Spotlight: Avengers Infinity War

Welcome back to the Spotlight series, where we will take an in depth look at either an upcoming film, video game or novel. Detailing everything there is to know about the upcoming release and our own personal thoughts. Our second entry in the series is going to look at upcoming Marvel movie Avengers: Infinity War.

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Back in 2008 cinema goers witnessed the beginning of something that would transcend all film media that had come before it. The beginning of the “Marvel Cinema Universe” as Studio chief Kevin Feige (Later referred to as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU) phrased it. Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau, saw the world introduced to Earth-199999 an on-screen continuity that would set out to combine Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a series of feature films across a number of years. With the aim being to bring them all together in a future crossover event.

From there the rest is history, at some point prior to the release of The Avengers Marvel put together a 3-Phase plan that would culminate in the largest crossover story in cinematic history. We’re now 10 years on from the first Iron Man film and we’re at long last about to witness the first installment of that story.

Avengers: Infinity War marks the beginning of the end for Phase 3 in the MCU, and regardless of the history making series that has come before it, and shall undoubtedly carry on afterwards, the film itself is worthy of applause.

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Counts have varied, but as of right now it appears as though the film together over 70 characters from across the franchise. Rather than relying on series stalwarts such as Iron ManThor and Captain America this film will up the stakes like no film has done before, placing emphasis on the need for every hero available to be present in order to combat the villain of the piece, Thanos. The pressure that this feat will have placed not only on the directors, but also the writers and crew involved with the movie’s production would be astronomical. These aren’t just throw away characters or cameos, but instead fully fleshed out key pieces of an ensemble, who the audience will be expecting to see in balanced roles throughout the movie. Of course some will take more a center stage over others, and the roles may then be reversed when the final movie of Marvel’s initial 3 phases comes about, Avengers 4; but from the trailers alone we have already seen the likes of Iron Man, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Vision and Thor being thrust into the spotlight. Combine this with the need for the Russo Brothers to tell an effective “origin story” for Thanos and the feature film starts to look like someone having to balance 70 plates at once, rather than the usual 1 to 10.

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The world premier for Infinity War will take place in Los Angeles on April 23rd 2018, with the theatrical release of the film then taking place sporadically over the next few days, with the final release date being the 11th May 2018 when the film will be released in China. You can find the release date for your country here.

In an uncommon move for a movie of this magnitude, Marvel won’t be running any press junkets prior to the movie’s premier on the 23rd. In fact the directors have gone as far as to post a Tweet which specifically stated that #ThanosDemandsYourSilence and begged for audiences not to spoil the film once they had seen it, stating that the film’s true plot had not yet been revealed.

Lastly, the Russo Brothers and Kevin Feige have been bridging questions about the still untitled Avengers 4, revealing that the title has been kept under wraps because it will spoil the events of Infinity War and that the title once revealed should scare fans of the franchise.

Let us know Marvel fans, how excited are you for the release of Infinity War? And don’t try and pretend like you’re not.

Avengers Infinity War news roundup

Following on from the internet breaking Avengers Infinity War trailer that dropped last week there has been a flurry of news regarding the film, and we’re here to round it up in one place

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Breaking records

Following the release of the second trailer, tickets for the hotly anticipated culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe went on sale and immediately began breaking records.

Back in January it was reported by Fandango that Marvel smash-hit Black Panther had the biggest first day ticket sales of any Marvel movie yet, well that record didn’t last long as Variety have reported that Infinity War broke that record in just 6 hours.  That’s a huge achievement and would indicate that the 3rd Avengers film is on track to do incredibly well at the box office once it is released in late April.

Boldly going where no film has gone before

One of the biggest selling points of Infinity War is that it is bringing together the largest roster of Superheroes and characters that has ever been assembled (Pun intended) in a single movie.

With /Film reporting that there are 76 characters in Infinity War it is nothing short of a miracle that the film has been able to happen in the first place, and that’s something that Anthony Russo, one of the films directors, has been keen to point out.

Stating in an interview with Collider:
“I think it’s a very unique film, I don’t think there are a lot of movies that have the kind of tone that this movie has, because it’s a combination of franchises and I don’t think we’ve ever seen that before on this scale.”

Thanos and Thor take center stage

It’s unsurprising that following the release of the trailer and poster a flurry of interviews with both cast members and the Russo brothers have been released. One particular tid bit of information that caught our eye throughout all these interviews was the revelation of which characters take up the most screen time in the movie.

The answer being the God of Thunder, Thor and the big bad of the film, Thanos.

In an interview with Fandango Joe Russo responded to a question about who has the most screen time by saying:
“Interestingly enough, I’ll start out by saying Thanos, even though he’s not a character that had a huge preexisting story in the Marvel universe. He was a threat, but he was not developed in any way up to this point. Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it’s his movie. Our job when we make these films – and what we feel is important to us – is to surprise the audience. We wanted to tell a story that they weren’t expecting, and the story is told from the point of view of a villain, which I think is also really unique and risky for a commercial film that will surprise the audience. I think this is a market where the audience really enjoys innovation and disruption, and we want to do something innovative in this space. So I think Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time, and I think you’ll find that Thor has a really interesting arc in the film. He hasn’t been at the forefront of other Avengers movies, but he certainly has a very important role in this film. So I’ll say, Thanos and Thor.”

The Invisible Man

As amazing as the new trailer was, it left many fans with two big questions. Where are Ant Man and Hawkeye? We know that the pair are due to appear in the upcoming and as of yet untitled Avengers 4 but their whereabouts and role in Infinity War is still murky.

We have at least somewhat of an answer to one of those characters. When asked about Clint Barton’s (Hawkeye) whereabouts in Infinity War during an interview with /Film Joe Russo revealed:
“Coming out of Civil War, he’s in the same position that Cap and Falcon are at the end of that movie. And Ant-Man. Coming into this movie, you know… Characters on Cap’s side coming out of the Civil War, some made certain decisions and others made other decisions that led to different paths in them dealing with oversight in this movie in a different way. So Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie.”

More news will no doubt drop as we draw closer to the release of Infinity War in cinemas. Until then make sure you follow @WeAreNiche and keep coming back to the website as we bring you the latest.