MCU is approaching the culmination of everything that has happened till now. Marvel Studios have managed to assemble a magnificent cast under one roof to create a mega comic-book event as part of phase 3. The Infinity war films are the most awaited superhero ensemble movies of the 21st century. Fans are ready to eat the tiniest of hints in the upcoming movies leading to the grand event called Infinity War.
Marvel Cinematic universe will systematically expand to around 68 comic-book characters who are likely to appear in Avengers Infinity War movies. The superheroes will be literally jostling for screen time and space. The Russo Brothers had clarified that the final two movies in phase 3 are two independent movies without any major inter-linkages. The first one is from Team Avengers perspective while the second one is entirely based on Thanos storyline.
Although the cast is stacked up with superhero heavy-weights, the most important comic-book character present in the movie is Thanos. Till now, he has been teased in Marvel movies in post-credits of Phase 2, 3 films, but Infinity war will be the first major project where he is going to be the big villain hell-bent on total destruction.
But he can do that only if he takes possession of powerful Infinity stones that are scattered across the realm. Hence, the mad Titan will first assemble the Infinity gauntlet that makes him the most dangerous cosmic creature who is hell-bent on destroying worlds.
At Disney’s D-23, the Black Order of Thanos (also known as Thanos Children) was revealed including Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian who was Black Dwarf. In a departure from comics, the members of Black Order were introduced as “children of Thanos”.
On one hand, Thanos’ cinematic children Gamora and Nebula have rejected the overtures made by their father, the Black Order is firmly behind Thanos.
They made their first appearance in 2013’s New Avengers #8 created by Hickman and Mike Deodato Jr. These cosmic creatures were brought together by Thanos to serve as leaders in an inter-galactic campaign for universal domination. They followed the orders of Thanos and destroyed many worlds for him until they found out that Infinity Stones are with “The Illuminati”, a secret society/group with members like Iron Man, Black Panther etc. created to keep the Infinity gems safe.
This group of ruthless aliens picked up by the Mad Titan from Black Quadrant. In comics, they are sent to Earth to kill Thanos’ son Thane and then retrieve Infinity stone from Wakanda in a violent way.
It is impossible for only “The Black Order” to capture all worlds by themselves, so they created armies called “Outriders” who are genetically engineered for a single purpose, find new worlds, invade and conquer it for Thanos. Although Avengers Infinity War will come out in 2018, Black Order has already made its animation debut in Avengers Assemble episode “New Frontiers” in 2015.
The hype around Avengers Infinity War is real and is building up rapidly with new stuff coming out almost every week. In the batch of leaked photos, we saw Benedict Cumberbatch shooting his scenes in Atlanta and he has appeared in plenty of set photos that came out recently. A new video came out on the internet which shows Dr. Strange fighting unseen forces, summoning his magical abilities, blocking an attack forming an X with his hands.
This powerful invisible force pushed his arms down and brought him to his knees. It is very much possible that he is fighting the Mad Titan himself. The reason for this attack could be the retrieval of “Time stone” a.k.a Eye of Agamotto transported back to Kamar-Taj for safe keeping.
In the new set photos of Avengers Infinity War, Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) is seen acting opposite Tom Vaughan Lawlor who confirmed that he has landed an undisclosed role in the movie. He couldn’t disclose any details but he said this:
“I am. But it’s like I’m one of those ones where you go into a sentence to say something about it and hope you have a job at the end of the sentence. You sign so many documents and waivers and people ask you about it and you have to give the generic and boring ‘I can’t say too much about it’. But I am doing it and it’s really amazing and an amazing thing to be part of.”
He further talked about the importance of social media in landing the role. He said:
“With social media, there’s so much potential for leaks so (Marvel) understandably want to micromanage things and make sure it goes out when they are ready. They didn’t know me so when I went over they were meeting me for the first time. They do background checks to make sure you’re not a white supremacist and they’re not hiring someone with weird baggage.”
Ebony Maw found Thane in Greenland, but then his latent Inhuman abilities are activated which made him unwilling slaughter an entire village with his “death touch”. Later, he fought Thanos with the power of Phoenix force. According to sources, he could be playing Ebony Maw who is a member of Thanos elite supervillain team known as Black Order.
Anthony Russo, the co-director of the movie described “Infinity War” as a heist movie where Thanos will spend time strategizing in order to steal Infinity stones. In an interview with CNET, the Russo Brothers spoke about how they were inspired by heist movies for Avengers Infinity War. Here’s what they said:
“With “Infinity War,” the biggest new element to the movie is Thanos and the fact that he’s entering the storytelling in a very bold, strong way, to the degree that he’s almost one of the leads. We’ve shaped an interesting narrative around him that in some ways leans heavily on a heist film in the fact that he’s going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes. We looked at a lot of movies that had that heist-style energy to them, and that brought some inspiration”.
It will be very interesting to see the most powerful cosmic creature stealing stuff to pursue his sinister ends. It will inject a totally different energy into the MCU than any other Marvel movie. Everyone will be rooting against the mad Titan while he keeps on accumulating more power through Infinity stones. He will have more hands-on and direct approach as he can’t trust anybody as they failed to meet his expectations.
He will bring big guns in the form of “Black Order” who are a team of ruthless mercenaries and their “Outriders” who are genetically engineered for a single purpose i.e destroy and conquer.
The trailer for the biggest superhero ensemble Avengers Infinity War dropped and owned the internet. It broke the all-time record for a maximum number of views in the first 24 hours of release. It was epic, breathtaking, and an action-packed extravaganza that has the potential to become the highest-grossing movie ever given the massive positive reception.
Marvel Studios has recently released a brand new synopsis of the movie:
“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe”.
“Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. “Avengers: Infinity War” releases in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018”.
The cast of the Avengers Infinity War includes Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Tom Holland (Spider-Man),Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bethany (Vision), Sebastian Stan (Winter Solder), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Josh Brolin (Thanos) and others.
Avengers Infinity War to arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018, in US market whereas a week earlier in India and other international markets. CHEERS!