Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame Almost Included Nova

Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have shared details of Nova’s supposed involvement in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three’s culminating movies work as a back-to-back feature tackling the arrival and eventual defeat of Thanos. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, they rounded up all key players in the universe for an epic action film – but the films were at one point also supposed to be Richard Rider’s introduction to the franchise.

Avengers: Infinity War opted to cut the destruction of Xandar and begin with Thanos already having acquired the Power Stone, which was in the Nova Corps’ possession following the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. Instead, the film was tied directly to the end of Thor: Ragnarok, which resulted in the death of many Asgardians including Heimdall and Loki. Hulk managed to escape the slaughter, and was sent to Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum to warn the Avengers of Thanos’ imminent arrival.

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Apparently, this messenger role was originally going to be filled by Nova, as Markus and McFeely reveal in recent conversation with Markus, in particular, got into the specifics of what they were initially planning. And while “it would’ve been amazing,” they ultimately scrapped the idea because it didn’t feel right to introduce a new character in the cusp of bidding some of the universe’s most beloved goodbye.

“We actually had, I remember in the big manifesto thing that we did, where the first work we did on these movies where we just… every possible storyline that you could take from what’s around, that Nova has the Xandarian Worldmind Yeah, the Xandarian Worldmind, was that after… it was almost going… In this conception, he would be the herald, not unlike the Hulk, who was actually standing in for the Silver Surfer, but that one member of the Nova Corps survived Thanos’ attack. The Xandarian Worldmind would be the voice of Glenn Close, because you had her and why not? And that he would be Richard Rider and he would come to earth.”

Aside from the introduction of Rider, the said plan would’ve also included a minor cameo from Glenn Close as the Xandarian Worldmind. The veteran actress played Nova Prime, the leader of the intergalactic military and police force of the Nova Empire and someone fans haven’t seen since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. Considering what’s known about Xandar’s destruction, chances are that she met her end during her people’s battle against Thanos and his forces. Despite a relatively small role in the MCU, it would’ve been nice to hear her one last time before she effectively exited the franchise.

As cool as it would’ve been to see Nova join the fight against Thanos, it would have been too much to have him introduced in Avengers: Infinity War and possibly play an even bigger role in Avengers: Endgame. The two recent MCU ensemble movies are a culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise in its first decade, so it only makes sense that the story solely focused on them. It’s also a mystery how Hulk’s arc would have panned out if Marvel Studios pushed forward with Nova’s original role.

More: How Thanos Can Return In The MCU’s Future


2019-10-24 08:10:38

Ana Dumaraog

Joker Will Make As Much Profit As Avengers: Infinity War

Warner Bros’ Joker is on pace to be a more profitable comic book outing than Avengers: Infinity War. Since its release earlier this month, the R-rated film has been racking up the box office numbers, becoming one of the most successful R-rated movies of all-time; it could, quite possibly, eclipse all other R-rated movies.

It goes without saying that Joker isn’t one’s typical comic book movie (if it is at all). A character piece, it has more in common with films like Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy and Dog Day Afternoon than it does big-budget blockbusters like Avengers or Justice League.  While other R-rated comic book movies like Logan and Deadpool (which Joker is on track to beat) have done well at the box office, neither of those films featured a protagonist quite as disturbed as Arthur Fleck. Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker is one drenched in mental illness and despair; the film’s gritty realism earned itself an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival and it hasn’t stopped gaining traction ever since.

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Joker made a record-breaking (for October) $96 million over its opening weekend. Audiences’ fascination with the Todd Phillips-directed Joker has not only led to Oscar buzz for Phoenix, but an astounding amount of commercial success for its filmmakers. According to Deadline, Joker could make at least $464 million after global theatrical, TV and home entertainment windows (even more if it exceeds $900 million at the worldwide box office). To put this into context, Avengers: Infinity War made half a billion dollars last year in black ink, however, that film cost hundreds of millions to make. Joker had a budget of no more than 70 million.

At this point, there seems to be little standing in Joker’s way. In order to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, Joker needs to surpass another big-budget film, Deadpool 2, which had a global gross of $783 million. Joker is already at $737.5 million. As it continues to stomp on ticket sales for expensive blockbusters like Gemini Man and Zombieland: Double Tap (which it beat last week), Joker seems poised to make history.

Joker, being a restraint character study, didn’t need to indulge in special effects or lavish set pieces and will profit all the same. Its success, which many find surprising, seems to debunk Hollywood’s big-budget philosophy that one has to spend money to make money. Its mature themes and explorative nature prove that audiences just like a good story, regardless of the shape or size. Unconcerned with catering too heavily to the superhero genre, or appealing to a wide demographic, Joker may change the way studios approach comic book films.

MORE: Joker Theory: Bruce Wayne Becomes Rainbow Batman

Source: Deadline

2019-10-23 08:10:25

Josh Plainse

MCU: 5 Reasons Iron Man Is The Star Of The Infinity Saga (And 5 Why It’s Captain America)

The Infinity Saga, the first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comprised of 23 movies across 11 years and three “Phases,” before it finally came to an end this summer. It was an ambitious crossover franchise, the likes of which had never been attempted in Hollywood before.

The Infinity Saga began in 2008 with Iron Man, and culminated in Avengers: Endgame, with Spider-Man: Far From Home acting as a kind of epilogue to the Infinity Saga and teaser for Phase 4 onwards.

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Iron Man and Captain America were undoubtedly the heart and soul of the Infinity Saga, but it’s debatable who was the most vital to the story. So, here are 5 reasons Iron Man is the star of the Infinity Saga and 5 why it’s Captain America.

10 Iron Man: He was at the center of everything

Without Iron Man, the whole MCU would crumble. Tony Stark was the last piece of the puzzle that Nick Fury needed to really kickstart his Avengers Initiative. Tony also literally created the villain in the second Avengers movie, although his support of the Sokovia Accords broke the Avengers up. He was also the only Avenger that Thanos was personally aware of (“You have my respect, Stark…”).

If Captain America’s first solo movie was the only thing that ever happened to him and he was never found in the ice, not a lot would’ve been different about the world. Of course, Cap’s clashes with Iron Man were integral to the progression of the MCU, but Cap on his own didn’t impact many of the stories.

9 Captain America: Civil War was his movie

In addition to being Captain America’s third solo movie, Captain America: Civil War served as a sequel to Iron Man 3, a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the MCU introductions of Spider-Man and Black Panther, but the crazy thing is, it’s undeniably Cap’s movie. Civil War is often jokingly called Avengers 2.5, but the story really comes down to Cap’s conflicted feelings about Bucky. Cap doesn’t agree with anything the Winter Soldier has done, but Bucky is his best friend and he knows he has the capacity to be good.

Civil War wouldn’t work as an Iron Man movie or probably even an Avengers movie, because it’s more intimate and personal than that. The fact that a movie like Civil War, which is so important to the MCU tapestry and has so many different characters with unrelated motivations, can still be a Captain America solo movie shows that Cap is a strong candidate for the Infinity Saga’s primary protagonist.

8 Iron Man: He was the one who saw the “endgame”

As the futurist who was obsessed with his legacy, Tony Stark was always looking ahead. When he saw all the Avengers dead and a cosmic threat he couldn’t handle invading Earth in a Mind Stone-induced vision, Tony became fearful of “the endgame.”

The Infinity Saga was all about leading towards a literal “endgame” – that’s how Marvel kept audiences so hooked for so long – and Tony was the only character in the franchise who was also looking forward towards that goal. Thanos was the physical manifestation of six years of fear that we’d spent six actual years watching Tony Stark go through.

7 Captain America: His standalone adventures affected the wider MCU

Iron Man’s solo movies exist on their own, telling the story of Tony Stark, mostly unconnected from the non-Iron Man MCU entries. Aside from the forced setups in Iron Man 2 and Tony’s post-Battle of New York PTSD attacks in Iron Man 3, the Iron Man movies tell their own stories.

RELATED: Captain America: 5 Reasons The Winter Soldier Is His Best Solo Movie (& 5 Why It’s Civil War)

However, the Captain America movies all affect the wider MCU. The First Avenger established the history of S.H.I.E.L.D.; The Winter Soldier revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. was controlled by Hydra and forced Nick Fury off the grid, and Civil War led to the end of the Avengers. All of Cap’s standalone adventures affected the wider MCU.

6 Iron Man: He had more impact on other characters

Some fans have accused Spider-Man: Far From Home of existing in Iron Man’s shadow. Apart from the graffitied memorials on every wall literally hanging over Spidey, the whole plot concerns Peter Parker’s grief over the loss of Tony Stark and the pressure he feels to live up to Tony’s legacy.

This is indicative of the huge impact that Tony had on the other characters in the MCU. There are countless MCU villains that are motivated by their hatred and/or jealousy of Tony Stark. Tony’s grace under fire inspired the other Avengers, even Captain America himself when he took the nuke through the wormhole above New York.

5 Captain America: He left behind two worthy successors

In the months leading up to Avengers: Endgame’s release, fans debated who Steve Rogers would make the next Captain America: Sam Wilson or Bucky Barnes. In the end, he chose Sam, but most fans would agree that either would do, and Steve mentored them both into becoming worthy successors to him with an unwavering belief in both of their abilities.

This inspired Sam to become a superhero and helped Bucky to shake his brainwashing. There hasn’t been much discussion of who will be Tony Stark’s replacement, because his father-son bond with Peter Parker made that obvious. However, Spider-Man: Far From Home was all about Peter realizing that he didn’t need to be “the next Tony Stark,” and just needed to be the best version of himself. Tony has no successor, whereas Steve left behind two that fans struggled to choose between.

4 Iron Man: He brought superheroes into the public eye

There’s a reason that the deeply interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man. Tony Stark was already a public figure, with the press constantly keeping an eye on him, and when he donned a metal suit and started fighting crime as a superhero, he couldn’t resist taking credit, thus bringing superheroes into the public eye.

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This is what kicked off the entire MCU. The later movies revealed a long backstory, with Captain America, T’Chaka’s Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Hank Pym’s Ant-Man, and Janet van Dyne’s Wasp all operating as superheroes years before Iron Man, but Iron Man outing them more publicly is the root of this entire story.

3 Captain America: He was the leader of the Avengers

The first “Phase” of the Infinity Saga was tied together by the origin stories of the six initial members of the Avengers and their formation as a team. The second “Phase” was about the team developing and growing, as well as the coming of Thanos, a powerful cosmic being who would eventually threaten those heroes.

The third and final “Phase” saw the initial Avengers line-up breaking apart while all of these disparate fringe characters were coming together before Thanos actually arrived. It’s clear that the Infinity Saga was anchored by the Avengers, and Captain America was the undeniable leader of the Avengers, which could make him the star.

2 Iron Man: He started the saga

The most obvious reason for Iron Man being the star of the Infinity Saga is that he’s been there from the very beginning. Tony Stark was our introduction to this world. He made his big-screen debut when there was really no such thing as the MCU. When he said, “I am Iron Man,” in grandiose terms, he changed cinema forever, and in more immediate terms, he prepared audiences for a superhero-infested on-screen universe that would keep them captivated for more than a decade.

When Nick Fury appeared to Tony during the credits and mentioned the “Avengers Initiative,” Tony’s mix of skepticism and curiosity began the Infinity Saga properly.

1 Captain America: He ended the saga

Captain America might not have made his debut until a full three years into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he was the focus of the final shot of Avengers: Endgame.

Tony had died a few scenes earlier and his funeral had come and gone when Cap went back in time and stayed there. His older self passed on his shield to Sam Wilson and we got a flashback of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter finally enjoying the dance that they had to wait so long for. This quiet, sweet moment established that the Infinity Saga was all about Steve proving that he really deserved to give up the fight and have that dance.

NEXT: Avengers: Endgame: 5 Reasons Iron Man Got The Best Ending (& 5 Why Cap Did)

2019-10-10 05:10:12

Ben Sherlock

MCU’s Complete Infinity Saga Blu-ray Box Set Will Cost Everything

The complete 4K and Blu-ray box set for The Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been revealed. Over the last eleven years, Marvel Studios has created what is now known as the MCU. It all began in 2008 with Iron Man and launched an interconnected universe on the big screen spanning nearly a dozen franchises. Over the last few years specifically, the goal was to build towards Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame so that all of these characters can crossover in epic fashion.

Marvel achieved that goal earlier this year and saw Avengers: Endgame become the highest-grossing movie of all-time. Spider-Man: Far From Home may be the official conclusion of the first three Phases of the MCU, but it serves an epilogue to the events of Endgame, which is why it is part of Phase 3 and not kicking off Phase 4. On the whole, the 23 film adventure is now known as The Infinity Saga, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously confirmed that a box set of the whole saga is on the way.

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Now, the day has come and The Infinity Saga box set is officially available at Best Buy (via Comicbook) for pre-order. Officially called “The Infinity Saga Collector’s Edition,” the box set includes all 23 MCU movies released to this point on 4K and Blu-Ray, as well as an exclusive bonus disc filled with “never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, and more.” Each of the discs are individually packaged in new covers, which can all be held by a special case. In addition to the films, those who purchase the box set will receive an exclusive Matt Ferguson lithograph, a letter from Kevin Feige, and a numbered limited edition collection featuring the autographs of the original six Avengers. The box set costs $549.99 and will arrive on November 15th.

Even though $550 is a lot to pay up for the box set, that averages out to just over $23 for each movie in 4K and on Blu-Ray, which is cheaper than buying them individually. But, since this is likely only something that die-hard MCU fans who already own the movies will purchase, buying the box set is more so for collectors’ purposes. The additional exclusive items and the bonus disc is what we know of now, but there’s also the possibility that more bonus features – like commentary tracks or behind-the-scenes featurettes – will be included as well. There’s even the possibility that this includes digital codes for each of the movies as well.

As for what else The Infinity Saga box set will offer, Marvel’s already shown one of the deleted scenes that will be included. Feige previously debuted an alternate post-credits scene for Iron Man that shockingly included X-Men and Spider-Man references. If this is the first scene released from Marvel’s vault, then who knows what other surprises the bonus disc could hold. Thankfully, with a release date just over a month away, the wait to find out more won’t be that much longer for those who purchase the entire MCU collection of films.

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Source: Best Buy [via Comicbook]

2019-10-04 01:10:03

Cooper Hood

Doctor Strange Secretly Linked To An X-Men Villain In Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War secretly referenced the X-Men villain Juggernaut thanks to Doctor Strange’s mystic powers. The battle between Thanos and Doctor Strange was one of the highlights of Avengers: Infinity War. Strange had foreseen the team’s defeat, but he knew what he had to do to make sure they could win in the future. As a result, he levied some of the most powerful spells seen in the MCU to date against the Mad Titan. It was the ultimate “Wizard’s Duel,” with the power of the Sorcerer Supreme pitted against the near-complete Infinity Gauntlet.

Marvel explored a whole range of ideas; concept art has shown Strange sending Thanos across the dimensions, mirroring the “Magical Mystery Tour” in Doctor Strange. But it turns out the final version had some pretty impressive deep cuts into Marvel lore – and even subtly referenced an X-Men villain. At one point, Strange uses a spell that pins Thanos with extradimensional energy. On Avengers: Infinity War‘s commentary track, Stephen McFeely asks, “Are those the Bands of Cyttorak that we decided?” In response, Christopher Markus says, “Those are the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak.” This is actually something of a retcon – Marvel had previously described a restraining device that held Kaeculius in Doctor Strange as the MCU’s version of the Crimson Bands. But it’s also important because it incorporates an X-Men villain into the MCU, and potentially even has implications for the future of Marvel’s shared universe.

Related: Did Thanos Start Doctor Strange’s Multiverse Madness In Endgame?

In the comics, Cyttorak was a powerful demonic being who was worshiped on Earth, until he was banished from this dimension in unknown circumstances. The monstrous being took up residence in the so-called Crimson Cosmos, and offered his magic to worshipers such as Morgan Le Fey. Cyttorak’s cultists successfully created the Crimson Gems of Cyttorak, mystical gemstones through which Cyttorak would choose his “avatars.” These avatars became known as the Juggernauts, and their task was to bring glory to Cyttorak’s name by wreaking havoc and spreading destruction. The most famous of the Juggernauts is Charles Xavier’s step-brother Cain Marko. He’s a classic X-Men foe, and a comic-accurate version of his Juggernaut appeared in Deadpool 2.

In Doctor Strange, the Ancient One explained how the MCU’s model of magic works. “The language of the mystic arts is as old as civilization,” she explained to Stephen Strange. “We harness energy drawn from other dimensions of the multiverse, to cast spells, conjure shields and weapons to make magic.” That neatly explains the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak; the spell Strange has learned taps into Cyttorak’s power, drawing energy from the Crimson Cosmos, and uses it to create what would ordinarily be an unbreakable restraint. Of course, even the power of Cyttorak failed against the might of the Infinity Gauntlet.

The implication of all this is that Cyttorak exists within the MCU, most likely in a comic-accurate form, and as such he has the potential to be a major player in the MCU’s future. In the comics, the worship of Cyttorak was particularly common in the days of Camelot and King Arthur, with Morgan Le Fey serving as a Cyttorak cultist; there’s some evidence The Eternals may actually be visiting Camelot, while Morgan Le Fey herself will make her small-screen debut in Runaways season 3. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange 2 promises to explore the Multiverse, and there’s speculation the fabric of reality itself will be torn apart in the MCU’s Phase 4. If that is indeed the case, Cyttorak could make his presence felt – and perhaps even choose the MCU’s Juggernaut.

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2019-10-01 01:10:56

Thomas Bacon

Watch Marvel’s Infinity Saga Trailer From SDCC | Screen Rant

The unveling of Marvel’s official Infinity Saga trailer was a surprise delight for fans who attended SDCC 2019, and now it’s available online for all to see. The trailer was also shown again at the SIGGRAPH event in Los Angeles later in the month of July. The two minute and thirty-nine second sizzle reel highlights the major events that have shaken the MCU during its first three phases, as well as the emotional fallout that has hit its heroes as a result.

Used as an introduction to highlight the work of SIGGRAPH keynote speaker, Victoria Alonso, who happens to be the Executive Vice President of Production at Marvel Studios, the video is also being touted as a trailer for the Infinity Saga box set, which will feature all 23 films from the MCU pantheon thus far. Such a boxset was of course seen by most as inevitable, following on from the boxsets each MCU phase has received previously.

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Posted on Twitter in its entirety by Anton Volkov, the trailer starts out with the famous ‘clanging’ of Tony Stark’s hammer, as he constructs his first primitive, yet effective, Iron Man suit in the caves of Afghanistan. Stark, famously played to perfection by Robert Downey, Jr., then launches into a monologue about how the Avengers Initiative all began, starting with something pure and exciting, as clips of the original team members at their best fly across the screen. He then talks about moving on to newer things, the video displaying more recent additions to the MCU, such as Winter Soldier, Black Panther, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, Captain Marvel, and of course, everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. “This is the path I started us on,” Stark proclaims. Check out the full trailer, in all its glory, below.

The trailer goes on to blast through some of the most kick-ass, memorable events of the last eleven years of Marvel movies, with the haunting voice of Paul Bettany’s Vision, also lost during the events of the Infinity War, waxing intellectual about how the Avengers’ very strength itself breeds challenge, conflict, and ultimately catastrophe. The video culminates with Tony Stark’s tear-jerking final act of self-sacrifice, the snap that saved the world. “What a sweet-ass run it’s been,” Stark says in a moment of bittersweet nostalgia. The end of the video displays all the titles of the MCU movies floating together to morph into the logo banner for The Infinity Saga, which is of course a fitting summation of the story of all that’s happened in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, as well as the aforementioned name of the grand box set Marvel will be releasing for purchase at an as-yet undisclosed date.

Word coming out of SDCC suggested just how epic Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga trailer was, and now that it’s made its way out into the world at large, it’s clear that those notices weren’t hyperbolic. Of course, it remains to be seen if the next chapter of the MCU will measure up to what’s come before, or if The Infinity Saga will end up being looked back on by fans as the peak of the franchise. Either way, millions can’t wait to find out.

More: Marvel’s Infinity Saga: 10 Scenes That Define the MCU

Source: Anton Volkov/Twitter

2019-09-19 09:09:17

Jason Robbins

Spider-Man’s Infinity War Death Scene Wasn’t Entirely Improvised

Spider-Man’s death scene in Avengers: Infinity War wasn’t fully improvised, Tom Holland reveals. Infinity War pulled a massive plot twist by having villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) emerge victorious against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This resulted in him snapping half of life in the universe out of existence, including Peter Parker, who was on Titan at that point with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

The scene where Peter repeatedly tells Tony that he doesn’t want to go as he starts to turn into ashes has been immortalized numerous times online, with memes and GIFs circulating on various social media platforms. It garnered more attention when it was revealed by Infinity War co-director Joe Russo that Holland improvised the sequence. But more than a year later, the actor is setting the record straight with regard to what really went down while filming the aforementioned bit.

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While appearing on GQ‘s “Actually Me” segment on their YouTube channel, Holland spotted a Twitter post from a fan using the GIF of his memorable Infinity War scene reiterating that it was improvised. The actor then went into a fairly lengthy explanation on how they really filmed the sequence, and it’s apparently not a straight-up improvisation like initially perceived.

“It is improvised, because basically we did a long improvise and it wasn’t great. But it sparked a great idea, and then we reworked the scene and then this was born. So, it is kind of improvised, and a technique I do if I’m trying to cry is I’ll say the phrase over and over again. So for example, if I was like in a scene and I was talking to someone and the undertone of the scene was that I loved them, I would say in my head ‘I love you so much. I love you so much. I love you so much. I love you so much’ and then it like, it just kind of brings up emotion and in that scene, it was I don’t want to go and I just thought I would say it out loud and it works, it’s really good in the film.”

This specific bit is an important character moment for Peter, who returned in Avengers: Endgame thanks to Hulk’s (Mark Ruffalo) second snap. Unfortunately, the film ended with him losing Tony – a reverse of what happened in Infinity War. With the fate of the character currently uncertain now that Sony and Marvel Studios’ deal to share Spider-Man will no longer continue, many are still holding out hope that the partnership will be salvaged. Otherwise, it’ll be odd for the next Spider-Man standalone to not address any of the previous life-changing moments that the hero experienced while he was still part of the MCU.

Regardless of how this Avengers: Infinity War scene was filmed, no one can question the effectiveness of the exchange, particularly when selling the idea that Tony was actually willing to attempt a Time Heist in Endgame just to bring Peter back. Spider-Man: Far From Home leaned further into the pair’s relationship, as it chronicled the young hero struggling to cope with his loss and eventually becoming his own person. It’s unclear if this will be addressed, or at least alluded to in the future, but it’s potentially one of the most emotional scenes in the MCU.

More: Jane Foster FELT Thanos’ Snap (But Didn’t Die) In Avengers: Infinity War

Source: GQ

2019-09-03 06:09:35

Ana Dumaraog

Marvel’s Infinity Saga: 10 Scenes That Define The MCU

It’s almost impossible to believe, but it has been an entire decade since Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as Tony Stark aka. Iron Man, launching what we now know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In that ten years, heroes have fallen, galaxies have been saved, earth has been avenged (on numerous occasions) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to become the most beloved cinematic franchise of all-time.

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Looking back at the entire Infinity Saga, which started with 2008’s Iron Man and ended with 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s undeniably clear that there’s an immeasurable number of iconic and memorable moments, but it’s fair to say that some scenes defined the franchise more than others. To celebrate the first ten years of Marvel movies and the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, we’re discussing and ranking ten moments/scenes that define the tone, style and voice of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

10 Thor Arrives In Wakanda – Avengers: Infinity War

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of exciting and epic action sequences, but only a few compare to Thor’s heroic arrival in the final act of Avengers: Infinity War. Just when it looked like The Outriders might defeat Captain America, Black Panther and the other Avengers, Thor and his Guardian allies arrive in epic fashion. Possibly more than any other scene on this list, Thor’s bombastic arrival in Wakanda defines how ridiculously big and bombastic the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be.

9 Guardians vs. Ronan – Guardians Of The Galaxy

Before the release of James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, fans were unsure if the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would work on the big screen. The final act of the film, however, proved that Marvel can make even the weirdest of characters work, as Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket and Drax unite to wield an Infinity Stone and defeat Ronan. Taking the franchise in a bold new direction, this scene more than any other defined the cosmic corner of the MCU.

8 You’ve Become A Part Of A Bigger Universe – Iron Man

It’s hardly surprising that a scene that defined every Marvel film after Iron Man came after the credits had rolled. Hidden in the credits of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man was a wonderfully exciting scene that introduces Nick Fury and revealed Marvel’s plans for an interconnected universe of movies, establishing what we now know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

7 Iron Man’s Sacrifice – Avengers: Endgame

It’s often the most heartbreaking moments that define a particular movie or, in this case, an entire cinematic franchise. With The Avengers doing everything in their power to defeat Thanos’ army and stop the mad titan from winning for a second time, Iron Man gets his hands on the Infinity Stones and sacrifices himself to save the universe. It’s hard to predict how Tony’s death will impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it would be safe to assume that the loss of Iron Man will define every phase of the MCU moving forward.

6 Avengers Assemble! – Avengers: Endgame

When discussing scenes that define the Infinity Saga, it’s impossible to ignore the already iconic “Avengers Assemble!” moment from Avengers: Endgame. After ten years of interconnected movies and stories, it was incredibly fulfilling to see every conceivable hero stand alongside Captain America and fight Thanos’ army. Displaying exactly how powerful and epic the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be at its best, this scene is undoubtedly one of the Infinity Sagas most defining moments.

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5 Thanos Has Entered The Building – The Avengers

In a scene that shows just how big Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios’ plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe were, we see Thanos (not portrayed by Josh Brolin) for the very first time as he smirks at the camera after being told that challenging The Avengers would be courting death. Despite being an extremely short end credits sequence, this scene introduced Marvel’s biggest villain and essentially defined the narrative for the next two phases of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

4 The Snap – Avengers: Infinity War

In what is arguably the most shocking scene in Marvel movie history, earth’s mightiest heroes lose their battle against evil as Thanos snaps his incredibly large fingers, ending half of all life in the universe. More than perhaps every scene/moment on this list, the snap shows exactly how far Marvel is willing to go to surprise audiences and while we’re still seeing how this scene impacted the MCU, it’s already one of the most iconic and memorable moments the franchise has ever delivered.

3 Captain America vs. Iron Man – Captain America: Civil War

In what can only be described as one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most heartbreaking action sequences, Captain America and Iron Man finally come to blows. Unlike previous fights between the two heroes, however, this confrontation was a brutal and outrageously violent fistfight, that left the Avengers fractured and the earth vulnerable. Taking the franchise’s central heroes in a shocking new direction, this scene changed the MCU forever and its impact can be felt in every new installment of the franchise.

2 I Am Iron Man – Iron Man

Following his explosive and undeniably awesome battle against Obadiah Stane aka. Iron Monger, Tony Stark holds a press conference to protect his secret identity. Instead of sticking to the planned cover story, however, Tony reveals to the press and the entire world that he is, in fact, Iron Man. It might look and sound like a throwaway moment, but this outrageously playful scene went against expectations and standard superhero conventions, defining the tone of the MCU moving forward.

1 Avengers Assembled – The Avengers

It’s hard to beat seeing the original six Avengers assemble for the very first time! As Loki and Thanos’ Chitauri army brings death and destruction to New York in an attempt to take control of the planet, earth’s mightiest heroes overcome their differences and finally assemble to save the day. this incredibly exciting shot, which circles the entire team of heroes as Alan Silverstri’s appropriately epic theme rises, shows how epic and grand the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be and set the bar for every installment of the franchise moving forward.

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2019-09-01 03:09:47

Kieran McLean

MCU Theory: Eternals Explains Why So Many Infinity Stones Were On Earth

Marvel Studios’ Eternals could explain why multiple Infinity Stones were on Earth. Following the reveal of Thanos in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers, Marvel had to begin figuring out a plan to bring him to the screen. This involved making the Infinity Stones – his prized possessions – interwoven into the mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanks to some minor retcons, they had four of the six Infinity Stones introduced by the end of Phase 2.

It was only during Thanos’ true MCU debut in Avengers: Infinity War that the locations of all six Infinity Stones were revealed. The Power Stone was locked away on Xandar after formerly being hidden away on Morag, and the Collector held the Reality Stone on Knowhere after previously being hidden away by Asgardians millennia ago. The Soul Stone was on Vormir as part of an everlasting exchange, while the Mind Stone was in Vision’s head after previously been in Thanos’ possession. The Space Stone was taken from Asgard by Loki and the Time Stone under Doctor Strange’s protection.

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Despite what we know about the Infinity Stones, the MCU has teased that their histories are far more expansive. They’ve been described as ancient relics that pre-date the universe itself. But in most cases, the MCU has only offered up a small part of their stories. Phase 4 of the MCU is still obsessed with the Infinity Stones, and Eternals could give us a further exploration of their history. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that Eternals will span thousands of years. With their ties to the Celestials – who have been shown to have them in their possession before – we’re expecting the Infinity Stones to once again factor into the story. If that is the case, then maybe Eternals will finally explain why Earth of all places has been a hub for multiple Infinity Stones.

There Were A Lot Of Infinity Stones On Earth

By the time Avengers: Infinity War came around, the Infinity Stones were (mostly) scattered throughout the universe. The outlier in this, though, has been Earth. While Morag, Vormir, and Asgard have kept one safe for years, this single planet in the entire galaxy was home to both the Mind and Time Stones for the prior six years. But Earth has held two Infinity Stones for much longer than that. The Masters of the Mystic Arts have been the protectors of the Time Stone for an unspecified amount of time, and we know the Space Stone has been on Earth since at least World War II. The question is, why?

The truth is that there is no discernible reason why the Earth of all places would be the planet to protect two of the most powerful artifacts in the entire universe. Thanks to the changing water levels of Morag, the temple the Power Stone was held in was a great place to store it. The Reality Stone was so well hidden that not even the Asgardians knew where it was located. The Soul Stone appeared to be the most secretive location of them all, and even if someone found it, they couldn’t acquire it alone. Meanwhile, the Mind Stone was previously in possession of Thanos. All in all, not only were these four stones well-protected or well-hidden, they were also not in the immediate proximity of one another. The danger and temptation of having two in one place is exactly why the Asgardians gave the Collector the Reality Stone once it was rediscovered.

Even though Earth has become a well-protected planet in recent years, there is no knowledge of ancient heroes who protected the planet. It is reasonable to believe that whoever the Sorcerer Supreme has been throughout human history protected the Time Stone. But we do not know when that position was first created, only that Agamotto started it. Meanwhile, the Space Stone was hiding away on Earth with little protection. While there is the chance that these two stones just so happened to find Earth as their home, it would make more sense for them to be left here on purpose.

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Theory: The Eternals Are Responsible For Earth’s Infinity Stones

The Eternals being the ones to leave Earth with multiple Infinity Stones could explain this lingering MCU question. Eternals is going to go back to the ancient history of the MCU, so it is the perfect film to explore more of the history of the stones – especially since it’s been confirmed that the film will involve the Celestials. These giant creatures not only are responsible for creating the Eternals, but are also tied to the origins of the Infinity Gems (as they’re called in the comics). Now that Marvel Studios is taking the MCU back to the early days, it would not be surprising to see them incorporate similar ties.

After all, Guardians of the Galaxy already showed that the Celestial Eson the Searcher used the Power Stone to wipe out entire civilizations, so we know they’ve possessed them in the past. With this small bit of information, it would stand to reason that the incredibly powerful Celestial race could have had control of more than just one Infinity Stone, and maybe even had them all. These stones could be why they were so powerful and could create and manipulate life. So how could this work into the story of Eternals? Here’s our best guess.

Following the creation of the Eternals, the Celestials could decide to eradicate the universe of any inferior life forms. Such a plan could see them go right back to the birthplace of the Eternals. In the Celestials’ attempts to create the Eternals, they also created a race known as Deviants, who are essentially their failed creations. It is possible that Eternals will see the Celestials send the central Eternals team to Earth to wipe them (and the rest of humanity) out. To do this more effectively, the Celestials could even give their Eternals some Infinity Stones to get the job done. The Space and Time Stones would be needed for this theory to work (and giving them quick travels and unlimited opportunities), but maybe the Power Stone is included too.

However, once the Eternals arrive, the team is no longer in agreement that this is what they should be doing. A schism could arise between them and split the group over their loyalties to the Celestials. While some decide to stay aligned with their incredibly powerful rulers, others keep the Infinity Stones and determine they should be hidden away. With heroes like Black Knight (Kit Harington) now around, they could settle on Earth as the home for the Space and Time Stones, with Black Knight entrusting the Time Stone to his wizard friend Merlin – who has been a Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel Comics too.

Whatever the specifics may be, the story of Eternals could use them as an explanation for multiple Infinity Stones being left on Earth. If this is the case, then could they also be responsible for spreading and hiding the rest of the Infinity Stones?

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Did The Eternals Hide All The Infinity Stones?

The Eternals relocating the Infinity Stones and taking them out of the hands of the Celestials would make sense. However, there are also various pieces of information that would mean this would have to be done several thousand years ago. We know that Eternals will tell a story across thousands of years, so them hiding the stones may not all happen at once.

The Space, Time, Mind, and Power Stones all have somewhat vague histories that Eternals could use to its advantage to show how they got to their respective destinations. The Soul Stone has been linked to Vormir for an unknown amount of time through forces that have not been explained. It’s possible that not only did the Eternals send the Soul Stone to Vormir but that they are the ones who initially set up the soul for a soul exchange policy. The trickiest one to explain could be the Reality Stone. Malekith had it in his possession roughly 5,000 years ago. So, Eternals will have to tell a story that even pre-dates the Dark Elves and Asgardian war to make this one work.

Regardless of when the Eternals could relocate all of the Infinity Stones, it would be a great piece of MCU lore to add into Eternals. It’s even possible that the movie could reveal that the Eternals were supposed to be protectors of the stones, but then some event happened where they forgot about this purpose. There’s even the noticeable tie to Thanos – as he is part Eternal/Deviant – that his knowledge of them could come from that relation. That could also explain how he got his hands on the Mind Stone before The Avengers. This is the type of subplot for Eternals that would immediately make this obscure comic book property incredibly important in the larger story of the MCU, and answer some questions along the way.

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2019-09-01 01:09:43

Cooper Hood

Infinity War’s Biggest Comic Change Was The Outriders, Not Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War heavily adapted Marvel’s original comics – and the biggest change was to the Outriders, not Thanos. Comic book readers often insist that superhero movies should stick close to the source material, but in truth, even Marvel Studios frequently play fast and loose with the comics. Avengers: Infinity War was a blend of Jim Starlin’s Infinity Gauntlet and Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity event, but was heavily adapted.

The MCU’s Thanos is particularly different to the comics. In the comics, Thanos is motivated by an insane love of the avatar of Death, and he pursued the Infinity Gauntlet in an attempt to woo her. That led Thanos to snap his fingers and erase half the life in the universe, as a demonstration of his might and a sacrifice to Death. In contrast, in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos is driven by an equally insane belief that all life will be rendered extinct due to explosive population growth. He seeks out the Infinity Gauntlet precisely in order to wipe out half of all living creatures. Thanos’ motive makes about as little sense as the one he has in the comics, but it’s directly opposite. The MCU’s Thanos genuinely believes he is a servant of life.

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Surprisingly, though, Thanos isn’t the biggest change made in Avengers: Infinity War. The film also introduced the Outriders, savage creatures who are unleashed at the Battle of Wakanda and who depend on overwhelming force to defeat their foes. The Outriders have absolutely no sense of self-preservation at all, flinging themselves at Wakanda’s destructive force-field in order to get to the Avengers.

The Outriders were originally created by comic book writer Jonathan Hickman in 2013, and they were envisioned as a genetically-engineered race of assassins and spies. An Outrider’s genes are carefully manipulated to ensure it never develops a sense of identity; all it knows is its assigned mission, and upon completion, it expects the reward of death. Outriders possess the powers of invisibility and intangibility, meaning Thanos can send them to scout out worlds he intends to raze. In Infinity, he dispatched a single Outrider to Earth in an attempt to find his son, Thane. The creature was able to effortlessly infiltrate Xavier’s Mansion, Avengers Tower, and even the city of Attilan. It used its psychic powers to probe Black Bolt’s sleeping mind, and unwittingly prompted him to realize he was under some sort of psychic attack.

The MCU basically ditched the comic book version of the Outriders, sticking with the visual design and nothing more. It used the creatures as disposable minions, so that the Avengers could fight a new alien army rather than just the Chitauri again. While that’s understandable, it’s still something of a surprising choice; Avengers: Infinity War was envisioned as an heist movie, with Thanos striving to procure the Infinity Stones, and the comic book Outriders would have been useful in such a plot.

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2019-08-16 03:08:10

Thomas Bacon