The 19th Marvel Cinematic Universe film unites all corners of the MCU so far: the classic Avengers line-up, recent additions like Black Panther and Doctor Strange, as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy. To celebrate, May’s issue of Empire is one huge Marvel blow-out: we’ve mixed and matched the roster of characters on not one but six different covers, we’ve got the inside story on Marvel Studios’ most ludicrously ambitious film ever, and the issue also comes doubled with a free comic-sized magazine celebrating 10 years of the MCU.
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‘Avengers: Infinity War‘. This second trailer for Avengers: Infinity War offers a pretty simple and succinct explanation for who Thanos is, what he is trying to do and why he is to be feared.
On a sweltering October weekend, the largest-ever group of Marvel superheroes and friends gathered just outside of Atlanta for a top-secret assignment. Eighty-three of the famous faces who have brought Marvel’s comic-book characters to life over the past decade mixed and mingled—Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, bonded with Vin Diesel, the voice of Groot, the monosyllabic sapling from Guardians of the Galaxy. Angela Bassett, mother to Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, flew through hurricane-like conditions to report for duty alongside Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Laurence Fishburne, and Stan Lee, the celebrated comic-book writer and co-creator of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.
Their mission: to strike a heroic pose to commemorate 10 years of unprecedented moviemaking success. Marvel Studios, which kicked things off with Iron Man in 2008, has released 17 films that collectively have grossed more than $13 billion at the global box office; 5 more movies are due out in the next two years. The sprawling franchise has resuscitated careers (Downey), has minted new stars (Tom Hiddleston), and increasingly attracts an impressive range of A-list talent, from art-house favorites (Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange) to Hollywood icons (Anthony Hopkins and Robert Redford) to at least three handsome guys named Chris (Hemsworth, Evans, and Pratt). The wattage at the photo shoot was so high that Ant-Man star Michael Douglas—Michael Douglas!—was collecting autographs. (Photographer Jason Bell shot Vanity Fair’s own Marvel portfolio shortly afterward.)
The conflict ignites in a brand-new trailer for Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) February 19, 2016
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 19, 2016
The magazine itself won’t be available until February 25 and subscribers to Empire will get a variant cover that has yet to be revealed, but considering previous subscribers covers have focused on the villains (remember Joker’s cover for Suicide Squad), it’s possible that we could get our first official look at Baron Zemo and Crossbones.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6.