Read part one, which covers Team Iron Man, right here.
Avengers: Infinity War is just days away from theatrical release, and with dozens of characters appearing onscreen to tie up 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe plot-threads, there’s a lot to consider going into the imminent blockbuster.
Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with our field guide of sorts to the characters of Avengers: Infinity War. Here’s everything you need to know about the Avengers, their allies, and their enemies before you see the film.
We're continuing our "field guide" to Avengers: Infinity War by looking at Thor, who's taking Rocket and Groot with him on a quest for a new weapon, as well as the trio of Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Shuri, who've got a lot to deal with while protecting Vision and the Mind Stone from Thanos.
Thor (and the other Asgardians) are a little worse for wear following the events of Thor: Ragnarok. Asgard itself was destroyed by a battle between Thor’s long lost sister Hela, the Goddess of Death, and Surtur, the fire giant fated to bring about the end of Asgard.
Along the way, Hela also killed the Warriors Three (RIP Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral) and destroyed Mjolnir, the hammer Thor previously used to channel his powers. She also took out his eye, giving him more than a passing resemblance to his father, Odin, whose death kicked off Ragnarok.
Thor’s also sporting a new hairdo and costume, thanks to his time spent in the gladiator pits of Sakaar, fighting his old pal the Hulk. And in Avengers: Infinity War, Thor, Rocket, and Groot will go on a quest to assemble a new weapon for the God of Thunder – one that bears a strong resemblance to Jarnbjorn, a weapon he’s recently wielded in comic books, but has the name of another comic book weapon - "Stormbreaker," as in Beta Ray Bill's hammer.
Of course, how Thor winds up with the Guardians may bode ill for the other Asgardians – namely Valkyrie, Heimdall, and Loki (who secretly holds the Space Stone) – as they were all last seen confronting the Black Order’s ship in a Ragnarok post-credits scene, with Thor being discovered floating in space by the Guardians in Infinity War.
What that means for the rest of the Asgardians – including the beloved Loki, who appears to confront his old ally Thanos over the Space Stone in the Infinity War trailers – remains to be seen.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will spend a chunk of Avengers: Infinity War separated, split across different Avengers squads. Rocket, the Guardians’ irascible gun-toting raccoon, will travel with the teenage descendent (yeah, it's a little complicated) of his former companion Groot as well as his new ally Thor on a quest to arm the God of Thunder after the destruction of Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok.
Rocket was of course one of the heroes who helped put the Power Stone in the protection of the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy (though it seems they won’t protect much, judging by Thanos’ possession of the Power Stone in Infinity War).
Rocket and the rest of the Guardians last appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where he formed an unlikely bond with the late Yondu. Avengers: Infinity War will be Rocket’s first meeting with the MCU at large.
Heading into Avengers: Infinity War, Baby Groot has grown up into Teen Groot (as seen in one of the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). As most will remember, the fully-grown Groot was destroyed at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy saving his teammates, allowing them to defeat Ronan and secure the Power Stone.
This different, younger Groot and Rocket will be accompanying Thor on his quest for a new weapon – and based on information from some Avengers: Infinity War merchandising, it looks like Groot may provide the handle for the God of Thunder’s new axe as well.
The embattled Scarlet Witch’s chaotic powers were at the heart of Captain America: Civil War, with her inability to fully contain an explosion caused by the villainous Crossbones sparking the writing of the so-called Sokovia Accords – an act aimed at registering superheroes and policing their behavior.
Scarlet Witch’s appearance in Civil War (her last time onscreen) also established a connection between Scarlet Witch and the Vision, the Android Avenger. Their relationship comes straight from comic books, but their MCU counterparts have an added twist – as revealed in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Scarlet Witch’s powers come from Hydra’s experimentations with the Mind Stone, which is now embedded in Vision’s forehead.
The Vision is a synthezoid built by the villainous Ultron. With his Vibranium body giving him the power to alter his density and the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead not only giving him life but also further empowering him, Vision was originally built to destroy Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but he betrayed his creator, delivering the final blow to the mad android in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Since then, he’s fully integrated into the Avengers, developing a relationship with Scarlet Witch, with whom he shares a connection thanks to the Mind Stone, and siding with Captain America in Captain America: Civil War.
Of course, while teaming up with Iron Man, Vision inadvertently knocked War Machine out of the sky during Civil War’s biggest battle, leaving James Rhodes with serious spinal injuries.
Considering he’s got the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead (and Thanos is gonna need that to assemble his Infinity Gauntlet), Vision is a prime target for Thanos and his Black Order. We’ve seen Corvus Glaive laying his spear on Vision’s Mind Stone, and we know he’ll be brought to Wakanda to protect it from Thanos later in the film, so Vision’s got a crosshair drawn squarely on his forehead.
Shuri is the younger sister of T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther, king and protector of the advanced nation of Wakanda), and the designer of much of his incredible weapons and tech.
Shuri was last seen at the end of Black Panther helping set up a new science exchange between Wakanda and the United States. In Avengers: Infinity War, Shuri will come to the aid of the Vision when he’s damaged in Thanos’ quest for the Mind Stone – something that will bring the Mad Titan right to Wakanda’s door.
But that won’t be the first time she’s helped put an Avenger back together. As shown in one of the stinger scenes for Black Panther, the young prodigy also helped deprogram and rehabilitate Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, following Captain America: Civil War.
Stay tuned to Newsarama throughout the week for more of our field guide to the MCU, leading up to the April 27 theatrical release of Avengers: Infinity War. You can read part one, which covers Team Iron Man, right here.