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We live in an incredible time - when massive superhero team-up movies are not only happening, but happening REGULARLY. We saw a ton of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe battling each other in Captain America: Civil War and Batman and Superman facing off in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice - IN THE SAME YEAR. It's important to take a step back and recognize how extraordinary this all is - a mere 10 years ago, the thought of having a SINGLE Captain America or Thor movie seemed insane. Now? NOW EACH HAS AN ENTIRE TRILOGY ON TOP OF APPEARING IN MASSIVE AVENGERS MOVIES.

But there hasn't been a true "holy shit this is really happening" moment since the original Avengers came out in 2012. Well, that's about to all change, because Avengers: Infinity War started production on January 23rd, 2017, and - really take this in, people - IT. IS. ACTUALLY. HAPPENING.

That's right - our first real confirmation that Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Star-Lord, and more would all be meeting up and interacting in Avengers: Infinity War (we knew the Guardians of the Galaxy would be in the movie, but it wasn't clear if they'd be meeting up with the Avengers in the film). But beyond this - this is just a pretty great hype-builder for what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building towards since its inception: The Infinity Gauntlet.



Spider-Man's in the movie!

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This is actually our first confirmation that Spider-Man - a new entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and an oddball since he's still technically owned by Sony - will actually be partaking in Infinity War. It makes sense to include the character (who also had some stuff to do in the original comic book event), but it's nice to see it confirmed.



Thor doesn't have Mjolnir

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We know the basic set-up of Thor: Ragnarok involves a Planet Hulk-esque gladitorial scenario...and that Thor will be separated from his favorite hammer, Mjolnir:

"In Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok - the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization - at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger - the Incredible Hulk!"

And it seems that - as of Infinity War - Thor will not have reunited with his beloved GPS-imbued hammer, fighting instead with a massive war axe. Also, he'll be hanging out with Rocket Raccoon, which is neat.



Tony Stark is making a bunch of suits....again!

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Tony Stark's arc regarding the use and proliferation of his Iron Man suits is...a little bumpy. He went way overboard in Iron Man 3 making a bunch, then blew them all up, then started wearing one again for Age of Ultron, then gave it up and quit The Avengers, then broke up with Pepper and started wearing one again for Captain America: Civil War. And now? Now - he's building a bunch of suits all over again!

Per the Russo brothers, "Tony senses a greater threat approaching" - and is therefore making a bunch of new suits to prepare for Thanos-battlin'.

Speaking of...



Thanos looks pretty stupid without his helmet

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Thanos just looks like a much more purple-version of The Rock. So, imagine if Dwayne Johnson ate the blueberry pie gum from Willy Wonka, and that's pretty much Thanos (except he also wanted to destroy half of all life in the universe to impress his girlfriend, Death).

At least, according to producer Kevin Feige, "Thanos shows us why he's the biggest, the best, the baddest villain we've ever had - and the most frightening villain the Avengers have ever faced." That's great, because - up until this point - Thanos has mostly been a weird California Raisins-lookin' dude who sat on a chair and made vague threats without actually, uh, DOING ANYTHING TO ANYONE EVER. So it's encouraging to hear that he'll actually be dangerous-seeming!



Bucky Barnes is showing up!

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It might seem obvious - seemingly every character ever (minus the Netflix people) is showing up in Infinity War, but Barnes' status at the end of Civil War threw his participation into question: with Bucky sans robo-arm and locked away in Wakandan cryo-freeze, who knew when he'd be out and sullenly kicking ass? Turns out he's gonna be let loose to mopey-battle Thanos...and looks like he'll probably have his robo-arm back?



Check out this planet (that was probably laid to ruin by Thanos?)

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We really don't have any concrete details about the film - all we know is that the Marvel heroes are all fighting against Thanos, who's lookin' to jam a bunch of fancy stones into his gauntlet for some reason. What little we do know from the above video is that Thanos has likely laid to ruin this planet, where Star-Lord, Iron Man, and Spider-Man are hanging out together. And speaking of...



Is Spider-Man hiding....A SECRET?

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Why's Tom Holland wearing that big, puffy jacket on-set? It's probably not very cold in the studio...so maybe they put it on him to hide what he's actually wearing: THE SYMBIOTE SUIT.

It's no secret that Sony's been hankering to do Black Suit Spider-Man and Venom since the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films - they had envisioned Venom as being able to be their big secondary franchise in the Spiderverse. But, sadly, they made two kinda crappy films and realized they would be nuts to build a cinematic universe based around a shitty world that no one really liked that much, and so handed Spider-Man back to Marvel. But their thirst for Venom has likely not subsided...so could Spider-Man be getting his black suit in Infinity War?

Well, he IS wearing an odd motion capture get-up in this Facebook Live video from Robert Downey Jr. - like if, perhaps, he wasn't wearing a regular cloth mask, but rather a CGI mask that was semi-liquidous and couldn't be handled with practical effects?

Of course, in the comics, Peter Parker obtained the alien suit in the original Secret Wars event - but seems pretttttttttty unlikely we'll be seeing any iteration of Secret Wars in the near future, Infinity War seems like a pretty solid alternative method of getting Spider-Man in contact with an alien symbiote, right?