Avengers: Infinity War will finally see the Guardians of the Galaxy team up with the Avengers in a massive spectacle. The very first video from the set already gave us Chris Pratt and Robert Downey Jr. on set (along with Tom Holland's Spider-Man), which is a meet-up four years in the making. Just having Pratt and Downey Jr. trade barbs behind the scenes was a treat for fans and hints at how much fun having them both on screen, in character, could be.
The original Guardians film took everyone by surprise and became one of Marvel's highest-grossing solo films; all that despite characters being relatively unknown. It turned Pratt into a star and shone a spotlight on director James Gunn and his irreverent sensibilities. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just around the corner and the team will be once again led by Chris Pratt's Star Lord, who will have to save the galaxy with his motley crew.
In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Chris Pratt called the original Guardians one of the big turning points in his career. He went on to talk about how Avengers: Infinity War will be something different — and more than just a big Hollywood tentpole film. Here's what he told the outlet:
Well, so far, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the biggest spectacle movie of all time — that is all time up until now. Avengers [Infinity War] is going to be a pretty big spectacle. I think you’re talking 40 heroes — that is a huge spectacle. I was using James [Gunn's] vernacular by calling Vol. 2 the biggest spectacle of all time. I heard him say that and I thought, ‘That sounds right.’ But I have to amend that. I think this sequel transcends the genre in a way. It’s a deep motion picture and something different than just a big spectacle film. There’s a difference between dime-store novels and literature and this is like literature. It’s going to stand the test of time. It’s maybe this decade’s movie, if not a longer period of time.
This isn't the first time we've heard something similar. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that in the third Avengers outing we'll see things that have never been attempted in a comic book film. Avengers: Infinity War will see all the heroes in the past decade come together in a common cause to fight Thanos, who finally acquires all six Infinity Stones. The story is ten years and 18 films in the making. In the comics, Thanos getting his hands on the Stones has disastrous results and it takes the combined effort of all Marvel heroes to defeat the Mad Titan. This will be Marvel's biggest film ever, but it begs the question: how they will top it with the currently-untitled Avengers 4?
Calling Avengers: Infinity War this decade's movie is a big claim — especially when you consider that Avengers 4 is shooting right after in August. However, Marvel continues to add more critically-acclaimed smash hits to its name, with each passing year. Even at their worst, these Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are merely (very) entertaining.
Source: The Toronto Sun
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019