Thanos is fast approaching the planet Earth. Armed with only his wits, a genetically engineered troupe of loyal apostles, an army of space-monsters and a few thousand spaceships, The Mad Titan must collect all six legendary Infinity Stones and successfully complete the mammoth task of “rebalancing the universe.” Whatever that means! We here at Screen Mayhem have done the not-so-easy, but oh-so-ubiquitous task, of finding the position of each Avenger prior to the events of Infinity War.
TEAM CAP The already-unstable bond between Iron Man and Captain America were shattered during the events of Captain America: Civil War leading to the two costumed saviours facing off with each other in an abandoned Hydra Base located in Siberia after it was re-revealed that Cap’s childhood friend, Bucky Barnes was the man responsible for killing both of Tony Stark’s parents during The Gulf War period.
Steve Roger, codenamed Nomad, dropped his iconic Vibranium Shield after defeating Stark in battle, as well as the Captain America title and took up residence in Wakanda, the Jewel of the African nation, under the protection of King T’challa (The Black Panther) before heading out to break his friends Sam Wilson (The Falcon), Scott Lang (Ant-Man,) Wanda Maximoff (The Scarlet Witch) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye) out of the floating prison of Thaddeus Ross known as “The Raft.” Steve and company have presumably been travelling back to Wakanda in the time leading up to Thanos’ arrival.
TEAM BLACK PANTHER T’challa continues to rule over the kingdom of Wakanda joined by his skilled team of warriors made up of M’baku (leader of the Jabari Tribe), Okoye (General of the Dora Milaje) and Ayo (head of security). T’challa’s sister, Shuri, has been hard at work reacquainting Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) with reality, undoing the mind-twisting indoctrination carried out on him by Hydra.
TEAM IRON MAN Tony Stark has been continuing his life of super-heroics as Iron Man and has made the newly-refurbished Avengers HQ located in upstate New York a cosy home base for himself and his Fiancée, the CEO of Stark Enterprises, Ms. Pepper Potts. Stark is naturally accompanied by the current members of the Avengers team made up of Vision, James Rhodes (War Machine) and Natasha Romanov (Black Widow). His young protégé Peter Parker AKA your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, has been sticking to his roots – clinging to the manageable walls of Queens, New York after turning down Tony Stark’s offer of a place on the team.
TEAM THOR Bruce Banner (The Incredible Hulk) and Thor Odinson were last seen facing down Thanos’ massive war-ship in the middle of space having escaped Thor’s home world, the great kingdom of Asgard, after summoning the demonic king of Muspelheim, Surtur, and carrying out the foretold event of Ragnarok. They, along with Heimdahl, Valkyrie and Loki, are trapped within the tractor beam of the ship with a large number of Asgardian refugees in tow.
DOCTOR STRANGE After helping Thor and Loki during the events of Ragnarok, Doctor Stephen Strange (The Sorcerer Supreme) has been continuing to protect The Earth from mystical threats from his residence of 177A, Bleeker Street, New York AKA The Sanctum Sanctorum accompanied by his partner, Wong.
THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY The Guardians of the Galaxy, made up of Peter Quill, Rocket Racoon, the now teenaged child of Groot, Drax the Destroyer, Mantis and sisters Gamora and Nebula (Thanos’ children) were last seen at the funeral of Peter’s adoptive father, Yondu. This is shortly after the team saved the galaxy by destroying Peter’s biological father Ego: The Living Planet. (it’s complicated!) Nebula, having reconciled her differences with Gamora, has left the group in order to track down Thanos all by herself.
NICK FURY No idea.
And there we have it! Each member of the new Avengers team is now accounted for. Without a doubt it will take the combined strength of all these warriors if they want to put a dent in Thanos’ plans. Whatever happens it’ll be fascinating, exciting and probably quite upsetting to find out where our favourite costumed heroes will be at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.