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.
The classic comic-book story will remain the same where Thanos first locate all the infinity stones, they are in the possession of all the elders of the universe in Marvel comics, but in the cinematic universe Vision literally has a mind gem in his head, and he clearly isn’t an elder of the universe. In Avengers Infinity War, he will assemble all the stones and create an all-powerful Infinity gauntlet, cause a major catastrophe and then in Avengers 4, Team Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy would unite and fight Mad Titan to save the realm.
We saw Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One die in the Doctor Strange movie and Cate Blanchett’s Hela was presumed dead in MCU’s latest Thor: Ragnarok. But recent comments from Mark Ruffalo (who plays the character of the Hulk) indicate that both women can come back in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
During an interview with I am Rapaport podcast, Ruffalo was asked to mention the best actors he has worked with who have left an impression on him. He mentioned working with Reservation Road‘s co-actor Joaquin Phoenix and then he mentioned his recent co-actors, Swinton and Blanchett. It’s quite possible that Ruffalo was talking about having worked with Cate Blanchett on Thor 3 as apart from it, they haven’t worked together before.
Out of these two characters, Hela coming back in Avengers Infinity War actually makes sense as her fate wasn’t clearly explained at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. In comics, Ragnarok is a cycle and Thor rebuilds Asgard in Oklahoma and then restores the rest of the Asgardians including his sister, Hela. That pretty much explains her return.
On the other hand, The Ancient One’s comeback would mean a bit of a stretch, but it’s quite possible that she could appear in the flashback scenes in the movie. This actually makes sense as the character was the primary caretaker of the Time Stone for so many years and after her death in the Doctor Strange movie, the Stone goes into the safe custody of Doctor Stephen Strange.
Earlier, the directors of Infinity War – Russo brothers, teased about the unexpected characters in the Avengers Infinity War that also explains the possibility of these two women in the movie. Here’s what they said during an interview with CNET:
“There’s going to be a lot of unexpected characters. There are more surprises packed into this film than any of the others. Part of that is character interactions, new interesting characters, characters that have made small appearances that are really getting fleshed out in this film. A lot of people enjoy the experience, so I don’t want to give anything away, but certainly, you can expect lots of surprises.”
Here’s the official 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 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 of 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!
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