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'Avengers: Infinity War' Auditions Offer Major Potential Villain Reveal

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In a matter of weeks, Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will come to a conclusion of sorts as Ant-Man (sort of) closes another chapter in the franchise, setting the stage for Captain America: Civil War to kickoff Phase 3 next summer. And since we already know the entire Phase 3 lineup of films that ends with a pair of interconnected Avengers films in 2018-19, fans are already looking ahead in speculating on who will fight who to save the galaxy in a few years time.

We already know the "puppet master" antagonist of the franchise, Thanos (Josh Brolin), will be the major player of the two-part Avengers: Infinity War but we also know that these two movies - which we're told will stand on their own as complete pictures - will have other villains as well, some familiar, some new. One of those new characters might have just been revealed... and might tie-in to Guardians of the Galaxy 2...

Acting-Auditions, the source of several recent character confirmations in the MCU, revealed some details about casting process for Avengers: Infinity War, which despite it being two years before production even begins, is already beginning. And in it, the evil Magus is namedropped.

Auditions are now getting underway for the Marvel Studios feature film ‘Avengers: Infinity War – Part I’ lead and supporting roles. The auditions for new lead and supporting roles will be taking place in Los Angeles, CA. The film is the first in a two-part sequel in which Thanos plays a major role, along with the Magus. Adam Warlock’s bad side, the Magus, separates from his body and assembles the Infinity Gauntlet. Magus creates doppelgangers of Earth’s heroes as part of his plan to recreate a universe of evil. “Avengers: Infinity War – Part I” will be shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI 2D digital camera.

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The description continues, also adding that Tom Hiddleston will be in Avengers: Infinity War as well, potentially confirming Loki's continuation after the events of Thor: Ragnarok. If true, the theme here throughout Phase 3 - which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone - is that many of the Phase 3 films are directly setting the stage for the main event in Infinity War. And that begins sooner than you might think, even in Ant-Man where Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige tells THR that it introduces another "realm" which will play into Phase 3 in a few years.

Films like Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange, are not simply adding new headline heroes; they're introducing new worlds, dimensions, and you guessed it... long-term villains. And that extends beyond just the new solo character movies, but more on that later.

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