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Avengers: Infinity War’s Spider-Man Death Scene Was Filmed Very Early On

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed that Spider-Man’s death scene in Avengers: Infinity War was filmed very early on during production. Peter Parker, along with half of all living beings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perished after Thanos finished collecting the Infinity Stones for his gauntlet and snapped his fingers in last year’s Avengers movie. Of all the painful deaths that fans had to endure while watching Infinity War, however, Peter’s was easily the worst for a whole lot of people. While watching Peter turn to dust was hard enough, the fact that he struggled to resist his passing and died in Tony Stark’s arms made this particular superhero demise all the more emotionally wrenching.

In about a month, the surviving MCU superheroes (Tony included) will try and undo what Thanos did in the Infinity War sequel, Avengers: Endgame. Ahead of then, the creatives behind the two films (directors Anthony and Joe Russo included) have opened up a bit about the culminating chapter in the MCU and revealed some previously-unknown details about Infinity War. Indeed, as Feige has now explained, the filmmakers were planning to have Thanos’ snap kill off some big names from the very beginning, Peter’s included.

Related: Endgame Directors Considered Drastically Different Marketing Plans

During an interview with Empire to promote Endgame, Feige talked about the test screenings for Infinity War and how audiences went dead-silent during The Decimation (as Thanos’ snap is officially called). He went on to confirm that the plan was always to kill off several major superheroes in the movie and that Spider-Man’s death was “filmed on the first or second day of what would be an almost two-year process”.

It’s good to know that Spider-Man’s death scene wasn’t a last-minute addition to Infinity War, if not particularly surprising. It had already been established in 2017’s MCU entry Spider-Man: Homecoming that Tony feels responsible for whatever happens to Peter, which was part of why he tried so hard to prevent his protégé from following him into outer space during Infinity War. Since the whole idea behind Infinity War‘s conclusion was to leave the MCU’s surviving superheroes feeling like they had truly failed to save the day for once (thus setting the stage for their arcs in Endgame), it only makes sense for Peter to die in a way that weighs extra heavy on Tony’s conscience. In the end, that meant having Peter perish in Tony’s arms and the latter being literally unable to do a thing to prevent it.

On a lighter note: it’s also kind of funny that Holland managed to avoid spoiling Peter’s death for as long as he did. The actor’s pretty infamous for blabbing details about the MCU by now – something that Marvel Studios even poked fun at by having him “accidentally” reveal the title of this summer’s sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, ahead of time. Indeed, Holland’s had to be extra careful to not reveal exactly when in the MCU timeline Far From Home picks up, lest he inadvertently confirm Peter’s inevitable return from the dead (well, the land of the dusted) before Avengers: Endgame arrives.

MORE: Avengers: Endgame Trailer #2 Breakdown & Story Reveals

Source: Empire [via CBM]


2019-03-18 03:03:45

Sandy Schaefer

Captain Marvel’s ‘Twist’ Was Spoiled in Infinity War

Warning: SPOILERS for Captain Marvel

By the time Carol Danvers joined the MCU, fans had spent months if not years wondering how Captain Marvel could beat Thanos, how she could return to Earth to join the team for Avengers: Endgame, and even why Nick Fury didn’t ask for help any of the other times the world was in peril. But the biggest surprise in the Captain Marvel movie was one that nobody ever expected–and secretly made Carol a villain, herself.

We’re referring to the big twist of the MCU’s Captain Marvel origin, when Carol learns that the Kree she fought for had actually kidnapped her from Earth, and erased her memories. Even worse, they did it all to win the war against the Skrulls… innocent refugees on the brink of extinction, and not at all the villainous threat her Kree commanders claimed they were. That’s a big leap from the shape-shifting, alien invaders most fans know from Marvel’s comic history. Even more surprising? Avengers: Infinity War gave away this twist long before fans knew to prepare for it. Allow us to explain.

  • This Page: The Infinity War Hint That Everyone Missed
  • Page 2: The MCU’s Kree Were Evil The Whole Time

The clue delivered in Avengers: Infinity War may be an Easter Egg more than an obvious spoiler, but it’s one that viewers won’t need to go searching for too intensely. It comes in a single line of dialogue spoken by Gamora, after the Guardians of the Galaxy run into Thor floating through space (after his doomed bout with Thanos). Once the god of thunder is pulled into the ship, each member of the team observes his godly, muscular body with awe.

RELATED: Every Captain Marvel Easter Egg & Secret Reference

While the others comment on his style or looks, Gamora focuses in on the actual composition of his body, running her hands over his arm (to the dismay of Star-Lord) and making the following observation:

“It’s like his muscles are made of Cotati metal fibers…”

Gamora drops the analogy as quickly as she drops Thor’s arm once Peter Quill objects, and the line is left without further explanation. Which is a shame, because it poses an obvious question to viewers who want to know more about the alien races of the MCU’s cosmic side. A question whose answer revealed more than anyone realized at the time.

Since the word is appropriately alien sounding, it’s easy to dismiss it as a minor nod to comic book lore, or even an untranslated adjective in an alien language. But the subtitles confirm Gamora is making a reference to the Cotati: an ancient race of tree-like, peaceful, sentient beings who are apparently as important a part of Marvel’s movie history as that of the comics. When it comes to the big twist, the lies, and the betrayals of Captain Marvel, the Cotati hold the entire secret in plain sight.

The reason it’s impressive for Gamora to know about the existence of the Cotati at all is because so few of them remain alive… after the Kree decided they were an enemy that had to be dealt with the same way as the Skrulls in Captain Marvel’s version of the story.

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There’s a good chance that this story will sound familiar to our readers, since we brought up Gamora’s “Cotati” reference in Infinity War at the time. Back then, it seemed like an Easter Egg, or a simple comic reference to get fans excited about the approach of Captain Marvel’s movie, set against the backdrop of the Kree-Skrull War. And that may have been the case, too. But the writers and directors gave away more than they thought by referencing the Cotati, instead of the Skrulls or Kree. Because as militaristic, brutal, or even villainous as both sides eventually became in the comics, the Kree and Skrulls didn’t BOTH start out that way in the beginning. And the beginning is the one place where the Cotati prove most important to the story.

RELATED: Captain Marvel’s Post-Credits Scene Almost Tied to Thor: Ragnarok

The Kree of the comics, like the Kree of the Captain Marvel movie, would have outsiders believe that their feud with the Skrulls is through no fault of their own–merely the threats, deception, and treachery of the Skrulls (like most centuries-long, or even millennia-long blood feuds on any planet, including our own). But the truth as told in the comics is that the Skrulls weren’t a war empire to begin with, but one of trade, commerce, and diplomacy. Those were the plans they had when they arrived at the planet Hala, homeworld of the Kree. Until they learned that the planet was home to two sentient species: the resilient, mighty tribes of the Kree, and the peaceful, tree-like Cotati. You can see where this is going.

A contest proved the Cotati were closer to the peaceful, nurturing Skrulls than the Kree, and at the thought of being denied the greater power and empire that might come from joining the Skrulls, the Kree lashed out. Wiping out the Cotati, murdering the Skrull emissaries, and uniting into a Kree Empire fueled entirely by the Skrull technology they now held in their possession. And also their rage, of course, with the goal of annihilating their ‘enemy’ no matter how long it took.

The Captain Marvel movie honors that comic book origin story for revealing the truth about the Kree, and suggests that the MCU’s version of Mar-Vell is the exception to their people, more than Ronan the Accuser was when introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. While the comic book version of the Skrulls were shocked to encounter the Kree Empire thirsty for their blood and quickly became a militarized, spy-filled empire out of necessity, the movie version didn’t fare so well. Based on General Talos’ description of the conflict, it sounds like the Skrulls were caught far more off guard when suddenly attacked by an unknown empire intent on their extinction.

Whether or not an official account of the Kree-Skrull War is ever given in a Captain Marvel sequel, the remaining Skrulls continue to use their shape-shifting for the same purpose as their ancestors: to walk among other races for their benefit, not out of malice or deception. Anyone looking for proof that the Kree began this conflict on the unjust, and cruel side need only do one thing: remember the Cotati, as Gamora did.

Anyone who recognized that Infinity War quietly added the Cotati to the Marvel movie universe would have seen the Kree for what they really are, anti-Skrull propaganda or not.

MORE: Captain Marvel’s Ending & MCU Future Explained


2019-03-16 12:03:11

Andrew Dyce

MCU Infinity Stones: Complete Guide To Locations, Powers & Future

The Infinity Stones have played a major role in the MCU from the beginning, so let’s explore their origins, powers and potential future. Far from being mere plot McGuffins for villains to threaten Earth – or the universe – with, the Infinity Stones have only increased in importance as the MCU evolved. In Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Collector explains the origins of these all-powerful gems, revealing they’re remnants of six singularities that were compressed into stones following the Big Bang. In Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange reveals to Tony Stark each stone controls an aspect of existence itself.

An Infinity Stone on its own is a powerful weapon but when combined they grant Infinite Power. Each phase of the MCU has revealed more about the Infinity Stones, leading to Thanos quest to unite them in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos’ goal was to wipe out half the universe to restore balance, and in the finale, he used the combined power of the stones in his Infinity Gauntlet to do just that. Avengers: Endgame deals with the aftermath of this with the surviving Avengers working together to undo Thanos’ shocking act.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Would’ve Been Different With Marvel’s 2014 Phase 3 Plan

With the MCU’s Infinity Stones still at the core of the Avengers story, here’s everything you need to know about where they’ve been, what their powers are, and how they could factor into Marvel Phase 4.

The Space Stone (The Tesseract)

Appearances: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Teleportation, creates wormholes

The Space Stone is the first major Infinity Stone to appear in the MCU and caused a lot of trouble throughout Phase 1. In Captain America, Red Skull used it to build Hydra weapons and it later sucked him into a wormhole. In The Avengers, Loki stole the Tesseract and used its powers to bring the Chitauri into New York in a failed bid to conquer Earth.

Loki stole it again during Thor: Ragnarok’s finale before handing it to Thanos in the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, where the titan crushed the Tesseract and retrieved the Space Stone. According to Samuel L. Jackson, there’s a chance the Tesseract might appear in the 1990s-set Captain Marvel too.

Related: The Tesseract Has Appeared In More Marvel Movies Than Captain America

The Reality Stone (The Aether)

Appearances: Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Changes reality, sucks out life force, opens portals

The Reality Stone debuted in Thor: The Dark World, where Malekith and his Dark Elves attempted to wield its power to destroy the universe. Asgard later hands it over to The Collector for safe keeping, but Thanos acquires the Reality Stone in Infinity War and uses it to kidnap Gamora.

The Time Stone (Eye Of Agamotto)

Appearances: Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Time travel, the ability to see into the past and future, creates time loops

The Time Stone plays a major role in Doctor Strange. The stone is housed in the Eye Of Agamotto, which was created by Earth’s first sorcerer and Strange is later trained to use its abilities. He used the Eye in the finale to rewind time and to trap Dormammu in a time loop, forcing the demon to abandon his plans for Earth.

Strange used the Time Stone’s power in Avengers: Infinity War to view millions of possible outcomes to the Avengers battle with Thanos – finding only one reality where they succeed. Strange later surrendered the Time Stone to Thanos to save Tony Stark’s life. The Time Stone might play a role in defeating Thanos, with many believing Doctor Stange created a special time loop before his “death”. There’s also a good chance it will end up back in his possession for Doctor Strange 2.

Related: What Is Doctor Strange’s Plan in Avengers: Endgame?

The Mind Stone (Loki’s Scepter)

Appearances: The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Abilities: Telepathy, telekinesis, energy blasts

Thanos gifted Loki the Mind Stone – housed in a scepter – to help him conquer Earth on his behalf in The Avengers. This allowed Loki to control the minds of Hawkeye and Dr. Selvig and Marvel later revealed the Stone was even manipulating Loki.

In Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the stone is revealed to have an artificial intelligence inside it that is used to create Ultron. Ultron takes the scepter to create a body for himself, only for the Avengers to steal the body back and upload Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S into it, creating Vision. Vision later finds himself a target of Thanos in Infinity War, who ultimately kills him when he retrieves the Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead.

The Power Stone (The Orb)

Appearances: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Increased strength, invulnerability, endurance

The Power Stone once resided inside an Orb that Ronan the Accuser sought for Thanos in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and is powerful enough to destroy civilizations. Ronan steals it for himself to destroy the planet Xander but is eventually defeated by the Guardians. The Stone is given to the Nova Corps, but Thanos acquires it in Avengers: Infinity War after decimating Xander off-screen.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Can Reboot Guardians of The Galaxy (By Destroying Them)

The Soul Stone

Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Can steal, manipulate and alter souls

The Soul Stone was the most mysterious of the MCU Infinity Stones prior to its eventual reveal in Avengers: Infinity War. The movie reveals Thanos once sent Gamora to find the stone but she decided not to reveal she found it on the planet Vormir. After Thanos captures her, she takes him there and they find Red Skull has become the Stonekeeper, revealing to Thanos he must sacrifice something he loves to possess it. After he kills Gamora, the stone appears to him.

Fan theories suggest the Soul Stone will be the key to defeating Thanos, with either Captain America or Tony Stark sacrificing themselves to possess it. Those killed by Thanos’ snap are supposedly trapped inside the stone’s Soul World and could be rescued from inside it.

More: Every Upcoming Marvel Movie (2019 – 2021)



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2019-02-28 02:02:39

The Infinity Gauntlet Was Fused To Thanos’ Hand At The End Of Infinity War

It looks like the Infinity Gauntlet had fused to Thanos’ hand at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. For years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was building up to an epic showdown between the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), and after multiple team-up films, it finally happened in 2018’s Infinity War – which was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo – with Thanos obtaining all six Infinity Stones.

Of course, the purpose of the film, which has its plot continuing in this year’s Avengers: Endgame, was not only meant to show Thanos gathering all six Infinity Stones – as well as defeating the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the rest of the superheroes in the MCU – but using the Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe, which has since become officially known as the Decimation. Thanos’ snap worked in the end, but it left him permanently scarred.

Related: Thanos’ Role In Avengers: Endgame Will Be Marvel’s Biggest Surprise

While many people believed that Thanos’ quest would emotionally scar him after being forced to (not to mention choosing to) sacrifice Gamora, the one person who he loved most in the universe, it turns out that the snap also left him physically scarred. That much is clear in Infinity War, when viewers can see the Infinity Gauntlet burning on his hand and seemingly on the rest of his arm, too. But the scarring doesn’t appear to end there, as it seems the Infinity Gauntlet is now fused to his hand.

In the Avengers: Endgame trailer, audiences get one brief look at Thanos, who’s returning as the sequel’s main villain for the second part of this concluding story arc, when he’s walking across a field with the Infinity Gauntlet still on his hand. It’s possible this scene takes place mere moments after Infinity War, but since he’s already accomplished his mission, there’s no reason for him to still be wearing the glove – unless, of course, using all six Infinity Stones at once burned the Infinity Gauntlet to his hand.

While this didn’t happen in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book series, which Avengers: Infinity War takes heavy inspiration from, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the MCU. If Thanos cannot remove the Infinity Gauntlet from his hand and is forced to live with it for the rest of his life (which would fall in line with the theme of sacrifice, even if the Infinity Gauntlet, in its current state, can’t be used once again to trigger another universe-altering event, like Thanos’ snap), then this will make things considerably difficult for the Avengers as they attempt to defeat Thanos once and for all.

More: Avengers: Endgame – Every Update You Need To Know



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2019-01-06 01:01:25

Netflix Updates Infinity War Description After Fan Complaints

After releasing Avengers: Infinity War on Christmas Day, Netflix has changed the movie’s description following pushback from fans. After announcing that the movie would drop over a month ago, the release was heavily anticipated as one of the last MCU movies that will likely make it to the streaming service. It was reportedly an uneasy release, with many subscribers complaining that they were unable to find or access the film right away, and Netflix took to Twitter to help users find the movie. However, social media lit up once again with many fans taking issue with the synopsis’ reference to the movie’s central antagonist Thanos.

Netflix initially posted the following summation: “Superheroes amass to stop intergalactic sociopath Thanos from acquiring a full set of Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe.” A sociopath is characterized as someone who doesn’t experience guilt or emotional recoil, and is inclined to act primarily for their own interests, with little to no consideration for the well-being of others. Strong cases could be made for plenty of MCU villains falling into this camp, such as Red Skull and Thor’s sister Hela, but Thanos is a different story. He is, of course, the big bad of the MCU who enacts a massive genocide, but he does so for what he genuinely believes to be the sake of the continued survival of life across the universe. Moreover, his paternal role in Gamora’s life and obvious grief he experiences after sacrificing her in order to obtain the Soul Stone negates the notion that he’s a being who doesn’t experience complex emotion. Netflix was quick to react.

Related: Thanos’ Role In Avengers: Endgame Will Be Marvel’s Biggest Surprise

Though some users may still see the original description on Netflix, the streaming service’s new Avengers: Infinity War description encapsulates the controversial nature of Thanos, without referring to him as a sociopath. By keeping the focus on Thanos, rather than removing him from it altogether, Netflix clearly went out of their way to respond directly to the criticism instead of bypassing it. Check out the description below:

Interestingly enough, the term “So-called savior,” as opposed to something like “Self-proclaimed savior,” leaves more room for audiences – especially first-time viewers – to interpret Thanos in a more sympathetic light, rather than pigeonholing him as a remorseless dictator figure. Not so surprising, references to his decimating snap don’t appear to be going away anytime soon, as per the tidbit of information regarding how well it performed at the global box office.

Considering instances like the tweet storm NASA received about saving Tony Stark, it’s not surprising that fan outcry would be so fortified. For many, the fragments of Thanos’ compassion and capacity to love are crucial to what drives the emotional impact of Avengers: Infinity War. Not making Thanos a literal sociopath is what keeps the audience hanging on for the hope of his redemption, which is ultimately more interesting than waiting for him to be defeated. For example, Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s main antagonist Kyubey similarly justifies sacrificing human lives for sake of all life across the universe. However, since his alien race doesn’t experience emotions of any kind, the character’s complexity as a villain decelerates following that reveal. As for what’s next for Thanos, fans are no doubt waiting with bated breath for Avengers: Endgame.

MORE: Fan Reaction To Infinity War Ending Was Exactly What Marvel Wanted



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2018-12-30 07:12:15

Will Rocket Raccoon Take The Blame For Infinity War?

Rocket Raccoon is the only Guardian of the Galaxy left alive after the Thanos Snap – and we’re considering that nothing but karma, since Marvel’s entire Infinity War was set into motion by his stupidest, most senseless decision. Will he finally take the blame in Avengers 4?

Rocket will have plenty of time to think about his role in triggering the rise of Thanos, even if he’ll probably be doing all that thinking alone, now that his adopted family has been completely turned to dust (or been personally killed by Thanos beforehand). Since Rocket is absent from the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame, we’re taking it as a sign that the MCU heroes have also held him responsible. And when you look at the evidence, there is absolutely no doubt.

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Every hero could have done better in their fight against Thanos, and yes, Star-Lord did ruin the best plan to defeat him. But at least he had a reason for putting lives at risk. Fans didn’t know it at the time, but one mindless crime laughed off by Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set the death toll of Avengers: Infinity War in motion.

  • This Page: How Rocket’s Dumbest Robbery Helped Thanos
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Rocket’s Robbery Ruined Everything

Rocket Raccoon’s path to destroying half of the entire universe began innocently enough, with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 dropping fans straight into the action, showing how successful a team of hired guns the heroes had become since the first movie. Standing atop a massive structure on one of the worlds ruled by the Sovereign, their job was simple: kill the Abilisk who was expected to arrive at any second. It would arrive, they knew, because it was attracted to the Anulax Batteries used by the Sovereign: power sources far too valuable to lose to a cosmic monster… a detail that didn’t escape Rocket’s notice (he has a knack for spotting valuable, unguarded goods).

As viewers know, the battle turned out to be more exciting than the Guardians intended, but they still got the job done. And in exchange for their success in getting rid of the Sovereign’s gigantic pest problem, they got something more valuable to them than cash (at least in an emotional sense). They pulled off the job on behalf of Gamora, to take custody of her fellow ‘daughter of Thanos’ Nebula, and see her brought to justice by the Nova Corps.

But that wasn’t enough for Rocket. Instead of honoring their deal, he decided to steal right out from under a highly-advanced and proud empire, pocketing all the Anulax Batteries he could carry. Obviously a crime that would be instantly noticed… but c’mon, a GREAT joke he and Drax had a hearty chuckle over.

The Sovereign Attack The Guardians (Obviously)

Once the normally-thinking members of the Guardians (Peter and Gamora) discover that Rocket robbed their wealthy, proud, advanced, and honorable employers, they’re as outraged and panicked as any non-cartoon would be. They know, as any normal person would, that the Sovereign will be instantly in pursuit, rightfully looking to kill these two-faced outlaws after they honored the deal. Rocket had made them all enemies of an empire over one unwise score, and the impact of his treachery soon drives the entire movie. And as it turns out, gets half of the universe blinked out of existence.

Once Ego shows up to rescue the Guardians before dividing them by offering help, and the Sovereign hire Yondu and the Ravagers to kill them all as retribution, it becomes clear that Rocket’s mindless theft was simply a plot device. These twists needed to happen to create conflict, and start Rocket on his arc to accept and embrace family. It’s a shame that the inciting incident doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny on its own – but hey, it’s no worse than the average superhero movie. And these are the Guardians of the Galaxy we’re talking about, meaning audiences would care too much about the dangers the heroes face to question the believability of the plot device that made it all happen.

Isolated to one movie, we could let it go. But now the real way in which Thanos gathered the Infinity Stones to launch his Infinity War, the entire state of the MCU has Rocket’s ridiculous thieving to thank. Well, more specifically, how the crime made it possible for Thanos to form the Infinity Gauntlet.

Page 2: Rocket’s Mistake Starts The Whole Infinity War

Rocket’s Mess Allowed Nebula To Escape

We’ll mention it again, since it really is easy to forget once the action of Guardians 2 really builds steam (and the reveal of Peter Quill’s father becomes the primary plot). The entire reason for the Guardians taking the job slaying the Abilisk for the Sovereign is to trade services for Nebula, a prisoner held by the Sovereign for – hey what do you know, stealing Anulax Batteries! After Nebula’s role in the first film, Gamora and the other heroes seek to bring her to justice as Ronan’s accomplice. They’re directly on their way to the Nova Corps on Xandar to surrender her when the Sovereign attack them for what is seeming more and more like an idea below even Rocket’s intelligence.

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And when all is said and done, the Guardians take far too much damage from the attackers before Ego saves the day. Crippled, they make their jump through space before crash landing, destroying the Milano, and leaving them stranded on a remote forest world. What should have been a long overdue prisoner transfer has now become a whole Marvel movie, as the Guardians split up, leaving Groot and Rocket behind to guard Nebula. A questionable idea, perhaps, but the point is that Nebula escapes once the Ravagers arrive to settle Rocket’s double cross. And when she leaves, she makes it clear that getting revenge on Thanos is all she cares about.

Thanks to the director’s commentary for Avengers: Infinity War, fans know exactly how that mission worked out… and what information she gave up to Thanos when he defeated her.

When Thanos Caught Nebula, The Infinity War Began

Marvel had warned there would be no standing against Thanos when he finally stepped into the action, but nobody assumed that when he decided to “do it himself,” he would collect all of the Infinity Stones in a matter of days (hours?). Fans spun theories to explain the sudden movement, including the believable argument that Thanos was waiting for Marvel’s Universe to lose its protectors. But the writer and directors of Infinity War put those theories to bed thanks to the home video commentary. Apparently, Thanos was waiting for someone to find the Soul Stone. Without a lead on every Infinity Stone, he couldn’t act.

The only person who had found the Soul Stone’s location? Gamora. The only person she told? Nebula. The same Nebula who escaped thanks to Rocket’s doomed theft, headed straight for Thanos, and revealed Thanos could start his Infinity War and capture Gamora to win it. All of which would have never happened if Nebula was quietly locked away, as the Guardians intended. Who knew that blatantly stealing from a cosmic empire while trying to quietly capture a pivotal super-criminal would be a bad idea?

Oh wait, everybody should know that. So whether or not Rocket realized it before, and regardless of how much blame he actually takes in Avengers: Endgame now that his family is gone, the Infinity War and Thanos’ snap wouldn’t have happened without him. And all for a pocketful of Harbulary batteries.

MORE: 20 Things Wrong With Thanos We Choose To Ignore



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2018-12-16 11:12:07

Avengers 4: How Shuri May NOT Be Dead After Infinity War

Shuri may have also been killed by Thanos’ snap according to the newly released Avengers: Endgame trailer. Debuting this year as T’Challa’s vibrant and genius sister in Black Panther, the princess of Wakanda has quickly become a fan-favorite. Confirmed to be the smartest person in the MCU, Shuri was theorized to play a pivotal part in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ attempt to restore peace and order in the universe after the Decimation. But it appears that like her brother, she’s among those who were snuffed out of existence after the Mad Titan’s deadly click.

Shuri had a limited-but-essential role in Avengers: Infinity War; she was tasked with removing the Mind Stone on Vision’s forehead in a bid to stop Thanos getting the last Infinity Stone. She was seen last in her laboratory before the fight between Vision and Black Order member, Corvus Glaive moved outside of the building and to the grounds of Wakanda. And since the film didn’t show her disintegrating to dust, many assumed that she survived. Indeed, Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Ramond in the MCU, went on record to say that both her character and Shuri survived the snap. However, the Avengers: Endgame trailer is implying otherwise.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Trailer Breakdown

The Avengers 4 trailer kept its focus on the remaining heroes, as well as the reveal of Clint Barton’s new persona as a masterless samurai known as Ronin. However, one shot of a distraught Bruce Banner provides some sense of the wider world: he’s looking at screens showing the deceased (or “missing”), one of which includes Shuri. This would suggest she’s not been seen since the snap and thus is presumed dead.

It’s worth noting, however, that it’s a case of heroes being “missing”, not confirmed dead. Indeed, the survivors in the Avengers HQ don’t know yet what exactly happened to Peter Parker, who died on Titan, nor are they aware that Scott Lang is actually trapped in the Quantum Realm following Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s mid-credits scene. It’s possible that Bruce is looking at a list of the unaccounted for victims and that Shuri has been in hiding. This also checks in with Bassett’s earlier statement about Ramonda and her daughter’s fate.

Although the remaining Avengers are clearly back in their original HQ in New York, directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously said that Wakanda will be essential in Avengers 4 and dealing with the aftermath of the Decimation given. Considering that Endgame might have the heroes rely a bit more on science – both Stark’s Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing (B.A.R.F.) and the Quantum Realm are expected to be important – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes could certainly use Shuri’s genius, either to help crack time travel or bring back Vision.

The question remains about Shuri’s possible whereabouts. Marvel Studios was very careful in deciding what to show fans in the Avengers: Endgame’s first trailer and based on what we’ve seen, everything that has been revealed takes place early on in the movie so as to not to give anything away plot-wise that fans don’t know already. Similar to what they did in Infinity War, it’s safe to assume that the Russos, alongside writers Stephen Markus and Christopher McFeely, have planned more than a couple of plot twists. One of them could be the reveal of where the princess of Wakanda really is.

More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know



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2018-12-08 09:12:46

Avengers 4: What Happened To Hawkeye In Infinity War

The first trailer for Avengers: Endgame has confirmed Hawkeye‘s presence in the movie, but features the Battling Bowman in an outfit that may hint at a terrible fate for his family. The Ronin costume also suggests a new identity for Clint Barton, mimicking the comics that immediately followed the original Civil War event.

Many Avengers fans were upset that Clint “Hawkeye” Barton was completely absent from Infinity War. A throwaway bit of dialogue in the film explained his absence, revealing that both Clint Barton and Scott “Ant-Man” Lang had accepted plea-bargains that allowed them to serve their sentences under house-arrest, after escaping from prison at the end of Captain America: Civil War. With both heroes also being family men, it made sense that they would consider the strain that having a fugitive father would place on their children and chose to put their families first. Given that, it seems more than likely that Thanos’s snap – now dubbed The Decimation – resulted in the death of Barton’s wife and children.

Related: Here’s Why Hawkeye May Become Ronin in Avengers 4

While there has been nothing so far to confirm this, logically Barton would have little reason to enter the fight against Thanos at this point unless it had become personal. Even ignoring the decimated ranks of the Avengers, there is little Clint Barton could do as one man – but he would almost certainly demand to be a part of any effort to bring Thanos to account – or, at the very least, to restore the lives that were lost. The comic book version of Clint Barton is famed for his temper, and while the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have not given Jeremy Renner much chance to display this, it still seems likely that the movie version of Barton would demand a chance at vengeance.

The new costume Renner is wearing in the trailer is that of Ronin – a superhero identity used by several characters in Marvel Comics. Clint Barton was the second person to take up the Ronin identity chronologically, donning the costume to hide his identity from the public after he had been killed during the Avengers: Disassembled storyline. He was later resurrected during House of M, when Scarlet Witch used her powers to create a utopia where mutants ruled most of the world and nearly all of Marvel Comics’ heroes had been given a happy ending of some kind.

What makes the use of the Ronin costume so interesting is that House of M ended with another event called The Decimation, though that event involved Scarlet Witch depowering most of the mutants on Earth rather than Thanos eliminating half the life in the universe. Both events ended with a high body count, however, and both would leave Clint Barton as a lone warrior with no family and no one to answer to. In short, he would be a Ronin – a samurai with no clan or master to serve.

It is entirely possible that Hawkeye’s adoption of the Ronin identity in Avengers: Endgame will differ from the comics. Time will tell the truth of things, but for now it seems as though Clint Barton will be a metaphorically clanless warrior, fighting to avenge his lost family.

More: Avengers 4: Every Update You Need To Know



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2018-12-08 02:12:19

Disney Encouraged Infinity War’s Dark Ending, Say Directors

Disney was fully behind the dark Avengers: Infinity War ending, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed. The beginning of the culmination of the 22-film arc that Marvel Studios has been treading since 2008’s Iron Man, the film brought together all pockets of the MCU to fight Thanos and his minions as he attempted to collect all six Infinity Stones in the hopes of wiping out half of life in the universe.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were joined in their most dangerous mission yet with the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as other independently operating heroes such as Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Black Panther. Sadly, despite their gallant efforts, the Mad Titan ultimately succeeded. The film ended on a low note as life across the galaxy just suddenly disintegrated into dust, including several of MCU’s heroes. The finale immediately became the talk of the town and is still a favorite topic of discussion among fans. And despite its tone, it turns out, Disney was all for doing it.

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Making a rare appearance at Business Insider Ignition (via Deadline), the Russos opened up about the creative process of making Infinity War, especially with regard to the film’s surprise ending twist. When asked what Disney initially thought about what they were planning to do, Joe said that “they were incredibly encouraging of the choices we made.” Anthony further explained why the House of Mouse had no qualms about what they were planning to do.

“The only way to drive a conversation is to surprise people. If you’re constantly adhering to convention, you’re not going to surprise people. [Plot twists properly done create] pop culture talking points for an audience, but they’re also just good narrative.”

The Russos have been vocal about how Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had been nothing but supportive of the creative choice they made to end Infinity War. But since the brand is under Disney, at the end of the day, they would have to follow the mandate of their parent company. Considering that the entertainment conglomerate is known for their family-friendly projects, it’s quite surprising that they didn’t get any pushback. Since Marvel was given this leeway in terms of crafting Avengers 3, fans can rest assure that the directors alongside directors Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have control over what’s going down in Avengers 4.

Disney’s willingness to let Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers pull the dark Avengers: Infinity War ending is a good sign with regard to their plans for the IPs they’ll soon acquire after the buyout of Fox’s film and TV assets is finalized next year. It can be remembered that one of the main concerns of the public about the sale is the possibility that the House of Mouse will water down inherently dark and gritty projects to fit their family-friendly reputation. Fans would just have to wait and see how this will be all handled once the legalities of the sale is finalized.

More: Infinity War: Every Character That Survived Thanos’ Snap

Source: Deadline



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2018-12-05 04:12:25

Captain Marvel Trailer Easter Egg Reveals Infinity Stone Connection

An Easter egg in the Captain Marvel trailer confirms that the movie will involve The Avengers‘ Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. – a subtle tie to the Infinity Stones. Captain Marvel seems to serve as a prequel to the entire Avengers franchise, revealing a never-before-seen early adventure of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson. It appears to show just why Fury became a believer in superheroes, with Captain Marvel serving as the inspiration for the entire Avengers Initiative. But it looks as though the connections may run a lot deeper than that.

Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. is lifted straight from the comics, where it was envisioned as a scientific base in the Adirondack Mountains. It was originally intended to oversee research on alternative forms of energy, but it gradually became a center for some of the world’s most advanced technology. The MCU version was first referenced in Iron Man 2, which revealed that Howard Stark had been involved in the project prior to his death in 1991. It was finally seen on the big screen in The Avengers in 2012, when Loki infiltrated its facility in the Mojave Desert.

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The second Captain Marvel trailer has finally confirmed that Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. will appear in the film. One scene in the trailer sees Nick Fury and Carol Danvers steal a Quinjet – one with a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. logo on its wing. It looks like Fury has taken Captain Marvel to a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base, which makes sense; the Captain Marvel teaser showed a Quinjet flying into space, and even modern Quinjets don’t have that capability. But a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Quinjet – probably a rarer design, built as a result of a partnership between S.H.I.E.L.D. and NASA – could well be able to do that.

The P.E.G.A.S.U.S. reference is important for another reason, however. It’s important to remember that, in The Avengers, the P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base in the Mojave Desert was the place where S.H.I.E.L.D. was researching the power of the Tesseract. Given the Mojave Desert is primarily located in southern California and Captain Marvel takes place in Los Angeles (while on Earth), it’s quite likely this is the same facility. The Space Stone was retrieved by Howard Stark sometime before his death; he used to work with P.E.G.A.S.U.S., so it’s possible he studied the Tesseract there, and that it remained at the Mojave Desert installation until Loki’s arrival in The Avengers movie.

It’s interesting to note that Ben Mendelsohn’s Captain Marvel character Talos, the Skrull war-leader who has used his shapeshifting powers to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D., appears to lead a security team at the P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base. Is this just a coincidence – or have the Skrulls targeted this specific installation for a reason? The Tesseract may actually be an important part of Captain Marvel‘s plot; perhaps the Skrulls have learned that the Space Stone is on Earth, and their entire invasion is really an attempt to acquire it. There’s a comic book precedent for that idea; in 2007’s Secret Invasion event, the Skrulls focused a phenomenal amount of effort on capturing the advanced technology kept at P.E.G.A.S.U.S., and they could have the same motive here. If this is indeed the case, and if the Tesseract does play a part in this film, then Captain Marvel won’t just be a prequel story for the Avengers franchise; it will instead set the scene for the entire MCU.

More: Captain Marvel: Every Update You Need To Know



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2018-12-05 03:12:21