Avengers: Infinity War premieres this Friday (or Thursday night for those attending premiere showings), and as a lover of the Marvel cinematic universe, I am very excited. But, we still have to get through one more week of work before we can settle in with our popcorn and soda, ready to cry our eyes out as we watch our favorite champions face unimaginable evils.
Avengers: Infinity War will revolve around our beloved heroes teaming up to face their biggest nemesis yet: Thanos. This movie is special because for the first time, it will bring all the characters currently in the Marvel universe together in one film. The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Ant-Man will all be together on one screen. According to the official Marvel Studios website,
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment ㅡ the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”
In order to help you get through this week and hopefully make your Monday a little better, I have created a Marvel Movie Marathon that gives you a different film to watch each night this week in preparation for the premiere. Marvel has produced 18 films, which I know isn’t feasible for most to get through in a week. Therefore, I have consulted a Marvel expert, pored over research, and crunched the numbers to provide you with this condensed list. This isn’t necessarily a list of my favorite Marvel movies, but they’re the ones that are key in helping you prepare for Infinity War, especially if you haven’t seen all the films. If you’re seeing it on Thursday, Monday through Wednesday are what we consider vital. But if you are waiting until the weekend to catch it in theaters, go ahead and continue the list through Friday. Click the titles to see trailers for each movie!
The Avengers isn’t the first film produced by Marvel Studios, but it is the first of the Avengers and where we see how the original team was formed. If you’re brand-new to Marvel, this will give you a great introduction to some of the main characters (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk) and infinity stones, which are a key part of Thanos’s plot.
You can rent The Avengers for $2.99 on Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.
Age of Ultron is the second installment of the Avengers films and will introduce you to a few more members of the Avengers including Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Falcon. It also demonstrates how powerful infinity stones are and sets the stage for the next film, Captain America: Civil War.
You can rent The Avengers: Age of Ultron for $2.99 on Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.
Captain America: Civil War is one of my favorite Marvel films ever. While not an Avengers film, it’s packed with heroes and will introduce you to Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Ant-Man. It takes place after Age of Ultron when the world questions whether the Avengers should be governed by a political body or not.
You can rent Captain America: Civil War for $2.99 on Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play. It is also currently available on Netflix.
After you watch these three films, you’ll have a decent idea of what’s going on in the Marvel world and gain some familiarity with some of the key characters that will be part of Infinity War. If you are waiting until the weekend to see the film, you’ll have time to meet all the characters beforehand. Keep reading!
The first Guardians of the Galaxy film is wonderful and has become one of my favorite movies of all time. Thanos also makes multiple appearances in this film, which will help provide some familiarity with the character as you go into Infinity War. His adopted daughters, Gamora and Nebula, are also key characters in this movie.
You can rent Guardians of the Galaxy for $2.99 on Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play.
This film primarily serves to tell the origin story of Doctor Strange, but other than a brief cameo in Thor: Ragnarok, it’s the only opportunity you’ll have to get to know his character before Infinity War. I really enjoyed this movie. It shows you the more mystical evils that exist in the Marvel universe, and it also features an infinity stone worn by Doctor Strange, which he uses to control time.
You can rent Doctor Strange for $2.99 on Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play. It is also currently available on Netflix and Hulu.
Hopefully your Monday is a little more exciting now that you know you have all week to hype yourself up for Avengers: Infinity War! Check out the trailer below!
To facing the greatest evils, like Mondays,