Needless to say, there are going to be spoilers in the following article, so turn back now if you want to head into Avengers: Infinity War knowing nothing at all.
It is, without question, the best scene in a Marvel Studios movie to date. Captain America (Chris Evans) and his team need to reach a Quinjet. Standing in their way? Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and his team. The Captain America: Civil War airport battle rages for nearly 17 minutes, and includes bouts of action from every major MCU hero introduced to the big screen at that time. Of course, when we sat down with Joe and Anthony Russo on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, we asked them if they had a scene in the upcoming movie that would top the airport battle. And they told CinemaBlend:
Joe Russo: We have an equivalent that's like, you know, if you had a comic book, and you open it up to your double panel, and then you fold it out. And then you folded it out again and again.
Anthony Russo: And you have another comic book laid out next to it.
Joe Russo: So we have the equivalent of that in this movie.
Now THAT is how you tease your massive Avengers movie!
In the grand scheme of things, this makes sense. Captain America: Civil War upped the ante by adding Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) to the already crowded MCU mix. Delivering an action set piece like the Berlin airport fight met the needs of that picture. And that scene, in turn, built off of the Team vs. Ultron Bots that Joss Whedon delivered near the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
One reason why we worried that there might not be a massive team-up fight scene in Avengers: Infinity War is just that the team will be fractured into different groups. We know Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will be with the Guardians of the Galaxy in outer space. Half of the team is in New York City. Half of the team is in Wakanda. How will they unite when Thanos arrives?