Hello and welcome to a special post, where I recap everything you need to know before Avengers: Infinity War. This post will contain spoilers for the 18 Marvel movies before Infinity War, so you have been warned! You are now also warned for some of my predictions for what will happen in Infinity War. This is just my predictions, I haven’t seen the film, so anything that is I say and predict is a possible spoiler but I’m also probably wrong. These are just theories, so don’t come after me if something that I think may happen comes true.

I guess what’s important to know is where all the Infinity Stones are. An Infinity Stone  There are 6 Infinity Stones littered all over the universe and each stone can grant its user ultimate power over a certain element, like time or power or space. The Stones came about from 6 singularities that existed before the creation of the universe, but then the Big Bang transformed the 6 singularities into 6 Infinity Stones. In trailers and movies, we’ve seen Thanos (big, evil, purple dude, also known as the Mad Titan) wield the Infinity Gauntlet, a gold glove that can hold all the Infinity Stones, as they are too powerful to be held in your hand.  The blue Space Stone in the form of the Tesseract was used in Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and other movies. It has been used by Hydra to make laser-like weapons and grants the owner power over space. The last we saw of the Space Stone was in Thor: Ragnarok, where Loki stole it from Asgard. We’ve seen in trailers Loki holding up the Space Stone and Thanos put it in the Infinity Gauntlet and we’ve also seen a large ship looming over Thor and Loki’s at the end of Ragnarok, and it’s likely that this is Thanos’s ship and I think he’s come to collect the Space Stone from Loki. We then have the purple Power Stone, seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter Quill found the stone in the form of an orb on a deserted planet, and it was revealed that it is the Power Stone, which allows it’s user ultimate power and energy, where they can destroy entire planets at their own will. We last saw it being locked away and protected by the Nova Corps at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Thanos will have to beat up a few Nova Corps with laser guns to get to the Power Stone, something that should be easy for the Mad Titan. The yellow Mind Stone was originally in Loki’s scepter in The Avengers and allows its user to control other people’s minds. It was extracted in Age of Ultron and put in another hero, Vision’s forehead. We’ve seen one of the Black Order try to extract it out of Vision’s head and also seen Shuri and Banner try to fix Vision, so there’s no telling if Thanos gets his hands on the Mind Stone. We’ve also seen the red Aether, the Reality Stone, which grants the user power to manipulate matter. This was seen in Thor: The Dark World and I kind of forgot about it until now. It’s in the hands of the Collector, who showed the Guardians what the Power Stone could do. Doctor Stephen Strange (not his made-up name) is in possession of the green Time Stone, in the form of the Eye of Agamotto. The Time Stone allows its user to the power to rewind or fast-forward time. Strange wears it around his neck, so it makes him a target for Thanos. We finally have the orange Soul Stone, and not much about it is known. It’s somewhere in the MCU but that’s it. According to comics, it can control souls, both living and dead. Popular theories suggest that the Soul Stone is in Wakanda, but it’s possible that we don’t see it at all.

Another key question to answer is where everyone is at the start of Infinity War, or at least when we last saw them. I think it’s best to work geographically for this. T’Challa, Shuri and everyone else from Black Panther are still in Wakanda, where they are joined by Captain America, Black Widow, Bucky (or the White Wolf) and Falcon. In New York, we have Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Wong. On Thor’s ship, we have Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, Hulk and Heimdall. The Guardians are flying around somewhere in the Milano, but I don’t think Nebula is with them. I could be wrong. I know the trailers have shown Hulk/Banner in New York and Wakanda, but he starts off in space with Thor, before crashing down to Earth. One important thing to note is that the events from Civil do carry on into this film. Iron Man and Cap are not speaking and the Avengers are still broken up, which makes Thanos’ job easier. And in case you were wondering, I have no clue where Hawkeye is.

A spoiler and non-spoiler review will be published next week, so stay ready. I don’t think the non-spoiler review will be too long, and I’ll really be avoiding spoilers. Avengers: Infinity War looking promising and early reviews say it’s awesome. It opens this week everywhere, so go see it, especially to avoid spoilers. It’s expected to have a $500 million opening weekend, which is a staggering number. So go watch the film, laugh, cry, enjoy it and go watch it again. It’s been 10 years in the making and looking phenomenal. But don’t go around parading spoilers. #ThanosDemandsYourSilence