Infinity stones have slowly been making their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first, known as the space stone, showed up Captain America: The First Avenger, but was better known as the Tesseract. Second, fans were introduced to the mind stone inside Loki’s staff from The Avengers (the stone now sits atop Vision’s head). Sif inadvertently gave the reality stone to The Collector at the end of Thor: The Dark World. Star Lord found the power stone in Guardians of the Galaxy, and the time stone (Eye of Agamatto) was just recently introduced in Doctor Strange. With only one stone unaccounted for, the soul stone, Avengers: Infinity War looks to bring them all together, finally completing the Infinity Gauntlet.
As noted above, with one stone still missing, Marvel is running out of films in which to introduce the last piece of the puzzle. Up next in their intricately planned release schedule will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; but director James Gunn has said the film does not include Thanos or the stones. That leaves Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther before the next Avengers film. With Spider-Man production having recently wrapped filming at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, its plot does not look like a good fit for Infinity Stones.
But perhaps there’s some bit of magic to filming in Atlanta, Georgia because two more Marvel properties will be calling the busy Pinewood Studios home shortly. According to CB, Omega Underground has posted updated production notices for both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War under their production working titles of Motherland and Mary Lou Parts 1 & 2, respectively. The notice states Infinity War is slated to begin production on January 23, 2017 at Hollywood’s newest go-to stage, while also listing London as a filming location for the next big team-up film.
Little is known about what to expect with Avengers: Infinity War, and what few details we have found don’t offer much. We know that Thanos is on the hunt for all the Infinity Stones and that the Guardians will feature prominently in the film. With five stones accounted for, the best bet for locating the sixth stone lies within Thor: Ragnarok even though no one at Marvel has confirmed such a theory. With Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther likely sharing some overlap in filming, does that mean we can expect more of the characters from each film to crossover?
Pinewood Atlanta has been home to several Marvel productions over the last few years, and it’s a trend that looks to continue most likely due to lucrative tax credits from the state of Georgia. The city of Atlanta is home to several major film and TV productions like The Walking Dead, Furious 7, Divergent: Insurgent, and two Hunger Games installments just to name a few.
Avengers: Infinity War begins shooting at Pinewood Studios Atlanta on January 23, 2017.