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 comic book characters, with almost half of them being our beloved 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. It will mark the culmination of everything that has happened till now in the Marvel movies spanning multiple phases, we will hopefully get closure to so many of the storylines that are outstanding.
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 of Civil War were not long lasting as Cap sent a phone at the end of the movie, and everything seemed to be fine.
And the biggest problem that people find in the MCU movies is that people usually don’t die. Except for Yondu in Guardians Vol. 2 and Quicksilver in Age of Ultron, no one of relevance has really died. People only get injured (Rhodey), but they don’t die as that spot is usually covered by the supporting characters because Marvel has saved almost all its big characters for Avengers: Infinity War.
Many supporting characters have been deceased and the biggest example of this is when Phil Coulson died, but still the characters seem to be making jokes just moments later, so the seriousness of these kinds of situations is not felt properly in the Marvel movies.
Another big example of this was the recent Thor: Ragnarok. Thor’s father Odin died just hours ago, and he was delivering punch lines almost 2 scenes later. So, what I mean to say over here is, that even though Marvel does try to build something really serious and dark (like they did in Civil War), they do not really let us feel the emotion in those situations by adding humor that sometimes seems a little forced. But, then again, it is Marvel and that is what they do, and people even appreciate this.
But this time around, things have to be different. The stakes in the movie have to be higher and not be fixable easily. The characters in the MCU movies have died, but come back alive just one movie later, or within the same movie itself (Loki, Nick Fury, Phil Coulson). This cannot be the case in Infinity War. We know that many of our favorite Avengers are going to die in Infinity War, but the deaths won’t seem real and tragic if the characters were to come back alive in the next movie itself.
Thanos is not a villain who will be cracking punch lines every two scenes, he is going to come swinging, and swinging hard! Our favorite heroes will die, and for this movie to have a big impact, this has to happen. Kevin Feige himself talked about this fact, and he has warned us that we may lose characters permanently. Here’s what he said:
“Yes. I mean, I could always list off the characters that we’ve killed in our movies that haven’t come back, but the big ones, which I know they’re looking at …? [Pause.] I would just say, yes. People need to be careful what they wish for.”
Also, Robert Downey Jr. hinted at character deaths this time, and the stakes of the movie being definite and not just be there to be reverted later on. 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?”
It’s almost certain that Thanos will be defeated at the very end but there will be casualties of not just soldiers but major superheroes shall fall. It was also confirmed by the Marvel’s casting call where it was searching for extras who will be standing at a funeral, here is the description of the casting call:
“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!”
It could even be Tony Stark as Robert Downey Jr. has made it clear that there is neither a solo Iron Man movie nor Avengers movie on the horizon for him. It would be particularly fitting and poetic to see his funeral as it all started with Iron Man in 2008. But very likely it is Cap’s body in the box as Chris Evans’ contract is over with Marvel, also Thanos killing Rogers is an iconic comic book moment which will be adapted onto the big screen.
So which character do you guys think will die permanently? The ones we think will be gone, may not actually die because Marvel will surprise us for sure. So we should rather expect the unexpected.
The official plot synopsis for the movie has been released by 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”.
“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”.
“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”.
The cast is exceptionally good and talented as it includes top names in the industry including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Pratt (Starlord), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen William (Nebula), Dave Bautista (Drax), Chris Evans (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Evangeline Lilly (Wasp), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Josh Brolin (Thanos).
Avengers: Infinity War will open on April 27, 2018. It is directed by Russo brothers aka Joe and Anthony Russo and produced by Marvel boss Kevin Feige along with a set of executive producers including God of Marvel comics Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo etc. The screenplay has been written by a talented duo – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.