'The Avengers Are Back' But Does Anybody Care?

Published December 1st, 2017 - 05:08 GMT
Here we go again. /Courtesy Marvel
Here we go again. /Courtesy Marvel

Even as the evil villain Thanos is preparing to take over the universe in the new trailer of Avengers: Infinity War, producer Kevin Feige says the second instalment of the film will be a finale of sorts for the superheroes. The trailer of the much-awaited Infinity War sees Marvel recruit all of its cinematic superheroes, from Iron Man and Thor to Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, to save the galaxy.

The film, due in theatres in May 2018, will see the biggest gathering of Walt Disney Co.-owned Marvel’s fast-expanding cadre of cinematic superheroes, including Doctor Strange, Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

“This is the culmination of 10 years of filmmaking and I think it’s unprecedented,” Joe Russo, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with his brother, Anthony Russo, in July, after early footage of the film was shown at Disney’s D23 fan exposition in Anaheim, California.

The trailer shows the Avengers coming together as they prepare to battle Thanos.

Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are seen with Dr Stephen Strange and Wong, Peter Parker feels his Spider-Man senses tingling while on the school bus, Loki gets his hands on a powerful Infinity Stone and Black Panther teams up with Captain America, Black Widow and the Winter Soldier.

“When you combine them, you get something that you haven’t seen before,” Joe Russo said.

The Russo brothers said that Infinity War will close out a 10-year storyline that began with 2008’s Iron Man, and set the stage for a new iteration of Marvel’s on-screen superheroes.

Producer Feige also weighed in saying the fourth Avengers movie will be a key inflection point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like the end of the beginning.

The still-untitled movie, due in May 2019, will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale,” Feige told Vanity Fair for its new holiday issue.

Of course, said finale — which theoretically could involve any number of dead superheroes — would only affect characters who make it through May 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, right?

“There will be two distinct periods,” Feige told the magazine. “Everything before Avengers four and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”

Audiences couldn’t be blamed for expecting a lot, given that when the movie started production, Feige spun it as “the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe as started in May of 2008” with the release of the first Iron Man movie. No biggie.

Culmination or not, Marvel Studios’ cameras will keep rolling. With more than a score of films under its belt already, he said, Marvel’s “got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before — intentionally”.

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