Infinity War Comic and Character Breakdown (it’s hella nerdy)
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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Beautiful breakdown! Thanks!