The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest shared universe with over $16 Billion in Box office earnings, that makes it into the most profitable franchise ever. But it’s by no means perfect as it has made all kinds of mistakes, be it plot holes, loose character arcs, unresolved mysteries, timeline errors etc.
On the other hand, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and Wasp has answered two of the biggest controversies that dominated fan forums i.e Soul stone location and how Quantum realm really works. The most popular question on Reddit, quora and other chat-boards is – Where has Captain Marvel been all this time? It will probably be answered in the upcoming Captain Marvel solo movie next year.
But still, there is one major question which hasn’t been addressed in the entire MCU Phase 3 i.e What was Thanos doing in space in first Guardians of the Galaxy movie? In ‘The Avengers’, we saw how Loki met the other, who gave him ‘Mind stone’ in the form of the scepter and an alien army (Chitauri) to invade & conquer Earth, but he failed to achieve his mission.
In the post-credits scene of ‘The Avengers’, Thanos and the other showed up and then subsequently in Guardians of the Galaxy. In the movie, we saw Ronan The Accuser meet them and explain his conflict with Nova Corps over the Power stone that’s been in their possession. This area is known as ‘Sanctuary’.
The throne on which Thanos is sitting is known as Sanctuary I. This is totally different from Sanctuary II which Gamora claimed to hate in Infinity War. Also, there is Thanos’ ship which is Sanctuary II. Well, why was Thanos there and what happened to Sanctuary I hasn’t been explained at all. The only reason is that Joss Whedon and James Gunn had different plans while Russos went in a totally new direction.
Maybe this mystery will be resolved in the upcoming Avengers 4!
“I feel like with Avengers 4, because it was made before there was any response to Avengers 3, it’s really pure in that regard. The storytelling is very pure. It’s without any sort of external noise creeping in at,” Joe Russo told Deadline during SDCC 2018.
He added: “We’ve been in post-production on [Avengers 4] since the release of Infinity War and we’ve got some additional photography that we’re doing in a month or so.”
“You know, we’re very proud of it. I think ultimately Avengers 4 may be our best work for Marvel. I think we’ve grown with every movie that we’ve made there. We’ve grown with the characters. We’ve grown with the cast. As filmmakers we’re very happy and very excited with the movie.”
Avengers: Infinity War is the recent Marvel outing which has broken all box-office records with over $2 Billion in total earnings worldwide. It’s now available in the digital edition, DVD/Blu ray etc.
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 MCU’s ensemble cast is simply groundbreaking as some of the biggest stars have been brought by Marvel including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision).
The brief plot description of Avengers 4 reads:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth instalment 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.”