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Entertainment Weekly threw down some moon-sized articles about and images from Avengers: Infinity War today. Their set report includes a lot of interesting details, including Thanos’ motive in the film and new details regarding which characters join forces and where, as The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy wage war with the Mad Titan on different fronts.

Some of these details go beyond what was shown in the trailer, so read no further if you want to limit your Infinity War knowledge to only the footage released by Marvel Studios. This was a set visit sanctioned by the studio, however, so it’s probably nothing major even though it kind of feels like it.

LAST CHANCE….

 

I MEAN IT THIS TIME!

 

We’ve already known from the trailer that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky “White Wolf” Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and War Machine (Don Cheadle) join Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira), M’Baku (Winston Duke), the Dora Milaje, and every other Wakandan who can fight in the Battle of Wakanda.

Now we know they’ll have even more help.

EW’s set report places Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper, played by Sean Gunn on set) at the scene as well. Groot (Vin Diesel) isn’t mentioned, but he’s probably there as well. There was no mention of Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), or any of the remaining Guardians of the Galaxy at the scene.

Based on what we know from the trailers (and the footage I saw at D23 Expo), we can piece together who all seems to be where and when.

Thor starts off in space, where he and the Asgardians are attacked by Thanos (based on the Thor: Ragnarok mid-credits scene). Bruce Banner is there, too, but Loki (Tom Hiddleston) probably uses the Tesseract to send Banner back to Earth to warn The Avengers.

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, and Vin Diesel as Groot

Thor is left stranded in space and is found by the Guardians of the Galaxy (D23, trailer). Thor, Rocket, and Groot (see above) break away from the rest of the Guardians to go on a side mission that gets Thor a new weapon, Stormbreaker, and possibly a new eye. They must head over to Wakanda after that.

Bruce Banner arrives in New York just in time to warn Tony Stark, Stephen Strange, and Wong (Benedict Wong) of the coming attack. Peter Parker witnesses it himself and springs into action. Thanos probably isn’t park of this attack. The LEGO sets have Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw as the culprits, but there could be more Children of Thanos and Outriders included.

After the attack on New York, Tony probably sends Banner to Wakanda to get Black Panther involved and maybe some other allies if Tony knows they’re there. Tony, Peter, and Strange continue on with some other mission that will eventually lead them to Thanos’ home planet of Titan.

There, they will be joined by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) of the Guardians of the Galaxy (as shown in the D23 footage). They will battle Thanos and he will throw a moon at them, as EW confirms Titan is where Thanos does this.

The rest of the Avengers and Guardians will have their hands full with some Children of Thanos, including Proxima Midnight, and the Outriders. Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) are also in Wakanda, as EW notes that Steve Rogers knows Thanos’ army if after the Mind Stone on Vision’s forehead, so Rogers and T’Challa opt to stage the battle at the most technologically advanced place on Earth, which is also the most difficult to invade.

This means Vision probably survives that first attack by Ebony Maw and Corvus Glaive at wherever Vision and Scarlet Witch are staying when the invasion begins.

Divide and conquer is often a good strategy and Thanos seems to be employing it by keeping The Avengers and Guardians apart. Hopefully, The Avengers and Guardians can all come together at some point to give the Mad Titan and his army their best shot.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly