Avenger: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo reveals some of the film takes place on Earth, with a mix of scenes set in space. The Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it is coming to an end with the release of Avengers: Infinity War and its still untitled followup in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Ten years and 22 movies after the story arc first began in 2008’s Iron Man, Earth’s mightiest superhero team will fight their biggest battle yet against Thanos over control of the powerful Infinity Stones and Gauntlet. Together with the Guardians of the Galaxy, they’ll try to stop him from inflicting his will on all reality and re-balancing the universe as he sees it.
Until now, Thanos has only been seen up in space lording over his underlings like Loki, Ronan the Accuser and daughters Gamora and Nebula in his quest to gather the Infinity Stones. However, at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, a frustrated Thanos vowed to come down from his throne and find the stones himself. We know from the Infinity War teaser seen at San Diego Comic-Con and D23 Expo, as well as the addition of the Guardians of the Galaxy to the story, that much of the arc’s conclusion will take place in space. The question now is what else will the last two movies entail.
On hand at the Marvel press line at San Diego Comic-Con, CinemaBlend asked Infinity War director Joe Russo just how much of the film will be set back on on Earth with the Avengers’ more human members:
A good amount. It’s a lot of different narratives driving towards each other. A lot of different characters, so you have to tell a lot of story. And it’s a good mix between space and Earth.
As we suspected, Russo explains that the movie’s sprawling cast means the film will bounce around between multiple narratives in order to tell the whole story. In essence, whereas previous Avengers movies were set primarily on Earth while Guardians movies were set in space, we’ll now get an amalgamation of the two all in one movie. Of course, we’ll also get to see some Avengers, like Thor, journey into space, while it’s assumed the Guardians will also meet up with their counterparts on Earth.
Thanos is also just one guy, so there has to be more to the Infinity War story for the film to be set in multiple locations at once. Certainly, Thanos’ Black Order will help with that. We know Loki and Nebula will be on hand during the movie, so he could be another character causing mischief. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that, “We all should be very afraid of Thanos. There are a lot more villains in Infinity War too.” We’ve also heard that Black Panther‘s villain M’Baku will be part of the action, so the film could turn out to be a who’s who of Marvel bad guys. One thing’s for sure, as the beginning of the last installment of this chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War is going to be an exciting, epic ride on a scale we haven’t seen before.
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