Tom Holland was not allowed to read the script for this movie, since he revealed too many secrets for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). In one of the promotional videos for the movie, several of its cast members are in an interrogation room refusing to reveal any spoilers, and Holland's mouth is conspicuously taped shut.
Mark Ruffalo revealed that he was given a fake script due to his habit of accidentally spoiling past Marvel movies. He jokingly claimed in an interview that the fake script was better than the real one.
Doctor Strange has been studying for a few years since his solo movie, and is now considered one of the more powerful characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The writers also wanted to have him come off as sort of "the adult in the room" throughout the movie.
Tom Holland said that although he is a big fan of Chris Pratt and loved working with him, their scenes together were often challenging. Pratt's tendency to joke in and out of character made it hard for Holland to keep a straight face at times.
Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth ad-libbed the dialogue between Captain America and Thor in which they compared their facial hair, reasoning that they have known each other long enough to have that kind of friendly banter.
Thanos' reality bending attacks on Mantis and Drax during the fight on Knowhere are callbacks to a scene in the original comics, where Nebula was transformed into ribbons, and Drax was sliced into cubes.
The Wakandan war cry "Yibambe" is Xhosa for "hold strong". Other possible translations include "hold fast" or just simply "hold it"; all of these translations are appropriate for their situation. This chant was also briefly recited by Nakia and the River Tribe in Black Panther (2018).
The Russo Brothers originally confirmed that Captain Marvel would be in this movie. However, co-Director Joe Russo later declared that the character would not, and she would instead make her debut in her own movie. The character will have a major role in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
At the time of release, this was the second most expensive movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the second most expensive superhero movie of all time. Only Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) had a higher budget.
Rocket calls the outriders "space dogs". This line was written after a focus group saw one of the test screenings: one of the viewers referred to the creatures as "space dogs". The filmmakers thought it was hilarious and decided to add it to the movie.
Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) would go by the code name of "White Wolf" in this movie, as he was called by the children of Wakanda in a post-credits scene of Black Panther (2018). White Wolf in the comics was T'Challa's adopted brother, Hunter, who was the leader of Wakanda's secret police, the Hatut Zeraze.
Josh Brolin (Thanos) claimed that he did not see Black Panther (2018) until a week before this movie opened, due to it being constantly sold out in Los Angeles. Brolin added that stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe don't receive any special privileges of screening passes to the franchise.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) had a new look for this movie. At the end of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Steve Rogers quit as Captain America, something which occurred several times in the comic books. For the first time, he assumed the identity of "Nomad". Rogers' costume in this film captured basic elements of the Nomad character, in that it is primarily blue and features yellow, disk-like objects attached at the collar. For the second time Steve Rogers quit, he was featured to have grown scraggly with a beard, and he would eventually shave the beard and create a new identity as "The Captain". Consequently, the physical appearance and costume for Steve Rogers is a combination of the two most popular times he quit being Captain America.
The filmmakers did not know about the war chants the actors and actresses from Black Panther created, as that movie was not nearly finished at the time of shooting. Winston Duke had started the chant, which led to the responding war cry that Chadwick Boseman leads.
According to Chadwick Boseman, production on this movie began just two weeks after production on Black Panther (2018) ended. This meant that all of the actors, actresses, and extras from that movie appeared in this movie and had no problem retaining their cadences.
Thor confirms that "Groot" is a language that can be learned and spoken, as he took it as an elective in school on Asgard. This explains why only Rocket was originally able to understand Groot, and the other Guardians had to learn over time. This also confirms that Groot understands English (and likely other languages) but is only able to speak "Groot".
Just as they paid homage to their television show Community (2009) in the second and third "Captain America" movies, the Russo Brothers also included another Easter egg from their other well-known show, Arrested Development (2003), in this movie. In Captain America: Civil War (2016), the stair car from Arrested Development (2003) appeared in the Berlin airport. In this movie, blue Tobias Fünke from that same show appeared in one of The Collector's display cases. He can be seen behind and to the left of Gamora in one shot.
Filming at Durham Cathedral involved moving almost all of the pews to make room for the sets. After filming on Saturday night, the sets had to be moved, and the pews replaced for Sunday services. On Monday, everything was changed around again to complete filming.
Captain America is wearing the same suit he wore in Captain America: Civil War (2016). The filmmakers redesigned his outfit to distress and desaturate it. He has ripped the labels off as well. The scales underneath his suit are a nod to Cap's original suit from the comic books.
The filmmakers wanted to create small physical rules that would allow characters to stay in the fight with Thanos. The idea of Thanos having to close his fist to use a stone was the bare minimum that allowed for a fight to be put up.
Was originally titled "Avengers: Infinity War Part I", with the next movie titled "Avengers: Infinity War Part II". In late July 2016, Marvel Studios announced that this movie would simply be known as "Avengers: Infinity War", while Part II was initially referred to as Untitled Avengers (2019). The final title of Avengers: Endgame (2019) was not revealed until much later, because it contained a spoiler for Part I.
The filmmakers had a phrase to describe characters meeting and interacting for the first time that they called "strange alchemy". The conflict of personalities between Tony Stark and Doctor Strange is a perfect example of this.
Josh Brolin acted in this movie with a foam headpiece that was the size of Thanos' head, with a camera on his face for visual effects. He also had to wear various foam parts depending on what the scene called for so the other actors and actresses didn't get too close to his real body, and so Thanos' scale was retained.
Robert Downey, Jr. had a separate deal from his Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars when he signed on to reprise his role as Tony Stark (Iron Man) in subsequent Avengers films, after The Avengers (2012). However, his appearances in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) were not tied to this deal. These negotiations occurred separately after he completed his contract to do the Iron Man (2008) trilogy.
The Incredible Hulk crashing into Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum is a nod to the comic book "The Infinity Gauntlet" #1, where the Silver Surfer is the one to crash through Strange's window and warn of the threat of Thanos.
Proxima Midnight, the female member of The Black Order, normally wears a black horned helmet in the comic books. This was changed to organic horns growing from her head, to avoid similarities with Hela's distinctive helmet in Thor: Ragnarök (2017).
In a New York Times interview, when asked about how the script was written to accommodate the large cast, co-Writer Stephen McFeely said, "Not every scene can be twenty-five people in a room. You're going to have to make kickball teams and then have a tournament."
Tom Holland accidentally revealed the movie's teaser poster via an Instagram live stream in November 2017. The poster contained a note from Mark Ruffalo explaining that the poster had not yet been released, and Holland was supposed to keep it a secret. Ironically, Holland had already showed the poster to the camera and read the message out loud before discovering a large sign on the back that read "CONFIDENTIAL, DO NOT SHARE". However, this seems like a deliberate set-up from the studio, as Holland and Ruffalo are known for revealing too many secrets about past Marvel movies. Plus, it lined up too conveniently with the release date of the first trailer. However, no proof exists.
The French dub has Tony use "Voldemort" as an insult to Ebony Maw in place of "Squidward" (a character from SpongeBob SquarePants). This is likely because Squidward's French name, "Carlo", was too ordinary for audiences to get the joke, and for the joke to work. The same applies to Squidward's German name, "Thaddäus".
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), were entirely shot on digital IMAX cameras, which are specially customized versions of the ARRI Alexa 65 optimized for IMAX. Captain America: Civil War (2016) was the first film to incorporate the new cameras for its airport fight sequence. This made Avengers: Infinity War (2018) the first non-documentary film shot entirely with IMAX cameras, in an exclusive open-matte aspect ratio of 1.9:1. Unfortunately, the standard theatrical showings and all home video releases crop the movie down to the regular letterbox aspect ratio of 2.4:1.
Although Joss Whedon directed the first two Avengers movies, he did not return to direct either of the next two Avengers movies. Some cast members later admitted that Whedon had a difficult time directing such a close group of actors and actresses, since every creative difference he had with a single person would often lead to a discussion with the others as well. Instead, the Russo Brothers, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016), directed this movie and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Bucky Barnes shows up for the fight, having been cryogenically frozen in Wakanda for a while following Captain America: Civil War (2016). While he was under, Shuri worked to cure him of his hypnosis as The Winter Soldier. It is also assumed that Steve Rogers has checked up on him periodically.
It was confirmed by the Russo Brothers that what happened in Captain America: Civil War (2016) will still continue in this movie, where the teams will still be divided until the time has come where they must stop Thanos.
On February 11, 2017, Marvel released the first on-set footage from the first day of filming (January 27, 2017). The footage featured a first look at one of the sets from the movie, with Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), and Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord) shown on-set. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed the movies as the culmination of the entire franchise from its beginning, with Iron Man (2008). Feige also confirmed that The Avengers were broken into two sects in Captain America: Civil War (2016), in order to set up this movie. Feige described Thanos as, "The biggest, best, and baddest villain that Marvel has ever had", and stated that Thanos would reveal his reasons for hunting down the Infinity Stones. Concept art was also shown depicting Rocket Raccoon fighting alongside Thor, it was recently revealed how the Guardians of the Galaxy will meet The Avengers.
(At around thirty-six minutes) These scenes between Wanda and Vision were shot on-location in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh was chosen because the filmmakers wanted a romantic private place for the two of them to build their relationship that could turn scary and gothic very quickly.
This movie is based on the comic book series called "The Infinity Gauntlet" published by Marvel Comics in 1991, but takes its name from the sequel comic book series called "The Infinity War", which has a sequel series called "The Infinity Crusade".
At one point of the movie, Thor, Rocket, and Groot visit a star forge called "Nidavellir", where they meet a dwarf called Eitri (Peter Dinklage). In Norse mythology, Nidavellir is the home of the dwarves, and one of the Yggdrasil's nine realms.
The filmmakers wanted to show that Tony knows Wanda is on the run with Steve, Vision has been in a relationship with Wanda, and he has been okay with that. They wanted to make it clear that Tony has not been actively seeking to bring Steve, Natasha, Sam, and Wanda to justice.
This movie was inspired by the following Marvel Comics storylines: The Infinity Gauntlet (Thanos forms the Infinity Gauntlet and becomes all-powerful), The Thanos Imperative (the Guardians of the Galaxy take on Thanos), and Infinity (the Avengers and Inhumans team up to battle Thanos). The Marvel Comics storyline of the same name, however, involved a battle between superheroes for the Infinity Gauntlet, and has nothing to do with this story. This battle happened after the events of The Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Crusade, where in the Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock and his Infinity Watch formed by Gamora, Moondragon, Drax the Destructor, and Pip the Troll, allied forces with Thanos in order to defeat Magus, Warlock's evil side, who was looking to reunite the Infinity Gauntlet to be all-powerful and in the Infinity Crusade, Adam Warlock, The Avengers, Thanos, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Silver Surfer unite to defeat the Goddess, Warlock's good side, who was looking to convert the entire universe to worship her and control everyone.
The screenwriters initially struggled about where Thor's new axe would be. There were even versions of the script where it was trapped by a dragon. But, returning to the model of scenes serving more than one storytelling function, the screenwriters felt this worked, as it provided a test for Thor, but also displayed what Thanos has wrought.
Robert Downey, Jr.'s other recurring role is Sherlock Holmes. In his previous outings as Iron Man, he worked with two Dr. Watsons: Sir Ben Kingsley and Martin Freeman. In this movie, he worked with fellow Sherlock actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. The Russo brothers deliberately did not include a Sherlock joke between the actor's characters, deeming it "too obvious".
From the early drafts, the filmmakers knew they wanted to split the Guardians of the Galaxy up. Much like the idea of "strange alchemy", they couldn't have them functioning as a group the whole time, and needed to have them interact with the new players.
All three Marvel Cinematic Universe phases have referenced either an Infinity Stone or the Infinity Gauntlet with two stones making their debut within each phase. The Space and Mind Stone first appeared during Phase 1, though they were not revealed to be Infinity Stones until Phase 2.
The filmmakers wanted The Incredible Hulk and Bruce Banner's relationship to become increasingly dysfunctional, carrying over from his last appearance in Thor: Ragnarök (2017). What if The Incredible Hulk were no longer interested in solving problems for Bruce Banner.
Tom Holland was working on another movie at the same time of the filming of this movie. The other role required him to have longer hair than he'd previously had as Spider-Man, so he had his stylists incorporate the new length into his look for this movie. However, after seeing the final product when the first trailer came out, Holland regretted this decision, saying he looked ridiculous and jokingly compared himself to Prince Charming.
The new Spider-Man suit is based on the Iron Spider outfit from the comics. Like its movie counterpart, it was also created by Tony Stark. This is also the first movie to have Spider-Man use it, as this costume first appeared at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
On March 1, 2018, as North America was approaching the May 5 release of the movie, Marvel Studios announced that this movie would release worldwide one week earlier, on April 27, 2018. The move comes from The Walt Disney Company's decision to let this movie have more time in the spotlight, before Disney and Lucasfilm released Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) on May 25, 2018.
Carrie Coon was pregnant while doing the motion-capture and voicework for Proxima Midnight. However, most of Proxima Midnight's fight scenes were performed on-set in a motion-capture suit by stuntwoman Monique Ganderton, who is five inches taller than Carrie Coon.
Spider-Man referencing Aliens (1986) is a continuation of a running gag set up in Captain America: Civil War (2016), where Peter has a tendency to use "really old movies" as help for his fight plans. It also drives home the point of how young Peter is compared to the other characters in this movie.
Originally, the colors of the Infinity Stones were Soul=green, Time=orange, Space=purple, Mind=blue, Reality=yellow, and Power=red. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they share the same colors from the Marvel Legacy version (Soul=orange, Time=green, Space=blue, Mind=yellow, Reality=red, and Power=purple).
Entering Wakanda for the third act of the movie was not an easy decision for the filmmakers, and was discussed extensively. It was coming only two months after the release of Black Panther (2018), and the filmmakers did not want to have audiences feel like they were sitting through a repeat third act.
Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage appeared in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe (owned by Disney) and the X-Men Universe (owned by Twentieth Century Fox). Brolin played Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Cable in Deadpool 2 (2018) for Fox. Dinklage played Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Eitri in this movie.
In The Avengers (2012), Thor stated that Odin used his dark magic to transport him to and from Earth, as the Bifröst was destroyed. Audiences now find out the dark magic came straight from Heimdall, as he used it to transport The Incredible Hulk here.
Unlike the previous two "team-up" movies that Marvel has made, no new heroes are introduced in this movie. Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and The Vision were introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Spider-Man and Black Panther made their first appearances in Captain America: Civil War (2016). All of the heroes from The Avengers (2012) appeared in earlier movies.
The filmmakers worked with Director Ryan Coogler and his team from Black Panther (2018) as they had maps drawn of the country of Wakanda. They used these maps to better figure out where to place the battle and the strategy that would come into play.
In Thor (2011), Odin mentioned that Thor's hammer Mjölnir was "forged inside a dying star". Some fans took this as an indication that Mjölnir was made from neutronium, an extremely heavy substance that is sometimes left when big stars die (which would account for Mjölnir's extreme weight). The revelation that Mjölnir was forged in Nidavellir takes the metaphor even further, since Nidavellir is literally a forge inside the remains of a dead star.
Despite being a major actor in the movie, Chris Evans did not appear during the press tour, due to his involvement in the Broadway revival of Lobby Hero. He did, however, appear in a prerecorded bit titled "The Marvel Bunch" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014).
The new Iron Man suit is based on Bleeding Edge, and later, Model-Prime armors from the comic books, both of which which used nanotechnology to create a suit which is linked to Stark, and can also create weapons for him to use, such as a bigger gun, and stored away when not in use, which, for the movie, is inside Stark's new arc reactor on his chest as seen when he taps it with his hand.
When Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely started working on the script for this movie, there was no Thor: Ragnarök (2017) script yet, so they didn't know where Thanos would find Loki. There were many drafts of the script with Thanos finding Loki in several different places.
In the movie, there is only one song with lyrics played, and that is "The Rubberband Man" by The Spinners. The song was about Producer Thom Bell's son, who was teased for being overweight. In the movie, Drax and Rocket tease Peter Quill for gaining weight.
In the Sanctum Santorum, Tony Stark pulls out the flip phone that Steve sent him at the end of Captain America: Civil War (2016). When it shows the phone number on the phone, the area code displays 678. This is the area code for metro Atlanta, Georgia, same as where most of the movie was filmed.
Wakanda was shot in a practical location in Georgia with trees and plants built in that were more indigenous to Africa. The foreground for Wakanda was practical, while the background was greenscreened, with textures and plates from Africa added.
There is a parallel between Thanos and Tony Stark, in that they both are aware of something from an early point and constantly have to deal with being smarter than others. Thanos is a futurist as much as Tony Stark, which is why he is aware of who Stark is from the original battle in New York City, as the person who undid the plan.
The filmmakers wanted to show that from this moment forward, once Thanos disposes of his armor, he doesn't spend much of his energy intentionally trying to murder anyone unless he or she is a direct threat to Thanos' agenda.
Thanos (Josh Brolin) is called "Grimace" by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) at one point. This is a reference to the McDonald's advertisement and McDonaldland (1963) character "Hungry Grimace", who was a friendly giant purple blob. In addition to Ronald McDonald, other characters included Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese, and Officer Big Mac. McDonald's began phasing out these characters in the early 2000s.
Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) (Scarlett Johansson) has sported a different hairstyle in every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in which she has appeared: In Iron Man 2 (2010), it was long, curly, and red, in The Avengers (2012), it was short and red, in Captain America: the Winter Soldier (2014), it was of medium length, straight, and red, in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), it was short, curly and red (similar to her hairstyle in The Avengers (2012)), in Captain America: Civil War (2016) it was long and red, and in this movie, it was short and blonde.
Thanos' henchmen, known as "The Black Order", all have names that have something to do with blackness or darkness. Cull Obsidian, which basically means "black death". Ebony Maw, roughly "dark mouth". Proxima Midnight, or "among the darkness"/"of the darkness". Lastly, Corvus Glaive, whose first name is the name of the constellation depicting a raven. It's also the name for the genus of birds such as crows and ravens: black birds traditionally associated with death. So his name can be seen as black bird of death. (Glaive refers to his weapon, which grants him immortality, as long as it isn't destroyed.)
The first Stone audiences see Thanos obtain is the Space Stone, which has significance, as it was the first stone introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, originally appearing in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Is the only Avengers movie where they don't have the one take "Avengers circle camera angle" like in the previous Avengers movies. The Avengers (2012), the introduction of Avengers in the battle of New York City, and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), all of them battling Ultron's forces while trying to protect the core in Sokovia.
The giant member of The Black Order, Cull Obsidian, is the official name of the entire squad in the comic books. He is named Black Dwarf (after a Black Dwarf star) and Thanos dubbed them Cull Obsidian, although the group prefers "The Black Order".
The name "Thanos" is a short form of the Greek name "Athanasios", which means "immortal" in Greek. In this movie, is a short form of the word "thanatos", which means "death" in Greek. He was an ancient Greek God (Thanatos) and twin brother of Sleep.
The Incredible Hulk has gradually decreased the time between his appearances throughout the twenty-first century, by one year fragments. Eric Bana starred in Hulk (2003), with the franchise being rebooted with The Incredible Hulk (2008), starring Edward Norton. The part was re-cast with Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers (2012). Ruffalo reprised his role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), with him then again reprising it in Thor: Ragnarök (2017). He appeared in this movie. His appearances in 2003, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018 all decreased one year in-between appearances.
In the scene where Scarlet Witch and Vision see the attack in New York City, she's standing outside a shop in Edinburgh, Scotland. You can clearly see a sign inside the store that reads "we will deep fry your Kebab". There is a long running joke (in the U.K. at least) that Scots will deep fry absolutely any food unnecessarily, which stems from the infamous Deep Fried Mars Bar.
The fourth movie to reach the two billion dollar mark at the worldwide box-office. It is also the first superhero movie, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe title, the second non-James Cameron movie, and the second movie released by Disney (after Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)) to do so.
Gamora is undone by her sister, who, in part, she helped create. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), we find out that every time Gamora beat Nebula in a training session, Thanos replaced parts of her, trying to create a better fighter through robotic parts. After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Gamora and Nebula's relationship is much stronger, so Gamora is torn here.
Zoe Saldana is reunited with Star Trek villains Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba in this movie. She also shared scenes with Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in Star Trek (2009). The role of Bruce Banner (Hulk), in the unrelated Hulk (2003), was played by Star Trek villain Eric Bana.
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), it was mentioned that Steve Rogers was born in 1918. If Rogers hadn't been frozen under for many years, then this movie, taking place in 2018, would make him one hundred years old.
When Thor is found adrift in space by the Guardians of the Galaxy, this is not the first time in the Marvel Comics Universe where the Guardians find him, in the Guardians 3000 featuring Star Hawk, Vance Astro, Yondu, Rocket and others come across a frozen Thor floating in space while they are searching for Captain America's shield. He is also alive in the future with Mjölnir still intact, but frozen for nearly one thousand years.
In this movie, Thanos (Josh Brolin) is questioning The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) about one of the Infinity Stones, during this scene, Thanos asks The Collector "Where is the stone?" This may or may not be a nod to another movie in which Del Toro starred, Snatch (2000) where Del Toro's character asks another "Where is the stone?", referring to a diamond in that movie.
This is not the first time that Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro have confronted each other as adversaries. They previously butted heads as police officer and attorney, respectively, in Inherent Vice (2014).
Out of the first three Avengers movies, this installment has the shortest amount of time before the title appears (at around eleven minutes). The Avengers (2012) has the second shortest (eleven minutes and forty-one seconds), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) has the longest (twelve minutes and fifteen seconds).
When Thor tells the Guardians of the Galaxy about The Avengers, Mantis mentions the actor Kevin Bacon, Peter Quill's hero, and Thor says "He might have joined". Kevin Bacon played the Marvel supervillain Sebastian Shaw, antagonist of the X-Men, in X-Men: First Class (2011). It's also a reference to the popular Bacon number and how this is the first film where all of the MCU heroes have appeared in the same film.
Thor states he is one thousand five hundred-years-old, which gives his birthdate in the year 518 A.D. However, historically the first mention of Thor is (using the method of "interpretatio romana", where characteristics perceived to be similar by Romans result in identification of a Norse god as a Roman or Greek deity, in this case, Thor is equated to Hercules) by the Roman historian Tacitus is the first century (1 A.D. to 100 A.D.), predating the date Thor gave by four hundred years. Presumably though, after this amount of time, it would either be hard to remember exactly how many years you've lived, or it would be unimportant. Thor may have said fifteen hundred years for an "at least" approximation.
First movie in the Philippines to earn one billion Philippine pesos (around twenty to twenty-five million U.S. dollars). It also had the highest-grossing opening day there, with one hundred forty-one million Philippine pesos.
The Avengers' compound where this scene was shot is a two thousand-square-foot set. The colors were embraced more here than in the Captain America movies, as those were meant to desaturate things and bring Cap into the real world a little more.
This is the first Avengers movie where the Avengers' superheroes don't fight against each other. But, we still see another "superheroes versus superheroes" since Thor versus The Incredible Hulk in Thor: Ragnarök (2017), which is Iron Man team (Stark, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man) versus Star-Lord team (Quill, Drax, and Mantis).
During Stark first meeting with Doctor Strange, he questioned "What is your job exactly, besides making balloon animals?". It is a direct reference to Benedict Cumberbatch special skit appearance in Jimmy Kimmel Live back in 2016 promoting Doctor Strange. In the skit, Jimmy is inviting Strange to a kid's birthday party, assuming that he can use his magic trick to entertain the kids. Strange then agreed and in one part of the skit trying to make balloon animal for one of the kids attending the birthday party.
(At around forty-three minutes) This scene had existed from the first draft, changing slightly through the process. It was always meant to highlight the abusive father-daughter relationship Thanos and Gamora have had.
The film has a similar plot element to Galaxis (1995). Both films are about powerful crystals that are created at the beginning of the time and the villains in both movies seek to possess the crystals and use them to wipe out life in the universe and they both go to Earth to find the crystals. Brigitte Nielsen whom played the film's main protagonist in Galaxis (1995) had played Red Sonja in Red Sonja (1985) which was based on fantasy stories by Robert E. Howard. Marvel comics adapted Robert E. Howard's Red Sonja's stories into comic books.
There was originally a draft of the script where Captain America saving Vision was Cap's first appearance in this movie. Like Lancelot in Excalibur (1981), Captain America shows up in this key moment of the battle to save Vision.
Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt worked on the first three Avengers movies as editors. While Jeffrey Ford is credited as the Editor on all three, Matthew Schmidt is credited as Assistant and Associate Editor on the first two.
After the climatic battle in Wakanda, Thor's fallen Stormbreaker makes a bell toll sound. It is similar to that of London's Big Ben clock tower. Thor: The Dark World (2013) took place partly in London, England.
There is a Jumanji (1995) connection with the movie: Scarlett Johnasson auditioned for Judy Shepherd in the 1995 movie, but lost out to Kirsten Dunst, and Karen Gillan played Ruby Roundhouse in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
Eitri (Peter Dinklage) is a dwarf of enormous stature in Avengers: Infinity War who's hands have been removed by his captor Thanos and replaced by metallic prosthetics. In Game of Thrones, of which Peter Dinklage also stars, Dinklage is aptly nicknamed "The Dwarf" as an insult due to his small stature. On Game of Thrones however, it is not Dinklage who has prosthetic metal hands but that of his brother- Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who lost his sword hand to a captor too.
(At around seventeen minutes) The shot was meant to heighten tension as the characters move up the street, and also to ground the movie in a way that came from the viewers' and the characters' collective points of view.
Stan Lee: The comic book writer who co-created most of the characters featured in this movie is featured here as Peter Parker's school bus driver. In addition, this movie also contains remnants from Stan's past cameos: Tony Stark uses the flip phone that Stan delivered to him in Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Thor still sports the haircut that Stan gave him in Thor: Ragnarök (2017).
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Of the twenty-four characters visible on the main poster for this movie, twelve live and twelve die. This furthers the concept Thanos has within the movie of bringing balance by killing half the universe.
Thanos fulfills the promises he makes. *He spares Thor in exchange for Loki giving up the Space Stone. *He spares Nebula in exchange for Gamora revealing the location of the Soul Stone. *He spares Tony Stark in exchange for Doctor Strange giving him the Time Stone. All three promised lives survive "The Snap".
Before the movie was released, there was much fan speculation that either Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) or Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) would die in this movie, since it was known their contracts were not extended past the end of The Avengers series. Ironically, they are two of the very few characters who are not killed. And since the release of Avengers Endgame trailer, it's confirmed that Clint Barton/Hawkeye is still alive, so all of the original Avengers featured in The Avengers (2012) have survived at the end of this movie.
In a response to a fan on Twitter, James Gunn, who was the Executive Producer of this movie, and Director of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), revealed that Groot's last line at the end of this movie was "Dad", what was said to Rocket Raccoon right before turning into dust.
James Gunn made one change to the original script. Originally, Peter was not able to bring himself to fulfill his promise to kill Gamora if Thanos captured her. In the final movie, Peter does try to kill her, but is prevented from doing so by Thanos.
During the post-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thanos grabs a Gem-less Infinity Gauntlet and says, "Fine, I'll do it myself." An Infinity Gauntlet has been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before, as it can be seen being held in the weapons vault on Asgard in Thor (2011). In a recent interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, he was asked if the post-credits scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) was made to fix the continuity error of the Gauntlet being spotted in Thor (2011). He stated "No", as there is in fact more than one Infinity Gauntlet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Gauntlet in Asgard was called a fake by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). In addition, this movie's revelation that Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet was formed at Nidavellir, the same place where Asgard got most of its weapons, could potentially explain a relationship between the two gauntlets.
As of the release of Thor: Ragnarök (2017), five of the six Infinity Stones have surfaced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Space Stone (also known as the Tesseract) was first revealed in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and now resides with Loki. The Mind Stone, which was housed in Loki's staff until Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), is now in the possession of Vision. The Power Stone, first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), is on Xandar, under protection of the Nova Corps. The Reality Stone (also known as the Aether) was first seen in Thor: The Dark World (2013), and was placed in the care of The Collector. With the destruction of The Collector's Vault in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its whereabouts are unclear. The fifth and final known stone, the Time Stone (also known as the Eye of Agamotto), was revealed in Doctor Strange (2016), and is under his protection in Kamar-Taj. The whereabouts of the sixth stone, the Soul Stone, is revealed by Gamora to Thanos in this movie to be on the planet Vormir.
According to the Russo Brothers, Peter Parker's lines at the end of the movie, where he says, "Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good" and "I don't wanna go" before he disintegrates, were improvised on the spot by Tom Holland.
Steve Rogers wields a new shield in this movie, made from Wakandan vibranium, that splits apart into two armguards. This is based on two different shields Rogers wielded in the comic books: one shield was provided by the Black Panther, and the other split apart into two guards.
Thor, having lost his hammer Mjölnir in Thor: Ragnarök (2017), constructs a new hammer known as Stormbreaker in this movie. Stormbreaker is named for the Asgardian hammer given to Thor's comrade Beta Ray Bill. It is a war hammer-axe, based on the Marvel Ultimate Mjölnir.
The philosophy Thanos follows reflects the concerns given in the Malthusianism Theory. According to the theory, overpopulation is a primary source of conflicts and poverty due to a resource shortage. That's why the theory envisions wars, diseases, earthquakes, and other events of mass death or destruction as a way of survival, peace, and prosperity.
Some shots of the trailers were digitally altered to avoid spoilers. For example, some Infinity Stones are removed from Thanos' glove during the last battle. Or for not showing the destroyed Iron Man's suit, a digital jacket was added to Robert Downey, Jr. Also The Incredible Hulk is shown in a final shot with Captain America, Black Panther, and Black Widow, but The Incredible Hulk only fights in the beginning of the movie.
In a flashback, it's revealed that Gamora was adopted when she was a child by Thanos after a genocide he committed on her home planet. In the original comic books, she was created by Thanos using genetic engineering.
In the script, Peter Parker's death wasn't drawn out like it was in the movie. The only written line was "I don't feel so good". The filmmakers wanted more emotion, and Tom Holland's performance is what came out of it. The filmmakers confirmed that Spider-Man's spider-sense helped alert him, and that is part of why his disappearance was more drawn out than it was for others.
The final scene where Thanos is shown coming out of a hut facing the sunset behind rice terraces was shot in the Philippines, courtesy of the Indochina Productions team. Josh Brolin (Thanos) was only edited into the scene through CGI. According to the original comic books, Thanos exiled himself to a faraway land to reflect on his loss and chose to become a farmer, which is adapted by the movie with the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, the Philippines as Thanos' chosen place.
The trailer includes several scenes not shown in the final movie (as usual). For example, early trailers included scenes showing The Incredible Hulk at the battle of Wakanda, despite The Incredible Hulk not being involved with the battle at all. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo noted they intentionally crafted a different experience for the trailers than audiences would get in a finished movie.
The scene where Cap and Thanos get up close and personal, and Thanos appears impressed after noticing Cap uses his last ounce of strength to prevent being grabbed by the Infinity Gauntlet is a nod to Infinity Gauntlet Issue #4, where Cap (being among the last heroes alive) walks right up to Thanos and tells him "As long as one man stands against you, Thanos, you'll never be able to claim victory. I've lived my life by those sentiments. They're well worth dying for", upon which Thanos swipes and easily shatters Cap's vibranium shield.
At the beginning of the movie, Thanos can be seen with the Power Stone on the gauntlet, implying that he assaulted Nova Corps of the planet Xandar to obtain it. This assault is later confirmed by Thor when he talks with Guardians of the Galaxy. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo explained that they did not include a scene showing Thanos' journey to Xandar to retrieve the Power Stone because they felt like it was self-explanatory, and would only add unnecessary scenes to the movie.
This marks the first time on film that Peter Parker (Spider-Man) dies, with the character starring in eight movies over the course of sixteen years. However, it's confirmed to not be a permanent death, as Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) will take place just a few minutes after Avengers: Endgame (2019), as confirmed by Marvel Studios.
Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed that Valkyrie survived the attack on Thor's ship at the beginning of the movie, and is off somewhere in space with the remainder of Asgard's survivors, unaffected by Thanos' finger snap.
When Doctor Strange is fighting Thanos on Titan, Strange casts a spell where red tendrils envelope the Mad Titan. These are known as the Crimson Bands of Cytorrak, supposedly unbreakable bindings. They're named after the demon Cytorrak whose powers were bestowed on the X-Men's foe Juggernaut after he touched a gem embued with the demon's powers.
There were early drafts of the script where the backstory of The Black Order was explored more. Ultimately, the story was getting too crowded, so it was removed. However, Proxima and Corvus were married in the comic books, and it is hinted at very slightly by pairing them up, and how she reacts to Corvus getting stabbed.
All major character deaths in chronological order: Heimdall - stabbed by Thanos. Loki - choked to death by Thanos. Gamora - thrown to her death by Thanos is exchange for the Soul Stone. The Vision - killed by Wanda (Scarlet Witch) when she destroyed the Mind Stone. The Vision (again) - killed by Thanos when he ripped the Mind Stone out of his forehead after he reversed time with the Time Stone. The following characters were killed when Thanos wipes out half the universe with the Infinity Gauntlet having acquired all six Infinity Stones: Bucky Barnes (White Wolf), T'Challa (Black Panther), Groot, Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), Sam Wilson (Falcon), Mantis, Drax the Destroyer, Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Dr. Stephen Strange, Peter Parker (Spider-Man).
When talking about the rogue members of The Avengers, Secretary of State Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross refers to them as criminals, but then Colonel Rhodes refutes him by saying "You know, they're only criminals because you chose to label them as such." Ironically, in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Rhodey was the first to call Captain America a criminal, back when the Sokovia Accords were still fresh.
The filmmakers always knew they wanted to play past Thanos' finger snap (the 50% culling), the idea being that if they ended the movie ON the snap, it would be a cliffhanger. Instead, the movie continues, building tragedy and emotion. Thus the movie has a full and complete ending, even if it isn't the usual focus group selected happiest "Hollywood" ending.
When the Avengers regroup at headquarters in upstate New York, Colonel James Rhodes (War Machine) was the only one who had been there the whole time. This comes to show that, since the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Rhodey was the only member of the Avengers to remain loyal to the Sokovia Accords. Tony Stark (Iron Man) is still a registered Avenger, but he regularly defies the Accords, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) was excommunicated for helping Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes escape the Berlin Airport, and Vision went into exile alongside Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) because of his emotional attachment to her. When The Avengers regroup in this movie, however, even Rhodey was willing to turn against the Accords to assist his former teammates in the greater cause.
This movie continues the trend of MCU characters losing arms in several instances: Wong accidentally cuts off Cull Obsidian's left arm using a sling ring, Groot grows out his left arm and then cuts it off to create a handle for Stormbreaker, Bruce Banner detaches the left arm from the Hulkbuster suit to finish off Cull Obsidian, T'Challa starts to disintegrate at the right arm, there is a noticeable gap between when Drax's right arm disintegrates and when the rest of his body follows, and Bucky Barnes and Nick Fury both start disintegrating at the left arm followed by the rest of their bodies.
There is no mid credits scene (nothing comes after the principal actors and actresses names are shown at the end of the movie), unlike most previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. This was done intentionally by the filmmakers to present a feeling of hopeless for the heroes and the audience in light of the tragedy for the entirety of the credits. As a contrast, the post credit scene is meant to serve as a glimmer of hope without presenting that everything will be fixed later.
When he chokes Loki to death, Thanos says "No resurrections this time." This is likely an inside joke referring to how Loki had already faked his death twice: He fell away into space in Thor (2011) only to show up again in The Avengers (2012), and he created the illusion of being stabbed in Thor: The Dark World (2013) so that he could return to Asgard and dethrone Odin. However, this death is real, and is most likely permanent unless something happens in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
When asked if Korg survived the attack on the Asgardian ship and Thanos' finger snap, the Russo Brothers answered that fans will have to "wait and see", hinting that the fan favorite character is still alive and may play a role in future films.
When Gamora and Thanos travel to Vormir to obtain the Soul Stone, they meet the guardian of the gem, who is revealed to be Johann Schmidt (Red Skull). It confirms the seven-years-ongoing fan theory that the Tesseract didn't kill Schmidt at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), but had just sent him off to space. It seems fitting that, as he was consumed by the power of the Space Stone (Tesseract) in that movie, he would be the guardian of the Soul Stone in this movie, being his first appearance since then. However, Hugo Weaving did not reprise his role from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) due to previous reluctance to return to portray the character and the long sessions to apply make-up as well, leading him to be replaced by Ross Marquand .
The Russo Brothers stated in a podcast interview, that the actual reason why The Incredible Hulk refuses to, "come out", wasn't because he's scared of Thanos, (while he certainly was taken back a bit by being so easily defeated by him in the beginning), but rather The Incredible Hulk simply being tired of Bruce Banner only using him, when he needs him during a battle and refusing so to spite him.
Thanos' mass genocide at the end affects mainly later Avenger members, like Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and the Scarlet Witch. The original Avengers members (Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and Black Widow) are still alive, with only Hawkeye unaccounted for as he does not appear in this movie. In contrast, the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy are all wiped out with the exception of Rocket (and Gamora, who had already died earlier).
Characters having to sacrifice their loved ones include: 1) Star-Lord being forced to shoot Gamora in order to deny Thanos information about the Soul Stone. 2) Thanos having to kill Gamora in order to be granted the Soul Stone. 3) Scarlet Witch being forced to kill The Vision in order to destroy the Mind Stone.
The post credits scene contains another Easter egg reference to Samuel L. Jackson outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As he's being wiped from existence, Nick Fury mutters "Motherf-----". Jackson is known professionally for portraying characters who use that expletive profusely, and has a huge cult following as a result. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), "The path of the righteous man: Ezekiel 25:17" can be seen on Fury's grave stone, a reference to a monologue he delivered in Pulp Fiction (1994) as Jules Winnfield, one of his most famous and profane roles.
In a response to an on-line question, Executive Producer James Gunn confirmed that the character Kraglin from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) was spared from Thanos' finger snap, hinting that there are future plans for the character.
The Russo Brothers confirmed that the characters Betty Ross, Bruce Banner's ex-girlfriend from The Incredible Hulk (2008), Lady Sif from Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), the actor portraying Loki in Thor: Ragnarök (2017)), and the man playing Galaga from The Avengers (2012) were among the casualties who were killed by Thanos' finger snap.
Multiple trailers for the movie featured a shot of The Incredible Hulk running along with other Avengers and Wakandans, but this does not occur in the actual movie. Several instances of Bruce Banner attempting to transform into The Incredible Hulk after his fight with Thanos fail specifically because The Incredible Hulk personality is resisting.
With the losses occurred after the events in this movie, the Avengers are reduced to the original team from The Avengers (2012) to retake the fight in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame (2019): Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. The other surviving heroes are Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Nebula, Rocket, and War Marchine.
In the teaser trailer for this movie, shown at a San Diego Comic-Con, the shot seen before transitioning to the title card shows Thanos with a fully assembled Infinity Gauntlet. In Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), we get another look at the Gauntlet in the form of an ethereal image with four Infinity Stones set in their respective positions. With the red, blue, yellow, and purple Infinity Stones revealed and identified as Reality, Space, Mind, and Power, it is safe to assume that the orange gem set in the center of the Gauntlet and the green gem positioned atop one of the knuckles, are the Infinity Stones of Soul and Time respectively. In this movie, however, when Thanos completes the Gauntlet, the Mind Stone is in the center, the Stones of Power, Space, Reality, and Soul are on the knuckles, and the Time Stone is on the thumb.
There's a deleted scene in the Blu-ray copy of the movie that explains why The Guardians are on Titan. In the movie, the last time we see them before the scene on Titan is when they go to Knowhere to get the Reality Stone, only to realize that Thanos already has it, and is waiting for Gamora, as she has information on the Soul Stone, and he leaves with her. In the Blu-ray copy, Nebula dispatches the guard and frees herself. Then she goes to computer terminal and sends a message to Mantis telling the team to meet her in Titan. This scene was not a separate deleted scene, but incorporated in the movie.
The villains repeatedly threaten the heroes with murder of their associates: 1) Thanos threatens to kill Thor if Loki does not hand over the tesseract (Space Stone). 2) The Black Order offer to spare Scarlet Witch if The Vision surrenders and gives up the Mind Stone. 3) Thanos tortures and threatens to kill Nebula if Gamora does not reveal the location of the Soul Stone. 4) As recounted by Eitri, he was forced to forge the Infinity Gauntlet by Thanos under the threat of having his fellow dwarves murdered. 5) Although not explicitly asked to do so by Thanos, Doctor Strange gives up the Time Stone in exchange for Tony Stark's life.
When Spider-Man gets his new Iron Spider suit, Tony tells F.R.I.D.A.Y., his A.I., to take Peter home. A parachute deploys from the Iron Spider suit, Peter shouts "Oh, come on!" referencing Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), where his parachute was deployed, pulling him from the battle.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Tony Stark and Peter Parker have a funny moment in a car when Tony leans over and Peter thinks he is hugging him, but he jokes that he's just trying to reach the door handle to let him out. In this movie, when Peter (Spider-Man) is dying, this scene is mirrored when he grabs Tony (Iron Man), and is so frightened that they finally have that hug.
At the end of the movie, Thanos appears on a farm from an unnamed planet. It's a nod for the final of the original comic, The Infinity Gauntlet, where Thanos, after losing the Infinity Gems, he exiles himself and turns into a farmer on an unnamed planet at the edge of the Milky Way.
When Nat and T'Challa face Proxima Midnight and Cull Obsidian, with Wakanda's force field between them, T'Challa says when the battle is over, what's left will be "dust, and blood". He was not wrong about the dust. Doctor Strange tells Tony before their battle that if it comes down to saving their lives or the Time Stone, he would always pick the Time Stone, he later uses the Stone to look into the future, noting that in the over fourteen million possible futures he saw, there was only one scenario where they win, later during the battle, he sacrifices the Time Stone to save Tony, and right before he's disintegrated by Thanos, he says, "There was no other way". If he's telling the truth in all of these instances, it all points to a long game of that one possible future, being one where he sacrifices the Time Stone first, so that it will ultimately be saved later. One of Drax's first scenes in the movie is a gag where he thinks he can make himself disappear, Ned Leeds' only line in the movie is the entirely accurate, "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!", T'Challa warns Proxima Midnight that "Thanos will have nothing but, "dust and blood", before the battle, Tony Stark provides the blood on Titan, Thanos provides the dust, killing half of the population in the galaxy.
Rocket's survival was foreshadowed earlier in the movie, when Thor asks if Rocket (rabbit) is the Captain, to which Rocket sarcastically says he is to spite Quill, "foreshadowing" the ending when all of the Guardians disintegrate except him, ironically making him the Captain, and when he and Thor are discussing loss, Thor says something to the effect of having nothing left to lose, and Rocket mumbles (twice),- "I've got some things to lose." Losing all of his friends, his family, including Groot.
At one point, Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to look ahead and see all possible futures regarding their war with Thanos. This is undoubtedly a tactic he had learned from the Ancient One. In Doctor Strange (2016), she had foreseen all of her own possible futures (which all lead to her death and no further) as well as those of Doctor Strange.
Corvus Glaive is killed by the same weapon and in the same manner in which he tried in Scotland on The Vision, when he first tried to stop The Vision the first time. On that occasion, The Vision was attacked from behind through his chest.
First of two times in a Disney production released in 2018, where a red-faced villain who is assumed dead from an earlier movie is revealed to be still alive, with Red Skull here, and Darth Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).