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  • Acting in the Dark:
    • Benedict Cumberbatch revealed that none of the cast members were allowed to read the entire script so as to avoid them accidentally releasing spoilers like Tom Holland often does. Holland himself was kept in the dark about who his opponent was during a fight scene.
    • Don Cheadle claimed that he wasn't aware of what the plot of the film was either.
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    • Elizabeth Olsen claimed that the cast (the portion filming the Battle for Wakanda scene) were only told about the ending on the van ride over to shoot the scene.
    • Chadwick Boseman revealed that he wasn't even aware T'Challa died during filming, only discovering when seeing the finished product himself.
  • All-Star Cast:
  • Approval of God:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
    • Some people believe Robert Downey, Jr.'s line "Do you concur?" is an allusion to the fact that both he and Benedict Cumberbatch have played Sherlock Holmes, and that it is a stand-in for the "No Shit, Sherlock" line that the fans wanted and the filmmakers decided not to use. However, the line is never spoken in either RDJ's Sherlock Holmes (2009) or Cumberbatch's Sherlock. It is a commonly used phrase in medical dramas, though, which is likely alluding to the fact that Doctor Strange is still a medical doctor.
    • For some reason, there's memes related to Peter Parker's death with Peter saying to Tony, "Everything's getting dark", or a variant of that phrase. Even though Peter doesn't actually say that. His actual line is, "Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good. I don't want to go, I don't want to go..."
    • Overlapping with Never Trust a Trailer, Thanos' speech about "[knowing] what it's like to lose" is quoted often, except it's the trailer version being quoted instead of the slightly different one in the final cut.
  • Covers Always Lie: Hawkeye appears in the 2017 San Diego Comic Con poster for the film, yet he doesn't appear in the film at all.
  • Deleted Role: Jon Favreau filmed a cameo as Happy Hogan that ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—-until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos' brutal allies.
    • After fighting over their loss at Knowhere, Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis discover urgent coded messages from Nebula, including coordinates to Titan.
    • Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—-and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
    • Bruce and Natasha acknowledge that they’ve both moved on from their brief romance and are Better as Friends.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Black Widow is shown in this movie to have bright blonde hair and eyebrows. While Scarlett Johansson is a natural blonde, her hair and eyebrows were dyed to be even brighter.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Punished Cap" for Captain America.
    • "The snappening" or "the Snapture" for Thanos's Badass Fingersnap and the resulting casualties.
    • Alternatively, just simply "The Snap" is common.
  • Flip-Flop of God:
  • Foiler Footage:
    • Thor is shown with both eyes intact in the D23 trailer, despite having his right eye brutally ripped out by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. As his eyepatch was an entirely CGI creation using four dots around his eye the D23 footage had the dots removed to hide the twist in Ragnarok.
    • Gems were edited out of footage of the Infinity Gauntlet in order to prevent people from guessing exactly at what point in the movie those scenes happened.
    • The shot at the end of the first trailer with all the Avengers running towards the screen was shot specifically as trailer footage and is not meant to be in the film proper.
  • God Never Said That:
    • A tweet from a Brazilian convention claiming that Feige told the present audience that Loki will be Thanos's ally during Infinity War caused quite a stir on social media. Actually though, Feige only said that they "might show up [in Thanos's company] for a while", leaving his true alliance still ambiguous. In the film, Loki would actually initially seem to want to ally with Thanos, only to betray him, fail and die.
    • Similarly, some have claimed that Feige or another Marvel bigwig had said long ago that the TV characters would appear and that the fact that they aren't is further proof of a rift between the Marvel Studios film division (which is mostly independent from the rest of Marvel) and TV division (which is part of the overall Marvel Entertainment division owned and run by reclusive cheapskate billionaire Ike Perlmutter). In reality, nothing other than vague claims that eventually TV characters would show up in the movies ever happened — people just assumed it would be IW.
  • Hostility on the Set: An extremely mild case, and a rather humorous one at that — Benedict Cumberbatch initially ignored Tom Holland, thinking he was just an overeager crew member and fan... and then realized he's a co-star.
    • ... Which is extremely bizarre, as they had filmed The Current War together a year prior.
  • I Knew It!:
    • A lot of people called that Loki's Scepter was one of the Infinity Stones based off its appearance in the Infinity War teaser. They were proven right by the object's presence in the teaser, and later in a scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron that revealed this in-canon.
    • Ditto with the Eye of Agamotto being an Infinity Stone, as revealed at the climax of Doctor Strange (2016).
    • Fan speculation that the Black Order would be involved dated at least back to an interview in 2015, where Joss Whedon stated that Thanos likely wouldn't be the only villain. They were finally proven right in 2017 when set photos of a stuntman portraying Corvus Glaive surfaced.
    • When Mjölnir was destroyed in the trailer of Thor: Ragnarok, many fans speculated he would have a new weapon crafted in this movie. Which weapon he would receive was up for debate, but some speculated he would get some version of Stormbreaker. Sure enough...
    • More than a few viewers had already guessed that the movie would end with Thanos performing his iconic Badass Fingersnap.
    • There was some speculation that Red Skull survived his fight with Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. Sure enough, he appears as the keeper of the Soul Stone in this film.
    • Shortly after the release of the movie, Joe Russo confirmed fan speculation that Doctor Strange giving up the Time Stone was part of his scenario leading to the one attempt to defeat Thanos that actually works.
    • Vision is the most popular candidate to die in fan theories due to possessing the Mind Stone. Sure enough...
    • Many also correctly guessed that Loki would die in the first minutes of the movie. He doesn't have a character poster of his own whereas secondary characters like Wong and Okoye have their own, which makes it unusual considering the character's popularity. Not only that, every footage of him in trailers was only from one scene and Word of God previously teased that Infinity War would pick up right where Ragnarok ended.
    • Many fans correctly realized that the reason Spider-Man wasn't feeling well before he disintegrated was because his Spider-Sense was warning him of his imminent death.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Peter Dinklage, who has dwarfism, plays the largest character in the entire movie.
    • The naturally blonde Scarlett Johansson plays a red-haired character who dyed her hair blonde to survive being a fugitive.
  • Jossed: Early on, there was speculation that the Vision would be a Composite Character of Adam Warlock and that the character would not appear in the MCU. However, it would later be confirmed that Adam Warlock would be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 shortly after that film was officially announced by James Gunn, throwing this line of speculation out the window. That being said, there's nothing to suggest that Vision won't still take Adam Warlock's role in the story, especially as Adam Warlock was only hinted at in the stinger to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2..
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Target sold the Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital pack with a digipack and a 40-page gallery book, the first time the UHD version of a Disney-owned movie received such a release.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The film was set for release on May 4, 2018 in the United States, which is the same day on which the first Avengers movie was released in 2012. It was later moved to April 27th worldwide. While the anniversary date is lost, this makes it so The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron were released 1092 days apart, as were Age of Ultron and Infinity War.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Benedict Cumberbatch is well aware of how many people really want Doctor Strange and Tony Stark's interactions to include "No shit, Sherlock," but politely declined due to thinking it's a little too cheesy.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • Kevin Feige has pointed out that the films can be considered this, since they're the culmination of the past ten years of stories (as an example of this, the Marvel Studios logo at the beginning of this film shows a "10" in place of the "io" in "Studios"). Infinity War was originally set to be released on May 4, 2018, ten years and two days after Iron Man (before getting bumped up a week, still making it "merely" 9 years and 360 days), the movie that started it all. In addition, its sequel will be released in 2019 — the 80th anniversary of the Marvel Comics Universe.
      • The "io" of the "Marvel Studios" logo has been turned into "10", since it came out the year of the MCU's 10th anniversary.
    • Furthermore, Infinity War released in 2018, which happens to be the 55th anniversary of the first appearances of Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and of course, The Avengers team as a whole. 2018 is also the 10th anniversary of the first appearance of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The following trailer scenes are not in the film:
    • Cap unfolding his new shields in Shuri's laboratory.
    • Thanos threatening to end the heroes with a Badass Fingersnap.
    • Thanos says that "Fun isn't something one considers when balancing the universe. But this... does put a smile on my face." This is likely a retort to Ebony Maw's "Let him have his fun," during the Hulk fight.
    • The scene of Steve and T'Challa leading a heroic charge comprised of Bucky, the Hulk, Black Widow, War Machine, and the Wakandan army through the forests of Wakanda. In fact, Bruce spends said battle in the Hulkbuster armor since the Hulk persona refuses to emerge.
    • T'Challa's "Today, we do not fight for one life. We fight for all of them!" speech.
    • Thor using his lightning powers at the forge without any weapon and Rocket and Groot staring in awe.
    • Black Widow, Bruce Banner, and War Machine looking up at the sky in horror.
  • The Other Darrin: And an incredibly subtle one. The Red Skull, previously portrayed by Hugo Weaving, is instead portrayed by Ross Marquand in his one scene. Marquand is skilled at impressions, and the facial prosthesis makes it additionally difficult to notice this.
  • Playing Against Type: While Carrie Coon has played a variety of different roles, her playing a motion-capture villain is quite a change of pace.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    Tom Holland: I remember actually going to see the first Avengers with one of my best mates from home, and I'd never have dreamed that I'd ever be in one of these movies, let alone playing Spider-Man. I feel like I'm on top of the world, because this is just mind-blowing.
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  • Release Date Change: The film was originally going to be released on May 4th in the US before Marvel moved it one week earlier to April 27th, so that the American release would coincide with the most of the foreign markets (who usually get MCU films a week before); that way, the biggest market could see the film before spoilers could become prevalent online.
  • Scully Box: Tony Stark stands eye-to-eye with Doctor Strange and Peter Quill, despite the actor being at least five inches shorter.
  • Shrug of God: The Russos refused to confirm on the ultimate fates of Shuri, Ned, Jane Foster, Miek and Korg, stating it's a spoiler.
    • As of Endgame, it's been shown that Ned was dusted and subsequently revived, as was Shuri, Jane is MIA except for when Thor and Rocket go to the past, so there's not confirmation one way or another, and Miek and Korg survived.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: In this article, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Ebony Maw), spoke of his excitement about being in a film that his son could see.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise:
    • The fact that Thor would be getting Stormbreaker as his new weapon was spoiled by the toys for the film months in advance. So was Bruce piloting the Hulkbuster.
    • A prequel novel called Thanos: Titan Consumed was announced as an official tie-in to the film. After the book's blurb went up online, Marvel issued a response claiming the book was non-canon, leading to several contradictory statements about its place in the MCU canon. It's very likely that Marvel claimed the novel was non-canon when they realized the blurb spoiled that Infinity War would end with Thanos winning.
  • Teasing Creator: Michael Rooker walked onto the set with a hat lazily covering up the Avengers logo, but he denied to confirm his involvement with the movie. It would later be confirmed that he was not involved with the film. The reason for this was because Yondu died in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and this was done deliberately to throw off leaks that his character would die in that movie.
  • Throw It In!:
    • According to Joe Russo, Tom Holland improvised the lines just before Spider-Man disintegrates.
    • Originally, Drax wasn't supposed to reply to Tony Stark's and Peter Quill's respective questions about Gamora. Dave Bautista felt it was appropriate to ad-lib the reply "I'll do you one better: why is Gamora?", which was collectively liked well enough to include in the movie. The camera's anticipatory movement to catch the comment on-camera reveals that it was at least rehearsed before filming.
    • The remark of Thor noted that Captain America copied his beard and hairstyle is improvised by Hemsworth and was kept in the finished film.
    • Since the film was being shot before the release of Black Panther, the Russos didn't have the same grasp on those characters as the rest and gave the actors a lot of leeway for what they thought their characters would say. They were quite surprised by how powerful "Wakanda forever" ended up being, and according to them, the Wakandan battle cries carrying over were entirely the actors' idea.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The movies were originally to be marketed as a Movie Multipack (with a Part 1/Part 2 label), but it was ultimately decided to give each movie its own name.
    • Both films were originally going to be shot at the same time, but this proved to be a scheduling nightmare for the actors, and was abandoned. Filming for Endgame instead began a month after the completion of Infinity War.
    • If Kevin Feige hadn't convinced Disney to jettison the Marvel Creative Committee, this would have been Chris Evans' final outing as Captain America, as pretty much everyone was sick of the Committee's heavy-handed editorial interference. The result of the decision had Evans gladly renewing his contract past this film, which included a cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming — complete with Lampshade Hanging in The Stinger:
      Captain America: How many more of these?
    • According to the Russo brothers, they considered giving the main characters of The Defenders (2017) cameos, but they ended up not including them since the film had already over 60 characters and it was "practically impossible" to keep contact with the showrunners of their respective shows.
    • The Russo brothers also considered introducing Adam Warlocknote , but decided that his backstory was too complicated to weave into a film that was already bursting at the seams with characters.
    • The early draft of the story was planning to have a scene between Steve and Tony settling their differences from Civil War. Although it didn't happen to not slow down the movie, this will probably be revisited in Avengers: Endgame. Also, initially it was Falcon who followed Iron Man to space and not Spider-Man. Remember that Marvel had been planning this film long before the deal with Sony; if that deal wasn't signed then Spider-Man would have been completely absent from the film.
    • Producer Nate Moore tried to get the Russos to spare Black Panther, but couldn't convince them.
    • Early drafts of the script featured Sharon Carter and her relationship with Steve, but she was written out when the romance subplot was deemed unnecessary.
    • The older drafts also had Thanos going to Xandar and decimating the Nova Corps in order to steal the Power Stone. The scene also would've featured the return of Glenn Close as Irani Rael from the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, who presumably would've been killed off. The writers ended up cutting the scene because they felt it would've felt redundant, and that opening with Thanos attacking Thor and the other Asgardians would resonate more with the audience.
    • Related, but one idea was to open the movie with Thanos decimating the Nova Corps, leaving young Richard Rider as the only survivor. Richard would've been the one to flee to Earth to warn the heroes of Thanos, rather than the Hulk.
    • The Russo Brothers wanted to create a fake voicemail from Steve Rogers for fans who would try to call his number, but they did not get permission.
    • The Russos wanted to introduce Captain America as late into the film as they felt they could get away with, and even considered having him not show up until the final battle. This is why there's that big moment of him saving Vision with a sudden leap into frame; that was going to be his entrance into the movie itself. Ultimately, the Russos decided to introduce Cap much earlier (specifically during Wanda and Vision's fight with the Black Order) due to everyone at Marvel Studios disliking his late appearance into the film.
    • Initially, Thor was going to track down the ghost of his deceased grandfather Bor Burison (who had previously appeared in a cameo scene in Thor: The Dark World) in order to find a way to stop Thanos, rather than forge Stormbreaker at Nidavellir with Eitri. Also in consideration was that Thor would face off against Jormundgandr, the World Serpent, in some form.
    • One early draft of the script featured a scene where Star-Lord interrupted a poker game on an outlier planet in order to get some information from Howard the Duck. The scene also would've featured a cameo from Ken Jeong, continuing the Running Gag of the Russo brothers sneaking in appearances from former Community cast members.
    • In early ideas the climax when Thanos encounters the young Gamora, Thanos was walking through a river of blood representing the blood of his victims instead of walking through water. The idea was scrapped because it was "too dark."
    • Initially, Inhumans was intended to be the film released right after Infinity War (instead of Ant-Man and the Wasp); but then it was downgraded to TV series and Exiled from Continuity alongside all other TV series. If it was kept as a film, the Inhumans would have likely been introduced first in Infinity War, probably as the owners of the Soul Stone, and Thanos would have attacked Attilan as in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers.
    • As for the look of Thor post-Ragnarok, it was revealed that there were plans to model him after the Thor from The Ultimates.
    • According to a Q&A the Russo Brothers held, there was a draft of the film that had Thanos as the narrator of the whole film, which would've involved giving the Black Order some more backstory, and introducing them in cool sequences. However, the brothers decided to shelve it because it resulted in a 250-page long script.
    • The snap was originally to be pushed to the start of Endgame, as admitted by the screenwriters but many felt this would deprive the film of a proper climax and Kevin Feige himself had long envisioned and insisted on the snap being a natural conclusion of what was always conceived as a two-part film, hoping to simulate on screen the impact readers experienced when Starlin closed Issue 1 of The Infinity Gauntlet with the snap.
    • The Merged Hulk was going to debut here instead of Endgame, busting out of the Hulkbuster suit to beat Cull Obsidian. Eventually, they felt that a) with too many things going on, it would be better to have him be introduced in the next Avenger movie, and b) it was the wrong tone for the scene, being a victorious moment when the heroes were already headed towards defeat. This was changed so late in production, that the scene—plus most of Endgame—had already been shot, hence why there exists merchandise depicting this moment, despite not actually being in the movie. This unfortunately had the effect of the Hulk not having any big heroic moments throughout either this film or Endgame.
    • Dr. Strange was going to send Thanos to be judged by the Living Tribunal during the fight on Titan, which was scrapped both because it killed the pacing of the fight, and the difficulty of establishing who the Living Tribunal even was for non-comic fans after zero previous foreshadowing for him.
    • As revealed by the Russo Brothers during a segment of IGN's "Up at Noon" show, if Marvel had the film rights to the X-Men (which they wouldn't until Disney outright bought Fox) and they'd appeared in the film, Thanos's snap would've killed all the X-Men except for Wolverinenote .
  • Word of God:
    • Executive producer James Gunn confirmed that Kraglin didn't get killed by the Infinity Gauntlet at the end, and implied that he has a role in Avengers: Endgame.
    • The name of the new Guardians ship is the The Benatar.
    • Joe Russo confirmed that Steve has visited Bucky in Wakanda prior to this film's events.
    • The Russo Brothers confirmed that since Civil War, Tony has not actively been seeking out Cap, Widow, Wanda, and Falcon in order to bring them to justice for their actions against the Accords.
    • Groot's final "I am Groot" to Rocket before disintegrating translates to "Dad".
    • The Russo Brothers stated in a podcast interview that the actual reason of Hulk refusing to "come out" wasn't him being scared of Thanos (while he certainly was taken back a bit by being so easily defeated), but rather Hulk simply being tired of Banner only using him when he needs him during a battle and refusing so to spite him.
    • Joe Russo confirmed that Valkyrie escaped with the other Asgardians in one of the ship's escape pods before Thanos attacked in the opening scene. She was also confirmed to have survived Thanos' fingersnap, implying that she has a role in Avengers: Endgame.
    • The big snap left unclear the fate of the characters who did not appear in the film. In interviews, the Russo Brothers revealed that Betty Ross, Lady Sif, Loki's actor and the Galaga Guy died as well of Thanos's fingersnap, while Nakia, Aunt May and Howard the Duck survived. They did not want to comment on Korg, Miek, Shuri, Ned, and Jane Foster. However, Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts later confirmed after the release of Avengers: Endgame that May was indeed a casualty of the snap.
    • According to James Gunn, Thor is joking when he claims that the Groot-language was taught as an elective on Asgard.
    • The Russo Brothers confirmed the reason why Spider-Man's death dragged out longer than the other characters, was because his Spidey Senses could sense the snap starting to affect his body, triggering his healing process to slow it down temporarily. This is also why he was the last of the characters to die due to the snap.
    • The reason why Thanos waited years before even starting to collect the Infinity Stones was because, until he could get some kind of lead on the Soul Stone, there was no point in attracting attention to himself by going after the others.
    • In a Q&A for a Collider screening, the Russo Brothers confirmed that the remaining half of Asgardian refugees that were spared by Thanos were halved again by Thanos's snap.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Angela Bassett confirmed that both Ramonda and Shuri were spared from the snap. However, promotional material for Avengers: Endgame later revealed that Shuri was in fact Killed Offscreen.
  • Working Title: As mentioned above, the movies were to be called Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. Eventually only the first movie was named Avengers: Infinity War and the second went without a name until December 2018, where it was revealed to be called Avengers: Endgame.

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