Avengers: Infinity War hit theatres on 27th April 2018. The movie was the ultimate comic-book thriller that hooked us from start to finish. It was everything the fans had so desperately longed for over the years. The Avengers went up against an unstoppable force in the form of the Mad Titan Thanos.
They fought their absolute hardest and even made the sacrifices necessary to ensure their victory, but it was all for naught because when the credits rolled it was Thanos who stood atop the corpses of fallen Avengers and the grave of half of all life in creation.
The ending of Infinity War was heart-wrenching and inciting at the same time, it was interesting how the entire universe tried to defend itself against the might of the Mad Titan and then failed miserably. Our worst fears about Thanos came true and we were left helpless.
It felt like a cliffhanger from Game of Thrones as nobody saw it coming and everyone was left stunned as Thanos snapped his fingers resulting in wiping off half the life in the universe including half of all superheroes, hence achieving his mission of bringing balance to the universe. To this, Russo brothers had this to say:
“We will say this, obviously Thanos is a very formidable villain and to beat Thanos will come at a very high cost. We’re committed to stakes, we believe in stakes, and we like to shake up the Marvel Universe. We had a big game-changer at the end of Winter Soldier, had a big game-changer at the end of Civil War, a big game-changer at the end of Infinity War. Obviously, there will be a big game changer at the end of Avengers 4.”
The deaths in Infinity War are hollow because the fans know that all of them are meaningless. It is clear to all fans that a bulk of characters who have died in the story are coming back to life in the subsequent Marvel movies. Although the Infinity War writers have continuously teased us that the deaths in Infinity War are of a permanent nature. And that Avengers 4 is not a direct sequel to Infinity War. Here’s what they said:
Markus said: “[Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does. It is a different movie than you think it is. Also…[the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief”.
McFeely added – “Put it this way. I think [Infinity War] is a fairly mature movie for a blockbuster. It’s got a lot of fun in it, obviously, but boy, it gets very mature. The second one is also mature. We’re going to own these choices, and hopefully surprise and delight you and get you invested. It’s by the same studio, the same filmmaking team. They were written at the same time, shot at the same time. They’re clearly connected, but they are definitely two different movies, one of which is dependent on what happened previously”.
But the fans know better than to trust the words of a Marvel spokesperson (considering how much the studio enjoys lying to its fan base). They even ensure that their actors (I mean you, Tom Holland ) do not know the entire plot to their sequels so as to avoid any information leaks or rumors. Recently one of the actors from Infinity War visited a talk show and revealed some major details about the fate of his character. Can you guess who it is?
Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, Benicio Del Toro was doing a skit in which he sat in silence and emoted without speaking.
Colbert asked: “You’re The Collector in Avengers 3. You appear to die, spoiler alert. Do you appear in Avengers 4? Just blink.”
As Del Toro pointedly blinked, Colbert concluded: “That’s verified!”
Del Toro does not have Avengers 4 listed on his IMDb page at present, and presumably, his involvement in it is not confirmed by Marvel. But this hint can be taken as a substantial verification, the collector is not dead and he’s coming back for Avengers 4.
This will hardly come as a surprise to comic readers. The fandom knows that the collector is one of the elders of the universe and it is in his wide array of power and knowledge to ensure his survival (even against something like infinity gauntlet powered Thanos).
The Collector was wiped out in Infinity War when Thanos claimed the reality gem and decimated the collector’s residence/collection. We never had the chance to truly appreciate the character in the Marvel cinematic universe but the collector has been a presence in the Marvel comics since the dawn of time.
Being one of the elders of the universe the Collector is blessed with immortality and almost all forms of invulnerability ( although the elevens can still endure physical harm). The collector has spent the bulk of his lifespan trying to categorize and catalog the entire universe and its lifeforms by using the peculiar things they create as a base. We have seen that the collector houses some of the rarest and the most peculiar things out there.
A Collector is a man of culture and he thinks himself supreme to all other life (like the logical extreme of a snob). If Del Toro does reprise his role for the finale of Marvel’s phase 3 then it will be interesting to see what his role is in ending Thanos’ rule.
Will we see the defeated elder scraping by on some desolate planet? Or are we just going to encounter a time remnant of the actor’s character as the Avengers jump through time to collect infinity stones before Thanos? This is all speculation, of course, but the premise is definitely interesting.
Avengers 4 will come out on May 4, 2019. The details about the project is still under wraps just like the rest of the Marvel’s upcoming projects. The brief plot synopsis has been released by an entertainment magazine, it reads:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”
Currently, Avengers Infinity War is running in the theatres and has created history at the box office. It’s officially become the highest grossing superhero movie ever with total earnings crossing $2 Billion worldwide. It is directed by Russo Brothers, produced by Kevin Feige & Co and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The official movie synopsis reads:
“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 cast is impeccable as some of the biggest names are part of the project including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Chris Pratt (Starlord), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Dave Bautista (Drax), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Wong (Wong), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Josh Brolin (Thanos).
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