Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are desperate to learn anything they can about Avengers: Infinity War. In particular, there are so many unanswered questions about what has happened to all of the characters after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
Well, a lot of those questions have now been answered. Marvel recently released a tie-in comic book, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War Prelude #1, that takes place before Infinity War and is considered to be MCU canon. Here are the key details it reveals.
1. T’Challa offers to help de-program Bucky Barnes
The comic’s new material begins with T’Challa speaking with Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes shortly after the battle with Iron Man from Civil War. T’Challa apologizes and says that he realizes now that Bucky was not responsible for his father’s murder. He also says that he knows someone in Wakanda who can undo Bucky’s mental programming. Bucky expresses his immense gratitude.
T’Challa also says he is going to “deliver Zemo to receive the world’s justice for his crimes against the United Nations.”
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2. Hawkeye officially retires
Civil War ended with Steve Rogers breaking Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), and Sam Wilson (Falcon) out of The Raft, a maximum security prison. In the comic, we see the conclusion of that scene.
After being broken out, Clint declares that he is officially retired. We see him returning back home to his wife and kids, who we saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“Understood, Clint,” Steve Rogers says. “Go back home and take care of that brood of yours. You’ve got to enjoy the time you’ve got with the ones you love while you have it.”
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3. Ant-Man also goes home, and Wanda goes away with Vision
After being broken out of The Raft, Scott Lang goes home to his family as well. The comic shows him happily reading a book to his daughter. We do know from the trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp that everything isn’t so great for Scott, and he’s under FBI surveillance. But he does seem to be allowed to visit Cassie.
Meanwhile, Wanda and Vision go away together; Wanda is seen meeting up with Vision, who is taking on the appearance of a human (but who still has the gem in his head). Wherever they are, they may still be there in Infinity War; a shot from the trailer shows them away somewhere and Vision being human.
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4. Bucky gets put into cryosleep so he can be de-programmed
A few weeks later, we see Steve, Bucky, and T’Challa in Wakanda together. T’Challa says that in order for Bucky to be cleansed of his programming, he needs to be put into cryosleep. Steve seems skeptical of this, but Bucky says he needs to give it a shot if there’s a chance it could work.
“The scientist leading this initiative is the most gifted in Wakanda,” T’Challa assures him. He’s talking about Shuri, T’Challa’s half-sister who is in charge of the de-programming. She says she’s trying to root out the memories that have been manipulated by Hydra due to the emotional trauma associated with them.
There are a lot of these memories, most of which seem to involve Steve Rogers.
Next: Shuri soon makes some significant progress when it comes to fixing Bucky.
5. Shuri figures out how to “reboot” Bucky
After months of work, Shuri tells T’Challa that she thinks she has figured out how to fix Bucky. She says that she’s been running an algorithm that will be able to flush out the influence of the trigger words on Bucky while still retaining the memories themselves. “Essentially, I should be able to reboot him,” she explains.
Interestingly, she also says that what she’s working on will help Wakanda advance its artificial intelligence technology. Apparently, what she has developed is even more advanced than Ultron. “Of course, that’s ’cause I’m smarter than him,” Shuri brags, referring to Tony Stark.
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6. Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon prevent terrorists from getting Chitauri weapons
Now that we’re months past Civil War, we get a glimpse of what the other Avengers are up to.
In Syria, Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon successfully thwart a group of terrorists who are trying to get their hands on Chitauri weapons. It’s implied that the U.S. government itself may be the ones supplying the terrorists with these weapons so that they can overthrow their government. “What further proof do you need that the U.S. is on our side?” one of the terrorists asks.
After beating up the terrorists, our three heroes move to strip the weapons of their components so that another terrorist cell can’t use them. This part of the comic ends with these three going to Lebanon on another mission. They think about calling Tony, but they figure his plate is full.
At this point, by the way, Steve Rogers has his beard, and Natasha has her blonde hair.
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7. Tony Stark plans to face the looming threat alone
We then cut to Tony Stark, who is sitting alone at the Avengers Compound. He blames himself for getting distracted and not focusing on the real threat that’s coming. Next to Tony during this scene is the phone that Steve Rogers gave him at the end of Civil War. Tony notes that if he made the call, Steve would answer, but would that be enough?
“Can’t think of it that way,” Tony says. “If I’m gonna prepare for the end of all things, I’ll have to figure out how I can do it alone.”
The issue ends with Tony looking at brand new Iron Man armor. Based on the new trailer for Infinity War, this may be the “Bleeding Edge” armor, which forms around Tony’s body and almost seems like it’s fused to him.
But Tony is also holding the flip phone during one scene from that first trailer, so the threat of Thanos is clearly so intense that he realizes it’s time to finally phone Steve and get the gang back together.
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