Avengers: Infinity War is going to be this massive event we have waited 10 years for. Ever since Iron Man showed up back in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to Thanos’ arrival. This has been one epic saga that will come to an end with the upcoming two huge team-up movie events, Infinity War and Avengers 4. Avengers 4 will mark the new beginning for the MCU as things are going to change drastically.
The Infinity War is the culmination of all events that have unfolded in the last decade. Since 2008, there have been 18 Marvel movies that have been released and collectively have earned over $14 Billion at the worldwide box office. The two Infinity War movies are expected to bring at least $3 Billion give or take, so that makes MCU the highest grossing movie franchise ever. Also, the upcoming Avengers Infinity War broke the record for pre-sales numbers in just 6 hours and it is on its way to having a $200 million + opening weekend, according to pundits.
For the first time, Thanos himself will be coming to fight his fight instead of sending his minions. He will bring his children aka Black Order and an army of ruthless alien fighters aka Outriders to retrieve Infinity stones and destroy everything and everyone who comes in his way. He aims to collect all the six Infinity stones namely Space, Power, Mind, Time, Reality, and Soul so that he can assemble the Infinity gauntlet and become the most powerful cosmic entity in the universe. The only ones standing between him and total domination are Avengers and Guardians who must join forces to take him down.
Till now, Marvel has been marketing the movie in full force releasing new clips, trailers, TV Spots, images, posters, promo arts, action figures, and merchandise. At the same time, they have been keeping things really close to the chest, which is why the grand premiere of this movie has been set just 3 days before the worldwide release of the movie.
Also, the embargo of the movie will lift on the same day, so that is probably when we will get a general consensus of this movie.
One of the things that have been prominent in all the marketing of the movie is the absence of Hawkeye. Digital Spy Film got to see the first 30 minutes of the movie, and they also revealed that Hawkeye does not show up in the first 30 minutes as well. This was expected since Marvel has been keeping him a secret for a big reveal.
We know that he will leave S.H.I.E.L.D and is going to take up the mantle of Ronin in this movie, and something devastating is going to happen that will push him over the edge, and probably give him a darker character arc. Fans believe that Thanos and his men will wipe out his family. So, that is probably why Hawkeye has been kept one of the biggest secrets of the movie.
According to a fan theory, Hawkeye may be going on a daring mission with a team of Yakuzas to fetch Soul stone and prevent it from falling into the hands of Thanos. But I guess, we will only find that out when the movie comes out.
Now, during the recent press tour, the directors of the movie, Russo Bros have revealed many new details about the flick to ‘Total Film’. One of them being the reason of Hawkeye being absent from all marketing platforms. Here’s what they said:
“All will be explained when people see the movie. It’s all tied into the story.”
Well, that is what we already know, and people would expect a little more. But since, there is something big coming out on the part of Hawkeye, so we should be a little more patient for these 20 days or so. Joe Russo continued:
“I don’t know about the need to accept it, but I will say this: we love being told good stories, and we love telling good stories, and all of our energy, and our effort, and our thought, and our passion goes into telling the best story that we can. And for us, the best stories have stakes. Characters have to make sacrifices. To really, really feel the true emotion and the hero’s journey they have to go through trials and those trails could cost them something.
So, for us, it’s very important that the heroes feel pain and that they make sacrifices because I think that, not only is a great storytelling, but it also is inspiring and I think we need a lot of inspiration in this world right now. So, for us, I don’t know if we can ever get you to accept it, but I promise you this: we’ll do our damnedest to tell you the best story possible, and what you do with it from there is up to you.”
They also mentioned the fact that Thanos will be the one that holds the strings of the story as the movie will be told according to his perspective. Thanos will be the center of the movie even with all these heroes.
“Our job when we make these films — and what we feel is important to us — is to surprise the audience. We wanted to tell a story that they weren’t expecting, and the story is told from the point of view of a villain, which I think is also really unique and risky for a commercial film that will surprise the audience. I think this is a market where the audience really enjoys innovation and disruption, and we want to do something innovative in this space.”
Avengers: Infinity War will open on April 27, 2018. It is directed by Russo brothers i.e Joe and Anthony Russo and produced by Marvel boss Kevin Feige along with a set of executive producers including veteran writer of Marvel comics Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Michael Grillo. The screenplay has been written by a talented duo – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The cast is just fantastic as some of the biggest stars are assembled under one roof including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Starlord), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Benedict Wong (Wong), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Dave Bautista (Drax), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillian (Nebula) and Josh Brolin (Thanos).
Here’s the official synopsis of the movie, read it below:
“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”.
“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”.