Infinity War is coming closer and closer day by day. We have waited to see this movie come to life for years, and ever since it was announced, the fans have wanted to see Thanos and the Avengers assembled to take him on. For the first time, we will see the Mad Titan himself along with his notoriously dangerous Black Order to wreak havoc and destruction upon the Earth and the only thing standing between them and total dominance are ‘The Avengers’ and later on Guardians of the Galaxy as well.
It will be the greatest character ensemble ever seen on the big screen and it will interweave all the stories told in the last 10 years. According to reports, the movie will feature around 67 major comic book characters and around half of them are superheroes. Never before has any studio attempted to put together such a magnificent cast of characters under single roof facing the most terrifying villain they have ever come across.
It all began in 2008 when Iron Man was released and since then we have come a long way as we have already seen 18 Marvel movies now. MCU is the biggest brand not just in the comic book genre but even in Hollywood as it has already crossed $14 Billion in box office collections worldwide and it will plausibly make more than $3 Billion with these two Avengers movies itself.
Nobody knows the entire plotline but the classic comic book plot is unlikely to change where Thanos along with Black Order will come to Earth to collect all the Infinity stones namely Power, Space, Mind, Time, Reality and Soul to control the cosmic singularities which will allow them to manipulate fundamental blocks of existence. When the Russo brothers were asked about this massive undertaking, they described it as a ‘heist’ movie. Here is 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”.
The new trailer of the movie teased big things from the comics. We saw the “Snap of his fingers” reference being taken straight from the comics and along with that, we got one of the most iconic comic book moments come to life where Captain America stands his ground against Thanos all alone. But other than these two, we got a tease of another amazing storyline from the comics, and this one is related to Doctor Strange.
In the trailer, we saw that Doctor Strange was abducted and being tortured by Ebony Maw. He had what it looked like the Shards of the Mirror Dimension being pierced throughout his body, and he screamed in pain, while Ebony Maw tells him to Shushhh as if nothing is happening. This particular scene shows how cynical and evil Maw is and it also hints at the Doctor Strange and Ebony Maw’s story arc from the comic.
In the comic, Ebony Maw was the creature who manipulated Strange’s mind in Marvel comics and turned Strange against The Avengers. It is quite possible that we see the entire comic storyline play out as is in infinity war. But an adoption of the comic arc will be fun to see. Also, in the Infinity Gauntlet, it was revealed towards the end that Thanos was betrayed by his allies.
Here, Thanos’ allies are his children, the members of the Black Order, Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw. Ebony Maw is the smartest of them all, and in the comics, while he was torturing and mind controlling Doctor Strange, he told him that “I want what Thanos wants,” which means that he also seeks the ultimate power that Thanos is driven to acquire, in order to save the Universe from itself.
So, if the MCU is adapting the Doctor Strange and Infinity Gauntlet story a little bit, it could mean that Ebony Maw may be one of the allies that could turn on his own father. Seeing this happen in either Infinity War or Avengers 4 could be insane as we will see someone outsmart Thanos for his own intentions. This could be a loophole on the part of the villains, and the Avengers could capitalize on that, and actually be able to find a way to gain an Advantage upon the Mad Titan.
Since the movie is loosely inspired by Infinity Gauntlet comic, there is a high chance of someone out of the Black Order to actually betray Thanos, and the biggest contender to do that is Ebony Maw. This could go all Game of Thrones as the one who ultimately gets the Gauntlet will be on the Throne, and Ebony Maw could have different intentions and motivation that Thanos, to pursue his agendas.
So, it will be really interesting to see whether he and the other members of the Black Order are loyal to their father, or they have their own agendas as well.
Avengers: Infinity War will hit the theatres on April 27, 2018. The movie is directed by an incredibly talented duo i.e Russo brothers and produced by Marvel top executive Kevin Feige along with a set of executive producers including the veteran of Marvel comics Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo etc. The screenplay has been written by two creative minds – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The cast is insanely awesome as it features some of the tallest actors in the industry including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Pratt (Starlord), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Evans (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Wong (Wong), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Evangeline Lily (Wasp), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper(Rocket Raccoon), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Josh Brolin (Thanos).
The official synopsis for Avengers Infinity War has been released by Marvel Studios, it reads as:
“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”.
Will Thanos succeed in his evil plan and become the ultimate ruler of cosmos? Can Avengers and Guardians together stop the march of Mad Titan and his Black Order? Can’t wait to find out.