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Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” was unstoppable in its opening weekend, breaking records for both the biggest domestic and international box office openings of all time.

Domestically, the film brought in $258.2 million through Sunday, while the international take from opening weekend is a massive $640.9 million. Domestically, it also broke records for the biggest Saturday box office haul ever with $83 million and biggest Sunday ever with $69.2 million. As of this week, six of the top 10 biggest domestic opening weekends ever are now from Marvel Studios, including “Avengers: Infinity War,” “The Avengers,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Iron Man 3.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” is currently Certified Fresh at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. The opening weekend of the film brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to a $15.4 billion gross total, with the MCU already firmly cemented as the highest grossing franchise of all time.

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“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe,” said Thanos.

But it’s sure been a great ride for Marvel Studios’ fans! After 10 years and 19 movies, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will gather for a final battle against their greatest threat yet in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

In terms of scope and players, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may seem like a daunting undertaking. As Thanos’ shadows looms large, Marvel.com revisited Phase One and Phase 2 of the MCU. Like our heroes, we’ve come to our final battle to get you ready for when you walk into Avengers: Infinity War this weekend! Phase Three brings it all home with Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther. It’s been one exciting adventure after another, so before the big finale, it’s time to assemble and navigate the last six films!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

  • In 1991 Siberia, using trigger words, HYDRA revive a cryogenically frozen Bucky Barnes
  • Present day, the newly assembled Avengers—Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch—are in Lagos to stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon
  • Rumlow blows himself up attempting to take Rogers with him—instead, Scarlet Witch contains the explosion but loses control and destroys a building
  • At MIT, Tony Stark demos a piece of tech that triggers a childhood conversion with his parents, after the speech he is confronted by a grieving mother whose son was killed in Sokovia as a result of the Avengers’ battle with Ultron
  • The Avengers are visited by Stark and Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, who explains that due to the events in Lagos, the U.N. has decided that the Avengers will sign the Sokovia Accords, which will oversee the team, a measure that Rogers opposes.
  • Helmut Zemo tracks down the HYDRA agent who controlled Barnes and seals his book containing the trigger words that activate the Winter Soldier
  • In Vienna, at conference discussing the Accords, security footage shows Barnes setting off a bomb attack that kills King T’Chaka of Wakanda, setting the king’s son T’Challa on a course for vengeance
  • Zemo recites the trigger word, activating the Winter Soldier who goes on a rampage, after coming to, Barnes explains that Zemo is the real Vienna bomber and was using Barnes to find out the location of the secret Siberian HYDRA base, where other brainwashed Winter Soldiers are resting in a cryogenic state
  • Rogers and Wilson recruit Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man, who face off against Stark’s assembled team of War Machine, Black Widow, Vision, T’Challa as Black Panther, and Peter Parker—a high school student who fights crime as Spider-Man
  • At Leipzig/Halle Airport, the two teams battle, ending with Rhodey being paralyzed after being shot down by Vision in battle
  • After discovering that Zemo killed the other Winter Soldiers as revenge for the death of his Sokovian family, Zemo shows Stark old footage of Barnes murdering Stark’s parents, Howard and Maria Stark
  • Stark turns on Barnes, causing Rogers to defend his friend as the three battle it out, ending with the Iron Man armor disabled, Captain America leaving his shield behind, Zemo attempting suicide only to be stopped and apprehended by T’Challa 
  • While Rogers frees his team from prison, Stark builds an exo-skeletal frame for Rhodey to help with his battle injuries and receives a phone and an apology letter from Rogers, once again repudiating the Accords but acknowledging that one day the team will reassemble again
  • MID CREDIT: On Wakanda, Rogers watches as Barnes is placed into a cryogenic sleep until a cure for his mental conditioning can be found
  • POST CREDIT: Parker checks out his Stark tech, which radiate a Spider-Man shaped symbol

DOCTOR STRANGE

  • In Nepal, marauders enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj, beheading its librarian, as the sorcerer Kecilius steals pages from the mystical book of his mentor, the Ancient One
  • In New York City, a reknown surgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange gets injured in a car accident, leaving him unable to perform surgery, and tries to recover with the aid of co-worker and former lover Christine Palmer
  • Through research, Strange discovers former-paraplegic Jonathan Pangborn, who directs Strange to Kamar-Taj, where he meets Mordo, a disciple of the Ancient One
  • While training with the Ancient One, Strange studies ancient books in the library guarded by the master Wong, where Strange learns that the sorcerer’s task is to protect the three Earthly Sanctums, in New York City, London, and Hong Kong, which are connected and accessed through Kamar-Taj
  • Strange secretly reads the text from the stolen pages, learning to bend time with the use of the Eye of Agamotto
  • Kaecilius summons Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, destroys the London and New York Sanctums, as Strange defends the New York Sanctum with the help of the Cloak of Levitation
  • Kaecilius mortally injures the Ancient One and reveals to the sorcerers that she has been drawing power from the Dark Dimension
  • Arriving in Hong Kong to find Wong dead and the Sanctum destroyed, Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto to reverse time and save Wong, creating an infinite time loop, which traps Domammu and himself inside the Dark Dimension forever
  • In exchange for Strange breaking the time loop, Dormammu surrenders and agrees to leave Earth with Kaecilius, leaving Mordo distraught over the Ancient One’s betrayal
  • Strange returns the Eye to Kamar-Taj, which Wong calls an Infinity Stone, and takes up residence in the New York Sanctum to continue his sorcery studies
  • MID CREDIT: Doctor Strange decides to help Thor who brought his Loki to Earth searching for Odin
  • POST CREDIT: Mordo confronts Pangborn stripping him of his magic because there are “too many sorcerers”

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

  • As the now established Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and baby Groot exchange batteries for Nebula’s freedom from Ayesha, leader of the Sovereigns
  • The Guardians manage to escape with the help of a mysterious follower, who turns out to be Quill’s father Ego, after Rocket steals some of the batteries forcing the Sovereign to retaliate
  • Ego invites Quill, Gamora, and Drax to his home planet while Rocket and Groot stay behind to repair the ship and watch over Nebula
  • Upon landing on Ego’s planet, the team learns that he is a Celestial and the planet is an extension of his body—they also meet Mantis, an empath and assistant to Ego.
  • Ayesha hires Yondu and his crew who have been exiled from the Ravager community for child trafficking, to recapture the Guardians
  • Taserface, leading a mutiny among the Ravagers, imprisons Rocket and Yondu for his reluctance to turn in Quill
  • Ego hired Yondu to collect his child from Earth after Quill’s mother Meredith’s death, but Yondu kept Quill for himself while Ego has been searching for him ever since
  • Nebula arrives at Ego’s planet to kill Gamora, but they come to a truce
  • Ego reveals to Quill that he has travelled the galaxy, planting seedlings which terraform into extensions of himself, but needs Quill’s inherent Celestial power to activate the process
  • Impregnating women all over the galaxy, Ego hired Yondu to collect the children so he could kill them, as their Celestial power wasn’t present
  • Ego mind controls Quill to activate the seedlings, but the spell is broken when Ego reveals that he killed Meredith because she was a distraction from his greater agenda
  • With knowledge of Ego’s plan and under attack, the group finds Ego’s brain at the planet’s core
  • Rocket makes a bomb that Groot plants in the core while Quill fights Ego
  • The bomb explodes killing Ego, with Yondu ultimately sacrificing himself to save Quill, who he always thought of as his son
  • The sisters Gamora and Nebula reconcile as Nebula leaves on a quest to kill Thanos
  • The Guardians hold a funeral for Yondu when Ravager ships arrive to acknowledge Yondu’s sacrifice and accept him in death
  • MID CREDIT 1: Kraglin attempt to summon Yondu’s arrow only to stab Drax in the shoulder
  • MID CREDIT 2: Ravager Stakar reassembles his old team
  • MID CREDIT 3: Ayesha create a new being to destroy the Guardians of the Galaxy, naming it Adam
  • MID CREDIT 4: Peter Quill confronts Groot who is now a troublesome adolescent
  • POST CREDIT: The Watchers walk away from their informant as he tries to regale them with tales of his adventures

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

  • Following the Battle of New York, Stark and the government form the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.) which drives independent contractor Adrian Toomes and his salvage company out of business, an enraged Toomes keeps some of the scavenged Chitauri tech to create and sell weapons
  • Eight years later and after the airport battle, Peter Parker returns to his regular life as a high school student in New York, quitting his school’s academic decathlon team under the guise of focusing on his Stark Industries Internship, which is a cover for his late night crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man
  • Parker comes across Toomes’ underlings, Jackson Brice / Shocker and Herman Schultz who are selling Chitauri weaponry to small time criminal, Aaron Davis
  • Parker is caught by Toomes and dropped in a lake where he is rescued by Stark, who is monitoring Parker via the Spider-Man suit
  • Toomes accidentally kills Brice with one of their weapons, and promoting Schultz to become the new Shocker
  • Parker and Ned remove the power core from a weapon left behind by Brice, and add a tracking device to Schultz, which leads to Maryland, so Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C.
  • Parker discovers the power core is unstable and races to the Washington Monument where the core explodes, traps Ned and the decathlon team including his crush, Liz, in an elevator, where Peter saves them just in time
  • Parker gets Davis to reveal Toomes’ whereabouts—aboard the Staten Island Ferry, Parker captures new buyer Mac Gargan, but Toomes escapes after a malfunctioning weapon tears the Ferry in half, as Stark appears and helps Parker save the passengers, taking back the custom the suit as punishment
  • When picking up Liz for the homecoming dance, Parker finds out that Toomes is Liz’s father, who deduces Parker’s secret identity and threatens retaliation if he interferes with his plans
  • During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a cargo plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to the team’s new headquarters, donning his old Spider-Man suit he races to confront Toomes
  • At the lair, Toomes destroys the building’s support beams and leaves Parker to die, Parker manages to escape,  intercept the plane, steering it to crash on the beach where he and Toomes continue fighting, ending with Parker saving Toomes’ life and leaving him for the police
  • Parker declines an invitation from Stark to join the Avengers, and at home, he puts on his returned Stark upgraded suit just as Aunt May walks in
  • MID CREDIT: Toomes confronts Gargan in prison with a rumor of Spider-man’s identity, which Toomes denies
  • POST CREDIT: Captain America films a public service announcement on the importance of patience 

THOR: RAGNAROK

  • After a two-year unsuccessful search for Infinity Stones, Thor has been captured by the fire demon Surtur, who reveals Thor’s father Odin is no longer on Asgard and that it will soon be destroyed by Ragnarok once Surtur unifies his crown with the Eternal Flame in Odin’s vault
  • Thor secures Surtur’s crown in Odin’s vault and finds Loki impersonating their father, forces his brother to Earth to seek him out, only to find the retirement home destroyed where Odin was last seen
  • Loki and Thor encounter Doctor Stephen Strange who reveals Odin’s location in Norway, once there Odin explains that he is dying, which will allow his firstborn child, Hela the Goddess of Death to be released from her prison
  • As the leader of Asgard’s armies, Hela conquered the Nine Realms alongside Odin, but her history had been erased after Odin feared that she had grown too ambitious, with her powers expected to compound once she returns to Asgard
  • Odin dies, releasing Hela, who easily destroys Mjolnir, Thor and Loki flee using the Bifröst, with Hela in pursuit Loki and Thor are thrown out of the portal as she makes her way to Asgard
  • Beginning her reign in Asgard, Hela kills the Warriors Three, resurrects her undead army and giant wolf Fenris, and appoints Skurge as her executioner, as Heimdall hides the Asgardians away 
  • Thor crashes onto the planet of Sakaar where he is taken captive by Scrapper 142, who he learns is one of the legendary Asgardian Valkyrie warriors who previously defended Asgard against Hela, and sold to the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster
  • The captive Thor discovers that the reigning champion is Hulk, the Grandmaster’s Content of Champions battle between the two ends in a draw and Thor fails to convince Hulk and Valkyrie to help him save Asgard
  • Thor escapes to find the Quinjet that brought Hulk to Sakaar, Hulk arrives to find a recording from Black Widow which transforms him back into Banner for the first time since Sokovia
  • Thor, Banner, and Valkyrie escape to Asgard, where they fight Hela, Hulk fights Fenris, and Skurge sacrifices himself to allow the Asgardian people to safely board onto a waiting ship
  • During the final battle with Hela, Thor loses his right eye, has a vision of Ragnarok, and gets Loki to locates Surtur’s crown and place it in the Eternal Flame, giving way to Surtur’s rebirth
  • As Surtur destroys Asgard, Hela is killed prompting Thor to abandon his home and rebuild Asgard elsewhere
  • Thor is crowned king by the remaining Asgardians, and decides to head for Earth
  • MID CREDIT: Loki and Thor look out into space as a large spaceship appears
  • POST CREDIT: Appearing from a crashed ship, the Grandmaster comes face to face with the Sakaaran rebels

BLACK PANTHER

  • Centuries ago in Africa, five tribes warred over a meteorite containing the cosmic metal Vibranium and a warrior ingested a heart-shape herb that has grown out of the soil exposed to the element, giving him superhuman abilities
  • The warrior, the first Black Panther, united the tribes—with the exception of Jabari—to form the secretive nation of Wakanda, who use the Vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology while keeping their innovations a secret from the rest of the world
  • In 1992, King T’Chaka while visiting his brother N’Jobu, who was working undercover in Oakland, California, accuses N’Jobu of assisting notorious arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in stealing Vibranium from Wakanda as N’Jobu’s partner reveals he is Wakandan as well, and confirms T’Chaka’s suspicions about N’Jobu’s dealings
  • Following T’Chaka’s death at the U.N., his son T’Challa returns to Wakanda to assume the throne as the new king
  • As part of the ceremony, the Jabari Tribe’s leader M’Baku engages T’Challa in ritual combat, with T’Challa defeating M’Baku and sparing his life, becoming the new King of Wakanda
  • T’Challa’s friend W’Kabi urges him to bring Klaue to justice; however, T’Challa reluctantly releases him to CIA agent Everett Ross’ custody
  • T’Challa discovers that N’Jobu wanted to share Wakanda’s technology with the world, and as T’Chaka arrested N’Jobu, N’Jobu attacked Zuri, thus forcing T’Chaka to kill him, resulting in T’Chaka ordering Zuri to lie that N’Jobu had disappeared, but he left behind an American son, Erik Stevens, who became a U.S. black ops soldier, known as Killmonger
  • Killmonger kills Klaue and returns to Wakanda, revealing his identity and challenges T’Challa as the rightful heir to the throne, where he kills Zuri, defeats T’Challa and hurls him over a waterfall to his death
  • Killmonger ingests the heart-shaped herb, orders the rest to be destroyed, which Nakia manages to save one before the destruction.
  • Killmonger prepares to distribute shipments of Wakandan weapons to operatives around the world, while Nakia, Shuri, Queen Ramonda and Ross ask the Jabari Tribe for aid, there they find a comatose T’Challa, who was rescued by the Jabari tribe in repayment for sparing M’Baku’s life during the comb at ceremony
  • Healed thanks to Nakia’s herb, T’Challa returns to fight Killmonger, now wearing his own suit
  • Using Wakandan tech, Ross remotely pilots a jet and shoots down the planes carrying the vibranium weapons, while M’Baku and the Jabari arrive as reinforcements
  • T’Challa stabs Killmonger who chooses death over incarceration.
  • In Oakland, T’Challa purchases the building where his uncle N’Jobu was murdered, and establishes an outreach center to be run by Nakia and Shuri
  • MID CREDIT: T’Challa tells the United Nations that, for the first time, Wakanda will open its borders to help the rest of the world
  • POST CREDIT: Shuri visits Bucky Barnes, referred to the Wakandans as ‘White Wolf,’ who is recuperating after being awakened from his cryogenic state

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After the debut of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a path, culminating in 19 films in total, with it all coming to a head in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, now in theaters! We began the Marvel.com’s guide to Phase One of the MCU here.

As the stories progress, we go deeper into the MCU with Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. Now on to Phase Two!

IRON MAN 3

  • In 1999, Tony Stark meets scientist Maya Hansen, who has invented Extremis, a regenerative recovery treatment for crippling injuries, as well as disabled scientist Aldrich Killian, who is humiliated when Stark refuses his offer to work with his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics
  • Stark, now suffering from PTSD due to the New York alien invasion, copes by creating dozens of new Iron Man suits
  • Threatening the terrorist known as the Mandarin, Stark finds his home destroyed and his friend and chief of security, Happy Hogan, injured
  • Escaping in a Mark 42 suit, J.A.R.V.I.S. pilots Stark to rural Tennessee where he teams up with a 10-year-old boy named Harley
  • Stark investigates a local explosion to find bombings were actually triggered by soldiers subjected to Extremis whose bodies exploded due to rejected of treatment and were part of a cover up for the program’s flaws
  • Stark discovers the Mandarin is actually British actor Trevor Slattery, a creation of Killian, who has appropriated Hansen’s Extremis research as a cure for his own disability
  • Killian, the real Mandarin, kidnapped Potts and subjected her to Extremis
  • Killian intends to kill President Ellis on live television making the Vice President into his puppet leader in exchange for curing his daughter’s disability 
  • Stark saves Potts, who has survived the Extremis procedure, while Rhodey—now the Iron Patriot—saves the President
  • Stark confronts Killian and traps him in a remote Iron Man suit that self-destructs; failing to kill him, Potts returns to finish the job
  • Stark orders J.A.R.V.I.S. to remotely destroy the 21 Iron Man suits, promising Potts he’ll leave his Iron Man persona behind, then undergoing surgery to remove the shrapnel embedded near his heart, throwing his obsolete chest arc reactor into the sea
  • POST CREDIT: Recalling his PTSD, Stark realizes Banner has slept through his story

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

  • Long ago, Bor, father of Odin, defeated Dark Elf Malekith, whose goal was to unleash the Aether on the Nine Realms
  • After defeat, Bor secured the Aether while Malekith and his Dark Elves retreated into suspended animation vowing to one day return
  • In present Asgard, Loki stands before his father on trial for his crimes against Earth while Thor, Sif, and the Warriors Three battle against the Mauraders who have been terrorizing the Nine Realms
  • The event where the alignment of the Nine Realms, known as the Convergence, is imminent, prompting world-linking portals to appear randomly
  • On Earth, Jane Foster is teleported to a distant planet; when she returns, Thor finds her infected by the Aether and takes her to Asgard for help
  • Malekith, awakened by the Aether’s return, attacks Asgard and searches for Jane knowing she contains the Aether, and in the process Thor’s mother Frigga is killed
  • Against Odin’s orders, Thor and Loki use a portal to Svartalfheim in a plot to use Jane to lure Malekith
  • Malekith merges with the Aether after drawing it out of Jane as Loki is left fatally wounded
  • Thor and Malekith battle as the Convergence begins to zenith, until Thor uses Selvig’s devices to transport Malekith to Svartalfheim, where he is crushed by his own ship
  • Returning to Asgard, Thor tells Odin of Loki’s heroic death—only for it to be revealed that Loki is in fact impersonating Odin and is alive and well after all
  • MID CREDIT: Sif and Volstagg entrust and hand over the Aether to Taneleer Tivan; unbeknownst to them, he plans to hunt down the other five Infinity Stones
  • POST CREDIT: Thor arrives and surprises Jane

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

  • Adjusting to present day life, Steve Rogers meets Sam Wilson, a veteran U.S. Air Force pararescue trooper
  • Rogers, now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. under Nick Fury, teams up with Black Widow, Brock Rumlow and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s S.T.R.I.K.E. team to rescue hostages from the mercenary, Georges Batroc
  • Rogers discovers Romanoff has her own agenda under orders from Nick Fury, to extract data about Project Insight where three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites will take out potential threats
  • At the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Rogers confronts Fury who becomes suspicious of Project Insight and warns top S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce to delay the project
  • An ambushed and on the run Fury meets with Rogers where they are ambushed by an assassin with a cybernetic arm
  • Romanoff tells Rogers that the assassin is known as the Winter Soldier and using the flash drive a dying Fury handed to Rogers, they find a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker where they access the voice of Arnim Zola who reveals that HYDRA has been secretly operating within S.H.I.E.L.D. within its ranks
  • Zola tells them that deaths of S.H.I.E.L.D. leaders were HYDRA’s doing and implied that Howard Stark’s death was not an accident, they also realize that Pierce is HYDRA’s leader
  • Ambushed by the Winter Soldier, who kills S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/HYDRA mole Jasper Sitwell during the scuffle, Rogers realizes that the Winter Soldier is actually his best friend Bucky Barnes, who was captured and experimented on after the war
  • Fury, having faked his death, plans to sabotage the Helicarriers, while Rogers reveals Hydra’s plot to everyone at the Triskelion
  • Fury kills Pierce, Rogers and Wilson decommission the Helicarriers, ending with The Winter Soldier and Rogers battling, climaxing with The Winter Soldier ultimately rescuing Rogers before disappearing
  • Before leaving to create a new identity, Romanoff hands Rogers a file on Barnes and his experiments, with that information, Rogers and Wilson decide to find the Winter Soldier
  • MID CREDIT: von Strucker walks through a lab where Hydra is experimenting on the scepter, towards two holding cells which imprison “the twins,” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
  • POST CREDIT: The Winter Soldier walks through the Captain America exhibit and sees a memorial dedicated to Bucky Barnes.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

  • Quill, who was abducted from Earth when he was a child, steals an orb on the planet Morag but is attacked by the disciple of Ronan the Accuser, while Yondu, leader of the Ravagers, issues a bounty for Quill’s capture
  • Ronan needs the Orb to complete a deal Thanos, who has sent Ronan his two daughters, Gamora and Nebula to aid in the collection
  • Quill, attempting to sell the orb, is ambushed by Gamora who steals it, drawing the attention of two bounty hunters–a genetically-engineered raccoon named Rocket and the tree-like Flora Colossus, Groot–who are in the chase for Yondu’s bounty
  • The Nova Corps capture the four and place them in prison where they meet Drax the Destroyer who wants revenge against Ronan for killing his family
  • The ragtag group, with Gamora intending to betray Ronan, escapes the prison and boards Quill’s ship, the Milano, fleeing to Knowhere to make contact with Gamora’s buyer for the orb
  • Ronan meets with Thanos to discuss Gamora’s betrayal who entrusts Nebula to fix the problem
  • The buyer Taneleer Tivan, known as the Collector, opens the orb revealing an Infinity Stone whose power draws in his assistant Carina, who grabs the Stone, triggering an explosion that destroys his collection
  • Ronan arrives, defeats Drax and captures the orb, while Nebula destroys Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space until Quill makes a deal with Yondu for the orb in return for their rescue
  • Ronan embeds the Stone in his hammer, taking the power for himself, as Nebula allies with Ronan against her father
  • The Guardians, Ravagers, and Nova Corps confront Ronan, with Groot sacrificing himself for the group
  • Quill destroys Ronan with the freed the Stone 
  • Quill gives the Stone to the Nova Corps, deceiving Yondu who remarks that it was good that the Ravagers did not deliver Quill to his father per their contract
  • Through the Nova Corps, Quill discovers he is only half-human; his father being part of an ancient, alien species
  • MID CREDIT: Drax misses the newly-formed sapling Groot dancing
  • POST CREDIT: Taneleer Tivan sits among the ruins of his Collection while Cosmo and Howard the Duck make an appearance

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

  • The Avengers—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye—raid a HYDRA facility where Baron Wolfgang von Strucker has been using the scepter previously owned by Loki
  • As the Avengers try to reclaim the scepter, Pietro (Quicksilver, who has superhuman speed) and Wanda (Scarlet Witch, who can manipulate mystic energy) Maximoff fight them off
  • After retrieving Loki’s scepter, Stark and Banner discover artificial intelligence in the scepter’s gem, which he secretly decides to use for Ultron, his global defense program
  • As Ultron activates and becomes self-aware, destroying J.A.R.V.I.S. and believing it must destroy humanity, it attacks the Avengers at their headquarters
  • Backlash against the Avengers begins, forcing the team to take shelter at Barton’s home, Thor leaving to look for meaning, and Romanoff and Banner talking about starting a new life
  • Hypnotized by the scepter, Dr. Helen Cho uses the Wakandan Vibranium Ultron acquired from arms dealer Ulysses Klaue and the scepter’s Stone along with her synthetic tissue-generating Cradle to create a body for Ultron
  • Wanda, reading Ultron’s mind, discovers his plan for human annihilation and the twins turn on him, while Barton retrieves the Cradle
  • Stark secretly uploads J.A.R.V.I.S. into the Cradle while Thor brings the body to life with lightning, creating Vision who is a receptacle for scepter’s gem known as the Mind Stone – one of the six Infinity Stones
  • In Sokovia, Ultron has lifted the Sokovian capital with the intent of crashing it to cause mass extinction, as the Avengers fight Ultron, Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., and War Machine, arrive to help
  • Wanda, grief-stricken over Pietro’s death, destroys Ultron’s body, while the city descends as Stark and Thor overload the machine and shatter the city into pieces
  • The Avengers part ways once Vision destroys the last remaining part of Ultron—Hulk fleeing in the Quinjet, Stark and Barton leave the team, Thor returns to Asgard, and Rogers and Romanoff set off to train a new team of Avengers, which includes Rhodey, Vision, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch
  • POST CREDIT: Thanos dons the Infinity Gauntlet with the intent of seeking out the Stones himself

ANT-MAN

  • In 1989, scientist Hank Pym resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering their attempt at replicating his dangerous Ant-Man shrinking technology
  • In the present day, Pym’s estranged daughter, Hope van Dyne, and his former protégé, Darren Cross, have forced him out of his own company, Pym Technologies, where Cross, much to Pym’s horror, has created the Yellowjacket shrinking suit based on Pym’s designs
  • Scott Lang, upon his release from prison on burglary charges, moves in with his old cellmate Luis and takes on a new robbery deal so he can provide child support and remain in his daughter Cassie’s life
  • Manipulated by Pym, Lang is forced to take on the mantle as the new Ant-Man and steal the Yellowjacket from Cross
  • Lang’s training includes fighting, controlling ants, battling Falcon, and stealing a device from the new Avengers Facility
  • Still resentful towards her father for her mother’s death, Pym reveals his wife Janet, known as the Wasp, sacrificed herself into a subatomic Quantum Realm in order to abort a Soviet missile launch
  • Cross manages to capture Lang, sell the Yellowjacket and Ant-Man suits to HYDRA, and hold Cassie hostage
  • Shrinking to subatomic size, Lang penetrates Cross’ suit and sabotages its mechanics, ultimately, killing Cross
  • Pulled into the Quantum Realm, Lang wills himself to not give up upon hearing Cassie’s voice
  • Lang, kept out of prison and unable to remember his time in the Quantum Realm, gives Pym hope for his wife’s survival
  • MID CREDIT: Pym shows van Dyne a new prototype Wasp suit
  • POST CREDIT: Captain America and Falcon, with Bucky Barnes in custody and unable to contact Stark because of “the Accords,” search for someone who can help them ou

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Plus, an in-depth look at the largest gaming crossover in Marvel Games history!

With Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” hitting theaters this week, the stars and creators of the epic film sit down to chat on the new episode of Earth’s Mightiest Show!

Sebastian Stan admires his co-star’s arms, Benedict Cumberbatch recalls an amazing performance by a young Tom Holland, plus more with Anthony Mackie, Winston Duke, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo!

You’ll also get an in-depth look at the largest gaming crossover in Marvel Games history, and lots more by watching the video at the top of the page!

Earth’s Mightiest Show is a weekly variety talk show hosted by Lorraine Cink and Langston Belton who cover trending topics in pop-culture, interview celebrities and creators, provide exclusive on location access, and play interactive games that will have both our guests and hosts giggling. Whether you are a Marvel super-fan or new to the Marvel Universe, Earth’s Mightiest Show has something for you.

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Prepare your little ones for the journey ahead!

This weekend, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will finally come together on April 27 in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War!” If your little ones are ready to see their favorite super heroes on the big screen but want to know more about their stories first, this list will help you get them up to speed faster than you can say “Infinity Stones.”

Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered
Dorling Kindersley and Adam Bray

The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008 with Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man,” and it’s been 10 hero-filled years ever since. For some younger fans who weren’t even born when the MCU began, this book is a great way to take look back at all the films leading up to the big event. This book will take you down the MCU rabbit hole, breaking down characters and plots—film by film—linking them all together so you’ll be ready to assemble for “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War: The Heroes’ Journey (Road to Avengers: Infinity War)
Steve Behling

There are so many heroes in “Infinity War,” it stands to reason that each has their own story to tell. This book will break down Thor, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy’s own journeys in the most unexpected of ways.

The heroes are seen through the eyes of friends, mentors, and even dreaded enemies. Thor’s journey is told through the eyes of Heimdall; Captain America’s journey through the eyes of Black Widow; Doctor Strange’s story told through Wong’s POV and Guardians of the Galaxy’s story through the eyes of Nebula. On the road to the final battle, find out what it takes for them to converge on the path that has lead them to the end as they come together to fight the Mad Titan, Thanos.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Vol. 1: Beginning
Brandon T. Snider

After the “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the Collector needs to reconstruct his collection; while after “Ragnarok”—his brother, the Grandmaster—is also in dire straits. Together, the two Elders of the Universe speculate on the power and possibility of the Infinity Stones in Cosmic Quest.

For fans who want a more in depth look at the coveted keepsakes that Thanos will stop at nothing to acquire, these stories focus on three of the six powerful stones: Power, Time, and Mind, and is the perfect setup for “Infinity War.”

Avengers Giant Coloring Book

Coloring books are fun, but giant coloring books are amazing! What better way for little ones to get to know their heroes than by creating some of the story themselves. By using their own imaginations, kids can come up with their own costume colors, visual imagery, and tones to make each page their own. Let them color up their favorite heroes and watch as they enjoy comparing their costume designs to the ones on screen.

Avengers Storybook Collection

If your kids want to get up to speed on their favorite Marvel heroes, the Storybook Collection is a great place to find out everything you need to know about Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury and more.

The adventures on screen continue as the Avengers’ tales are broken down into seven incredible super stories perfect for engaging kids with their favorite heroes.

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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It’s all been leading to Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War'!

Destiny arrives this Friday, April 27, with the arrival of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War. Ten years in the making, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to a head when our heroes come together for battle against the Mad Titan himself. Over the years, this shared universe has developed into a complex web of stories filled with compelling crossovers that keep fans on their toes.

To understand how we got to “Avengers: Infinity War,” we have to start at the beginning. Marvel.com will break it down for you film by film – starting with Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers—focusing on key events and characters to get you ready to assemble for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War! Let’s start from the beginning, in 2008 with the debut of Marvel Studios’ first MCU movie, Iron Man!

IRON MAN

  • Tony Stark—genius, billionaire, playboy—and leader of Stark Industries, a defense company he inherited from his father Howard Stark, is captured by terrorist group Ten Rings in Afghanistan
  • After the attack, Stark and fellow prisoner Doctor Ho Yinsen rig an electromagnet implant in Stark’s chest to keep shrapnel shards from reaching his heart
  • In an attempt to escape, Yinsen sacrifices himself while they create an electric generator to power a suit of armor
  • Returning home with the intent of no longer manufacturing weapons, Stark finds his father’s old Stark Industries partner Obadiah Stane who disagrees with this plan of action
  • Stark uses his time to build a more technologically-advanced suit, as well as a more sophisticated arc reactor, a mechanism that is keeping him alive
  • As the Ten Rings gather up pieces of Stark’s prototype suit to rebuild, Stane kills them and takes the suit for himself, called the Iron Monger
  • Stark’s personal assistant Pepper Potts, upon discovering Stane hired the Ten Rings himself, devises a plan to help Stark with the aid of Agent Phil Coulson from the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Stane and Stark’s showdown culminates in a battle that shows off the power of the arc reactors
  • While Agent Coulson attempts a cover up narrative, Stark brazenly admits “I am Iron Man”
  • POST CREDIT: S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury tells Stark about the Avengers Initiative, “You think you’re the only super hero in the world?”

THE INCREDIBLE HULK

  • After exposure to gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner, now with the ability to transform into a creature when his heart rate rises above 200, is on the run and a fugitive from the U.S. military who want to weaponize him
  • Discovered after Banner’s blood accidentally makes his way into a factory bottle, Lt. General Thaddeus Ross sends British military special ops Emil Blonsky to secure Banner, who fails and is then injected with an altered “Super Soldier Serum”
  • Banner continues to do research while corresponding with a mysterious Mr. Blue in hopes for finding a cure
  • After a second confrontation with Blonsky and Ross’ forces, Banner transforms into the Hulk and flees with Betty, his former girlfriend and Ross’ daughter
  • On the run, Banner and Betty meet “Mr. Blue,” Dr. Samuel Sterns, who believes he has found an antidote for Banner, but also reveals he had synthesized his blood into a mass supply
  • With Banner and Betty in custody, Blonsky demands to be injected with Banner’s blood serum regardless of consequences, which turns him into the Abomination
  • Ross allows Banner to transform into the Hulk to stop the Abomination
  • With Blonsky defeated, Banner retreats to Bella Coola, British Columbia where he experiments with transformation control
  • POST-CREDIT: Tony Stark approaches General Ross about a team that he’s putting together

IRON MAN 2

  • Stark has maintained peace through the use of his armor despite pressure from the government, and reinstated the Stark Expo as a nod to his father Howard’s legacy
  • The palladium core in the arc reactor that powers his suit as well as keeps Stark alive, is slowly poisoning him, prompting Tony to appoint Pepper Potters CEO of Stark Industries and hires Natalie Rushman to replace her as his personal assistant
  • While racing at the Monaco Grand Prix, Stark is attacked by an electric whip-wielding Ivan Vanko, whose father Anton collaborated with Howard Stark on the first arc reactor, and now seeks to avenge his father’s death
  • Tech rival Justin Hammer fakes Vanko’s death and enlists him to build a line of armored suits to rival Stark’s, while James “Rhodey” Rhodes takes the Mark II suit to the U.S. military after going toe-to-toe with a despondent and out of control Stark
  • Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury reveals Stark’s new personal assistant is actually Agent Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) and that his father Howard was a S.H.I.E.L.D. founder
  • Fury gives Stark some of his father’s old documents, including a hidden diagram of a new element, which he synthesizes for his arc reactor with J.A.R.VI.S., solving his palladium dependency
  • At Stark Expo, Hammer reveals his new Vanko-designed armored drones, led by Rhodey in a heavily weaponized version of the Mark II armor, which Vanko turns to attack Iron Man
  • Romanoff returns control of the Mark II armor to Rhodes while Stark defeats the drones, ultimately neutralizing the Vanko threat
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. decides to only use Stark as a consultant, Stark and Rhodes receive medals for bravery, and Pepper steps down as CEO
  • POST CREDIT: Agent Coulson reports on a large hammer’s presence at a New Mexico crater 

THOR

  • Physicists Jane Foster and Erik Selvig, along with Darcy Lewis, drive towards a lightning storm in New Mexico where they hit a person with their car in the chaos
  • In a flashback, Odin, King of Asgard, defeats King Laufey and the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, and seizes their source of power, the Casket of Ancient Winters
  • In present day, just as Odin’s eldest son Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard, Frost Giants arrive to retrieve the Casket, prompting Thor to travel to Jotunheim to confront Laufey against his father’s warnings with his brother Loki, Sif, and the Warriors Three (Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun)
  • For his betrayal, Odin strips his son of his godly power and exiles him from Asgard to Migard, as a mortal, with his enchanted hammer Mjölnir, which he can only wield again once he’s worthy
  • After being hit by Foster’s van, Thor goes on the hunt Mjölnir with Foster, where he infiltrates a S.H.I.E.L.D. site where he discovers he is no longer worthy enough to lift his hammer
  • Loki, who learned he is not Odin’s biological son, but a descent of the Frost Giants, becomes acting king after falls into an “Odinsleep” coma and sends the Destroyer to Migard to follow Sif and the Warriors Three and kill Thor
  • The Destroyer attacks the warriors prompting Thor to sacrifice himself, proving him worthy of wielding Mjölnir
  • Betraying Laufey, Loki believes he has proved himself worthy to his adopted father Odin
  • In a fight between Loki and Thor that destroys the Rainbow Bridge, Loki sacrifices himself after Odin refuses to give his approval
  • Thor admits to his father that he is not ready to reign, as Foster and her team on Earth search for a way to connect with Asgard
  • POST CREDIT: Selvig is taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and shown the Tesseract. Mind-controlled by Loki, Selvig agrees to investigate the object. 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

  • In 1942, the Nazis, led by Johann Schmidt, discover an object known as the Tesseract
  • Steve Rogers, rejected from World War II recruitment due to his small stature and health issues, attends an exhibition of future technologies with friend James “Bucky” Barnes where he meets Dr. Abraham Erskine, who allows Rogers’ military enlistment
  • Sacrificing himself during basic training, Rogers proves his worth to Erskine, Col. Chester Phillips, British agent Peggy Carter, and the Strategic Scientific Reserve’s “super-soldier” experiment
  • Schmidt, who underwent a similar super-soldier procedure, and Arnim Zola harness the energies of the Tesseract for the purpose of powering Zola’s inventions
  • Just as Rogers successfully completes the super-soldier treatment, Schmidt’s assassin kills Erskine and flees with the last of the super-soldier serum
  • Rogers tours the country with a revue selling war bonds as “Captain America”
  • Schmidt secedes from the Third Reich, completing the process of forming HYDRA to follow his own agenda
  • Learning that Bucky and his unit were lost in a battle with Schmidt’s forces, Rogers begins a solo rescue attempt, with the aid of a Vibranium shield gifted from Stark, that leads to the discovery of Schmidt’s Red Skull
  • Rogers recruits a team, the Howling Commandos, made up of Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, James Montgomery Falsworth, and Jacques Dernier, to take on HYDRA directly
  • The Tesseract destroys the Red Skull, which Stark recovers in the ocean, while Barnes and Rogers are both presumed dead
  • Rogers awakens to present-day Times Square where Nick Fury tells him he has been asleep for 70 years
  • POST CREDIT: Nick Fury brings Steve Rogers an assignment

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

  • During his exile, Loki meets the Other, leader of the Chitauri, striking a deal – recover the Tesseract in exchange for conquering Earth
  • Erik Selvig, lead on Tesseract experiments, unknowingly activates the object, opening a wormhole, and summoning Loki to Earth
  • Loki escapes with Selvig and Clint Barton, whom he brainwashed, as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill reactivates the Avengers Initiative
  • Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to find Bruce Banner, Agent Coulson visits Tony Stark, while Fury recruits Steve Rogers, in order to retrieve the Tesseract, putting in play the Avengers
  • His tough brotherly love ineffective, Thor agrees to Loki’s imprisonment aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Hellicarrier
  • Loki escapes his prison at the cost of Coulson’s life, providing fuel for the Avengers to cooperate as a team
  • Reunited, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye take on Loki’s Chitauri invasion of Earth
  • The World Security Council decide to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile which Stark intercepts and diverts into the wormhole before falling back to Earth and being caught by Hulk
  • The explosion stops the Chitauri attack, while Romanoff closes the portal with Loki’s scepter, ending the battle
  • Thor returns home to Asgard with Loki and the Tesseract in tow, while Fury notes that the Avengers will reassemble again if needed
  • MID-CREDIT: The Other tells his master of Loki’s defeat, warning that engaging the Avengers would be courting Death, thus prompting Thanos to smile
  • POST-CREDIT: Post battle, the Avengers enjoy shawarma in silence among the rubble

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend – grab tickets to “Avengers: Infinity War” on Fandango now!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com as we tackle Phase Two and Phase 3 of the Essential Marvel Cinematic Universe Guide.

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Don’t say anything! Thanos is watching!

This is the week MCU fans everywhere have been eagerly awaiting, as Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is released worldwide on Friday, April 27. Of course, everyone won’t be able to see the movie at the exact time, and with some audiences beginning to see the film before others, the filmmakers and cast of “Infinity War” have a special message and a notable new hashtag – #ThanosDemandsYourSilence.

Check out the video above to see several key “Avengers: Infinity War” cast members say that, well, they can’t say anything – something everyone who goes to see the film in the next few days should emulate. After all, you wouldn’t want to anger Thanos, would you?

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Cast members discuss the importance of the Black Panther's home in the new 'Avengers' film.

With Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” opening this week, a new featurette focuses on a key location in the film and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe overall – Wakanda.

After hearing about Wakanda in earlier films, audiences worldwide saw just how impressive the African nation was in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” earlier this year, and now the action will continue there in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

In the new “Wakanda Revisited” featurette, “Infinity War” cast members Chris Evans (“Steve Rogers / Captain America”), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther”), Danai Gurira (“Okoye”), and Letitia Wright (“Shuri”) discuss the importance of Wakanda in the story, and what it’s like bringing characters out of their usual setting and into another familiar location from the MCU.

Watch the featurette above, and then grab tickets on Fandango! “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Live from Hollywood at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT

It’s all been leading to this. Thanos is coming and it all kicks off live in Hollywood with the Red Carpet World Premiere of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on April 23, 2018 at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT.

The biggest movie of the year is shaping up for the biggest red carpet in the universe and you can see your favorite stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and catch all the action by watching the livestream.

Here is your complete list of viewing options:

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'Avengers: Infinity War' hits theaters April 27!

Earlier this week, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” stars Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan, and director Joe Russo greeted enthusiastic fans at a special “Avengers: Infinity War” fan event held in Singapore! Take a look at the photos above!

Meanwhile, Tom Holland and director Anthony Russo were on hand to greet excited fans at a special Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” fan event in Tokyo!

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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