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Infinity Wars is a 2018 Marvel Comics crisis crossover event series written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Mike Deodato Jr. It follows the former's run on Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as Infinity Countdown, which directly precedes this one.

Across the multiverse, the Infinity Stones have been rediscovered, previously thought to have been destroyed a few years earlier. Fearing what might happen, Doctor Strange summons a gathering of the Stones and their holders note  to prepare for those who might wish to take them for their own ends.

It's a fear that proves entirely justified, however, when a new and ominous threat marches against the universe: a being known only as Requiem, seemingly born from within the Soul Stone itself. But who is this Requiem, and what do they want with the Stones?

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Infinity Wars is billed as the culmination of Duggan's Infinity Stones saga, which began with All-New Guardians of The Galaxy in 2017, and will reportedly have long-lasting circumstances for the wider Marvel Universe moving forward.

It received a sequel in 2019, Secret Warps, that dealt with the inhabitants of Warp World — fully separated from their counterparts — coming under attack by a mysterious alliance of villains; it consists of a series of five one-shots written by Al Ewing, each coming with an additional back-up story focusing on the characters involved.

Not to be confused with the similarly named 1991 Infinity War crossover event, nor the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War.


     Comics Involved with Infinity Wars 

Preludes

Main title

  • Infinity Wars #1 — #6

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Infinity Wars, Infinity Warps and Secret Warps provide examples of:

    Infinity Wars 
  • Alternate Self: Loki runs into an alternate version of himself who is A: Genuinely heroic, B: Holds Mjolnir, C: is an Avenger, and D: has all six of the Infinity Stones for himself. Loki doesn't like him, which is admittedly nothing new as Loki generally can't stand his alternate selves.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The visions of Thanos that Gamora keeps on seeing throughout the event. Are they simple hallucinations, or are they a sign that the Mad Titan is not quite dead? The following Guardians of the Galaxy series heavily implies the later.
  • BFS: Requiem's main weapon, a very large sword made by a Dwarf smith and enhanced by the Power Stone. It can also fly on its own.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Requiem, who is really Gamora, and Devondra. Devondra is an eater of souls who threatens all life in the Soul Gem and ultimately the universe, while Requiem plots to feed said life to Devondra so she can shape the new reality Devondra will weave upon being satiated.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Thanos, if you can believe it. Countdown and Wars Prime built him up to be a major threat moving forward, since he's usually the main antagonist in stories about the Infinity Stones, but he's shanked straight through the chest and beheaded by Requiem at the end of the latter.
    • Subverted when it's established in Thanos Legacy that he knew Gamora was going to kill him, and allowed for it to happen — see the Know When to Fold 'Em entry below.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Warlock and the others are able to save the original universe and the universe of the Infinity Warps, but doing so led to Drax being left behind in the universe the Warps originally inhabited. The Infinity Stones now have their own souls. Moondragon and Phylla-vel are saved, but Gamora is exiled to another world away from their wrath. Worst off, Warlock feels like a piece of him is missing.
  • Call-Back:
    • Thanos declares himself unafraid of death, having seen his future self victorious in the most recent volume of his own series.
    • As part of his plotline, Loki travels to the Godforge, which was also a plot point in Thanos.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Loki returns after their brief appearance in Infinity Countdown Prime.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Iron Lad is among the meeting of the Infinity Watch, but during issue 2, he vanishes without comment. That being said, it could be a case of the character suddenly being teleported away in Exiles #8, which came out at around the same time.
  • Composite Character: The "Infinity Warps" are combinations of characters mashed-up into a single being, such as Soldier Supreme (Captain America + Doctor Strange) and Weapon Hex (X-23 and Scarlet Witch). This also extends to companies and organizations such as Hi.D.R.A. (A.I.M. and Hydra).
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Watching the Infinity Watch meet, Thor notes that his future self, whom he's met over in his own title, mentioned this sort of thing would happen.
    • The panel in which Gamora impales Star-Lord is reminiscent of the one where Bullseye kills Elektra.
    • The "Infinity Warps" reality is comparable to the general concept of the Amalgam Universe, though while the latter featured combinations of Marvel and DC characters, the Warps are just Marvel.
    • This isn't the first time Loki has gotten involved in a crisis crossover event that held revelations about the nature and origins of the Infinity Stones. The first was Marvel's other multiverse crossover with Ultraverse. It even has the same consequences for them in making them sentient and set loose upon the universe.
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover of the Prime issue (pictured above) suggests that Requiem is a distinct entity from anybody else on it. They're ultimately revealed to be Gamora.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Everyone versus Gamora once she gets her hands on the Reality Stone.
    • After he remembered how the Infinity Circuit affected each element of each stone, Sleepwalker completely and effortlessly took down Dynamus the champion of Power World.
  • Death Is Cheap:
    • Adam Warlock is (briefly) killed while inside the Soul World, but Doctor Strange manages to make use of the Time Stone to save him.
    • Issue one ends with Gamora running Peter Quill through with her sword. Issue two begins with Doctor Strange saving him from that with the Time Stone. Later on in the issue, Gamora dryly comments as she kills Adam that, knowing him, he'll be back soon enough.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Requiem appears before the Infinity Watch, and throws Thanos' head at their feet.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: Despite the fact the Stones could've reformed anywhere, two reformed on Earth, and by the time the event begins four of the five are on Earth, and five of them are in human (human-ish in Adam's case) hands.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: The Infinity Stones functioning in a circuit now means a person experienced in one's controlling aspect can master that specific stone. Sleepwalker is capable of overpowering the self-proclaimed avatar of the Power Cosmic within the power stone using his mind powers because of this.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Not surprisingly, Thanos takes his death amazingly calmly. It probably helps that he's done this sort of thing before.
    This is a fine death. The future I dreaded is no more. And as the light fades from my eyes... I am made whole.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Gamora undergoes this as Requiem.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: It's hard to discuss the series after issue one without openly mentioning that Requiem is Gamora.
  • For Want of a Nail: Phyla and Moondragon comment that while they don't trust 616 Gamora, the one from their home universe was even worse and theorize that one of the key differances was that their Peter Quill never survived the Cancerverse.
  • Foreshadowing: As Requiem kills Thanos, they express familiarity with their killer's technique, a big hint as to just who's under the hood.
  • Fusion Dance: Requiem uses the Infinity Stones to merge half the population of the universe.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Requiem is after the Infinity Stones, and anyone who even thinks of getting them for themselves is going to wind up on a sword. By issue 2, she's gotten all six.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Gamora may be the big bad, but she's apparently serving someone or something called Devondra.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Adam gets impaled on the Soul Eater's leg. Dr. Strange rewinds time so this un-happens.
    • Gamora runs Peter through her sword.
  • Impossible Thief: Gamora managed to steal the Power Stone from Quill without him ever noticing.
    • Late in the series, Loki does the same to the impromptu Infinity Watch after they wrestled the gems from Requiem.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Doctor Strange figures that after seeing whatever it was inside the Soul World, he needs a stiff drink.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: As Star-Lord notes, killing Thanos is hardly the most evil thing Requiem could've done.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Gamora tries to kill Peter in the very same issue she kisses him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • In issue 2, Doctor Strange persuades Turk to finally hand over the Mind Stone by pointing out all the reasons holding on to it would be bad, and to walk away with the winnings he's got. Turk agrees.
    • Captain America tells Turk Barret's crew to amscray. They do.
    • Thanos Legacy reveals that he knew Gamora was going to kill him, and allowed for it to happen so, that he would avoid becoming an older version of himself from a possible future he'd recently met and despised.
  • Last Kiss: Peter and Gamora's first kiss also ends up being their last.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Nothing ever dies." Requiem said it to the dwarfen smith she killed in Countdown, and says it here just before running Peter through with a sword.
  • Multiversal Conqueror:
    • Requiem is either this or a constant in every universe, since Countdown had an alternate Phyla-Vell mention she'd dealt with one in her reality, and the Alternate Loki and his Avengers are fighting a version as well.
    • Infinity Wars #4 introduces Kamala Kang.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Requiem dropping Loki into the warped Soul World is reminiscent of Doctor Strange dropping Loki into an endless portal for half an hour in Thor: Ragnarok.
    • The title for Iron Hammer issue 1 is "Journey into Suspense!", a mash-up of the titles Iron Man and Thor were introduced in; Journey into Mystery and Tales of Suspense.
    • Scott Lang briefly takes out Devondra the same way he destroyed the Fraternity of Raptors starship in All-New Guardians. His muttering about regretting going into space as he does this hints that the event is on his mind while he does it.
    • When Rick Sheridan mentions an appointment with Hummingbird while interviewing Silhouette, the later recalls their extremely brief time together on the New Warriors.
    • After Adam Warlock mentions his plans to stop Gamora and restore everyone back to their original selves, Soldier Supreme prepares to attack him in order to preserve the universe that he has always known, similar to Dr. Strange’s amalgam from the Marvel vs DC crossovers, Dr. Strangefate, who became the antagonist of those series in his efforts to preserve the Amalgam Universe. Though unlike Strangefate, Soldier Supreme agrees to a deal with Warlock to preserve both universes.
  • Nominal Hero: Loki is one of the most morally ambiguous cases of Heel–Face Revolving Door in the Marvel Universe. He's also the only one who remembers the world the way it's supposed to be. He even finds the whole thing neat. Nevertheless, he knows he must set things right or the world will end. Issue #3 even ends with him begging Diamond Patch for help.
  • Off with His Head!: Gamora slices off Adam's head in issue 2.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Adam, confronted with the giant Soul-Eater in the Soul World, when he realizes his powers aren't working.
    • Captain America realizing the Gamora Captain Marvel's brought them is an illusion made by the Reality Stone.
  • Patricide: Gamora killing Thanos, her adoptive father. He's pretty chill about it, though, being quite happy that it was her who defeated him.
  • Pocket Dimension: The universe of the Infinity Warps exists within Soul World in the soul stone. Sleepwalker discovers the other stones have dimensions of their own within them and has to work his way through them to get there. To that end he needs to recruit warps with an inherent connection to the forces each stone represents as an escort of sorts.
  • Recycled Title: Invoked. As mentioned above, this event shares a very similar name with both the 1991 crossover event Infinity War, as well as the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Retraux: Iron Hammer is written in the bombastic style of a 60s Marvel comic.
  • The Reveal: Requiem's identity is revealed in issue one. It's Gamora.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Downplayed. While Requiem revealing themselves as Gamora is played as a shock to the other characters, it's not because she's a woman.
  • Sequel Hook: The end of Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker has Rick Sheridan and Sleepwalker pairing up to find heroes who could help Sleepwalker out while Nick Fury requests information on two things: Sleepwalker and Secret Defenders.
  • So Last Season: The Infinity Gauntlet is eschewed this time around. Now the Infinity Stones are wielded by possession through force of will.
  • Spoiler Cover: The cover of issue one shows Requiem standing above Star-Lord (and a severed part of Thanos' body) with their sword. By the end of that issue, Requiem has decapitated Thanos and impaled Star-Lord to death.
  • Time Stands Still: Gamora uses the Time Stone to freeze the Avengers while she grabs the remaining Stones from them. Thanos' ghost takes a moment to snark at Captain America on how he's frozen in time again.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Rocket Racoon finds Spot's power so funny he keeps shooting at him, causing bullets to fly out of the man in every direction, threatening to hit everyone until Iron Man blasts his gun.
  • Trapped in Another World: Loki is (literally) dropped into the the warped Soul World in issue three, and quickly seeks the help of Diamond Patch.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Issue one ends with Requiem's identity revealed (Gamora) and Star-Lord apparently dead by her hand.
    • Issue three officially brings the "Infinity Warps" into play, with Loki falling into Gamora's new reality, populated with mashed-up characters like Soldier Supreme and Weapon Hex.
  • Wham Shot: Two in the first issue. Rocket shoots off Requiem's mask, to reveal Gamora. A few pages later, she impales Peter Quill on her sword.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Dueling ones. Adam isn't happy that Stephen didn't tell him he had the Soul Stone, and Stephen isn't happy about Adam's deal with the devil with Kang.
  • Will They or Won't They?: It seems Gamora and Peter will... until she kills him in the very same issue.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Requiem taking down Thanos, of all people, proves how much of a threat they are.
    • Iron Man is blasted out of the sky by Requiem's arrival on Earth.
  • Working the Same Case: Both Loki and Sleepwalker are assembling their own set of heroes who have mastered one of the elements of Infinity in order to conquer one of the gems. Loki is attempting to get the gems, get to the bottom of the events, and have his chosen heroes weild their respective gem to restore the universe. Sleepwalker is attempting to reunite with his host in the waking world (now inside the Soul Gem) before Gamora's actions cause irreparable harm to the Mindscape. Because of the Mindscape's link to the Mind Gem forcing Sleepwalker to begin there, and the Soul Gem being at the very end of the loop from this starting point, he is forced to go through the realms within each gem to accomplish this.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Combined with Calling the Old Man Out as Sleepwalker calls out the rest of his race for hiding on the sidelines and not using their great powers to better the universe. They realize he has a very good point and side with him.

    Secret Warps 
  • All Your Powers Combined: Soldier Supreme, Iron Hammer and Weapon Hex zap Dr. Wyndham with a combination of their different types of magic to defeat him.
  • Anything but That!: As Arachknight fights Ulysses Klorb, and Soldier Supreme cuts in, we hear the webslinger declare "not the earwax!" (Klorb wears an ear-themed hat, see...)
  • Apocalypse How: Issue 4 reveals the Soul World is heading to a Class X.
  • Bad Future: 2099, where the greedy Alchemars Corporation invades Earth in order to pillage it.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The villains behind everything are Stane Odinson, Madame Deathstrique and Red Dormammu.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Weapon Hex's involvement comes because the villains kidnapped Speed Weasel. However, by the time she's gotten the Mad Ghost at clawpoint, Speed Weasel has long since freed herself.
  • Bluff the Imposter: Iron Hammer to "Madame Hel" (actually Deathstrique) in issue 2, asking her to take her mask off. Since Deathstrique doesn't know what Madame Hel looks like under the mask, she immediately gives up the disguise.
  • Call-Back:
    • Deathstrique is a little tetchy over her being kicked off a roof by Diamond Patch, as happened back in Infinity Warps issue 2.
    • The fact Loki didn't get merged with Obadiah Stane, a major part of Stane's motivation in Iron Hammer, is still his motivation, and turns out to be the reason everything's been going screwy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Hellfire, a character from Weapon Hex's miniseries in Infinity Wars turns out to be very important in Ghost Panther.
    • The back-up strip for Soldier Supreme establishes a guy called Mephichton as one of Stephen's enemies. He's also backing Red Dormammu's scheme.
  • Composite Character: The entire point of the Warped universe, introducing a few new ones into the mix (and, in Arachknight, another mashed-up universe, this time between the Squadron Supreme, and the heroes of The New Universe.)
  • Crisis Crossover: Taken Up to Eleven. Even the events in this world are a mash-up of major Marvel events. Issue 1 is named "Acts of War", as a mix of Acts of Vengeance and Civil War. Issue 2 is "The Inferno Gauntlet", after the X-Event Inferno and The Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Weapon Hex's fight with Wentigra takes all of two hits, one to stab out the curse, and the other to stab the curse itself.
  • Dating Catwoman: Iron Hammer is still dating Madame Hel, who even shows up to the Terrific Two's party to dance with him. This comes back to bite him when the supervillains attack, and Soldier Supreme assumes he's involved.
  • The End... Or Is It?: At the end of the last issue, Korvos the God Titan, having watched the proceedings, takes note of the Soul Stone, and decides he now has to find the Soul World's equivalent himself...
  • Exact Words: Dr. Wyndham has a sigil made from the souls of the Punisher Pack, which gives Stane some pause given they're kids (and last he checked, alive). Wyndham says that they are now, but "death comes to us all in time".
  • Foreshadowing: The name Wyndham drops when mentioning his Storm Sigil, Gallows, as well as his words on what became of the Power Pack. Jake Gallows being the name of the Punisher of 2099, and part 3 deals with 2099.
  • Frame-Up: Madame Hel apparently attacks Soldier Supreme, looking to repay death's books. It's actually Deathstrique pretending to be her to drive a wedge between Soldier Supreme and Iron Hammer.
  • From Bad to Worse: Part 4 has Speed Weasel make off with the Hyperbrand. Then the Squadron Seven reveal reality inside the Soul World is starting to break down, threatening all the realities inside it. Just as Arachknight wonders how much worse things can get, the Defenders get warped even further. And then, in part 5, everyone gets merged even further, so much so even they can't figure out their own names.
  • Fusion Dance: Arachknight gets merged with Soldier Supreme, Iron Hammer with Ghost Panther, and Captain Peace with Weapon Hex.
  • Future Slang: Part 3 has a visit to a version of 2099, so naturally the 2099 all-purpose swear word "shock" makes an appearance.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Ghost Panther defeats the Alchemars Invasion of 2099 by infusing Mars itself with Zarathos, allowing the planet to get revenge on its former inhabitants.
  • Genre Throwback: Arachknight's backup story is partially written in the bombastic style of the swinging Silver Age Spidey stories. Nuff said!
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: A variant; when the warps are further combined with others they remember new backstories to accommodate their new selves, but are also aware that they just came into existence. The fusion of Weapon Hex and Captain Peace affects their combined self so severely that she has to lobotomize her past from herself to be functional.
    • It gets worse when they are further fused together and struggle to function at all.
  • Insanity Immunity: Because he's used to holding multiple personalities, the Arachknight causes whoever he's fused with to cope much quicker. Combined with Soldier Supreme's insight into their metaphysical nature, fusions with them can fully comprehend the contradiction of their being, and they ultimately resolve the crisis.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite T'Challa preventing the Martian invasion, Erik Killraven still grows up trying to revenge on Wakanda anyway, just for slightly different reasons.
  • Irony: Soldier Supreme notes that Iron Hammer, who's not a particularly cheery sort, is made from two party-animals, Tony Stark and Thor.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • As with all crossovers, there's the obligatory super-heroes fighting over misunderstandings. Here, Soldier Supreme confronts Iron Hammer, thinking he's playing a part in the supervillain attacks, who refuses to just let Steve examine him. Things get worse when U.S.Archmage gets involved.
    • In part 3, Ghost Panther appears just as Hellfire 2099 had done a runner, and the other heroes of 2099 assume he's done something and attack, causing Zarathos to attack them in response.
    • At the end of part 3, the Squadron Seven arrive in the warped universe, looking for a fight.
  • Magic Versus Science: An unusual version - human magic versus the ultra-science of the Ten Realms, and in this reality, it's science which has the upper hand.
  • Mind Rape: Machine Mandrill tries doing this to Weapon Hex. This turns out to be a bad move.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In addition to all the mashed-up superheroes, the Terrific Two operate out of a mix-up of the Fantastic Four's Baxter Building and Four Freedoms Plaza.
    • Continuing the Civil War references of the first issue, U.S.Archmage likes imprisoning folk in Purple Dimension 42, a mix of the regular Purple Dimension and the otherdimensional Prison 42.
    • Weapon Hex's back-up story has her fighting the warped version of Wendigo. Wolverines and Wendigos have a history of fighting.
    • Dr. Wyndham uses his magic to make the streets of New York come to life, much like what happened in Inferno.
    • The first thing one of the Supreme Seven (the mash-up of the Squadron Supreme and the DP7 say? "We've found a way into this new universe".
    • Hyperbrand, the merged version of Hyperion and Starbrand, mentions causing a disaster in Pittsburg. In the original New Universe, Starbrand turned Pittsburg into a crater trying to get rid of his powers, in a one-shot labelled "The Disaster".
    • The Supreme Seven refer to super-powered folks as "super-normals", a mix-up of the usual "superhuman" and the NU's own "para-normal".
    • Arachknight's back-up story is a warped version of Spidey's own attempt to join the Fantastic Four, all the way back from Amazing Spider-Man issue 1.
    • In Iron Hammer's back-up story, he temporarily loses control of his hammer, and it's taken up by a Distaff Counterpart partially made from Jane Foster. The difference here is he's not unworthy - Jane just messed with his hammer because Sigurd is too drunk to trust with it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As long as the Storm Sigil remained intact, the Martian invasion could've been prevented. Then the Defends smash it in three thwarting Dr. Wyndham. Fortunately, T'Challa finds a work-around.
  • Pungeon Master: The Terrific Two both like making puns based on their powersets.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Dr. Wyndham returns, empowered by what he calls the Storm Sigil, taken from Daimon Gallows and forged from the vengeful souls of the Punisher Pack.
  • Recursive Reality: The opening narration of the annuals establishes that the Soul Stone now contain its own multiverse, called the mergiverse, where amalgamated universe other than the mainstream Marvel one exist. This is illustrated in the Arachknight Annual cover, which shows warps of the Squadron Supreme and characters from the New Universe.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: As part of the villains' scheme, this is invoked. Heroes come under attack from other heroes's villains, so Weapon Hex has to fight the Mad Ghost and his Android Apes, while the Terrific Two fight Cameron Belasco.
  • Shoot the Dog: The Squadron Seven travel to the Warped Earth to blow it up, in the hopes this will prevent their world being destroyed.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Unlike the normal universe, the Ten Realms of the amalgamated universe is consistently described as having extremely advanced science rather than magic. Science so advanced it consistently stands up to and defeats magic.
  • Tempting Fate: Bushman the Hunter is convinced he can still take Ghost Panther with his special enchanted weapons. Which, thanks to his backer getting his head smashed open, promptly fizzle out.
  • You Are Not Alone: In her back-up story, Weapon Hex tries doing this with Detective Greer Baptiste. Unfortunately, Baptiste likes being a people-eating cat-wendigo.

Alternative Title(s): Infinity Wars, Infinity Warps

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