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Infinity war

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 superhero film and the nineteenth film entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the third Avengers film overall. It is directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, and written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely — the team behind the second and third Captain America films. This team would go on to complete this movie's sequel, which concludes the story arc started by Infinity War.

After years of planning behind the scenes, Galactic Conqueror Thanos at last comes to the forefront and begins to assemble the six Infinity Stones into the Infinity Gauntlet — an Artifact of Doom with the power to make its wearer omnipotent — in order to enact his plan to save the Universe for generations by eliminating half of all sentient life in an instant. Now the heroes of Earth and the galaxy at large must unite, before untold trillions are killed with the snap of Thanos's gold-plated fingers.

The film (and its successor) collectively serve as the culmination of everything that has happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until the end of Phase 3, filmed back-to-back (with assumed reshoots) between 2017 and 2018. As such, the cast for these movies is quite substantial.

The Avengers would return in Avengers: Endgame.

Tropes used in Avengers: Infinity War include:
  • Absentee Actor:
    • Among the many supporting characters from the Black Panther film who show up in Wakanda, W'Kabi, Nakia and Ramonda are not among them despite how much help the heroes need by the end. The Russos later confirmed that Nakia was absent due to being on an undercover assignment overseas.
    • Thor's new companions from Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie, Korg, and Miek, are not shown among the refugees at the beginning of the film with no reference to their whereabouts. Thor later mentions that Thanos only killed half of the people aboard the ship, with director Joe Russo later confirming that Valkyrie led the other half off in the ship's escape pods, which is further confirmed by Avengers: Endgame.
    • Kraglin, the new addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy, is not mentioned at all as the other Guardians take center-stage.
    • Neither Hawkeye nor Ant-Man are even seen, with Black Widow mentioning they took plea deals including house arrest after the events of Civil War. Of course, we now know that Scott was too busy dealing with Ghost and Sonny Burch to help, and after that was resolved, the snap trapped Scott in the Quantum Realm, and Hawkeye was spending quality time with his family on the farm.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Corvus' glaive can slice through vibranium like it's nothing and is capable of deflecting the Mind Stone's energy.
  • Achilles Heel: To work any one Stone, the Infinity Gauntlet has to be clenched.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Characters who are not present for the original comic event who play major roles in the MCU appear.
  • Adaptational Badass: Ebony Maw. He had some vaguely defined psychic powers in the comics but his silver tongue was his real weapon. Here's a proficient telekinetic and magician, though the latter aspect is only stated by Word of God.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos pulled his Badass Finger-Snap, and all his other acts of godly might, out of a petty desire to impress Mistress Death. Here he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wants to cull half the population of the universe so that the other half will have more resources and be able to better prosper.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the comics, the Avengers couldn't even touch the Black Order. All four of them meet their ends here.
  • Adapted Out:
    • A good number of characters from Infinity Gauntlet don't appear, most notably Mistress Death, Doctor Doom, and Adam Warlock.
    • Supergiant is cut from the Black Order's ranks.
  • Advertised Extra: T'Challa has nowhere near as big a role as the previews would lead you to believe he has.
  • Affably Evil: Thanos is never anything but cordial to the heroes and openly states he respects Tony Stark.
  • Are We There Yet?: Thor responds to a rather bored "I Am Groot" with "You'll know when we're close."
  • The Bad Guy Wins: If only Thor had gone for head.
  • Badass Baritone: Parodied with Quill, who, feeling overshadowed by Thor in every aspect, starts to imitate his deep voice.
  • Badass Finger-Snap: Take a wild guess.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Cap. The general consensus is that it's more sexy than sad.
  • The Bus Came Back: Red Skull finally returns, now acting as the guardian of the Soul Stone.
  • Colony Drop: Thanos uses the Power and Space Stones to ravage the surface of Titan's moon and drop the chunks on Iron Man's group.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • During the Battle of Titan, the heroes only go for Thanos's left fist.
    • Thanos as well. During his fight with the Hulk, he only hits the weakspots, doesn't give Hulk any chance to retaliate, and keeps his centre of balance very low so he can recover faster. Even when he uses the Stones, he most frequently mixes the abilities of the Power and Space Stones which, will not as extravagant as the Reality Stone, allows him to reflect and redirect all the energy attacks and alter the terrain to his liking.
  • Darker and Edgier: Infinity War is darker, deeper, downbeat, somber, murderous, and psychotic than ALL of its predecessors due to the completely destructive villain. Some heroes die and, there is also the destruction of half the entire universe at the end!
  • Dark Reprise: Ragnarok comes in this movie, by Thanos' hands... only it's the Played for Drama Kill'Em All Ragnarok from the comics and Norse Mythology, rather than the Played for Laughs Everybody Lives Ragnarok of Thor: Ragnarok.
  • Defiant to the End: Before Loki dies he tells Thanos, with his last ounce of strength, that the Titan will never be a god.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Cap is one of the contenders for The Protagonist of the MCU yet despite his Big Entrance and his Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right moment with Ross, he has no impact on the plot. The rest of Team Cap has barely twenty lines between them. And though technically not part of Team Cap, Rhodey also has pretty minor screen time.
    • Loki, Heimdall, and Hulk only appear in the opening scene.
  • Determinator: It takes being stabbed in the chest for Tony to stop fighting against Thanos.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Even discounting the Skewed Priorities, Ross ordering Rhodes to arrest Team Cap smacks of this. Even if Rhodes were inclined to follow the order, he's totally outnumbered and the War Machine armor can't be summoned or donned as fast as its Iron Man counterparts.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Them: Remember the Nova Corps? Yeah Thanos killed them all without even breaking a sweat.
  • Dyson Sphere: Nidavellir.
  • Exact Words: Or a lack thereof. Thanos never said that he'd spare the Dwarves. He just never bothered to correct Etri's assumption.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Thanos is legitimately taken off-guard when Loki bluffs that he's alright with letting Thor die. Likewise, he kept his word to Strange and let Tony live.
  • Happy Ending Override:
    • Thor: Ragnarok ended with the Asgardians having hope for a new home and Loki being redeemed. Infinity War opens with Thanos destroying the Asgardian refugee ship and killing the genuinely reformed Loki.
    • At the end of Black Panther, T'Challa promised to open Wakanda's advanced science to the world. The country is then invaded by the Black Order. On a more personal note, Bucky was among the Snap's victims, and he'd been cured of his brainwashing in Black Panther. The same also goes for Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange who were all in good, or relatively good, places before they were Snapped away.
    • After everything the Guardians of the Galaxy went through to protect Xandar and the Power Stone from Ronan, Thanos not only managed to get to the Stone and decimate the planet a week before the film, he did it so quickly and efficiently that no one was aware of it until he bragged about it to Thor.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: To emphasize how far Captain America has fallen, Stephen Strange and Wong have a 100% This Is Gonna Suck reaction when Tony tells Bruce that they'll have to call Cap.
  • Heroic BSOD: Just look at Cap's face when Bucky disintegrates.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Spider-Man's plan to defeat Ebony Maw is the explosive decompression of Aliens.
  • Immediate Sequel: The movie starts right after the events of Thor: Ragnarok.
  • Insult Backfire: Tony derisively refers to Quill as "Flash Gordon." Quill says that's a complement.
  • Invincible Villain: Thanos for a good part of the film. Iron Man's full might is only able to draw a single drop of blood. It takes a weapon specially forged to kill him just to wound him and even then... Thor should have gone for the head.
  • Ironic Echo: "We have a Hulk!"
  • Killed Off for Real: Gamora and Vision.
  • Knight of Cerebus: None other than Thanos himself.
  • Late Arrival Spoiler: This is the movie where the infamous "give half the population of the MCU a Disney Death" fingersnap comes from.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Bruce is caught off guard by "an Ant-Man and a Spider-Man."
  • MacGuffin: The Infinity Stones.
  • Mythology Gag: In all seriousness, there are too many to list. Some of the more noteworthy.
    • When giving Thanos the Tesseract, Ebony Maw paraphrases Mephisto's famous line "My humble personage bows before your grandeur."
    • Hulk lands in the Sanctum in the same manner that Silver Sufer did in Infinity Gauntlet. And just like in that story, Strange has no idea who Thanos is.
      • And of course the famous ending of Thanos retiring to a peaceful life on a farm.
    • Cap taking on his famous identity of Nomad after cutting ties with the government.
    • The Guardians taking Thor onto their ship has some parallels to when Thor first met the Guardians in Thor Annual #6.
    • When salivating over Thor's muscles, Gamora compares them to "Cotati metal fibers," the Cotati being a race famous for, originally, sharing Hala with the Kree.
    • As in Thanos Quest, Thanos gets the Reality Stone from the Collector and gets the Mind Stone last.
    • The effects of the Reality Stone on Drax and Mantis seem inspired by those inflicted on Wolverine and Nova in the battle sequence of Infinity Gauntlet.
  • No Snap in Hell's Kitchen: Trope Namer. The fact that Thanos performed a fingersnap that eliminated half of the entire universe's population never affected the last seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Punisher
  • Not So Above It All: It happens quickly but some childish immaturity slips into Thor's tone when he's telling Star-Lord to stop copying him. 
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Nebula snuck onto the Sanctuary II and "very nearly" succeeded in killing Thanos. 
  • One-Man Army: Thanos! Even without the full set of Infinity Stones, he manages to beat the Hulk in two rounds.
  • Parting Words Regret: Implied. Thor's last words to Loki were "You really are the worst, brother." for saving the Tesseract.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Hulk in Unskilled but Strong. Thanos is Strong and Skilled. Their fight lasts barely a minute and is heavily in Thanos' favour.
      • Repeated when Banner uses the Hulkbuster to fight Cull Obsidian. Though the suit matches Obsidian's bulk and raw strength, he's an experienced warrior and Banner is a scientist. Had Banner not outthought Obsidian, he would have died.
    • It was a Running Gag back in Ragnarok that Loki is so Obviously Evil that no one is fooled by his lies and tricks. Thanos sees right through Loki's ruse and promptly kills him.
    • Despite the ending of Civil War implying that the Avengers would come together again, Tony has not forgiven Steve for being such a monumental Hypocrite regarding Tony's parents. So no, Tony is no particular rush to contact and neither are Strange and Wong, likely because Team Cap blew up an airport. Bruce, who didn't know of the civil war, is the one who ultimately makes the call.
    • Team Cap has been on the run for two years without access to Tony's or SHIELD's resources. Their uniforms have serious wear and tear.
    • When Thanos arrives in Wakanda, his march for the Mind Stone is hopelessly one sided as the heaviest hitters who could tank the Stones' powers; Iron Man, Strange, Thor, Hulk; aren't present.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "BRING ME THANOS!!"
  • Skewed Priorities: Ross wanting to arrest Team Cap. While yes, Team Cap is wanted for international terrorism, aliens are invading and Earth just lost its A-List heroes in the attack. Cap and Rhodes non-verbally lampshade this.
  • Stranger Behind the Mask: After several months of speculation and Wild Mass Guessing, the Soul Stone turned out to be...just the Soul Stone. It has no name other than its designation, and no importance beyond being the sixth Infinity Stone. 
  • Story-Breaker Team-Up: The Guardians of the Galaxy, being Fun Personified All-Loving Heroes, are shown to be clearly out of their depth in this rather dark and serious work with a dark and serious villain.
  • Stupid Evil: Thaddeus Ross STILL tries to assert his authority in the middle of Thanos' rampage. Notably, Tony Stark and the rest of the anti-Bucky heroes recognize the situation for the Evil Versus Oblivion it actually is.
  • Superpower Lottery: Gathering every Infinity Stone makes one omnipotent. Bruce outright says that just having two makes one the most powerful being in the universe.
  • Thanos EnsuesTrope Namer. All the consequences of the Civil War vanish once Thanos begins his rampage, and future movies will most likely not explore these themes, showing that "accountability" is not an issue in a superhero-based Cash Cow Franchise.  
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Bruce says that they have to call Cap, Tony, Wong, and Strange's faces read "kill me now." Fortunately for them, the Black Order then shows up.  
  • Too Much Alike: Why Tony and Doctor Strange butt heads so frequently when deciding how to fight Thanos.  
  • Took a Level In Badass: Tony Stark's Mark L armor is formed from Nanomachines allowing to morph into anything and heal instantly.  
  • The Worf Effect: Within the first five minutes of the film.
    • Hulk and Thor are contenders for the title of "Strongest Avenger." Thanos walked over both them with no trouble.  
    • Back in The Avengers, the Tesseract was frequently stated to be ridiculously dangerous to the point that even touching it for too long was a possibly lethal risk. Thanos shatters it like glass and holds the Space Stone with no ill effects.  
  • Written in Absence: It's mentioned Hawkeye is under house arrest. He shows up in Avengers: Endgame.
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