Though a sizable amount of time will be spent on Earth in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, the writers of both films promise an equal importance when it comes to cosmic locations. The future of the MCU after Phase 4 is up in the air, but we've heard two contrasting visions of what's to come. It's been said that after Thanos comes calling, a number of movies will deal with smaller, more grounded stakes. The Spider-Man series is proof of that and the upcoming Black Widow movie is sure to operate in similar territory. But we know the cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also destined to expand.
James Gunn will be shaping the cosmic future of the MCU from what we've heard, and he's already provided glimpses of it in his current franchise. Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is one of the few guaranteed films coming in Phase 4. So while some films will stay down to Earth, it's clear the arrival of Thanos and the chaos of Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 will blow open the doors to a number of new characters and locations. And when it comes to the two epic team-ups, they may just provide a taste of what's to come.
During Screen Rant's Avengers: Infinity War set visit in June 2017, our own Rob Keyes heard from Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus about the locations explored in the two films. Naturally, a lot of the action will take place on Earth in both movies. But the writing duo made sure to stress that moving beyond our planet was the best way to differentiate from the typical sci-fi narrative.
Stephen McFeely: We can’t give you a percentage but it’s fairly split. That’s part of the nature of all these groups coming together.
Christopher Markus: And we wanted to not have it be the feeling that it all comes down to Earth every time. It’s this sort of “Earth-ist” point-of-view that you have to tell a science fiction story. “In order to conquer the universe I have to take over this one little tiny planet.” We needed a broad canvas the whole time so that it didn’t feel like, coincidentally, every stone is in America. [Laughs]
We know the final third of Avengers 3 is in Wakanda, and the trailers and images so far have shown New York and other locations around the world. With at least two Infinity Stones on Earth, it's no surprise why Thanos and his forces come to the planet. But it won't be the only celestial body the film visits.
Avengers: Infinity War is Thanos' origin story, which means we'll spend time watching him enact his plan across the cosmos. We'll also see his home planet of Titan, the mysterious orange planet a number of the Avengers and Guardians end up on. That will likely be the spot of a big battle (here are some of the best cosmic space stories from Marvel Comics), and it's safe to assume the chaos of Avengers 3 will lead to even more intergalactic travel in Avengers 4. We know Gunn consultated on both films and Kevin Feige is clearly trying to build towards a more cosmic future. So while Earth and its mightiest heroes will be a big factor, expect to visit some new and distant worlds in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.
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