I’m getting super excited about the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie coming out. I’m a super geek when it comes to fandoms like Marvel, Star Wars, and more. To get myself ready I started watching all of my favorite Marvel movies to prepare myself but I wanted to skip to the parts with the most importance to the actual Infinity War storyline. So I compiled this list that covers all of the Marvel movies that lead to any mention or plot to Thanos, the Infinity Stones, and the war to come! You could just watch every single Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to see every character that will be fighting in the upcoming movie but if you’re just looking for the Thanos storyline, you’re in the right place!
Here is where you should start your Fast Track to the Road to Infinity War in order of Marvel Cinematic Universe. The titles highlighted in red are the most important to the storyline. The others may be simple end credit scenes.
Thor End Credit Scene (2011) – Nick Fury shows the Tesseract to Dr. Erik Selvig and Loki uses his influence to say, “That’s worth a look.”
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)- This is where the first Infinity Stone is truly shown in action. This is the Space Stone and it is inside the Tesseract. The Tesseract was placed on Earth by Odin to be protected by Asgard worshipers but fell into the hands of Hydra. The Tesseract was lost to the Arctic sea. The Tesseract was recovered by Howard Stark and placed in the protection of S.H.I.E.L.D. You can sip on a Capsicle (Captain America Frozen Cocktail) while you watch!
The Avengers (2012)- Loki steals the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D. He then opens the portal with the Tesseract. This allows the Chitauri to invade New York City. After the battle, the Tesseract is brought to Asgard to be locked in Odin’s vault. The End Credits scene is our first look at Thanos and his plans to gather the Infinity Stones. It’s important to note that Loki’s Scepter is seen in the movie and houses the Mind Stone but we don’t realize that yet
Thor: Dark World (2013)- The Aether is introduced. This is the red Reality Stone. In a mid-credits scene, Volstagg and Sif visit the Collector in Nowhere and entrust the Aether to his care, commenting that with the Tesseract already in Asgard, having two Infinity Stones so close together would be unwise. As they leave, the Collector states, “One down, five to go.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)- This one you can get away with just watching the End Credits scene where we see Loki’s scepter in the possession of Hydra. It holds the Space Stone.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014) – The Orb is introduced as well as more about Thanos. The Orb contains the purple Power Stone. After falling into Ronan’s hands, the Guardians of the Galaxy defeat him and it is placed back inside The Orb. The Orb is placed with the Nova Corps for safe keeping.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – The Avengers find the Hyrda base that holds Loki’s Scepter and the MInd Stone. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner use the artificial intelligence from inside the Scepter to create Ultron. Thor meets with Dr. Erik Selvig and has a vision of the upcoming Infinity War with Thanos and the Infinity Stones and Infinity Gauntlet. Vision is created with the yellow Mind Stone and rests on his forehead. The End Credits scene shows us the Infinity Gauntlet with Thanos. Thanos says, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.”
Doctor Strange (2016) – We are introduced to the Eye of Agamotto which holds the green Time Stone. The stone stays in Kamar-Taj while Doctor Strange returns to the New York Sanctum.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)- End credits scene shows the creation of Adam Warlock. While this may not seem like much, he is a key player to Thanos in the comics so I’ve included it in the list.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)– Thor is hunting the galaxy for the Infinity Stones and has been unsuccessful. Thor discovers Loki has been posing as Odin. When Odin dies, Hela is released and returns to Asgard. Hela walks through the vault and knocks over the Infinity Gauntlet, calling it fake and then stopping briefly to view the Tesseract. Thor reunites with the Hulk on Sakaar and they return to Asgard to rescue the people. Loki steals the Tesseract from the vault before it is destroyed. They escape in a ship and head for the stars. In a mid-credits scene, they are intercepted by a large spacecraft (we think this is the Guardians of the Galaxy).
Black Panther (2018)-UPDATE Black Panther stands alone in the MCU. You only need to see the end credit scene. The movie picks up right where Captain America: Civil War ends. Kinda of bummed out that we didn’t see the last Infinity Stone but love that we got to know the army that will be fighting Thanos.
UPDATE: Infinity War gave us the Soul Stone in Vladimir where Thanos sacrificed Gamora to retrieve the stone from the Stonekeepwe who turned out to be Red Skull.
So that is your Marvel Movie Marathon challenge to Fast Track to the Road to Infinity War!
Avengers: Infinity War will be in theaters Ma
This movie will be in two parts with the second part being the Avengers Endgame movie!