Much like what Star Wars did with the “Journey to The Force Awakens/The Last Jedi”, Marvel is doing a series of official novel tie-ins to Avengers: Infinity War that act as a canonical back story to the movie that bridge the events of Civil War and it. Two are out right now, but there’s a Thanos novel on the way.
i09 has an interview with the author of the Thanos novel and as part of it they have the official description and it may confirm a big spoiler comic fans are hoping happens in the movie:
Space. Reality. Mind. Power. Time. Soul.
Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots…
Only beings of immense power can hope to wield these stones, but for those who are worthy, the powers of a god await.
Thanos is one such being. But he wasn’t always.
Born on a doomed world and cast out by his people for his genius, physical deviancy, and pragmatic but monstrous ideas, Thanos is determined to save the galaxy from the same fate as his homeworld… no matter how many billions have to die.
Learn the origins of the most formidable foe the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther have ever faced—a foe whom even a group of remarkable people, pulled together to fight the battles nobody else could, will fail to stop….
Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.
Thanos is here.
That bolded part is what’s interesting. If the Avengers fail to stop Thanos, then that means…