Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War(2018)
- RatedPG13 /GenreAction, Science Fiction
- LanguageEnglishIn CinemasApr 25 2018
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At the time of writing, there are 17 feature films that comprise the Marvel Cinematic Universe — in addition to several TV and web series. We regularly get big MCU movies that are touted as being an “everything has led to this” moment: 2012’s Avengers movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War come to mind.
Chadwick Boseman in Avengers: Infinity War
The biggest “everything has led to this” MCU film yet is upon us, and with the official release of the teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, the hype train has left the station. According to Marvel, the trailer has garnered the most views in 24 hours for any film trailer yet: 230 million. The film will be the 19th in the MCU, opening a couple of months after Black Panther. Over the various MCU films, the seeds for the tyrannical alien warlord Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) arrival on earth have been planted, in the form of MacGuffins known as Infinity Stones.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Benedict Wong in Avengers: Infinity War
Now, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), T’challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) and many more characters we’re forgetting at the moment will deal with Thanos making landfall on our planet. Oh — the Guardians of the Galaxy — Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) — are in this too.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany
Several of the characters we know and love have undergone dramatic cosmetic changes: Captain America is sporting a bushy beard; Black Widow now has a bleached blonde ‘do that recalls Yelena Belova, the other Black Widow in the comics; Spider-Man is wearing the high-tech suit Stark was about to gift him at the end of Spider-Man Homecoming; Vision takes on human form; and Thanos is a little more peach than purple – though that could just be chalked up to lighting.
Tom Holland (or a CGI approximation thereof)
While the first two Avengers films were helmed by Joss Whedon, he has since passed the baton to Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Anthony has described the film as dealing with themes of “fate and destiny and the essence of what it means to be a hero."
“You have all these characters coming from successful franchises where they have their own… emotional history, and you put them all together in one film and with all the different tones and different styles,” Joe said of the challenge the brothers faced. While daunting, it was also a fun challenge – Joe described the Russos and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely as being like “mad scientists” figuring out how to piece it all together, calling the experience “a hell of an exercise”.
The brothers call Thanos the “main character” of the film, which they have compared to a heist movie in its structure. “[Thanos is] going after the infinity stones in a much bolder, successful way than he has in the past. The entire movie has that energy of the bad guy being one step ahead of the heroes,” Anthony explained.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
Naturally, fans can look forward to a lot more than is shown in this first look, with Joe promising “a lot of unexpected characters” and “more surprises packed into this film than any of the others.” Eagle-eyed fans have already caught a glimpse of Proxima Midnight, a member of the Black Order and one of the children of Thanos. The actress portraying Proxima Midnight has yet to be revealed.
More heroes than ever before will band together to face Thanos and his minions when Avengers: Infinity War hits our screens in late April 2018.