(Warning - Potential SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War, and the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, lie below. As Taylor Swift so wisely warned: "Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya...")
Now, Avengers: Age of Ultron may have only just zoomed out of theaters, but that doesn't mean it isn't already well past time to take a closer look at what we can expect to see in its sequel, Avengers: Infinity War.
Part 1 - of what is sure to be the largest-scale superhero extravaganza our eyes have yet seen - isn't due to hit the big screen until May 4, 2018, but from the way things are heading in the MCU (and they way that they've already headed in the comic-books on which it'll be - loosely - based) we can already tell that:
Avengers: Infinity War Could Be Absolutely Insane
In the best possible way, of course...
Here, then, are nine ways in which Avengers: Infinity War could well be the craziest (and most ridiculously awesome) Marvel movie yet:
9. We'll Finally Get to Meet Adam Warlock
Unless, of course, he turns up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which case we'll finally get to watch Adam Warlock - there's more on who the hell he is right here - do what he was born to do: fight Thanos.
Which will be awesome.
8. There's a Good Chance the Supporting Cast Will Be Super-Weird
After all, in the comics, Adam Warlock tends to hang around with a guy named Pip, who's basically a miniature, foul-mouthed, cigar-chomping version of Mr Tumnus from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe...
Add in the possible (OK, fine, an unlikely but much-hoped for) return of Howard the Duck, and the wide range of cosmic weirdos that regularly turn up in Marvel's space-bound comic-book stories, and there's every chance that Infinity War could blend Guardians of the Galaxy's fantastically weird sensibility into the Avengers franchise...
7. We're Probably Going to Get to See Spider-Man in Space
And WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SEE THAT?
6. We're Going to Get to See The Avengers Meet Rocket Raccoon
Now, honestly, if that isn't going to be the most awesomely awkward moment in the history of the MCU, I don't know what is.
Whatever else, though, the snark-off between Rocket and Tony Stark (with Star-Lord and Hawkeye in reserve, presumably) could be a thing of beauty.
5. The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy are Inevitably Going to Get in a Fight
After all, one of the few golden rules of superhero crossovers is that the two heroes (or teams) have to get into a misunderstanding-based scuffle upon first meeting one another. That's why The Avengers seem to end up beating each other up at least once a movie.
This, though, means we'll probably get to see Drax and Hulk go head to head, and there is virtually no way of that not being fantastic to watch.
4. Thanos is Finally Going to Kick Some Ass
Which, seeing as he's spent most of the MCU thus far sitting in a chair complaining about his pawns ineffectiveness, is definitely a good thing.
Just...not for our heroes. Y'see:
3. The Avengers are All Going to Die
Or, at least, it's a pretty solid bet that a whole bunch of the original Avengers roster are going to meet their maker. Thanos, after all, has a habit of killing heroes left, right and center - and, of course, back in the comics, once killed fully half of the universe with just a flick of his (Infinity Gauntlet-ed) wrist.
Expect something very much like that to happen to our long-standing heroes around about the 2 hour 15 mark in Avengers: Infinity War Pt 1...
2. A Whole New Avengers Team is Going to Arise
One most likely featuring the likes of Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Spider-Man, The Wasp, Daredevil, and whichever other newly-introduced heroes the folks at Marvel Studios feel like throwing into the mix.
A solid bet? If Hawkeye's still (semi-)retired by the time Avengers: Infinity War hits our screens, expect him to step up as temporary leader - as he's done a whole bunch of times in the comic-books...
After the newly formed team battles Thanos, though...
1. The Avengers are All Going to Get Resurrected
Because of course they are.
Otherwise how are we going to get to see twenty-odd Avengers in a mass-brawl specifically designed to trump literally anything DC may have come up with in the meantime?
Or, y'know, precisely none of that'll happen.
Either way, I'm already over-excited to find out...