Avengers Infinity War will be upon us in no time, and we are going to get the biggest character ensemble of all time brought on the big screen for the first time. Age of Ultron was filled with characters, then came in Civil War that had even more characters involved, and now Infinity War is going to bring around 67 characters, with almost half of them being Superheroes. This is the greatest comic book ensemble in the history of Hollywood, never before has any studio cobbled together a comic book movie on such scale and magnitude.
But this time, not just the scale and scope of the movie are high, but there are definite and dangerously high stakes we will have to counter in this upcoming Superhero extravaganza. Until now, big things have happened in the MCU that have not had consequences as major as you would expect them to be. Even the consequences after Civil War were not long lasting as Cap sent a phone at the end of the movie, and everything seemed to be fine.
Also, the MCU has been facing this problem, as people do not die in the movies. Except for Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, and Yondu in Guardians Vol. 2, no one of relevance has really died. People have got injured (Rhodey), but they haven’t met their demise on a regular basis, as Marvel has been saving its Superheroes for Infinity War.
Many supporting characters have been deceased, but the characters seem to be making jokes just moments later, so the seriousness of the situations is not felt properly in the Marvel movies. A big example of this was the recent Thor: Ragnarok. Thor’s father Odin died just hours ago, and he was delivering punch lines 2 scenes later. So, what I mean to say is, that even though Marvel does try to build something really dark and serious, they do not really let us feel a lot about them by adding humor that sometimes seems a little forced. But, then again, it is Marvel and that is what they do.
Still, things have started to change a bit towards a darker tone in phase 3, as Civil War and Black Panther both were a complete package of action, heart, humor, and emotion. And by the time Infinity War shows up, a lot of our favorite characters are assumed to die either in this movie or probably the next Avengers movie, which comes out next year.
As much as we would love to see more of these superheroes, it is necessary for them to die to make us feel that the stakes are very high and there are going to be huge consequences because Thanos cannot be coming in and making jokes every second. He is supposed to be the big bad that everyone should be afraid of, so he has to kill big time!
Now, Robert Downey Jr. himself has teased the potential death of some of his character’s acquaintances in Infinity War. He wonders that which of these Superheroes we love is going to bite the dust. Here’s what he said:
“We’re going to pull out the stops, and stop exploring conventions, and look to do stuff where we go, ‘Oh, but if we do that, that’s very, very definitive.’ Well, great, let’s get definitive for a change! “We’re like a family now. Ten years later, we’re hanging out and having lunch, and kind of wondering when the draft is going to come in. Which one of us bites it and when?”
Robert Downey Jr. ain’t the only one teasing death of a major Avenger, it became quite clear when the Marvel issues a casting call asking people to act as mourners. Here is the full description:
“Mourners: Looking for men and women over the age of 18, all ethnicities, to portray mourners. Especially looking for good character looks and expressive faces. This will be photo selected by the film’s directors! Size restrictions: Men no larger than 44 coat, women dress size 0-8. FOR NEW FACES ONLY! You cannot have worked on this project previously, or be booked on upcoming days. NO EXCEPTIONS!”
Well, the most highly anticipated deaths are sure of Chris Evans’ Captain America, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man as their contracts are coming to an end. It will be fitting if Iron Man dies in Infinity War as he was the one who set all this up in 2008. This will indeed be a poetic death and will shock Marvel fans beyond measure. But Steve Rogers aka Cap is very likely to die not just because Chris Evans’ contract is getting over, but the movie is likely to adapt a heartbreaking scene from comics where Rogers alone confronts Thanos when he has killed scores of people and his friends, but clearly Cap is no match for the Mad Titan who decides to make an example out of him.
Along with them, Vision is expected to be dead as Thanos is going to acquire the Mind Stone which is placed in his head, and in one way or the other, he is going to rip it out.
The big question is that Vision got his life with this Infinity Stone, so will he be able to live without it? Also, we know that we should totally expect the unexpected. Characters whom we don’t expect to die at all might just meet their demise. We will have to wait to find out about this.
Here is the official synopsis released by the Marvel studios, read it below:
“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”.
“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”.
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.
The movie has got an amazing ensemble cast and has got some huge names including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Josh Brolin (Thanos).
Avengers: Infinity War hit us on April 27, 2018. It is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo aka Russo brothers and produced by Marvel head Kevin Feige. The executive producers include chief architect of Marvel comics Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo etc. The screenplay has been written by an amazing duo – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Will Thanos and his Black Order gain access to all the six Infinity stones? Can ‘The Avengers’ and Guardians of the Galaxy be able to save mankind before its too late? Which Avenger (s) are we going to see one last time? Who will survive the Infinity War? How can Thanos be defeated after he has Infinity gauntlet? Well, we will find out soon. The countdown has already begun and its just 47 days more…