Infinity War Comic and Character Breakdown (it’s hella nerdy)

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It’s Infinity War week! The most anticipated comic book movie of all time releases this week and we have a triple threat of Avengers themed episodes for you! First up is our deep dive overview (it’s a thing, just go with it) of the comics “Infinity Gauntlet”, “Infinity War”, and “Infinity Crusade”. We walk you through each story and why the movie will be different.

We also go through each confirmed character from the movie, give you the actor who is playing the character, their first appearance in the comics and the movies AND tell you who the creators responsible are for each one. It’s a pretty nerdy episode, but damn was it fun!

Below you can see the notes Johnny took to make this episode happen!

Thanos – Created by Jim Stalin in Iron Man #55 (2/73) as a villain for Captain Marvel

Infinity Gauntlet comic synopsis:

Infinity Gauntlet – 1991 Mini series

  • Written by Jim Starlin (creator of Thanos)
  • Penciled by George Perez (first 4 issues) and Ron Lim (last 2)
  • Build up was Starlin’s original Thanos stories with the Infinity Gems.
  • Starlin came back on silver Surfer #34 in 1990 and over the next 16 issues and the 2 issue “Thanos Quest” this leads into the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline.
  • “Infinity Gauntlet” starts with Thanos having all 6 gems which makes him godlike. His goal is to win the affection of Mistress Death. To impress her he uses the gauntlet to kill half of the population of the universe.
  • Adam Warlock leads who is left in a fight to take out Thanos.
  • Nebula steals the gauntlet, but is also taken out by Adam Warlock and the remaining Heroes.
  • Warlock uses the Gauntlet to restore the damage done by Thanos.

Infinity War – 1992 mini Series

  • Written by Jim Starlin
  • Art by Ron Lim
  • Adam Warlock has the Gauntlet and expels all the good and evil out of himself to become a logical being.
  • This creates an evil persona of Adam in Magus, who has similar desires as Thanos.
  • Adam Warlock is brought before a just of cosmic powers and surrenders his godlike powers when found guilty.
  • Magus collects 5 cosmic cubes, creates evil mirror images of Earth’s superheroes.
  • Thanos learns of this and warns Warlock.
  • Galactus and several Earth heroes attempt to revive Eternity so they can petition the living tribunal, who decreed the infinity gems could no longer be used together. (thanks Thanos)
  • Magus attacks Earth, the heroes think Magus ant Thanos are working together.
  • Eternity gets revived, convinces the Living Tribunal to reactivate the gems.
  • Magus defeats Doom (who defeated Kang) and dissolves Quasar
  • Thanos defeats his doppelganger to distract Magus, this allows Warlock to get the Gauntlet.
  • Warlock unleashes the opposite of Eternity, his twin brother, Infinity.
  • Infinity incapacitates Magus, allowing Warlock to absorb him into the Soul Gem. (this puts Warlock in a coma)
  • Thanos tells the earth heroes Magus was tricked and was never omnipotent because the Reality Gem on the gauntlet was a fake and he had it all along.
  • Ends with Warlock’s “good” persona “Goddess” stealing the cosmic cubes.
  • Eternity (deputized by the living tribunal) decrees the gems can never be used together again, regardless of the reason.

Infinity Crusade – 1993 mini series

  • Written by Jim Starlin
  • Pencils by Ron Lim
  • Inks Al Milgrom
  • colors by Ian Laughlin
  • Goddess collects 30 cosmic cubes to form a Cosmic Egg that can fulfill wishes
  • Goddess creates a planet called “Paradise Omega” with the egg
  • Goddess kidnaps and brainwashes many of the earths heroes
  • Heroes that are susceptible, i.e. religious, mystically inclined, or have had a near death experience. The heroes are led by Moondragon to protect Goddess.
  • Mr Fantastic, Vision and Iron man investigate the missing heroes.
  • They talk with Prof. X after they are attacked, who attempts to speak with Moondragon telepathically. This puts him in a coma
  • Thanos is Goddess’s first target to take out “all evil in the universe”
  • Adam Warlock saves Thanos.
  • Mephisto offers his knowledge of Goddess to Thanos and Warlock in exchange for a cosmic cube
  • Thanos and Warlock gather earth’s heroes to take out Goddess, includie Silver Surfer who has switched sides.
  • Surfer destroys Paradise Omega’s defense, allowing them to land and start battle.
  • Thanos (armied with telepathic powers from the comatose Prof. X) attacks Goddess the moment she starts her plan.
  • Goddess decides that as long as there is sentient life there will be evil, so she uses the Egg to rewrite existence without sentient life.
  • This is only an illusion created by Warlock, which releases her army fromt heir spell as they see her true goal.
  • Goddess is attacked by Thanos, Warlock and Prof X, attacking her on the spiritual plane and she is absorbed into the Soul Gem.
  • Heroes go home and everything is undone by the Cosmic Egg
  • Thanos orders it destroyed to ensure it’s power could never be used again.
  • Thanos takes a cosmic cube to give to Mephisto and then destroys Paradise Omega.
  • Mephisto get’s the cube, but it doesn’t work. He didn’t say it had to work.
Character Actor 1st in comics comcis year 1st in movie Movie year Created by NOTES
Ant-Man Paul Rudd Mavel Premiere #47 April 1, 1979 Ant-Man 2015 David Michelinie/John Bryne
Avengers Avengers #1 September 1, 1963 Avengers 2012 Stan Lee/Jack Kirby
Ayo Florence Kasumba Ultimates Vol2 #1 January 1, 2016 Captain America: Civil War 2016 Al Ewing/Kennith Rocafort
Black Panther Chadwick Boseman Fantastic Four #52 July 1, 1966 Captain America: Civil War 2016 Stan Lee/Jack Kirby
Black Widow Scarlett Johansson Tales of Suspence #52 April 1, 1964 Iron Man 2 2010 Stan Lee/Don Rico/Don Heck
Bucky Barnes Sebastian Stan Captain America Comics #1 March 1, 1941 Captain America 2011 Joe Simon/Jack Kirby
Bucky Barnes – Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan Captain America #1 January 1, 2005 Captain America: Winter Soldier 2014 Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting
Captain America Chris Evens Captain America Comics #1 March 1, 1941 Captain America 2011 Joe Simon/Jack Kirby
Cindy Moon Tiffany Espensen Amazing spider-Man #1 April 1, 2014 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 Dan Slott/Humberto Ramos becomes Silk
Corvus Glaive Infinity: FCBD May 1, 2013 Avengers Infinity War 2018 Jonathan Hickman/Jim Cheung
Cull Obsidian Infinity #1 October 1, 2013 Avengers Infinity War 2018 Jonathan Hickman/Jerome Opena/Jim Cheung
Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch Strange Tales #110 July 1, 1963 Doctor Strange 2016 Stan Lee/Steve Ditko He is first referenced as merely “Stephen Strange” in dialogue by Agent Sitwell in the 2014 CA:TWS
Drax Dave Batista Iron Man #55 February 1, 1973 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Mike Fredrich/Jim Starlin
Ebony Maw Tom Vaughan-Lawlor New Avengers Vol 2#8 September 1, 2013 Avengers Infinity War 2018 Jonathan Hickman/Jerome Opena
Falcon Anthony Mackie Captain America #117 September 1, 1968 Captain America: Winter Soldier 2014 Stan Lee/Gene Colan
Friday Kerry Condon Iron Man vol 3 #53 June 1, 2002 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Mike Grell/Michael Ryan
Gamora Zoe Saldana Strange Tales #180 June 1, 1975 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Jim Starlin
Groot Vin Deisel Tales to Astonish #13 November 1, 1960 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Stan Lee/Jack Kirby
Guardians of the Galaxy Annihilation: Conquest #6 April 1, 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning
Guardians of the Galaxy (original team) Marvel Super-Heroes #18 June 1, 1969 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2017 Stan Lee/Arnold Drake/Roy Thomas
Happy Hogan Jon Favreau Tales of Suspence #45 September 1, 1963 Iron Man 2008 Stan Lee/Don Heck
Hawkeye Jeremy Renner Tales of Suspence #57 September 1, 1964 Thor 2011 Stan Lee/Don Heck
Heimdall Idris Elba Journey Into Mystery #85 October 1, 1962 Thor 2011 Stan Lee/Larry Leiber/Jack Kirby
Hulk Mark Ruffalo Incredible Hulk #1 May 1, 1961 Incredible Hulk 2008 Stan Lee/Jack Kirby
Iron Man Robert Downey Jr Tales of Suspense #39 March 1, 1963 Iron Man 2008 Stan Lee/Larry Lieber/Don Heck/Jack Kirby
Laura Barton Linda Cardellini Ultimates 2 #2 March 1, 2005 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Mark Millar/Bryan Hitch
Loki Tom Hiddleston Journey Into Mystery #85 October 1, 1962 Thor 2011 Stan Lee/Larry Leiber/Jack Kirby
Mantis Pom Klementieff Avengers #112 June 1, 1973 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2017 Steve Englehart/Don Heck
Maria Hill Colbie Smolders New Avengers #4 March 1, 2003 Avengers 2012 Brian Michael Bendis/David Finch
M’Baku Winston Duke Avengers #62 March 1, 1969 Black Panther 2018 Roy Thomas/John Buscema
Nebula Karren Gilan Avengers #257 July 1, 1985 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Roger Stern/John Buscema
Ned Jacob Batalon Amazing Spider-Man #18 November 1, 1964 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Okoye Danai Gurira Black Panther Vol 3 #1 November 1, 1998 Black Panther 2018 Christopher Priest/Mark Texeira Might not be Ned Leeds, but in comics he becomes the Hobgoblin.
Pepper Potts Pepper Potts Tales of Suspence #45 September 1, 1963 Iron Man 2008 Stan Lee/Don Heck
Proxima Midnight Infinity #1 October 1, 2013 Avengers Infinity War 2018 Jonathan Hickman
Ramonda Angela Bassett Marvel Comics Presents #14 March 1, 1989 Black Panther 2018 Don McGregor/Gene Colan
Rocket Racoon Bradley Cooper/Sean Gunn Marvel Preview #7 July 1, 1976 Guardians of the Galaxy 2011 Bill Mantlo/Keith Giffen 1st in Marvel Universe appearance Hulk #271
Sally Isabella Amara Amazing Fantasy #15 August 1, 1962 Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 Stan Lee/Steve Ditko/Kurt Busiek/Pat Olliffe Kurt and Pat resurected the character 30 years later and gave her a backstory and she becoems ‘Blue Bird’
Scarlet Witch Elizabeth Olsen X-Men #4 March 1, 1964 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 Stan Lee/Jack Kirby
Shuri Letitia Wright Black Panther #2 May 1, 2005 Black Panther 2018 Reginald Hudin/John Romita Jr
Spider-Man Tom Holland Amazing Fantasy #15 August 1, 1962 Captain America: Civil War 2016 Stan Lee/Steve Ditko/Jack Kirby
Star Lord Chris Pratt Marvel Preview #4 January 1, 1976 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Steve Englehart/Steve Gan
Thanos Josh Brolin Iron Man #55 February 1, 1973 Avengers 2012 Mike Fredrich/Jim Starlin
The Collector Benicio Del Toro Avengers #28 May 1, 1966 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Stan Lee/Don Heck
Thor Chris Hemsworth Journey into Mystery #83 August 1, 1962 Thor 2011 Stan Lee/Larry Leiber/Jack Kirby
Valkryie Tessa Thompson Avengers #83 December 1, 1970 Thor: Ragnorak 2017 Roy Thomas/John Buscema
Vision Paul Bettany Avengers #57 October 1, 1968 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 roy Thomas/Stan Lee/John Buscema
War Machine Don Cheadle Iron Man #282 July 1, 1992 Iron Man 2 2010 Len Kaminski/Kevin Hopgood
War Machine – Iron Patriot Don Cheadle Gambit #13 May 1, 2013 Iron Man 3 2013 James Asmus/Amilcar Pinna
War Machine James Rhodes Don Cheadle Iron Man #118 January 1, 1979 Iron Man 2008 David Michelinie/John Bryne
Wong Benedict Wong Strange Tales #110 July 1, 1963 Doctor Strange 2016 Stan Lee/Steve Ditko

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