Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018, in IMAX. An untitled sequel is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019.
- Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man:The leader and benefactor of the Avengers who is a self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist with electromechanical suits of armor of his own making
- Josh Brolin as Thanos:An intergalactic despot who longs to collect all of the Infinity Stones in order to inflict his will on all of reality.
- Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk: An Avenger and a genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or agitated.
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki: Thor’s adoptive brother and nemesis based on the deity of the same name.
- Chris Evans as Steve Rogers:The superhero formerly known as Captain America and leader of a faction of Avengers, who during World War II was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation before waking up in the modern world
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor:An Avenger and the crown prince of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name.
- Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye: A master archer and former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., who is a member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers
- Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord:The half-human, half-celestial leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers.
- Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch: A member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers, who can harness magic and engage in hypnosis and telekinesis.
- Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier: An enhanced assassin and Rogers’ ally and best friend, who reemerged brainwashed after being thought killed in action during World War II.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange:A neurosurgeon who, after a car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovered the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and becomes a Master of the Mystic Arts.
- Paul Bettany as Vision: An android and Avenger created using the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. and the Mind Stone.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury: The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who originally recruited the Avengers.
- Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill: The former commander and deputy director of S.H.I.E.L.D. who worked closely with Nick Fury.
- Benedict Wong as Wong: One of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, tasked with protecting some of Kamar-Taj’s most valuable relics and books.
- Zoe Saldana as Gamora: A member of the Guardians who is an orphan from an alien world who seeks redemption for her past crimes. She was trained by Thanos to be his personal assassin.
- Karen Gillan as Nebula: An adopted daughter of Thanos who was raised with Gamora as siblings, and reluctant member of the Guardians.
- Vin Diesel as Groot: A member of the Guardians who is a tree-like humanoid.
- Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer: A member of the Guardians and warrior in search of vengeance against Thanos for killing his family.
- Rocket: A member of the Guardians who is a genetically engineered raccoon-based bounty hunter and mercenary, and is a master of weapons and battle tactics. Sean Gunn once again serves as the stand-in for Rocket during filming, with his acting and expressions serving as motion reference for the character.
- Pom Klementieff as Mantis: A member of the Guardians with empathic powers.
- Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow:A highly trained spy and former member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.
- Benicio del Toro as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector: An obsessive keeper of the largest collection of interstellar fauna, relics, and species of all manner in the galaxy.
- Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man: A teenager and Stark’s protegé who received spider-like abilities after being bitten by a genetically-modified spider.
- Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon: A member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers and former pararescueman trained by the military in aerial combat using a specially designed wing pack.
- Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther: The king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, who gains enhanced strength by ingesting the Heart-Shaped Herb.
- Danai Gurira as Okoye: The head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda who serve as T’Challa’s bodyguards.
- Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man: A former petty criminal who acquired a suit that allows him to shrink in scale but increase in strength.
- Isabella Amara reprises her role as Sally from Spider-Man: Homecoming,
- Terry Notary appears as one of Thanos’ henchm
” Infinity Gauntlet”
Thanos mounts the six Infinity Gems (collected in the Thanos Quest limited series) on his left glove to form the titular Infinity Gauntlet. Each Gem grants its bearer complete mastery over one aspect of the multiverse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power.
They are gathered by the Elders of the Universe, who intend to use their combined power to drain Galactus of his lifeforce and then recreate the universe with themselves as the oldest beings in it (Galactus was the last survivor of the Universe that existed prior to the birth of the current Marvel Universe). This plot is thwarted by the Silver Surfer, and several Elders and the gems are lost in a black hole; Galactus consumes some of the other Elders. In a follow-up story, Galactus is poisoned by the Elders he consumed. Silver Surfer, Mr. Fantastic, and the Invisible Woman journey through the black hole to recover the gems. Invisible Woman becomes possessed by the sentient Soul Gem, awakening her evil Malice persona. She is later subdued, and the gems are used to remove the Elders from Galactus’ body. The Elders later reclaim the gems.
Thanos systematically subdues the Elders one by one to gather all six gems. Once in his control, he sets the gems into a gold glove (the left gauntlet of his customary attire) which he refers to as the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos explains the origin of the gems to the Runner, one of the Elders of the Universe: the set are the remains of a once nigh omnipotent but lonely being. Unable to endure eternity alone, the being committed suicide, although a fraction of its essence remained and became the Infinity Gems
Thanos becomes nearly omnipotent, and challenges the Silver Surfer and Drax the Destroyer, handling the heroes with ease. He reclaims his ship Sanctuary II from its current captain, his granddaughter Nebula. He burns her nearly to death, but uses the Gems to keep her suspended between life and death in immortal agony; he claims this is a “work of art”, “a monument to the insanity of Life and Death denied”. Mephisto joins Thanos as an adviser. The Silver Surfer travels to Earth to warn Earth’s superheroes of the threat of Thanos and the Gems, setting the stage for The Infinity Gauntlet limited series.
This fulfilled a pledge to his love, Death, to repair a “cosmic imbalance” caused by the presence of more sentient beings alive than had ever died in all of history; Death believed that this imbalance would lead to starvation, pestilence, and misery across the cosmos. Thanos decimates Earth’s heroes in combat when they retaliate, and then battles the pantheon of cosmic entities when they attempt to strip him of the Gauntlet; he defeats them all and turns them to stone. He uses the Gems to supplant Eternity, gaining Eternity’s ethereal form and forsaking his physical body. This leaves the Gauntlet vulnerable, and Nebula removes it from Thanos’ body, ending his control over the Gems. (according to Adam Warlock, Thanos subconsciously felt unworthy of the power of the Gauntlet, causing him to lose control of it.) Nebula’s attempts to wield the Gauntlet fail due to her inexperience and lack of willpower, and she is left debilitated after restoring the universe to a state before Thanos used the Gauntlet. She is defeated in a battle with Earth’s heroes, and Adam Warlock emerges as the new possessor of the Gauntlet. Warlock insists that he will not be a threat like Thanos, but the heroes do not trust him and he sends them away before they can attack. He is called to judgement in a suit brought by Eternity before the Living Tribunal, who finds Warlock unworthy of the power of the Gems due to his emotional instability. The Tribunal reasons with Adam, revealing that a fight to retain the Gauntlet would devastate the universe. Warlock uses the Gauntlet to perceive the flow of time, and sees his inevitable course of action is to distribute the Gems to a group of trusted guardians and companions. The Tribunal accepts this decision, to the dismay of Eternity.
He places himself as the leader and guardian of the Soul Gem. He names Gamora guardian of the Time Gem, Pip the Troll guardian of the Space Gem, Drax the Destroyer guardian of the Power Gem, Moondragon guardian of the Mind Gem, and an unknown member (later revealed to be Thanos himself) guardian of the Reality Gem. During the course of the series, several enemies attempt to steal the Gems. In an early encounter, Warlock’s old nemesis from Counter-Earth, the creature called the Man Beast, abducts several members of the Watch and uses the combined Mind, Power, Space and Time Gems to create a monstrous energy humanoid called “the Infinity Thrall”. Both are eventually defeated by Adam Warlock. The Living Tribunal is once again called for judgement, and declares that the Infinity Gems will no longer be able to act in unison.
Each Gem is a small, smooth oval, and known by their respective powers.
Each of the Gems represents a different characteristic of existence;possessing any single Gem grants the possessor the ability to potentially command whatever aspect of existence the Gem represents. The Gems are indestructible but not immutable.On two occasions one or more of the gems have appeared in the form of deep pink spheres that were several feet in diameter.On other occasions the gems have appeared in their normal shape but with different coloring (i.e. the Soul Gem appeared to be red when worn by the Gardener). In the Ultraverse, the merged Gems, Nemesis, were once again separated after a battle with Ultraforce and the Avengers.
The six Infinity Gems include:
|Name||Color||Powers and capabilities||Known owners|
|Soul||Green||Allows the user to steal, control, manipulate, and alter souls, living or dead, and is the gateway to an idyllic pocket universe that is much like Heaven. It also has the ability to steal the powers and abilities of others. The Soul Gem is sentient and has a hunger for souls. At full potential, the Gem grants control over all life in the universe.||High Evolutionary; Adam Warlock; Gardener; In-Betweener; Thanos; Nebula; Count Abyss; Magus; Rune; Odeni; Gemini; Loki; Syphonn; Galactus; Doctor Strange|
|Time||Orange||Allows the user total control over the past, present and future. It grants its user the ability to see into the past and the future; the ability to stop, slow down, speed up or reverse the flow of time; time travel; the ability to change the past and the future; age and de-age beings; and trap people or entire universes in unending loops of time. At full potential, the gem grants Omniscience.||Gardener; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Odeni; Gamora; Maxam; Magus; Rune; Hardcase; Loki; Galactus; Namor;
Thor; Mister Fantastic; Iron Man; Black Widow
|Space||Purple||Allows the user to exist in any or all locations, move any object anywhere throughout reality, and warp or rearrange space. The gem allows its user to teleport oneself and others any place the user can imagine regardless of distance or preventive measures such as walls or spells. It can increase the speed of the gem user and also enables its user to alter the distance between objects contrary to the laws of physics. At full potential, the gem grants Omnipresence.||Runner; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Pip the Troll; Magus; Rune; Loki; Galactus; Iron Man; Hood; Odeni; Namor; Black Panther; Black Widow|
|Mind||Blue||Allows the user to greatly strengthen and enhance mental and psionic power and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings. Backed by the Power Gem, the Mind Gem can access all minds in existence simultaneously. When searching for it, the Grandmaster apparently discovered that the Mind Gem was the manifestation of the universal subconscious.||Grandmaster; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Moondragon; Magus; Rune; Primevil; Loki; Galactus; Professor X; Odeni; Hood; Ms. Marvel; Beast; Black Widow|
|Reality||Yellow||Allows the user to fulfill wishes, even if the wish is in direct contradiction with scientific laws, and do things that would normally be impossible. The gem can also be used to create any type of alternate reality one wishes and when backed by the other stones it allows one to alter reality on a universal scale. Occasionally stated to be the most powerful of the Gems, if wielded without the other Gems to keep its reality-altering powers from accidentally surging out of control. At one point, the gem rapidly cycled through multiple alternative universes.||Stranger; Collector; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Rune; Night Man; Loki; Galactus; Black Bolt; Hood; Odeni; Iron Man; Black Widow; Vision|
|Power||Red||Accesses all power and energy that ever has or will exist, and can boost the other gems’ effects. Allows the user to duplicate almost any physical superhuman ability and grants them Omnipotence. It also grants the possessor the potential to manipulate all forms of energy for virtually any effect. However, nearly all who have possessed the Power Gem singularly have used it to only enhance themselves physically.||Champion of the Universe; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Drax the Destroyer; Thor; Magus; Rune; Lord Pumpkin; Loki; Galactus; She-Hulk; Titania; Mister Fantastic; Odeni; Hood; Red Hulk; Xiambor; Namor|
The Infinity Stones are significant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing important roles in several films. Director James Gunn created the backstory for the Stones in the film Guardians of the Galaxy, where the Collector explains they are six singularities that existed before the Big Bang, that were compressed into the Stones after the universe began.In order of introduction, they are:
- Space Stone (Blue):
- Housed in the Tesseract, it first appears briefly in the Thor post-credits scene. In Captain America: The First Avenger, it is used by the Red Skull to power weaponry developed by Hydra, and in The Avengers it is shown to be capable of generating wormholes, which Loki uses to transport the Chitauri to New York City in an attempt to conquer Earth. After the Avengers repel the invasion, it is returned to Asgard for safekeeping.
- Mind Stone (Yellow):
- In The Avengers, Thanos gives Loki a scepter that allows him to control people’s minds and to project energy.The scepter falls into the hands of Hydra leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who is shown in the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier to have been using it to experiment on humans. The only surviving subjects of those experiments are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, in whom superhuman abilities were unlocked. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the scepter is revealed to contain the Mind Stone, and has an artificial intelligence that grants sentience to the computer program Ultron, who then incorporates the stone into his “Vision”, an android.The Mind Stone can also enhance the user’s intelligence.
- Reality Stone (Red):
- Formed by the Dark Elf Malekith into a fluid-like weapon called the Aether, it is said to be able to destroy the Nine Realms and return the universe to its pre-Big Bang state. The Asgardians entrust the Aether to the Collector at the end of Thor: The Dark World, to separate it from the Tesseract, as they consider it unwise to have multiple Stones close together.
- Power Stone (Purple):
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, the Power Stone is contained within an orb that Ronan the Accuser sought for Thanos.It is capable of destroying entire civilizations, and Ronan tries to use it to destroy the planet Xandar. The Guardians of the Galaxy stop him and entrust the stone to the Nova Corps for safekeeping.
- Time Stone (Green):
- The Time Stone was encased in the Eye of Agamotto by Earth’s first sorcerer, Agamotto. A Master of the Mystic Arts can use the Stone to alter and manipulate time. Thousands of years later, in Doctor Strange, Dr. Stephen Strange learns to use the Eye and uses it to save the Earth from Dormammu by threatening to trap the demon in a time loop until he abandons his plans for Earth. The Masters of the Mystic Arts retain possession of the Eye in their secret compound Kamar-Taj in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Soul Stone (Orange):
- The Soul Stone is shown in Guardians of the Galaxy to be orange. Feige stated that it would be seen “sometime in Phase Three, for sure. There’s a gauntlet that needs to be filled.”
A right-handed gauntlet appears in the film Thor, where it is stored in Odin’s vault. In the mid-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thanos is seen wearing a left-handed gauntlet.