Twenty-two superheroes, 6 Infinity Stones, and 1 Mad Titan. Entertainment Weekly sent a super sized double issue jam packed with secrets from the set of Avengers: Infinity War smashing into my mailbox and I couldn't be happier. I tore through this issue like a purple super villain ripping apart a planet in search of space maguffins. There are 15 different covers which together form one big space picture. I got Iron Man, which is fitting, given that Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark is the hero who got this all rolling ten years ago with the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So what new things are there to uncover in this issue? Well, the most exciting thing for me was the descriptive text from the set. On a grassy horsefield outside of atlanta which doubles as Wakanda in the movie, the writer got to see the long awaited reunion of Captain America and Thor, two Avengers we haven't seen together since age of Ultron. Thor has his new weapon, the mystical axe called Stormbreaker, and Cap is outfitted with some new Vibranium gauntlets, courtesy of Black Panther's sister, Shuri. The two actors ad-libbed a few lines about Thor's new haircut and cap's beard, as they fought off a bunch of outriders, mo-cap suited actors playing the alien army of thanos. Speaking of mo-cap suits, on the other side of the river, Sean Gunn plays Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy alongside Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, who is sporting a new arm. "How much for the gun?" Rocket asks. "It's not for sale." "Okay, how much for the arm? The arm?" As we know, Rocket loves prosthetics.
Elsewhere in the article, co-director Joe Russo promises a bit of a '90s heist genre vibe, describing Thanos as on a "smash-and-grab," while our heroes spend the entire movie trying to catch up with him. What's he stealing? Why, the Infinity Stones of course, which he needs to power the Infinity Gauntlet, which will make him basically unstoppable. What's his mission? To destroy, destroy, and destroy.
Where are the Infinity Stones when the action begins? Loki snatched the Space Stone, aka the Tesseract, from Odin's vault in Thor: Ragnarok. The Collector has the Reality Stone, ever since Thor: The Dark World. The Power Stone is where the Guardians of the Galaxy left it, in the care of the Nova Corps on Xandar. Doctor Strange wears the Time Stone around his neck. The Mind Stone? It's in Vision's forehead. And finally, there's the mysterious Soul Stone, the last of the Infinity Stones to be revealed. Most fans think it's in Wakanda.
I highly recommend picking up this double issue of EW as it has a handy guide to all of the major events of the MCU thus far, some behind-the-scenes set photos from several movies, ruminations from Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, and Anthony Mackie about the state of their characters in Infinity War, gorgeous photos of "top gear" like the Infinity Gauntlet, the Eye of Agamotto, the Casket of Ancient Winters, and Cap's shield, with details about the props themselves; a breakdown of all of Stan "The Man" Lee's cameos; Q&As with Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming and more, so much more. You may be shocked to hear this from a digital outlet like Movieweb, where we've been breaking news since the days of dial-up, but we love print. Go buy a magazine.