With the penultimate chapter of the Avengers saga right around the corner, get a much-needed refresher on the MCU mythos.
Over the course of 10 years and 18 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has crafted an extensive mythology that spans galaxies and millennia. Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of every preceding Marvel movie. As an intersection for so many complicated narratives, enjoying Infinity Wars to the max requires a little prior knowledge. Luckily, ScreenCrush has got you covered.
In just 15 minutes, let ScreenCrush walk you through the entirety of the MCU mythology, covering everything from Asgard to Wakanda. Long story short: Infinity War will be all about the Infinity Stones — or, in layman’s terms, cosmic rocks that possess a ton of power. We’ve already encountered several of the six Infinity Stones throughout the various Marvel franchises: the Space Stone, the Reality Stone, the Power Stone, the Mind Stone, and the Time Stone are all scattered throughout the universe. Thanos, who we met at the end of The Avengers, wants to collect all six stones to incite some serious mass destruction. The Big Bad of the MCU, Thanos has loomed large over the franchise, but we still have a lot to learn about him.
There are a few other basics that you should definitely review before going into Infinity War. Since the end of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers are officially broken up and Captain America is on his own. In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor’s hammer got destroyed (along with the entirety of Asgard) and Bruce Banner’s relationship with his Hulk-self got a little complicated. In Black Panther, Wakanda formally introduced itself to the outside world, throwing its hat in the ring to help defeat Thanos. At the end of the movie, it was also revealed Bucky’s been hiding in Wakanda.
Of course, these refreshers don’t even skim the surface of all the important details will make Infinity War not just more comprehensible, but also way more fun. ScreenCrush has done all the heavy lifting for you — all you have to do is sit back, refresh your memory, and mentally prepare for the epic cinematic experience that’s just around the corner.