The multi-character/cast in Avengers: Infinity War – Part One is on deck along with Part 2 of the untitled flick as well as other MCU movies. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that fans should think about certain team-ups of superheroes regarding the future. The Russo brothers already mentioned a through-line between their movies all the way into Infinity War as well as declaring the 60-plus amount of characters.
Feige spoke with Vulture about a favorite pairing of roles and he mentioned Tony Stark and Doctor Strange.
“There are so many, but I would say, both because of the characters and the actors who’ve created them, Doctor Strange and Tony Stark.”
The Marvel Studios president further went on, teasing about certain “unexpected…team-ups” in
“Infinity War and the movie after that.”
Does it look like Avengers: Infinity War – Part One and Two could have some kind of “let’s pair off and go different directions” scenario with their superheroes? Could there be little side stories going on should they team-up? There looks to be a plethora of combinations with over 60 characters. Can you think of any zany combinations?
Will Cate Blanchett’s Hela Replace Mistress Death?
At the conclusion of the first Avengers movie, Thanos grinned at the thought of “courting death.” Early this year Geek talked about speculation regarding the physical embodiment of Death in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rumors have been going around that the comic book version of Mistress Death may be replaced by MCU’s Hela character as well as Niffelheim.
Hela’s association with death in the comic is due in part to the fact that Odin had chosen her to rule over Hel and Niffelheim. She’s the Asgardian Goddess of Death and rules over those realms. She’s desired expanding her right to rule elsewhere. Death in the comics has a Grim Reaper appearance about her. Thanos tries to garner her love by killing off a good chunk of the universe.
In Avengers: Infinity War, the kind of motivation that’s driving Thanos is not all that clear, but there is a slow build in the collection of the Infinity Stones as the Mad Titan is already in possession of the Infinity Gauntlet. There is a rumor that Infinity War will go the way of the Infinity Gauntlet comic book story line and not that of Infinity War, according to Slash Film.
Kevin Feige weighed in on this, suggesting that the main villain could have motivations that step away from the Infinity Gauntlet story line in the comics. Die-hard Marvel Comics fans do have a vast knowledge of details from the books, but Feige mentioned that such knowledge, although it could help benefit readers speculate what could happen in the MCU, could also be misleading.
“Anything is possible. but knowledge of the comics can be both beneficial to fans anticipating things, and also misleading. So you’ll have to see.”
Blanchett’s Hela impressed Kevin even with just the green screen and her special effects garb.
“I would be psyched if I were you. Put it this way: Her part is wrapped, and we haven’t done any effects yet. Even without any effects at all — I’m talking dots on her costume, and green screen — it’s amazing.”
When Feige continued talking with Vulture about throwing every character out there on the big screen in a sizable crossover event, there remains the question of where to go there after Avengers: Infinity War. Kevin already said that they were over that hump trying to introduce the characters, but what about moving forward?
At this point, Marvel Studios isn’t about going bigger, but focusing more on character intimacy. Feige was citing a comparison with Captain America: Civil War, and although nothing catastrophic had happened in that movie, it still made audiences emote.
“Arguably, one of the biggest scenes we’ve ever had in a movie was the airport battle in Civil War, and there weren’t world-ending stakes in that scene, there wasn’t an asteroid smashing into a city in that scene, but there was a conflict between the characters that made you feel something. To us, it’s less about continuing to go bigger with spectacle — although in some cases, we will — and more about continuing to go deeper with those character interactions.”
Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1) debuts on May 4, 2018, and Part 2 of the untitled Avengers movie is slated for May 3, 2019.
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