The Vision & Scarlet Witch and House of M
While the influence of the previous comic storylines can easily be seen, the ongoing arc of the Vision and Scarlet Witch in the comics looks to play a major role in Avengers 3 and 4. Civil War teased a romance between Vision and Wanda, but the poster and trailer for Avengers: Infinity War show that it will be in full bloom for the new film. This more or less resembles the coupling that played out in the '80s, in both Avengers and the series The Vision and Scarlet Witch by writers Bill Mantlo and Steve Englehart.
What followed was years of complex comic storylines that eventually led to the Vision and Scarlet Witch having two kids. The twists and turns that follow are difficult to summarize, but Wanda eventually loses the kids and her memory of them, which leads to a mental breakdown and an onslaught of her reality-warping powers. This culminates in Brian Michael Bendis' House of M from 2005, where Scarlet Witch creates an alternate reality where her family are royalty and mutants reign supreme under Magneto. When this is undone, Wanda utters her infamous words, "No more mutants," and radically changes the Marvel Universe.
Naturally, most of this won't occur in the MCU (especially given that mutants don't exist). But it's becoming clearer and clearer that some version of these events will play out in the next two Avengers films. There's been a casting call for twin baby boys, possibly hinting that William and Thomas will appear in some form. And it looks all but guaranteed that Hawkeye will become Ronin for Avengers 4. This happens after the hero returns from being killed by Wanda, with evidence suggesting perhaps Clint's family will die during Avengers: Infinity War instead. Again, this may not be because of Wanda, but elements of House of M and the long relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch looks like it will factor into Avengers 3 next year.
Original Sin and Beyond
Like the House of M inspirations, parts of Jason Aaron's 2014 Original Sin book look to play out in Avengers: Infinity War. The story involve Uatu the Watcher's murder and the revelation of dark secrets across the Marvel Universe. But Aaron's work on Thor led to a massive status quo change: the God of Thunder becoming unworthy.
Thor: Ragnarok has already given us a variation of these events, with Thor losing Mjolnir. Rather than being dubbed unworthy and unable to lift it, however, it was simply destroyed. Still, the idea of Thor a shell of his former self, heading towards a future as Asgard's ruler, and in possession of the axe Jarnbjorn are all going to play out in Avengers: Infinity War. Because of that, we could see even more nods toward the event and its aftermath across the next two Avengers film, possibly even leading to Jane Foster becoming Thor herself.
Along with these bigger moments that will affect the story of Avengers: Infinity War, dozens of other comic book moments will also receive nods and homages in the film. From what we've seen already there's plenty we can identify. Spider-Man's new costume, for instance, combines his Iron Spider suit from Civil War in the comics, along with his Big Time suit and his more recent costume from Dan Slott's Amazing Spider-Man. And speaking of Tony's tech, it's looking increasingly clear that Bruce Banner will pilot the Hulkbuster armor just like he did in the comics.
The Guardians of the Galaxy meeting the Avengers is also something that has a few connections to the comics. Though they've fought together plenty of times, the MCU iteration of the Guardians joined up with the Avengers in issue #6 of 2012's Avengers Assemble by Brian Michael Bendis. Not only did that predate the Guardians' arrival in the MCU by two years, but the book itself was based on the cinematic Avengers team and meant to promote the film. Another connection, meanwhile, is how Thor meets the Guardians out in space as he's floating adrift. This moment loosely mirrors how the team encountered the mysterious Angela, before she was later revealed to be Thor's long-lost sister.
The more we learn about the film, the more of these nods and references we'll notice. In the meantime, let us know what other comics you think will be influencing Avengers: Infinity War in the comments.
- 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
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019