Among the upcoming movies scheduled for release throughout the remainder of 2018, the most anticipated one by far is "Avengers: Infinity War." [VIDEO] Analysts especially believe this as they are forecasting large returns from the box office the moment it premieres but they won't even have to wait until then. Currently, only a couple weeks remain before the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest project reaches its official launch, and yet, reports are coming in about the film already setting a huge milestone.

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Move over, 'Black Panther'!

According to a tweet from Fandango, the film has outperformed 7 of its predecessors in the MCU combined in pre-order ticket sales alone.

The list includes great headliners such as "Ant-Man," "Captain America: Civil War," "Doctor Strange," "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Thor: Ragnarok" and even "Black Panther."

The comparison is especially shocking considering the last film on that list had recently set several milestones that put all of its fellow MCU movies to shame. Forecasts suggested that "Black Panther" would score $400 million domestically [VIDEO] but it has shot over that prediction with over $654 million instead.

Now it seems "Black Panther" is about to drop a notch on the cinematic food chain as online ticket sales for "Avengers: Infinity War" are now more than twice the number of the former, according to Fandango's estimates.

Although analysts had already predicted that "Infinity War" would shatter expectations at the box office, they probably would have been hard-pressed to believe the comparative gap would be so wide, especially at this stage.

What to expect at theaters

"Avengers: Infinity War" marks the 19th film in the MCU and is the sequel to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Like its predecessors, the film focuses on the titular team of superheroes fighting to protect the free world from a colossal threat; the third outing depicts Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and many other superheroes fighting against the invading forces sent by the alien tyrant known as Thanos.

Also, like its predecessors, the film bridges the gaps between other MCU films as part of a shared narrative and will include other characters featured in other films, including "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Dr, Strange," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and more. The film is scheduled for release on April 23, 2018.