Written by John Hussey
The Marvel Cinematic Universe started in May 2, 2008 with Iron Man and has gone on to produce Three Phases, consisting of fourteen films to date (with eight more due to come out between now and 2019), along with an original television series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a television series following Peggy Carter – Marvel’s Agent Carter -, and an upcoming television series following The Inhumans – Marvel’s The Inhumans.
Along with that a Netflix deal that will bring The Defenders to our screens within Marvel’s The Defenders later this year following on from Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and soon to be released Marvel’s Iron Fist, which will be followed by a spin-off series featuring the Punisher – Marvel’s The Punisher. On top of this Marvel Studios/Disney managed to strike up a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the fold.
So much has happened over the last decade, which ultimately changed the comic-book industry and the way Hollywood approaches filmmaking forever. Next year (2018) promises to celebrate this massive journey with the ultimate culmination, Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel Studios have kindly released a short teaser video to give us a little insight into the production and what we can expect from the back-to-back Avengers production.
The teaser video opens up with an introduction by Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, which confirms the presence of Iron Man, Star-Lord, and Spider-Man. We later see a bunch of character cards hanging on the wall of one of Marvel Studios’ offices which neatly confirms the presence of Rocket Raccoon, Scarlet Witch, the Winter Soldier and Falcon. Concept art also confirms the presence of Thor, and once again Rocket, within a team-up shot which features Thor without his iconic hammer (Mjolnir) and is instead wielding an axe (speculating some to theorise that he may lose Mjolnir during the events of Thor: Ragnarok).
Also within the video we have head-man Kevin Feige informing us that Thanos will be the most powerful, and scariest threat to date, whilst also declaring that The Avengers will meet The Guardians of the Galaxy. Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo explain a little about how the events of Captain America: Civil War will play a key part within this epic two-part feature, whilst writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely get the anticipation ball rolling by stating this will be an event unlike no other.
But you don’t need me waffling about it. Go check out the video for yourself and join in on the exciting build-up to Avengers: Infinity War, due out May 4, 2018.