Watching Avengers: Infinity War, I didn't feel like I had before, during or after any Marvel film to date. Obviously, this was always going to be a tragic film. I've read the comics, I know the deal here. What I didn't expect was just how traumatic it would be to sit through.
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Anyone who's watched a climatic battle in a superhero film has wondered, if only for a moment, how cool said fight would be in a slick, co-op video game. I know I have. Avengers: Infinity War has the perfect example: Ironman, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and company up against Thanos on Titan. Well, thanks to this 10-minute animation, you can at least see what it might look like.
Once you've seen Avengers: Infinity War and processed your emotions, the questions begin to sink in. Did that really happen? What's next for them? And then you look at the bigger picture and think, what about next year?
This month, years of meticulous movie planning will culminate in the release of Avengers: Infinity War, smashing together heroes from a decade's worth of some of the biggest films on the planet. The road to Infinity War has been paved with a decade of reporting around it - some of it leading to some very bizarre rumours that, unsurprisingly, weren't true.
Just as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is gearing up to welcome one new Captain, Chris Evans says that its current one is preparing to lay down his shield for good.
The most recent trailer for Avengers: Infinity War revealed more of Thanos' plan, and its own connections to the events of one of the comics that inspired the film in the first place, The Infinity Gauntlet. There's one brief moment in the 1991 comic, however, that likely wouldn't go down well with a certain President in 2018.
Last April, Marvel's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Gabriel told comics retailers that after the controversial Secret Empire, Marvel would put major events "away for quite a while", and that the publisher hadn't even discussed a new event "for 18 months, at the very least". So... surprise?