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War is on the horizon! An Infinity War, that is.
It all began in 2008 with Iron Man, and now the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reach its pinnacle of epic superhero action with Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters April 27.
Intergalactic despot Thanos (who first appeared in the mid-credits bonus scene as Loki’s benefactor in 2012’s The Avengers) is tearing his way through the MCU collecting Infinity Stones. The stones have been popping up in various Marvel movies since the space stone (aka the Tesseract, aka the Cosmic Cube) first showed up in the clutches of the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger.
By collecting the Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Time and yet unseen Soul stone in his Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos gains limitless, god-like power. His mission? To murder half the population of the universe in order to “save” the remaining half.
The only thing standing between Thanos and universal devastation is a literal army of nearly every superhero introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s right, there are at least 30 confirmed heroes from across the galaxy who will unite to stop the purple-skinned “Mad Titan.”
Here’s where we left the good guys of the MCU before Thanos darkens Earth’s doorstep.
Captain America & Team Cap: Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man & Hawkeye: At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Team Cap has escaped The Raft (a floating prison in the middle of the Atlantic) and has sought asylum in Wakanda as fugitives from the law.
Iron Man: After Spider-Man rejects his offer to join The Avengers (complete with a new battle suit), Tony is seen entering a press conference with Pepper Potts back in tow.
Thor, Hulk, Loki (who has stolen and currently possesses the Space Stone) & Valkyrie: After losing a hammer, his hair, an eye and all of Asgard, Thor and company are leading the surviving Asgardians back to Earth when they encounter Thanos’ spaceship along the way.
Spider-Man: Spider-Man: Homecoming ends with Peter Parker’s victory over the Vulture and Aunt May’s discovery that he and Spider-Man are the same person.
The Vision: As part of Team Iron Man during Captain America: Civil War, The Vision is still affiliated with the Avengers and currently sports the Mind Gem on his forehead, making him a prime target for Thanos.
Bucky Barnes/Winter Solider/White Wolf: With the help of Black Panther’s sister, Shuri, Bucky seems to be recovering from his Hydra brainwashing in the peace of Wakanda.
War Machine: After being wounded in Civil War, Rhodey was left unable to walk, though in trailers and promotional images we see War Machine wearing an exoskeleton to walk and flying high in souped-up armor.
Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot & new members Nebula and Mantis: GOTG Vol 2 ends with Star-Lord mourning the loss of his adoptive father, Yondu, while Gamora and Nebula continue to plot against their own adoptive father, Thanos himself.
Doctor Strange & Wong: The Sorcerer Supreme was last seen holding down the fort at the Sanctum Sanctorum after assisting Thor in finding Loki and his father.
Black Panther, Shuri, Okoye & M’Baku (Man-Ape): At the end of Black Panther, T’Challa and company are busy opening the doors of Wakanda and its super-science to the rest of the world.
Nick Fury & Maria Hill: Fury faked his death in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and after the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., Maria Hill went to work for Stark Enterprises. We last saw them both when they dusted off a retired helicarrier to help with the rescue efforts during the Sokovia conflict in Avengers: Age of Ultron.