For years now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been building toward Avengers: Infinity War which is set to bring Phase Three to a head. While some believe that all the stand-alone movies for the different Avengers are definitely part of this, they’re right, but they are missing something. Marvel has now confirmed that the two-part culmination is going to actually bring together and unite the entire MCU.
Not just Hulk. Not just Iron Man. Not just Captain America. Not just Thor. The entire MCU.
Everyone is waiting for Captain America: Civil War to drop in May, but it’s really only the beginning of huge things to come from Marvel. From there, Marvel is bringing even bigger guns with Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and a host of others in the comic book movie schedule.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are at New Orleans Wizard World this weekend and spoke with Comicbook about this new revelation. Now, they never quite jumped the gun and said that the Guardians and Doctor Strange, and others were confirmed or not for Avengers: Infinity War, but their hint may give the answer anyway.
“We will say this: People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie. The concept of Infinity War is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept.”
The way “Marvel universe” is dropped in casual conversation like that, it makes one think that there could be a huge cast of characters in the two part Infinity War. You may not realize it, but when you sit back and think about it, that could be huge.
Now, with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 being released on May 4, 2018, there are going to be four major films before then: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians 2, and Thor: Ragnarok. If everyone makes it through those in one piece, then those heading into Infinity War could be:
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- Black Widow
- Doctor Strange
- Black Panther
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Star Lord, Groot, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora
- Nick Fury
- Iron Patriot/War Machine
- Scarlet Witch
- Winter Soldier
That is an absolutely absurd amount of characters, but that’s the reason the film is going to be split into two movies. Also, Thanos is one heck of a big-time villain and the Avengers are going to need all of the help they can get in defeating him.
Speaking of Spider-Man, it’s known that Tom Holland will be playing the role of the young web-slinger as he makes his MCU debut in Civil War. Now, it’s been reported by Collider that this Spidey is going to be different than the ones seen on screen in the past.
The Russos are happy to bring him back to the young high school Peter Parker and show how different he is from the adult superheroes he will be interacting with – Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, etc.
Anthony Russo explained that Spidey’s introduction into the MCU had to be one that fit a new tone — that of a Captain America movie. He may not be seen a lot in Civil War, but his introduction is going to be very important and let fans know exactly what this new Spider-Man is like.
“We’re bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how were we thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Winter Soldier and Civil War. It’s a very specific tonal world. It’s a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.”
On May 4, 2018, Marvel will present Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 with Part 2 coming almost a year later to the day (May 3). It will bring the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together to take on the strongest villain they’ve ever faced, and it’s going to be a movie that will unite so many superheroes on screen.
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