When Marvel’s The Avengers hit theaters in 2012, audiences were enthralled with the sheer spectacle of seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes unite against Loki and the Chitauri. As audiences remained in their seats reveling in excitement as the film cut to credits, they were treated with an exciting surprise that the Mad-Titan Thanos is a looming threat for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Since then, we have seen Thanos (portrayed by Josh Brolin) sprinkled in throughout the MCU. After his appearance in The Avengers midcredits sequence, he made a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy as the adoptive father of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan). He also makes an appearance in the midcredits of Avengers: Age of Ultron, as he wields the Infinity Gauntlet exclaiming, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.”
With the third installment Avengers: Infinity War currently in production, fans are on pins and needles ready to see what kind of threat Thanos is going to bring to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy. After years of many MCU films revealing one Infinity Stone after another, we will finally see how truly powerful that gauntlet really is.
Josh Brolin took to his Instagram account to tease fans about Thanos and those Infinity Stones. As you can see, this artwork depicts him in a retro 8-bit fashion.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018, and has a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany as the Vision, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautisa as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (Black Panther), Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Benicio Del Toro as Taneleer Tivan (Collector), and Josh Brolin as Thanos. An untitled sequel will be released on May 3, 2019, and features many of the same cast returning alongside new additions like Brie Larson as Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne (The Wasp).
The Road To ‘Infinity War’: The Story Of The Infinity Stones In The MCU
In a long line of powerful glowing rocks, Marvel’s latest hit Doctor Strange has the Eye of Agamotto, which can control the flow of time. There’s a lot going on in the ever-growing number of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but nothing has been teased or set up more thoroughly than the Infinity Stones.
According to the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, the stones are six singularities that existed before the universe itself and took on physical form after. These representation of elemental forces are enormously powerful. Harnessing one alone can offer the ability to rewrite reality, reverse time, or destroy a planet. They are supposedly the creation of the “Cosmic Entities:” Entropy, Infinity, Death, and Eternity. The stones are also associated with the Celestials, who were galactic conquerors in the distant past. They are sought after by many characters, but the biggest is Thanos, who seeks to unite the stones together in a glove called the Infinity Gauntlet which grants the wearer absolute power.
The MCU has carefully exploited this MacGuffin-rich storyline, seeding the stones as other comic-inspired artifacts in their films dating back to Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, which was when the foundation for The Avengers and the MCU’s future. Doctor Strange is just the latest film to fit into the storyline.
Let’s take a look at all the stones, where they are, and where the storyline goes before Thanos gets his hands on them in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled 2019 sequel. The films aren’t set up to simply be the culmination of the Avengers franchise, but the entire Phases 1-3 of the MCU thus far. Click Next to scroll through the gallery.