Possible Marvel Movie Connections
Even though the third and fourth Avengers movies carry the title of Infinity War, one can assume that the bulk of the storyline will be lifted from the original Infinity Gauntlet comic series - with Earth facing doom, and heroes both terrestrial and cosmic having to unite to stop the threat of Thanos.
Now, how that threat manifests will likely be very different from the comic books. The MCU has already made so many departures from the page, and with new origins and/or character adaptations to come, it's safe to say that Avengers: Infinity War will be its own thing to very large degree.
We wouldn't expect much of the Infinity War or Infinity Crusade comic books to be included in the Avengers: Infinity War movie. Sure, we could conceivably see some Easter egg nods to the other two chapters (evil dopplegangers or a faux paradise), but we expect the main thrust of the film to draw heavily from the first Infinity Gauntlet miniseries.
Infinity War Teaser
Here's where there will likely be overlap between page and screen: Thanos will get the Gauntlet and use it for some nefarious end; when earth (and the cosmos) fall into peril, The Avengers, Guardians (and other characters we have yet to meet) band together to launch an offensive against the Titan. A pretty straightforward and loose enough adaptation to keep things in the spirit of the original story, while still allowing it to better fit the modern MCU.
Early rumors point to Infinity War - Part 1 not featuring any of the original Avengers team members, which would suggest that Thanos' quest to seize the Infinity Stones and Gauntlet comes when Earth is at its most vulnerable point. Rumors also suggest that Infinity War - Part 1 could be focused on the Guardians of the Galaxy (and ergo the cosmic side), so Earth and The Avengers may not really come into play until Infinity War - Part 2.
Beyond that bit of early speculation, details get hard to read, as the release date schedule for these Marvel movies leave us with almost as many questions as answers:
- Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok - July 28, 2017
- Black Panther - November 3, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 - May 4, 2018
- Captain Marvel - July 6, 2018
- Inhumans - November 2, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 - May 3, 2019
When one looks at this layout, you can't help but wonder what the events of Infinity War - Part 1 must entail if they allow events of Captain Marvel and Inhumans to occur before Infinity War - Part 2 does. If the release date chronology is not the same as the chronology of movie events, it still becomes just as hard to predict which heroes will be where (and in what state) as the threat of Thanos emerges.
Asgard (and Thor) could be gone; Cap could be dead/retired/underground; Hulk could be traumatized (or off planet); Tony Stark could find his Genius exhausted and himself a pariah; S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers organizations could be in shatters or under tight government control.
That leaves a lot of street level and/or rogue vigilante heroes left to defend Earth, with heroes like The Guardians out in space trying to stop Thanos' campaign to acquire the Gauntlet and Stones. Earth would then become the last bastion staging ground for the heroes' combined final assault against the godly Titan.
...And if our own Rob Keyes has his way, Chris Evans' Captain America (who may have been MIA for some years) will make a triumphant return at the eleventh hour to take on Thanos. Sounds good to us.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 on May 3 2019.
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