Audiences should prepare for “intense surprises” and possible deaths in Avengers: Infinity War

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How is the Marvel Cinematic Universe like an imaginary herd of cows? It’s simple: There are no real stakes. Absolutely terrible puns aside, Marvel does have a problem with their movies lacking proper repercussions though.

For the latest example of this issue, see Captain America: Civil War, which was a fantastic film that we all loved. Well, not quite all of us. Trevor had a very particular bone to pick with that movie as he totally couldn’t get invested in the fight between Captain America and Iron Man and their respective groups as he knew that nothing really bad was ever going to truly happen to these guys – or, heaven forbid, they actually got killed off! They were too big, too famous. Even when War Machine suffered a seemingly devastating injury, he was shown just a short while later to be back on the road to recovery. Like I said, no real stakes.

Things are looking to change with Avengers: Infinity War though. With the largest cast ever assembled for a superhero ensemble movie, going up against the biggest threat they have ever faced, if there was ever a time where the odds were that somebody would not make it out alive, this would be it. And it sounds as if co-director Joe Russo is in agreement, as he revealed to MTV while at this weekend past’s Comic-Con.

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My brother [Anthony Russo] and I believe in stakes. I believe that everything has to come to an end at some point in order for it to have value. The audience should be prepared.

Speaking to ComicBook.com as well at Comic-Con, Russo continued, explaining that the reason why the heroes all need to start making sure their last wills and testaments are up to date is due to ultimate badass Thanos. Marvel have been teasing the cosmic despot as far back as 2012’s The Avengers, but in Infinity War he is finally going to show these heroes what he’s made of, and it won’t be pretty.

The stakes are incredibly high. I wanted to turn Thanos into Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character. Sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies.

With the old guard of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) all not having Marvel contracts beyond the still untitled 2019 follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, it will be very intriguing to see if Marvel will actually have the cojones to kill off one of them. We know that Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Ant-Man and Spider-Man are safe, as they still need to show up for their planned sequels. The Guardians of the Galaxy cast need to do the same for Vol. 3, but that doesn’t mean everybody has to be there. Nebula, Drax, Mantis should all be worried. So too the lower tier Avengers like War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Black Widow should also watch their back.

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If I had to pick just one name though, it would definitely be Vision. Paul Bettany’s synthetic being is only alive due to the Infinity Stone embedded in his forehead, and last time we checked, Thanos wanted every single one of them. I have a feeling the Mad Titan is not averse to cracking open a skull or two to get what he wants. Sorry, Vision. You’re being squished like a grape.

Avengers: Infinity War is co-directed by Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War) and stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. It is scheduled for release on May 4, 2018.

Last Updated: July 27, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • I’ve been meaning to write up about how Marvel wrote themselves into a bit of a wall or rather rock-and-hard-place by having insanely good origin stories overseen by two brilliant minds that led up to an incredible climax, and then having to lull about for a while until the overall climax of the decade-long plan – or, The Matrix Reloaded problem.

    They can’t present the Origin-story-esque “defeat” that the hero needs to achieve growth, because the hero has already shown that in their origin story. But they want to bide some time until the next big clash, so then what? Well, stuff happens, basically. It’s a bit like a badly designed RPG that started out great, culminated in an excellent first act, and then the developers just gave us fetch quests until the promised, teased, huge anticipated, insane third act that will inevitably disappoint us.

    Please prove me wrong Marvel.

  • Unavengedavo
  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    That bone is so big you could put an X in front of it.

    People (more than one) better die this time! For realsies. And not just bit players. Major ones too.

  • Original Heretic

    I think that what we all need to remember is that this is a COMIC book universe. When the heroes die, somehow they always find a way to come back.
    If Thanos in the MCU has his unrequited love of Death (Mistress Death), who knows, if a hero dies, they might come back if a deal can be made with her. The possibility is there.

  • “possible deaths” in a Marvel movie that’s always about the power of friendship…

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/2013/07/laughter.gif

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      But isn’t friendship magic?

      • Not in the Marvel universe. They got nothing on Equestria!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Pinkie Pie is the best.

  • Hammersteyn

    Kill all those that abandon the MCU universe like Thor, Iron Man and Captain America.

  • Magoo

    Maybe it’s Iron Man.. So that the new Iron “Man” can come in.

    • I would not mind Emo Man getting the boot.

      • Magoo

        Do you like any of them? 😛

        • The first Avengers movie was cool. After that it just became silly.

          • Magoo

            I mean, the heroes!

          • I like Thor… because he has fabulous hair.

          • Magoo

            Oh, that’s funny. The only one I don’t like. >.>

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            *had.

          • This franchise is dead to me!!!

        • Hammersteyn

          Batman!

          • Wrong franchise xD

          • Hammersteyn

            Don’t care. Batman!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    WE ARE NOT READY !!!

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