It's not exaggerating to say that Avengers: Infinity War is not just one of Marvel's most anticipated movies, but one of the most anticipated superhero movies in general. Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and others will join forces to prevent Thanos and his minions from obtaining the six Infinity Stones. For years, we've been expecting Infinity War to be released on May 4, but today Marvel announced that the blockbuster will now arrive worldwide on April 27.

In what first seemed like just a casual conversation with Robert Downey Jr. on Twitter, the Marvel Studios social media folks broke the big news that Avengers: Infinity War is being released in theaters a week earlier, which of course necessitates making a slight change to the teaser poster. Marvel was already planning on releasing Infinity War in international territories starting April 25, but now U.S. moviegoers can look forward to seeing it during that same period. We should all be thankful that Mr. Stark... sorry, Downey, had a hankering for an earlier release.This rescheduling also breaks from tradition, as the previous Avengers movies both came out at the beginning of May. With this shift, however, the summer movie season is starting even earlier!

After a decade of existence, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the biggest film franchises of all time, and it's proven that it can release hits to the masses at practically any point in the year. Just look at Black Panther. February isn't normally a month where major blockbusters come out, but after two weeks in theaters, T'Challa's standalone movie has made over $756 million worldwide. Infinity War is already guaranteed to make a lot of money, so moving it to the last week of April probably won't impact its box office draw.

Moving Avengers: Infinity War up a week will likely help another movie coming from the Disney media empire. Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out on May 25, and with Infinity War's date change, that means that the hype for Marvel's biggest movie yet will have died down a little more, giving the next Star Wars movie a better chance to shine rather than be overshadowed. We also can't forget about Deadpool 2 from 20th Century Fox. Disney's purchase of Fox hasn't been finalized yet, but regardless, I suspect an extra week between Infinity War and the Merc with the Mouth's next adventure is welcome among both the studios and moviegoers.

Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for the latest on what's happening with Avengers: Infinity War. If you're interested in what else the MCU has coming up, look through our Marvel movies guide.

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