Mild spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok
One of the most iconic moments from Marvel’s The Infinity Gauntlet comic looks like it will be recreated in Avengers: Infinity War. Like most adaptations of comic book storylines, Avengers: Infinity War won’t be strictly translating the comic of the same name to the screen. Just as with Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok before it, the upcoming third Avengers film will pay tribute to the source material while also aligning things to fit into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. That said, the film is sure to feature plenty of thematic resonance and homages to the comics.
Before The Infinity War, the story of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes teaming up against Thanos was told in 1991’s The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin and George Perez. While the heroes of the galaxy will eventually join forces to take on Thanos as he collects the Infinity Stones in order to impress Death herself, things kick off with an iconic event.
Set in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, the Silver Surfer crashes through the roof and shows signs of a brutal defeat. Doctor Strange and Wong rush to his side and ask just what could deal such damage to a being of immense cosmic power such as the Surfer. That’s when the hero utters his warning and sets the events of the story in motion: “Thanos is coming!”
In the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War released earlier this week, we can clearly see this moment being reworked for the MCU. One of the first shots shows Strange and Wong looking down with a hole in the Sanctum’s roof just behind them. We then see Bruce Banner in a pile of wood and rubble before he later joins Strange, Wong, and Tony Stark in front of a destroyed staircase in the Sanctum.
Given that Fox owns the rights to the Silver Surfer, it looks as if Banner will be replacing the Herald of Galactus as the one who first warns Earth of Thanos’ arrival. The post-credits scenes for Thor: Ragnarok featured Thor, Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie aboard the Asgardian refugee ship as it ran into Thanos’ craft. With Thor clearly separated from his people when he meets the Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks as if the encounter with Thanos will also send Hulk crashing to Earth.
It’s also worth noting that despite Banner’s claims in Thor 3 that him turning into the Hulk could be permanent, it looks like a battle with Thanos and a one-way trip crashing to Earth is enough to change him back. It’s a neat alteration of the source material given Surfer can’t be featured in the story. And when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters, it’s bound to be packed with even more nods to the comics.
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