Note: contains a small spoiler for Captain Marvel.
11 years, 22 films and a large chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are ending at the same time.
There is a lot to remember about those hours and hours of superhero. But don't worry – you don't have to play the entire MCU again. These are the most important things to remember when entering the final confrontation with Thanos.
Avengers: Infinity War have shattered our heroes – not to mention the entire universe – after Intergalactic Purple Bad Guy Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet (with the six Infinity Stones) to erase half of all life.
Allow us to remind you where the cases are.
The victims: Black Panther, Bucky, Large, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Mantis, Drax, Star-Lord, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Maria Hill, Nick Fury, Gamora, Loki, Heimdall and Vision (as well as The Wasp, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, as seen in Ant-Man and The Wasp).
The (confirmed) survivors: Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, War Machine, Okoye, M & Baku, Rocket, Nebula, Bruce Banner, Ant-Man and Hawkeye (and, as confirmed in Captain Marvelthe post-credits scene, Carol Danvers). Iron Man and Nebula are stranded on Titan after their defeat by Thanos.
The glove appeared broken or at least severely damaged after use. We don't know if it made it unusable, but if so, the dwarf Eitri of Peter Dinklage is unlikely to collapse.
Thor & # 39; s distinctive hammer Mjölnir may have been destroyed by Hela Thor: Ragnarok, but from Infinity War there is a new weapon in the city.
The ax / hammer Stormbreaker returns to Thor & # 39; s hand like his predecessor, causing lightning and fire damage, and apparently operates as Asgard's Bifrost, able to instantly teleport his master to any location in the universe.
Stormbringer is possibly the only weapon that can harm Thanos. Who knows what other options it will reveal Endgame?
Ant-Man is missing
The trailer shows that Ant-Man is one of the missing after the Decimation of Thanos, but we know better. Although he disappeared with the other heroes, he was not erased, but he became imprisoned in the subatomic Quantum realm.
The trailer also reveals that he is returning Endgame. What will he tell the Avengers? Fans suspect that it has something to do with the mysterious Time Vortex.
The separation of Iron Man and Cap
Would you believe that it was actually three years ago that we saw Captain America and Iron Man together on the screen?
Their last encounter was a less fortunate one than the one that drove a wedge between the frenemies when it was revealed that Steve Rogers had hidden the truth about the death of Tony Stark's parents – namely, that they were murdered by the brainwashed winter soldier.
An early version of Infinity War saw the couple reunited, but that was postponed to Endgame, so we'll wait to see they finally make it up. Unless Tony dies in space, of course …
Hawkeye & # 39; s new look
An important question that many of us had Infinity War time was: & # 39; Where is Hawkeye? & # 39;
Clint Barton was last seen in Civil war, when Cap broke him from prison together with the rest of their anti-registration allies. We know that he then allowed him to be placed under house arrest so that he could be reunited with his family.
The Endgame trailer has confirmed that he will assume his alternative comic book identity of Ronin. The theory – supported by his sad, sad expression in the trailer – is that his family was the victim of the Decimation.
We have been promised the return of a number of faces that we never thought we would see again in the MCU, whose past you may have forgotten.
Exec producer Michael Grillo revealed that Tilda Swinton made himself available for a day of shooting. Her character, The Ancient One, was the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth before she died of wounds inflicted by the villain Kaecillius Doctor Strange.
Frank Grillo (no relation) is also back as Brock Rumlow, who you might know better as Crossbones. He served as one of HYDRA & # 39; s double agents in SHIELD. He was introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Turning on Steve after it came forward HYDRA was infiltrated.
Despite the terrible injuries he received during the fight between SHIELD and HYDRA, he emerged again as a terrorist in Captain America: Civil War. He was defeated by the Avengers in Lagos and exploded a bomb, killing himself in a failed attempt to take his enemies.
Both are expected to return thanks to the theorized Endgame Time-traveling plot, but with things like the Infinity Stones knocking around there are a number of ways they can be revived.
Avengers: end game will be released on April 25 in the United Kingdom and on April 26 in the US.
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