‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Starts Filming | Here’s Your First Look

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or “MCU” for folks who are into the whole brevity thing, is one of the most successful motion picture franchises in history. Not just because it’s made billions of dollars (it has), and not just because it accomplished a task hitherto thought impossible by bringing multiple movie franchises together in an ongoing, interconnected universe. Its real power lies in its consistency. Although not all of the MCU movies are created equal, most of them are highly entertaining motion pictures, and even the worst of them aren’t that bad really.

And so, nearly ten years after the franchise’s inception, fans are still geeking out over what Marvel Studios has coming up next. This summer we’ve got Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, this fall we’ve got Thor: Ragnarok. But as much buzz as those films are building up, nothing quite compares to the fervor surrounding Avengers: Infinity War, which not only brings the supervillain Thanos to the foreground for the very first time, but will also – as we learned this week – team up the Avengers with the Guardians of the Galaxy for the very first time.

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Production began on Avengers: Infinity War late last month, and Marvel Studios decided to get some of the stars together to talk about their experiences. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man) appear on what appears to be some sort of war zone, directors Joe and Anthony Russo tease the scope of what’s to come, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teases that the film will be “the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe,” and that “Thanos shows us why he’s the biggest, the best, the baddest villain we’ve ever had.”

We’ll find out if Avengers: Infinity War lives up to all this hype when it arrives in theaters, on May 4, 2018.

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Top Photo: Marvel Studios

William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.