As the most anticipated all-star superhero venture gets its release date moved up by a week, here’s everything you need to know about the film.
Avengers: Infinity War, the upcoming all-star film from Marvel Studios is quite possibly the most anticipated superhero film of the year. A culmination of the decade-long efforts of Disney, Marvel Studios and producer Kevin Fiege, it will bring with it the conclusion of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A lot has happened since the trailer first emerged. For one thing, the film’s release date has been moved up by a week. Originally slated to release on May 4, it is now releasing on April 27, this year.
The news was broken by Marvel with a twitter thread featuring Robert Downey Jr (aka Iron Man). As for the decision, it was made for a variety of reasons.
For one thing, it was made in a bid to give the film a chance to stay away from box office battles. With Deadpool 2 releasing on May 18 and Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25, the film would have had a shorter period to make a mark on the box office but by releasing a week early, they have given themselves a longer stretch without massive competition.
Additionally, the decision to release the film a week early was made to make sure people get a chance to see it before spoilers emerge online as is common with superhero films.
As Hollywood Reporter noted, “Opening day-and-date makes the most logical sense (arguably the case for any blockbuster, not just this one); while some people may not be able to see the film on opening day, making it accessible around the world, as opposed to a chunk of the wider audience, is ideal.”
It is also obvious that that the studio wants to ride the Black Panther phenomenon and since several stars from Black Panther feature in Avengers: Infinity War as well, it is a smart call.
Moving on from the release date, it has also been revealed that Infinity War will be the longest Marvel film in history with a running time of 2 hours and 36 minutes. But then again, with the original Avengers, joined by Guardians of the Galaxy team, Black Panther team and Doctor Strange team, it is the mother of all crossovers and since some of them will be saying goodbye, the length certainly makes sense.
In other news, Entertainment Weekly has done a series of covers, 15 in total, featuring 22 Marvel superheroes including one that shows the new armor of Iron Man. Called the Bleeding Edge and “among its many new capabilities are rocket thrusters that jut out from Tony Stark’s arms and back, allowing him to propel himself into deep space”.
As for the rest of it, most believe that it will be Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Evan’s Captain America who will die with this film and its follow-up Avengers 4. Black Panther is hot property so he’s safe while the fate of Thor is still up in the air. The actor who essays him, Chris Hemsworth, has suggested that he is up for another film if the right story comes along and with the enormous success of last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, he might get a film. Others to get the final boot include Don Cheadle’s War Machine and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye.