After the huge success of their first two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo have been handed the reins to the franchise's biggest movie yet: Avengers: Infinity War. It won't be easy bringing the Avengers together again as a team in the aftermath of Civil War, but they'll have a great incentive to work together in the form of cosmic supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, Thanos is an entirely CGI creation with a voice and motion capture provided by Brolin, and will surely be the most formidable enemy the Avengers have ever faced. Though they may not know it, this isn't the first time the superhero team has crossed paths with him; he also orchestrated the Chitauri attack on New York City in The Avengers.
Now, the Russo brothers have shared the very first set photo (with the caption "Rehearsal") from Avengers: Infinity War on Facebook, showing Brolin in an appropriately purple mo-cap suit. Joe Russo is sat next to him, and Anthony Russo is stood near the camera. The photo was presumably taken at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, where Avengers: Infinity War will be filmed. Check out the image below:
Production on Avengers: Infinity War is not scheduled to begin until November, hence the photo being tagged as a rehearsal. Presumably the Russos and Brolin are just doing a few screen tests, to figure out how best to bring Thanos to life - this time in a much more substantial role. The movie has been described as both a new beginning for the MCU, and a culmination of everything that has gone before, with many of the previous films having featured the Infinity Stones that Thanos desires to bring together and place inside the Infinity Gauntlet. If this goal is achieved, Thanos would become effectively unstoppable.
As a reminder, we've so far seen four out of the six Infinity Stones: the Space Stone (the Tesseract from Captain America and The Avengers, currently in Odin's vault), the Mind Stone (first seen in Loki's scepter, now residing in Vision's forehead), the Power Stone (discovered by Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, currently in the possession of the Nova Corps), and the Reality Stone (introduced in Thor: The Dark World, now part of The Collector's collection). There are five more MCU movies to go before Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters, and the final two stones could make their debut in any of them.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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