Marvel Studios is notorious for keeping their secrets close to the chest. It's rare that anything gets out during the production of their movies unless someone attached to the production is sharing them. Beginning with their work on Captain America: Civil War, the Russo Brothers have been known for sharing cryptic tweets with minuscule teases at their upcoming film.
On the heels of the runaway success of Captain America: Civil War fans have been on the lookout for new set pictures to drop at any time. Now, Anthony and Joe Russo have begun production on the upcoming third film in Marvel's massive team-up series, Avengers: Infinity War, and the directors revealed something that can definitely categorized as cryptic.
Today, the Russo Brothers shared another picture from Avengers: Infinity War and it is, expectedly, difficult to deduce the origin:
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) February 27, 2017
The extreme close up is obviously meant to mask the exact nature of the photo's subject. Given the subject matter of Avengers: Infinity War one can surmise that this has something to do with either Thanos or the Infinity Gauntlet. That in mind, this is most likely a picture of where Thanos went to retrieve the Gauntlet from during the post-credits sequence in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ever since Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the Infinity Gauntlet is not located in Odin's vault, fans have assumed that Thanos has had the Gauntlet all along.
Avengers: Infinity War is the Russo Brothers' third turn at directing a Marvel Studios movie, although their first time directing a movie under the Avengers banner (despite the fact that many people consider Civil War to be more of an Avengers movie than a Captain America movie). The first two Avengers movies were directed by Joss Whedon. It will be Josh Brolin's third turn playing Thanos, beginning with Guardians of the Galaxy, and his first time working with the Russo Brothers.
While the photo effectively shows nothing it is a lot of fun to see something from inside the set. The Russo Brothers have also implicitly invited fans to watch Avengers: Infinity War very, very closely so they could potentially spot where this little Easter Egg is hidden. It's a clever way to involve the Marvel Cinematic Universe audience without giving any potential spoilers out.
The downside of this is that fans aren't assured when - if ever - another picture is going to be coming down the line from the Russo Brothers. There's a long time between now and May of 2018 and one Twitter photo will not be enough to tide audiences over before they are rioting at the gates for more, more, more!
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018