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Infinity War

May 8th, 2018 · No Comments · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Movies, West Branch

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest super-hero movie of the summer, and this what you need to know before watching it: Infinity War is the next film in the ‘Avengers’ series, so it has the usual ‘Avenger’ super-heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America, and many more. In Infinity War, the Avengers will also team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Ant Man, Black Panther, and others, to battle the titan Thanos and other villains, to keep them from collecting all of the infinity stones and becoming all-powerful. Below is a list of the movies leading up to Infinity War and the approximate order they should be watched in order to fully understand the movie:

  1. Iron Man 1
  2. Incredible Hulk
  3. Iron Man 2
  4. Thor 1
  5. Captain America 1: The First Avenger
  6. Avengers 1: Assemble
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Thor 2: The Dark World
  9. Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 1
  11. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
  12. Ant Man
  13. Captain America 3: Civil War
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 2
  15. Doctor Strange
  16. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  17. Thor 3: Ragnarok
  18. Black Panther


Avengers: Infinity War (in theaters April 27) (On DVD possibly in August)

It looks a little overwhelming, but luckily the library has most of these movies, and the rest can easily be requested from GMILCS libraries. The most important movies to watch are listed in bold, since they explain how the superheroes got their powers or how they came together to form the Avengers, or the Guardians of the Galaxy. Most of these titles are organized by the date they were released; the only two movies that can be watched out of order or at any time are Guardians of the Galaxy volumes 1 and 2. The rest of the movies are all connected somehow, through crossover characters, or appearances in post credit scenes (or post-post credit scenes!), so it is important to watch them in order before seeing Infinity War.

The Avengers Infinity War storyline differs from the comic books and graphic novels they are based on, which have their own story and plot lines. However, the movies are somewhat based on these stories, so there are some movie tie-ins and read-a-likes. For example, the Infinity series available on Hoopla by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Jim Cheung and Jerome Opena, is a somewhat similar story to Infinity War, but contains some different characters and a different plot. It is not necessary to read the comic books and graphic novels to understand the films, but they are fun to read, and it can be interesting to explore the characters outside of the movies.

The library has a wide selection of graphic novels in its collection, and many more available online via Hoopla. Hoopla is an excellent resource for digital materials and, as well as graphic novels and comics, offers music, movies, audiobooks, and e-books. Using your library card, you can check out up to three items a month from Hoopla. Visit the Infinity War display in the library rotunda for more information.

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