The MCU has many faces but the ones that stand out are those of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the recent entrant Doctor Strange, each representing one facet of the Marvel Universe. Cap represents Humanity, Iron Man represents Science, Thor represents the Gods and Strange represents magic and mysticism.
While the facets may not be at odds with each other, rumors say that some of the characters might not get along that well. Doctor Strange and Iron Man, in particular, are set to clash in Infinity War. There have been a lot of scenes in the Infinity War trailers and related videos where Iron Man and Doctor Strange interact with each other. The poster children of the Marvel Cinematic Universe just might not be getting along as well as we thought they would.
CNA Lifestyle reports further on this update. During a recent interview, Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Doctor Strange in the MCU and Robert Downey Jr. who plays Iron Man in the Marvel Movies sat down for a friendly chat and answered a lot of questions from the fans. Cumberbatch said that there might be some clashing between the Sorcerer Supreme and the billionaire playboy philanthropist.
“Yeah, the clash of the egotistical sort of vainglorious goatees, definitely,” Cumberbatch said. There’s a lot of grown up in the room kind of thing.”
Cumberbatch has previously explained his depth of beforehand knowledge of events and his mastery of the mystic arts makes him quite the “adult in the room.” Something Tony has trouble converting into. Strange, says Cumberbatch, has to make Tony Stark see the Big Picture without the latter losing focus like he always does in every big event. Cumberbatch reassures the fans that the fights will be friendly and won’t be because of this sole reason alone.
“We do, we have a bit of a clash and that’s not a bad thing and that’s something to enjoy in the film, without spoiling anything, to see how that relationship unfolds,” he said.
Robert Downey Jr. agrees but goes on to add a bit further. He says Tony will clash with Strange only in the beginning when he is too naïve to understand Strange’s grand scheme of things. But once he does, Tony will forsake his enmity and hostility and will be working with him with all the effort and heart he could muster.
“I mean I should have known this just by watching it, but by being a big fan of the Doctor Strange standalone, too, if you think about it logically if you want to, superhero movies, Strange is the guy who actually can, if he has the wherewithal to do it, he’s the one who can run through all the outcomes and actually figure out what the most likely scenario is going to be,” Downey Jr. said. “And I think once Tony recognizes that that’s something that even though he thinks it might be within his control ultimately there’s a spiritual solution and if someone has the ability to have that kind of intuition, he can only stay at odds with them for so long.”
Doctor Strange did reveal in the Infinity War TV Spot that he could see every possible outcome to the battle to which Tony asks if they win in any. Tony could be the one who finally understands Strange is trying to help and is now willing to bend down to an offer at hand.
“For someone who’s a brilliant industrialist, materialist, someone whose logic and science works through the medium of technology as opposed to my going into the Eastern mysticism sort of … understanding of the cosmos and the multiverse, you would think there’s not much of a Venn diagram, but there is,” Cumberbatch said. “There completely is.”
Well, if Avengers don’t put up a united front against Thanos, this is something he can exploit it to his advantage. He is physically intimidating but he is very adept at psychological warfare as well. Hopefully, Avengers will get their house in order and have their inflated egos in check before Thanos is done destroying half of the humanity.
And let’s suppose that Avengers do come together in time, strike an alliance against Mad Titan; he is still too much of a threat to them. In fact, the Russos have already cautioned fans of an inevitable heartbreak.
Here’s what they said:
“This is it. Thanos is an unstoppable villain he’s virtually invincible, he’s highly intelligent – genius level intelligent – he’s like the Genghis Khan of the universe, and to stop him it’s going to cost them a lot. They’re going to have to see if they’re willing to pay that price, and that’s what these movies are really about. What we meant by that is to be prepared. What we want is for the audience to be prepared, as there’s a lot of surprises – there’s going to be a lot of humor and a lot of heartbreak.”
“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 best to tell you the best story possible, and what you do with it from there is up to you.”
“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 trials could cost them something.”
Avengers: Infinity War releases on April 27th, 2018. It is directed by Russo brothers who have a brilliant track record for directing big comic-book ensemble movies, their best work is most certainly Captain America: Civil War. It is produced by Marvel boss Kevin Feige along with a set of executive producers including chief architect 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.
The ensemble cast is like a big tent with A-listers in it including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Chris Evans (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill), Benedict Wong (Wong), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (voice of Groot), Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket Raccoon), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Paul Bettany (Vision), Josh Brolin (Thanos).
The official film synopsis reads:
“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.