hinting that their entrances will be held back as a surprise. We know that, for example, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is in the film thanks to social media posts from the set.

On February 10, Marvel released a first-look trailer to mark the film entering production. In the clip below you can see stars Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland discussing what work on Infinity War has been like so far – it entered production on January 23 – and Marvel boss Kevin Feige also explains how the film fits into the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What happens in the trailer?

The trailer shows various things: Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy; Iron Man teaming up with Doctor Strange and Hulk; Peter Parker’s spider sense activating on his school bus; Loki holding the Tesseract; Thanos arriving on earth and prising an Infinity Stone from Vision’s head; Spider-Man in his new suit; Captain America returning to the fight; and a ton of aliens engaging in battle with the Avengers. In a surprise turn of events, Thanos delivers some pretty sarky lines.

What’s the film’s official synopsis?

Here you go:

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artefacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

How will Infinity War begin?

At Brazil Comic Con in December 2017, Marvel boss Kevin Feige teased: “Within the first five minutes of Infinity War people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” We can therefore assume it’ll begin with a lot of devastation caused by Thanos – and some are even expecting him to kill an important character, or even one of the Avengers.

Why does Thor have an eyepatch?

In the final few moments of the IW trailer, we see Thor wearing an eyepatch. This is because at the end of 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, Hemsworth’s character lost an eye to the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett). Despite set photos showing Thor without an eyepatch, it turns out he will be wearing one throughout Infinity War, according to Hemsworth himself.

He told >CinemaBlend that while filming the new film, the eyepatch didn’t fit properly, and will therefore be computer generated – rather like Superman’s beard in >Justice League. Hemsworth said: “The day that we put the eyepatch on I was like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ The thing kept falling off, and we didn’t have the [eyepatch strap]. So it became a CG eyepatch, which I was stoked about.” He further explained: “It’s a CG one. Just four little dots on my face. Done.”

Will Steve Rogers still be known as Captain America?

At the end of Civil War, Chris Evans’ character decided to abandon his shield, seeming to give up the mantle of Captain America. Evans has since hinted that Rogers will take up the title of Nomad in the new film, via this signature on Cap’s shield. Sebastian Stan, who plays Rogers’ friend Bucky, signed himself as the Winter Soldier and wrote: “I’m with Nomad”. However, it’s unknown whether or not they’re just teasing fans.

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What’s the story so far? And what does the title – Infinity War – refer to?

Directors the Russo Brothers have said that they saw 2o16’s Captain America: Civil War as “setting the stage for Infinity War” – and with its crossover cast from multiple Marvel films, it’s something of an Avengers 2.5 between 2015’s Age of Ultron and 2018’s Infinity War. In that film, a schism developed between the Avengers, leaving them in two groups led by Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (Captain America) – and vulnerable to a new threat.

Infinity War takes place four years after Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and the title is presumed to refer to the Infinity Gauntlet, a six-issue comic series published in 1991 – spoilers for the series follow here.

The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos' key weapon in Avengers: Infinity WarMarvel

The villain of the comics is Thanos, a Titanian mutant-Eternal superhuman and supervillain, who mounts six Infinity Stones on a glove, granting him mastery over Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality and Power. Combined, this gives the user Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence – and in the comics, it’s up to his equally villainous stepdaughter, Nebula, to stop him. In the film, Thanos will be played by Josh Brolin, and Nebula, a character who appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, will be played once more by Karen Gillan.