The Avengers will meet the Guardians of the Galaxy in Avengers: Infinity War! Check out the cool video below to learn more:

This news is not surprising as

A) Thanos–the big bad the MCU has been building to–has already played significant roles (albeit largely behind the scenes) in the Avengers movies and in Guardians of the Galaxy.

B) While bizarre, delightful and highly successful, Guardians of the Galaxy seems like the most tangential of all the MCU story-lines. Avengers: Infinity War enables the eclectic group to connect to the core of the MCU. Lack of surprise aside, this is nonetheless a satisfying announcement. All the connectivity within the MCU is intentional and building to this epic culmination.

Now James Gunn has confirmed that overall Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will not serve as setup for Avengers: Infinity War. http://movieweb.com/guardians-galaxy-2-avengers-infinity-war-no-crossover/ Thus, which other MCU movies prior to the release of Avengers: Infinity War will serve as further setup? Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther will likely act as more personal stories. Thor: Ragnarok is the remaining movie I expect to do the most setup, taking major steps to tie in the Infinity Stones.

With many characters from nearly a decade of films coming together, Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to have an even more extensive cast than Captain America: Civil War. Hopefully like Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War is still able to tell a meaningful, character-driven story.

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