The Avengers: Infinity War cast members who were present at the D23 Expo this weekend, were floored by the first official look at the much-anticipated film from Marvel Studios. The ensemble project, which is helmed by the Russo brothers (Joe and Anthony), will serve as the culmination of everything that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become, since it kicked off with 2008's Iron Man. Thus, there is intense excitement surrounding the film - and not just from Marvel fans, but the people creatively involved with the movie too.
A teaser for Infinity War was shown during Marvel's panel time at the 2017 D23 Expo, to both journalists and the film's actual cast. The MCU actors present at the event included Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk/Bruce Banner), Paul Bettany (Vision), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange). Even Josh Brolin (Thanos) was on-hand to watch the Infinity War footage for the first time.
During the Infinity War D23 panel, co-director Joe Russo cheekily shared the first sneak peek at the project - presenting the video as supposedly just cut scenes from various MCU films leading up to Infinity War. Little did many of the people at the panel know that they were going to be shown actual footage from Infinity War, too. The actors who actually worked in the film were also surprised by how exceptional the movie is shaping up to be. Their excitement was documented in the above video (courtesy of Flicks And the City), where various cast member shared their initial thoughts on what they just watched.
Naturally, most every cast member was brimming with pride and excitement over Infinity War. Most of them admitted to being moved by the fact that Infinity War is a project built on a decade's worth of history for Marvel and were overwhelmed by the warm reaction from the D23 crowd. Cumberbatch, especially, (in a joint interview with Holland) gave a shout-out not just to the stars who appear in front of the camera but also the people who have relentlessly worked behind-the-scenes on the MCU to date, saying:
"We’re both a bit in shock, still. We’re both recovering from the full force of seeing something that’s taken ten years to get to this point, both of real people’s lives and of the characters’ stories."
Even though he's playing the CGI-heavy big bad of Infinity War, Brolin, was also awestruck by what he saw. Explaining that while he has never doubted the narrative arc of the film laid out for him, seeing it coming to fruition on the big screen was a sight to behold:
"When you see the actual manifestation, it’s fun. I’m still reeling. It’s a really good time. I remember talking to Mark [Ruffalo] when I first got into it, and I was like 'What’s this like?' And he was like 'I’m onstage, and I feel like an idiot, and I don’t know what I’m doing.' And then I see the movie and I go 'Oh my god, I’ll do anything you want. I’ll do it naked, whatever.' What they’re able to do, just with this cutting edge technology, is incredible. It makes every fantasy come true."
Avengers: Infinity War recently wrapped principal photography and Joe Russo has now promised that the first Infinity War teaser for the public will be arriving "very soon." At the very least, expect the first proper trailer to debut this November, when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters.
Source: Flicks And the City
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