Not much is known about next year’s installment of Avengers: Infinity War (2018) other than the fact that the Marvel heroes you know and love will come face-to-face and go into battle against their most dangerous threat to date: Thanos. Per Comicbook.com, thanks to “License! Global” magazine, it seems that the first synopsis of the summer blockbuster has been revealed. You can check it out below.

“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”

So what does that all that mean? For the last 10 years, Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios) has been busy building Marvel’s cinematic universe, planting seeds for the culmination of his overall narrative across the 15+ installments (beginning with Iron Man in 2008)Avengers: Infinity War seems to be the beginning of the end. Hardcore fans know of the formidable power that the Mad Titan Thanos possesses in the comic book world, but he has done next to nothing in the cinematic world so far. Well, that’s all about to change.

If you’ve been keeping score at home, the Infinity Stones play a much larger role than most think throughout the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). From the power stone introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) to the time stone introduced in Dr. Strange (2016), their purpose in the universe is to create and destroy. They are the most powerful elements in the universe and whoever should wield them at the same time (via infinity gauntlet) becomes omnipotent and seemingly indestructible.

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There are six stones in total – only five have been revealed up to this point – and it seems that Infinity War will finally tackle Thanos’ quest to collect them all (including the one in Vision’s head); which brings me to my next theory. Before this synopsis release, it was suggested that Infinity War would loosely follow along the 1991 Infinity Gauntlet comic book event that gave Thanos ultimate power over the universe. What ensued was a battle to the death that spanned across six issues. It seems like we will have to wait another year for that battle until the untitled Avengers 4 (2019) gets here.

In an interview, Feige made note that Infinity War will follow the Avengers, but ultimately be a Thanos narrative. It’s an interesting, yet appropriate take to the character, as the villains not named Loki in the MCU have been weak and forgettable. Thanos is a character that has to be treated with respect. And based off of the synopsis brought upon us, it makes sense that the 1990, two-issue comic event known as “The Thanos Quest” (written by Jim Starlin) will be of influence in Infinity War. The story focuses on the newly resurrected Thanos as he discovers the true nature of the Infinity Stones (known as Infinity Gems) and sets out to take them from the cosmic entities that possess them for his own pleasure. It’s a story that explores Thanos on an intimate level, and if applied to the MCU, will erase the villain problem that has unfortunately been a stigma.

Feige holding back on the reveal of the fourth Avengers’ film only opens the discussion further, as we know that the subtitle will probably serve as a spoiler for Infinity War and future MCU installments. My guess? Infinity War will follow the Thanos Quest and Avengers 4 will serve as the ultimate Infinity Gauntlet battle we’ve all been waiting for, shifting the Marvel universe dramatically by the end. This will most likely be the fight that our beloved heroes might finally not all make it out of. Thanos will no doubt be a name you’ll fear in the future. The build-up has gone on long enough; it’s time.

Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and released on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively. Filming for Infinity War has already begun, so expect at least a teaser at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con come July.

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