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On MARVEL Studios | AVENGERS Infinity War

A decade in and Marvel Studios proves it still has all the best ideas with a cinematic universe that culminates in an epic confrontation in a war to end all wars — literally with AVENGERS: Infinity War.

After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and its follow-up Captain America: Civil War the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had become splintered beyond repair and with them scattered to the winds, a new phase was introduced that included an ant-man, a sorcerer supreme and the homecoming of a much loved web-slinger, and still a crisis was looming ever closer, creeping across the galaxy. Even a stalwart group of guardians would be in over their heads, as a god of thunder faced his own mythical Ragnarök, an “end of all days” had arrived. So begins Avengers: Infinity War.

Entering into its first decade Marvel Studios has cornered the market on perfectly adapting the comic book superhero genre to the big screen, and upon launching proper with the introduction of 2008’s Iron Man starring Robert Downey, Jr. the producers had their minds set on creating an entirely different cinematic experience — they dedicated themselves to developing a serialized universe. Now 10 years later, they’re dismantling their perfect world in preparation for its next evolution, and as they say: you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

The mastermind behind Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige was quoted by recently on the daunting task of brining Avengers: Infinity War together:  “This feels like the culmination of something that’s been building for years.” The fact that it did indeed come together so solidly is a testament to Feige and his creatives, who managed to pool the narratives of all the Marvel Comics adapted films into a singularly spinning storyline, that first tested its durability with the release of Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012. It was the first time film properties crossed over so effectively, and it paid off!

“Avengers: Infinity War” spans the galaxy of the Marvel Studios cinematic universe, from as Spider-Man and Iron Man find themselves across the galaxy with the Guardians.

Assembling the Team

Over the course of Marvel Studios first decade, the arc of the storyline was divided into phases, each positioning each of its title characters to intersect into the next chapter of an Avengers film, while properly introducing new heroes that would spin-out into their own solo projects. Before Avengers: Infinity War came to theaters, the Russo Brothers, Joe and Anthony Russo delivered a one-two punch with the “bonus” Avengers flick Captain America: Civil War which (re)introduced two very important Marvel properties into the cinematic universe.

With the rousing introduction of the Black Panther and Spider-Man joining the rest of his big screen contemporaries, Marvel Studios guaranteed that even after Iron Man, Captain America and Thor round out their 3-picture deals, the mantle will have plenty of room for some newly minted heavy-hitters that would also include Ant-Man and The Wasp and Doctor Strange. Before those installments land in your local multiplex, the Russos were tasked with rounding out the first 10 years of films and prepare the segue into the next phase.

In Avengers: Infinity War the mad god Thanos (a motion capture realization by Josh Brolin) has finally gathered all six of the startling powerful Infinity Stones and embarked on his genocidal cleansing of the universe. As far as Thanos is concerned, he’s doing everyone a favor by getting rid of half of the universe’s population. With resources throughout the galaxy spread so thin, and wars over territory often leading to bloodshed, Thanos takes it upon himself to end the chaos and be rid of half of the people everywhere, a god-like initiative he handles with a simple snap of his fingers.

Introduced in the after-credits stinger of The Avengers after our heroes assembled to fight off a blitzkrieg alien invasion of New York City, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had all-but blown up, and by the end of that feature-length film space was anything but the final frontier — certainly for our heroes and the people of Earth. Besides a technological ironman, a green skinned hulk, a god of thunder and several super soldiers, the idea of our place in the galaxy had expanded beyond anyone’s imagination.

Captain America, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) finds himself in the grip of the mad Titan Thanos!

Guardians of Every Galaxy!

When the Marvel Cinematic Universe went beyond the boundaries of planet Earth incorporating the space-faring adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarök the kid gloves had seriously come off, and with the gauntlet (the Infinity Gauntlet specifically) thrown down and in play, anything would be possible! The universe was literally the limit! Avengers: Infinity War although it spans the entirety of the Marvel cinematic world, it ultimately brings everything full circle and tightly walks the rope of credibility. We believe every minute of this movie!

Whether it’s because as an audience we’ve become so familiar with the exotic locations, whether the far reaches of Thanos’ home world of Titan, or the jungles near Wakanda, the seriousness of our heroes mission is never lost on us, and it’s because we believe in the Avengers that we become invested. After a decade, the heroes that we had loved for many more on the pages of our comic books, had sprung to life on the screen, made flesh and bone by Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, Hemsworth and Pratt, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana and Elizabeth Olsen.

Unexpectedly, the formula here gets tripped up, as our heroes face a threat greater than anything or anyone that they’ve faced before! The audience is forced to struggle alongside with them. The Infinity War may be more than they’ve ever bargained for, but for movie-goers especially die-hard genre fans, it’s exactly what we’ve all been waiting for all along. With Avengers: Infinity War the pay off comes in the serialized connectivity between all the Marvel Studio films and how instrumental it is that it’s all come together.

Comic Book readers have known all along, that these heroes and their adversaries are far more dimensional than the paper they are printed on, and finally the rest of the world has caught up to us. It may have taken an infinity, but from the looks of it, it’s only just begun…

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iEditorial | Captain America CHRIS EVANS To Hang Up His Shield

With Captain America ready to lead the Avengers in battle against the greatest threat they’ve ever faced, will one of the mightiest fall in the final moments of the Infinity War?

<span class=“dropcap”>A</span>mong the many dangling participles fans can expect from the much anticipated Avengers: Infinity War which is coming to theaters earlier than anticipated, is which one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes may not survive the onslaught brought upon them by the arrival of the Titan known as Thanos (motion captured by John Brolin). A decade in the making the latest installment in the Marvel Studios franchise will be unprecedented in that it will unite on screen the core cast of all the Marvel films characters for the two-part epic.

10 years in the making, the Marvel Cinematic Universe took off with the introduction of Robert Downey, Jr. starring in Iron Man and continued with an unlikely cameo appearance in The Incredible Hulk (2008) which then starred Edward Norton in the titular role. The cinematic continuity continued with Thor but it wasn’t until the introduction of Chris Evans as the Star-Spangled Sentinel in Captain America: The First Avenger that everything started to take shape. Suddenly a “team movie” appeared very realistic and quickly came together.

Evans may be the first casualty of the Avengers: Infinity War.

The result was Marvel’s The Avengers which brought together all the established leading players (and recast Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk); a sequel followed-up and several more solo films, but can anyone imagine the franchise continuing without Chris Evans as Captain America? That’s what reports will have us speculate — the fates of several Avengers have already been hinted at hanging in the balance — but the actor who has portrayed not only the First Avenger, but previously entered into the Marvel Universe as a member of the Fantastic Four may be calling it quits.

The actor has reported that after the next Avengers film, that is the one after Infinity War he will be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe for good. Evans has been quoted as suggesting he’d rather “get off the train,” rather than “before they push you off.” Evans won’t be the only star that has been hinted at not returning after the climatic arc ends. Robert Downey, Jr. apparently has also hinted that this may be his last turn as the Armored Avenger Iron Man. Downey, Jr. unlike Evans has previously talked about his exit, even teased after Captain America: Civil War he’d retire.

Though nothing has yet been set in stone, the stars that lead off the spin-offs features are becoming increasingly more expensive even for a blockbuster budget, and with the new kids on the block like Black Panther raising the stakes, perhaps the timing might be perfect to bring in some new blood and give the original roster of Avengers some time off to enjoy the riches of their reward, or enter into the afterlife as true heroes! Whatever fate befalls our favorite Avengers in Infinity War it will no doubt alter the fabric of the summer blockbuster season.

The countdown has begun! Avengers: Infinity War makes planetfall on April 27.

Poster Art Reveals an “Infinity” of AVENGERS

Fans anxiously await the arrival of AVENGERS: Infinity War and with these newest theatrical posters just released, the enormity of this blockbuster is beginning to assemble!

When the announcement was made that Avengers: Infinity War was getting moved up and its release date would be an internationally simultaneous event on April 27 to prevent the blog-world from delivering spoilers, fans sighed in relief, no longer concerned that anyone, anywhere would spoil the most anticipated blockbuster of the season. After a decade Infinity War is the culmination of nearly 20 Marvel Films, and will feature one of the largest casts ever!

Iron Man teams up with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

A cast so big in fact, it’s taken five distinct movie posters to get every Avenger, Guardian, web-slinger, panther and sorcerer supreme into the action! Every big screen Marvel character is represented and will be part of the story narrative of this two-part epic that promises to end this particular “phase” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and take audiences into the next 10 years. It’s no small feat for sure, as the film will follow the arrival of Thanos in search of the Infinity Stones!

Many are already speculating just how much the cinematic universe will be changed; though some of the characters like Doctor Strange and Spider-Man are largely new initiates to the Marvel Films universe, and the Black Panther has only just been featured in his first solo film, Infinity War will begin right where Captain America: Civil War ended with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a state of disarray and Thor lost in space!

The countdown has begun! Avengers: Infinity War makes planetfall on April 27.

Trailer | Marvel’s AVENGERS: Infinity War

So exactly how many superheroes does it take to make a blockbuster in today’s overly saturated genre market? Well, it appears that it takes all of them at least every one that’s ever appeared in a Marvel movie in the last decade. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has been promised all along and it is the culmination of a well marketed, ambitious and well strategized campaign by Marvel Films who set out to create a cinematic universe that began with Iron Man (2008) and has come to this; every hero coming together to bring down a mad god, the Titan Thanos!

Infinity War is based on one of the most celebrated arcs in the Marvel Comics and has been teased since the very first Avengers film when Loki bargains with an alien army to wage an invasion of the planet that results in the mighty Avengers, the world’s greatest heroes coming together to repel the threat. Thanos has been on a quest to gather the Infinity Stones a series of precious gems older than the cosmos that grant whomever possesses them ultimate power. Now the mad Titan has come to Earth, and the Avengers are our first and last defense against his tyranny.

From the scope of the latest trailer, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will culminate in at least one sacrifice and when the film ends, audiences will have to hold their breaths. Infinity War is the first part in a two part feature film that will reshape the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.

Check out the trailer here: 

 

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters this April.

Trailer | Marvel Studios AVENGERS: Infinity War

As if this summer wasn’t looking any more stellar here comes the ultimate team-up film! The trailer for Marvel Studios AVENGERS: Infinity War brings together all the title characters from the Marvel features released over the last decade. It’s all come to this! As the Avengers take out the otherworldly might of the mad god Thanos in what will surely end-up this summer’s biggest blockbuster event.

Check out the trailer here:

The MARVEL Cinematic Universe :: Infinite Possibilities

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!