Marvel’s expansive cinematic franchise is always building toward one, giant event. First, it was the first Avengers movie in 2012. Next up was the 2015 sequel, Age of Ultron. Last year, we saw our heroes at odds with each other in Captain America: Civil War. The next major movie, Avengers: Infinity War Part I, is set to premiere in May of 2018. It follows the “Avengers movie every 3 years” timeline established with Ultron, and leaves a whole lot time in between. In that time, we’re left to speculate about what’s to come.
Infinity War may be years away, but we still know a surprisingly large amount of the details. All this is largely a product of Marvel setting the two-part Avengers saga up for the better part of the last decade. We’ve seen end-credit teases in every MCU movie, many of which provided us with small puzzle pieces that make up the full visage of Infinity War. Combine that with various rumors, interviews, and leaked photos, and we have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
1. Joe and Anthony Russo will be directing
Joss Whedon officially made his exit from the MCU following Avengers: Age of Ultron, carving out a larger role for the minds behind The Winter Soldier and Civil War: Joe and Anthony Russo. The Russo brothers have a resume that includes comedies like Community and Arrested Development, having proved their superhero mettle with the last Captain America movie. They’ll assume Whedon’s throne for Infinity War, leaving the franchise in capable creative hands.
And while Infinity War consists of two parts, don’t expect the second film to be a simple continuation of the first movie. “The movies are very very different from one another,” said Anthony Russo, according to io9. “It’s not a part one and part two scenario, necessarily. They’re just two different expressions. I think it creates a misconception that we’re shooting them at the same time.”
Apparently, the Russos weren’t joking when they stressed that the two movies would be markedly different. Per comments made to UPROXX, the two films will eventually be retitled. The “Part I” and “Part II” delineation especially is what Marvel wants to ax, in order to make it clear that we’re working with two separate stories between the movies.
Marvel has officially confirmed that Infinity War will be a one-part story, with the second Avengers movie releasing a year later without an official title yet.