Avengers: Infinity War Is Now Coming Out a Week Earlier

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War.
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War.
Photo: Marvel Studios

Well, if you’re in the US, that is. Marvel Studios just made a surprise announcement that Avengers: Infinity War has moved its US release from May 4 to a worldwide release on April 27.

The change capped off a cheeky tweet-thread between Marvel and Robert Downey Jr., because of course it did, with Downey leveraging his Iron Man credentials to jokingly rope his bosses into giving the film an earlier release:


April 27 was already the premiere date for the film in the UK, with releases in that week across Europe as well—traditionally, Marvel movies have come out a little earlier in Europe than they have in the US. That won’t be the case for Infinity War now though, meaning Europeans won’t be able to spoil the film for eagerly-waiting American audiences. Plus, everyone can now get excited together!


And, from a Disney standpoint—and perhaps the most likely reason for the change, beyond a little fan-goodwill—it now means that May is left wide open for the studio’s other big blockbuster for May, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is currently set for May 25. It’s going to be a busy month at the House of Mouse.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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*checks movie listings for April 27th*

RIP literally everything booked that week. Ouch.