This follows the recent trend of the final film of a franchise being split up to help maximize revenue, as was done with Twilight, Harry Potter, and is now happening with The Hunger Games. But according to Marvel executives, this is not just a cash-grab. Instead, this is a way to get the full story out there without compromising, because it's just so goddamn huge that it calls for it.
We've always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark's house and told him he's part of a bigger universe.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.
- Kevin Feige
I would assume that this means the first part will not in fact revolve entirely around Thanos causing destruction with the Infinity Gauntlet, but that he will probably achieve his goal at the end to help set up Part II, where all hell will break loose.
|Thanos wields the Infinity Gauntlet in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part I & Part II|
This does raise a question, though. If there is an entire year between these two movies, how does that not cause a continuity issue? How can there be other films that take place after Part I that don't make it seem like too much time is passing before Part II happens? The two films that are set to come after Part I are Captain Marvel and Inhumans—both of which take place outside the normal realm of Earth's relatively tame setting. Does this mean Thanos will have a presence in both of them to help tie things together?
I don't know about any of you, but if this all ends with Captain America holding his shield in one hand and Mjolnir in another, ready to sacrifice himself by standing up to Thanos when all hope is lost, and winning to save the day and restore balance to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the Mad Titan destroys everything....I think I'll explode with Fanboy joy.