We know that Marvel Cinematic universe will massively expand to around 68 comic-book characters who will appear in Avengers Infinity War and Avengers 4, setting off a kind of competition among every major character wanting to get more screen time. Many superheroes and villains will be literally jostling for space and time in the magnum-opus due to release in 2018. According to Kevin Feige (President, Marvel Studios), it’s the culmination of the entire MCU. He further confirmed that there will be a crossover of Avengers and Guardians in Infinity War which will continue in the next Avengers movie.
Recently, the cast of the upcoming Avengers Infinity War assembled for a themed photo shoot and cover story for Vanity Fair. More than 30 actors from the movie posed together for the shoot. Actors like Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Clint Barton, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and many other popular faces from the MCU along with Marvel President, Kevin Feige and Stan Lee made the cut for the Vanity Fair’s Avengers Infinity War photo shoot and cover story.
Take a look at the images from the shoot:
Although the pictures show Chris Hemsworth’s Thor without an eye-patch, Hemsworth earlier confirmed that it will appear in the movie and his hammer won’t be coming back. The images also feature Chris Evans’ Captain America in clean-shaven look which indicates that he will be abandoning the nomad look in the next part of the movie.
It’s worth noting that Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanova has same blond hair as she had in the banner which was released during the San Diego Comic-Con, indicating that she will be keeping the look in the entire movie.
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. Anthony Russo, the co-director of the movie described it as a heist movie where Thanos will spend time strategizing in order to steal Infinity stones. In an interview with CNET, 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”.
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’ children Gamora and Nebula have rejected the overtures made by the father, the Black Order is firmly behind Thanos all the way.
Here’s the official synopsis of the movie:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
The studio has been building the hype of Thanos over a series of films, so expectations of Marvel fans are very high, some even believe that the movie will not only break the record of highest box-office collections for a superhero movie but of any movie. And it’s heartening to see that things are falling into the right place.
The Marvel Studios has managed to assemble a magnificent cast under one roof to create a mega comic-book event as part o phase 3. The Infinity war films are the most awaited superhero ensemble movies of the 21st century. Fans are ready to witness the grandest event called Infinity War. Hopefully, we will see the trailer soon.
Avengers: Infinity War will arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018, while Avengers 4 a year later on May 3, 2019. CHEERS!