‘Avengers: Infinity War’: How Much Will Part 1 And 2 Follow The Comics In 2018? The ‘Doctor Strange’ Connection

With each passing MCU movie, the Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2 epic crossover events look to be building in anticipation. Fans may wonder how closely it’ll come to the comic books and Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige addressed just that, according to Slash Film.

Comic book experts have an idea not to expect the flick to run in line completely with the comics, and those unfamiliar with the comics will be “shocked” at what they will encounter on the big screen, according to Feige.

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“In the immediate future, being the movies, we’ve announced… I think those with knowledge of the comics may expect things that will not be happening in the movies. Those who don’t know what has happened in the comics will be shocked at what we do.”

Of course, it is common knowledge that anything you read in books will be different in the movies. Even Feige acknowledged this regarding his comic book fans. In the aforementioned Doctor Strange motto, it indicates a connection between that film and Avengers: Infinity War. Slash Film said the Sorcerer Supreme movie does play a pivotal role in all of this. Stephen Strange wears the Time Infinity Stone in his Eye of Agamotto necklace, and Kevin Feige explained how they introduced the stones differently as they progressed through the Marvel movies.

Their introductions have become more specific to the characters. Remember that Vision has one of the Infinity Stones embedded in his forehead. Feige explained how personal they got with the age-old relics.

“So the notion that something is inherent in the literal body of one of your lead heroes is interesting. And the idea that the Eye of Agamotto’s a great relic over the course of Doctor Strange comics anyway.”

Could the Avengers: Infinity War premise be akin to Batman v. Superman’s General Zod attempting to remove the codex from Superman? Will Vision and Strange need to be alive, incapacitated, or encumbered for Thanos to take the stones from the superheroes?

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Feige addressed how Doctor Strange could be setting up things in Avengers: Infinity War, if Thanos winds up getting the gauntlet. After all, this solo flick delves into multidimensional travel which is something akin to the Infinity Gauntlet’s powers. The Marvel Studios president also made a reference to certain types of Marvel comic book publications.

“I think those with knowledge of the comics may expect things that will not be happening in the movies. Those who don’t know what has happened in the comics will be shocked at what we do. But yeah, once that Gauntlet is on, as the poster of Doctor Strange says, ‘the impossibilities are endless.’ How do you fight that? How can you defeat that? So we play into all of that. We play into all that stuff. I don’t know that we’ll get into Earth 1 thru 616 in any one moment anytime soon.”

So what does it mean when Feige references 616? Historically, this is where in the comics the multiverse is introduced, and Marvel-616 is the main continuity that is followed. Of course, there are other numbered Marvel universes that do exist, so it may be questionable whether or not audiences will see something triggered.

Will there be multiple sightings of different Iron Men? Will Robert Downey, Jr’s replacement for his character pop-up in his suit, but in an alternate reality? (That would be mind boggling.) Will the final act of Avengers: Infinity War have a similarity to that of Star Trek: TNG’s “Parallels” episode involving Captain Picard’s encounter with multiple Enterprises?

Speculation could go on forever, but it’s fun to theorize.

Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1) opens in theaters on May 4, 2018 and the untitled Avengers (Part Two) follow-up is scheduled for May 3, 2019. Are you ready for a possible battle royale crossover event?

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