Infinity War makes some massive changes to things established elsewhere in the MCU
There’s no doubt about it, Avengers: Infinity War is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most massive entry yet. It’s packed with characters, plot developments, game-changing moments, and a massive cliffhanger that leaves a year for fans to cope with everything they’ve witnessed. This is where we warn you to stop reading if you’ve yet to see the movie, as we are going to dig into some heavy spoiler territory.
That’s not all Infinity War is packing, though. In addition to the death, destruction, and insanity that unfolds throughout the nearly three-hour movie, there are also some major changes made to MCU canon. Things established in previous movies throughout Marvel’s 10-year streak of superhero adventures are altered to better fit the story of Infinity War.
There’s little doubt that these changes will impact the MCU for years to come, given the movies Marvel already has on the way. However, there are still two movies to come before Avengers 4 takes over theaters. Both Ant-Man and The Wasp will likely carry heavy implications for the next Avengers movie, given how the characters from both films are likely to play a major role.
While Ant-Man himself didn’t factor into Infinity War at all, thanks to the deal he cut with the government, Captain America, Thor, and the rest of the surviving Avengers are going to need all of the help they can get their hands on in Avengers 4. That’s also, most likely, where Captain Marvel will come into play. In the movie’s post-credits scene, Nick Fury sends out a distress message to the female superhero that’s getting her own standalone film in 2019–just in time to introduce fans to her before she swoops in to help save the day in Avengers 4.
Come along with GameSpot as we take a look at what, exactly, has been changed in Marvel’s latest outing. Additionally, you can see our look at every character that died in Infinity War, as well as those that didn’t end up in the movie at all.
Scarlet Witch’s disappearing accent
When first introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch, like her brother Quicksilver, had a thick Eastern European accent. When she returned in Captain America: Civil War, her accent wasn’t quite as strong, but it was still there. If you’ve seen Infinity War, though, you know the accent is practically nonexistent. You can hear it very briefly toward the end of the film, but other than that it sounds like actress Elizabeth Olsen has ditched it for good.
No more eyepatch
Thor losing his eye was one of the pivotal moments of Thor: Ragnarok. It also signaled a new, Odin-style look for the character, along with his haircut and losing the cape. It was a long time coming for a hero that hasn’t really changed his physical appearance since the character was first introduced in 2011. However, Infinity War didn’t waste much time in giving Thor his eye back–someone else’s false eye, to be clear–making the eyepatch a thing of the past.
Out with the hammer, in with the axe
Another major development in Ragnarok was the destruction of Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained upon the movie’s release that it was one of the things the studio wanted to change about Thor as the character evolved. In the movie, Thor was able to embrace his powers without a hammer to do the heavy-lifting. Infinity War went back on that particular development, though, as he now has the Stormbreaker axe to harness his energy.
A long-forgotten villain isn’t quite so dead
When Captain America: The First Avenger first hit theaters in 2011, many fans lamented at how unimportant the villainous Red Skull ended up being. He was dispatched by Cap in the movie and never heard from again–until now. According to Infinity War, instead of dying, Red Skull actually ended up becoming the protector of the Soul Stone. That brought him and Thanos together for one devious sequence in the movie, as the former HYDRA leader led the Mad Titan to his next Infinity Stone.
Rhodes gets his legs back thanks to technology
Following the events of Civil War, Rhodey was left paralyzed after the War Machine suit crashed from a very high altitude. The end of the movie shows him using a pair of mechanized leg braces to help him learn to start walking again. Fast forward to Infinity War, where there’s no sign that he once lost the ability to walk. The braces have seemingly cured him of any paralysis.
Hulk isn’t very nice to Bruce Banner
In Ragnarok, it’s established that Bruce is losing control over when he reverts back to his normal self from the Hulk, alluding to the big green guy being at the wheel, instead. It’s such a big piece of the story that he spends a portion of the film refusing to go green, for fear he would never be Bruce again, before finally relenting. For Infinity War, though, the tables have turned. Throughout the movie, Banner tried desperately to transform, but it’s Hulk who refuses. Why? It’s never really explained. Perhaps he’s just humiliated by the smackdown Thanos lays on him at the beginning of the movie.
You’re the Iron Spider now, like it or not
As fans know, Infinity War isn’t the first time they’ve seen the Iron Spider costume. At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker is offered the suit by Tony Stark. He turns it down, though, opting to stick to his neighborhood and learn the ways of a superhero. However, now there’s no turning back. He has the suit and he’s been to space. Returning to his old costume would be silly.
No Hawkeye or Ant-Man
Infinity War managed to explain the absences of Hawkeye and Ant-Man with a simple line. They cut deals with the government and went home, where they’re now under house arrest. How, exactly, that works, is a bit confusing. Civil War ends with Steve Rogers arriving to break his friends out of jail. Did those two just stay behind in hopes that the government that turned on them would start treating them nicely?
Tony Stark and his glowing heart
After Iron Man 3, Tony Stark underwent the surgery to have the arc reactor removed from his chest, leaving future Iron Man suits to be powered by a built-in source. Cut to Infinity War, where Tony has developed nanotechnology for his new suit and it’s all powered by, you guessed it, an arc reactor. It’s unclear exactly how this new reactor–and the suit it contains–are attached to Tony, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be something he can quickly remove.
Thor’s fake Infinity Gauntlet
Fans first saw the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor, then again in Ragnarok, when Hela declared it was a fake. While that clears up how Thanos has the real deal, there’s a problem. In Infinity War, it’s revealed that Eitri created it for Thanos on Nidavellir–meaning it didn’t exist in Thor and there would likely be no fakes. That’s one little plot hole the movie never addresses.
That other Infinity Gauntlet
Likewise, Infinity War never explains how Thanos already has the gauntlet in the Avengers: Age of Ultron post-credits scene.
Thanos’s motivations in Avengers vs. Infinity War
In a post-credits scene from Marvel’s Avengers, The Other tells Thanos that humans are stronger than they thought. “They are unruly and therefore cannot be ruled,” he tells the Mad Titan. Is Thanos trying to rule over Earth or wipe out half of its population? Clearly, by the time Infinity War rolls around, the villain has his plan in place. It seems like it was a very different one than earlier in the MCU, though.