With the coming of May, you can expect many things, from warmer weather to students flooding out of university. But the best thing about May? Why, Marvel movies, of course. Every May for the past several years, a record-breaking Marvel movie has hit theatres, from Guardians of the Galaxy to Captain America: Civil War. May is the month of superheroes, and this year's addition to the heap is going to be so big, they're releasing it early—on April 27.
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of every single Marvel movie released in the past 10 years. It's the movie all the others has been leading up to, and from the looks of the clips and trailers released so far, it's going to live up to the hype around it.
Here are 15 reasons Avengers: Infinity War will be the greatest Marvel film yet.
15 People could actually pass on in this one (and yes, that's a good thing)
Up until this movie, the writers had to keep the core group of superheroes alive. If central characters like Captain America or Tony Stark didn't make it to the Infinity War, then what was the point of the last decade? All of the past Marvel movies have been leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, so any storyline that would take a character out of commission for the battle against Thanos was kind of off limits. But now that the Infinity War is finally upon us, pretty much every hero is fair game. After this, there is no "big finale" that the writers have to keep any of the characters alive for. And given that a lot of the actors' contracts expire after the fourth Avengers film, ending the life of some of the Avengers off actually makes sense, as much as we hate to say it. Saying goodbye would certainly be sad, but having people's lives at stake will lend the movie greater emotional impact. Plus, in a war against aliens, people tend to die, so it would be pretty unrealistic for everyone to make it out of this one alive. In this movie, the Avengers are vulnerable, which is something that hasn't happened before.
14 There isn't necessarily going to be a happy ending (and yes, that's also a good thing)
Aren't you tired of everything always ending up so darn peachy? Of course, the Avengers ended up protecting New York City from Loki's army of Chitauri, and no duh Black Panther would swoop into Wakanda at the last moment to stop Killmonger's evil plan. Predictable endings are just written into the DNA of superhero movies. Well, until this film, at least. Given that Thanos will be the main villain for two whole Avengers movies, there's no telling how this one will end. It certainly won't end with Thanos's defeat, because they need him for the fourth installment. In fact, this film might end with the exact opposite, and the fourth movie could just be the Avengers actually living up to their name and avenging their fallen planet. That's the beauty of it—this film will not be predictable in the same ways its predecessors were.
13 It's embracing diversity
Although Marvel is awesome, you have to admit that it's a little whitewashed. OK, a lot whitewashed. Up until recently, the only non-white superheroes were sidekicks. With Black Panther, a page turned in cinematic history, with white people representing a minority of characters for the first time ever in the MCU. And given that Black Panther is the third highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S., it's pretty obvious that diverse casting is not only the right thing to do, but the thing that the people want. With a lot of Avengers: Infinity War taking place in Wakanda and much of the Black Panther cast returning to fight Thanos, it seems that the third Avengers movie will continue to celebrate diversity, showing the world that, no matter what you look like or where you come from, you have the potential to be a hero.
12 It will feature the most anticipated villain in the MCU
There are a lot of fascinating villains in the MCU. Black Panther's Killmonger and Spider-Man: Homecoming's Vulture were particularly compelling. Unlike a lot of superhero movie villains, they didn't want to destroy the world just to see it go boom. No, they actually had totally relatable reasons for their actions, from wanting to fight racial injustice to the struggles of the working man. But, despite their atypical backstories, even these villains pale in comparison to Thanos. He's already been featured in Guardians of the Galaxy and a few post-credit scenes from other Marvel movies, so we know how deadly he is. We've been waiting for him to have his day in the limelight for years, and in Avengers: Infinity War, we finally get to see the biggest bad guy of all take the stage.
11 We finally get to see the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers interact
Put simply, this is going to be the bomb. Ever since we heard the Guardians of the Galaxy were going to be a part of the Infinity War, we've been wondering how they'd get along with the Avengers. Although they're from the same universe, these two super teams are quite different in a lot of ways. The Avengers, although goofy sometimes, have a more serious tone to them, and the Guardians of the Galaxy are basically a parody on superheroes. So, it will be interesting to see these two different tones come together in the same movie, some of which we've already seen in the trailer (when Star Lord goes all... well, Star Lord on Tony Stark). Sure, there are going to be a heck of a lot of superheroes in this movie, but when it comes to Marvel heroes, can you ever have to many?
10 There are some pretty awesome lady superheroes in the fray now
In the beginning, the MCU was kind of a sausage party. For the most part, women were just the love interests. Although Jane Foster and Pepper Potts were cool in their own ways, they rarely got to join the fray, unless they were damsels in distress. The only real female hero was Black Widow, and she never even got her own movie. But nowadays, the Avengers are full to the brim with some pretty awesome and complex ladies, from Scarlet Witch to Maria Hill. Plus, we haven't even gotten to the epic squad of Wakandan lady warriors from Black Panther (and we can't mention Wakandan ladies without giving Shuri a nod, whose brain is a superpower in itself). We look forward to watching these epic women kick some serious alien butt in the upcoming film.
9 We get to see Spider-Man in that epic new suit
What do you get when you mix Spider-Man with Stark Industries? Well, the most epic Spider-Man suit of all time, of course. No longer does Peter Parker's suit consist of pyjama pants and goggles. Now, he's got one of the coolest suits in the MCU, enhanced with artificial intelligence and an "instant kill" function, compliments of everyone's favourite genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist. But Peter still hasn't had the chance to use it. Sure, he took the first suit Tony gave him for more than a few test runs. But he never got a chance to wear the suit Tony made him as an invitation to join the Avengers. Thanos invading Earth is as good a reason as any to finally suit up, though.
8 We'll finally (probably) find out about the Soul Stone
This has been a hanging question in the MCU for years. Slowly, each Infinity Stone was revealed to us, form the Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy to the Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange. But after Black Panther premiered and we still could only count five Infinity Stones in the MCU, it became clear that the writers were going to wait until the third Avengers movie to reveal where the final piece of Thanos's puzzle was. It's possible that they'll wait until the fourth film to reveal the sixth Infinity Stone, but we kind of doubt it. The Infinity War is upon the Avengers, and we doubt Thanos would be bringing the war to Earth if he didn't have some idea of where the Soul Stone was.
7 We're going to be seeing a lot more of Wakanda
If we learned anything from Black Panther, it's that we want to be seeing a heck of a lot more of Wakanda. Everything about that place is awesome, from the advanced technology to the gorgeous sunsets to the lady death squad that guards T'Challa.
And now, Wakanda has opened its doors to the rest of the world.
T'Challa probably didn't realize that, in leading Wakanda out of the shadows, he was initiating a chain of events that would culminate in an alien battle taking place right on Wakanda's front doorstep, but alas, what would be the fun in knowing the future? It may not be great for the Wakandans that the battle has to take place on their soil, but we're sure as heck glad we get another chance to see Wakanda on the big screens.
6 We get to see Doctor Strange and Tony Stark interacting (AKA, the dream)
The game is afoot—we finally get to see the two Sherlocks interacting in the MCU. And it's not even just that these two actors have played Sherlock Holmes. Even within the MCU, the two basically play the same character. Both Tony Stark and Stephen Strange started out as arrogant, rich geniuses at the top of their respective fields. Then, after undergoing some serious health problems (one involving shattered hands and the other involving a load of shrapnel in the chest), they gained perspective on their previous life choices and decided to choose new paths for themselves. Plus, they both have epic AF facial hair. So, given how similar the two are, it will be interesting to finally see them have a conversation on the big screens.
5 We get to see teenage Groot
Although nothing will ever compare with the pure, unadulterated joy of seeing Baby Groot dance to "Mr. Blue Sky" as the Guardians of the Galaxy tear apart an alien squid monster behind him, it looks like Teenage Groot comes pretty darn close. Gone is the innocent, adorable twig from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and in his place seems to be the living embodiment of tree-nage angst (see what we did there?). No longer is Groot barely able to understand what people tell him to do. No, now, he understand perfectly what people want of him, but he's just prefers to shrug moodily while skulking on his bed. As adorable as Baby Groot was, it'll be pretty interesting to see Groot mouthing off to Star Lord about cleaning up his room.
4 Captain America has a beard (this is an important one, okay?)
Is every male character in the MCU supposed to have epic AF facial hair? Like, is that a prerequisite for joining the Avengers, or something? Now, not only do Tony Stark, Doctor Strange and Star Lord have perfectly trimmed goatees, but Captain America is sporting a full-fledged beard.
Well, we suppose he did just go through something of a breakup, so maybe that's why he's going a bit Santa Claus on us.
When the hearts break, girls dye their hair and dudes grow a beard. And splitting off from the rest of the Avengers after his falling out with Tony Stark was probably pretty darn heartbreaking for Cap. Plus, the poor guy had to give up his shield. So, we understand the impulse to go full lumberjack, Cap.
3 It will explore complicated tensions right from the beginning (remember Civil War?)
Often, movies start out in a good place, move into some tensions and then resolve the conflicts in the finale. But given that Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of countless other Marvel movies, it's not exactly starting on a clean slate. Every character in it has a complicated backstory, and some of them have a trilogies of backstories. Right from the get-go, we'll be dealing with the fallout from Captain America: Civil War, at the end of which we saw the Avengers split right down the middle. Half accepted government oversight and the other half broke out of a prison they were confined to after engaging in some illegal world-saving (governments are weird, eh?). So, even without Thanos in the picture, there are a heck of a lot of conflicts that need to be solved in the upcoming Avengers film, and nothing makes for a compelling film like tense relationships.
2 In terms of directors, it was in good hands
Anthony and Joe Russo can do no wrong when it comes to superhero movies, and we sure hope that streak will continue this April. They were the mastermind directors behind Captain America: The Winter Solider and Captain America: Civil War. Although Marvel had made a lot of good movies before these two films premiered, the two Captain America sequels were some of the most thoughtful, compelling movies in the MCU, exploring deeper themes around government oversight and accountability. And even outside of the MCU, the Russo brothers have left their mark. For their work on Arrested Development, they took home an Emmy, and they're also well known for their work on Community. So, if their past work is any indication, these two were an excellent choice for Avengers: Infinity War.
1 In terms of writers, it was also in good hands
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have consistently delivered good scripts for the MCU. They were the masterminds behind Captain America: The Winter Solider and Captain America: Civil War, which were two of the most complex Marvel movies made. (They also wrote Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The First Avenger, but we can forgive them for those—everyone has to start somewhere.) If their more recent work can be taken as evidence, these two have mastered the art of writing superhero movies. Plus, they even won an Emmy for writing The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. So, given the sheer talent of these two screenwriters, we're excited to see what they have in store for us when Avengers: Infinity War hits the big screens this April.