Warning: MASSIVE Avengers: Infinity War spoilers in this article! Seriously, do not read any further if you have not seen the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster yet. You've been warned!
We have been waiting years for this, and it did not disappoint. Specifically, I am referring to Avengers: Infinity War, a movie that promised surprising moments and narrative left turns at every step of its marketing campaign. Seriously, we knew the film would shock us, and yet it still managed to leave our jaws on the floor when it ended.
With that in mind, and now that audiences have had a chance to actually see Avengers: Infinity War in theaters, we have put together a list of the most shocking moments from the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe outing. Check out our list and let us know what moment shocked you the most in the comments, below. On that note, let's kick things off with one of the film's earliest surprises.
Thor Is Already Defeated At The Beginning
The ending of Thor: Ragnarok made it abundantly clear: Thanos had arrived, and he was due for a showdown with the God of Thunder. With that in mind, you can imagine our surprise when Avengers: Infinity War opened, and we saw that the Asgardian refugee vessel had already been mostly destroyed by Thanos and his goons. In fact, Thor is already on the brink of death when the movie begins. Avengers: Infinity War is a profoundly somber movie, and few elements of the story hammer that idea home more than seeing some of the film's most powerful heroes get their asses handed to them so early. It is a shocking way to frame a mighty badass like Thor and an awesome gut punch to get things started.
Red Skull's Return
Avengers: Infinity War answers a question that many Marvel fans have wondered ever since the credits rolled at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger: where the hell did Red Skull go? Well, seven years after the debut of that film, we finally get our answer. It turns out that the Tesseract blasted the Nazi scientist into space, and he has spent the better part of the last century on a secluded planet overlooking the location of the Soul Stone. Knowing that Red Skull is alive (albeit played by a different actor now) is huge for the Captain America corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it promises the potential of even more evil from the classic villain as the MCU presses forward into the events of Avengers 4.