Joss Whedon's The Avengers set a high for standard for Marvel's ensemble movies, pitting a cohort of heroes led by Iron Man and Captain America against the meddlesome Loki. It also introduced the overarching villain, Thanos, who has been portrayed by Josh Brolin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films released post-Avengers. His search for the fabled Infinity Stones has affected each successive phase in the MCU since then, as they have appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and as recently as the Benedict Cumberbatch-led, Doctor Strange.
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of each of these MCU movies, following Age of Ultron's post-credits scene showing Thanos don his iconic Infinity Gauntlet, in order to go after the stones himself. Production for the movie will soon be underway too, with information about the film steadily unfurling; including, key filming locations for the project.
Daily Record is reporting that Infinity War will be partially filming in Scotland, with scenes taking place in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Those same scenes will see some of the movie's biggest cast members reporting in on set, with production lasting around six month and potentially boosting the Scottish economy by as much as £10 million. Films in the MCU have trotted both the globe and the galaxy, with scenes from Age of Ultron having been filmed on location in South Africa, South Korea, Bangladesh, and the UK. They're geographically expansive films, so expect there to be several key locations around the globe featured in Infinity War too.
The new that filming will commence in Scotland however, could link back to a deleted scene from the second Avengers movie. In Age of Ultron, Thor visits a mysterious cave and receives a vision about the Infinity Stones. The theatrical version cuts much of this sequence out, but the full version sees the God of Thunder possessed by something known in Norse mythology as a Norn. These three creatures control fate, and appeared in popular form as the Three Witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the play about a Scottish warlord who would be king. Whether Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo are looking to resurrect this discarded thread in Infinity War however, is unconfirmed for now.
There are now additional rumors that Liv Tyler will be reprising her MCU role as Betty Ross in Infinity War on top of all that - with Scottish actor Karen Gillian, who debuted as Thanos' adoptive daughter Nebula during Guardians of the Galaxy, also possibly appearing along with other Guardians actors. Point being, Infinity War is easily the largest Marvel movie to date, with a star-studded ensemble and a richer lore than ever. Question is, would re-introducing the fateful Norns there be a step too far for the already jam-packed third Avengers installment.
Source: Daily Record
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- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019