With the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 proving its box office muscle, the MARVEL Films Cinematic Universe is about to go cosmic with AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR the ultimate crossover film in production!
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have only just begun their global take over of the theatrical box-office with a winning $145 million opening weekend kicking off the Summer Blockbuster season into the upper stratosphere. Marvel Films’ Guardians now stands to be the movie to beat, with heavy-hitting competition hot on its heels including the solo premiere of Wonder Woman from the competitive studio Warner Bros. and the next episode in Ridley Scott’s space adventure Alien: Covenant.
Though Guardians and its cast are basking in the accolades of largely positive reviews, Marvel Films is hard at work already raising the stakes with the next phase of their growing cinematic empire. Entertainment news outlets have starting spreading the good cheer that Avengers: Infinity War is in production! Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo after the two-time director of the franchise Joss Whedon passed the baton, this latest epic will be unlike any previous release from the studio in that it will feature every character in their cannon so far!
Infinity War will be released in two parts with the first hitting theaters on May 4, 2018 and the storyline will tie-up most of the current wave of Marvel Films loose narratives that have interconnected them leading up a climatic battle with the indomitable might of the villainous Thanos. The classic Marvel Comics villain who is part of an alien race of eternals and has long sought to control life and death itself through the power that courses from the fabled Infinity Stones. The stones have played a centrifugal a part in many of the films to date.
Significantly, one of the last stones is currently embedded in the newest member of the Avengers! The Vision (played by Paul Bentley) assumed protection of one of the stones at the conclusion of the last film Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has recommended that it remain in the synthezoid’s care. But as we have come to learn Thanos is putting together his Infinity gauntlet and once complete, it will make him the most powerful being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — including the urban street fighters of the Netflix realm and the agents on ABC.
Reports from the set currently shooting outside the US, after securing some footage in Atlanta that included among the cast Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Tom Holland (the new Spider-Man), have Hemsworth’s Thor in a scene that is first eluded to in a flashback memory from Age of Ultron that includes a statue of a warrior with a sword in hand suggesting a “falling in battle”. In that scene it is clear that Thor will leading Asgard toward a confrontation with Hel (which has been also eluded to as a plot point in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) but will there be casualties?
The story is still unfolding and we won’t know for certain until Infinity War comes to theaters, but in one of the most unique cinematic experiences the Marvel Films are lining up for one of its most truly blockbuster moments yet!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Films is in theaters now!