The Avengers may be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but they’re not prepared for a battle with Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War. According to writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the Avengers will not be ready for a clash with the Mad Titan when he debuts.
As a film that features a cast of around 76 characters, Avengers: Infinity War unites the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Black Panther – among others – to take on Thanos in a fight over the six Infinity Stones. If Thanos succeeds in his plan to assemble them all into his golden Infinity Gauntlet, he will have the power to destroy the entire universe. In what may be the biggest superhero blockbuster of all-time, Infinity War is said to be the “culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe“.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained in a set interview that the Avengers won’t immediately recover from the events of Captain America: Civil War. The signing of the Sokovia Accords and the fight between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) tore the team apart, leaving many of the heroes incarcerated. Markus says the upcoming film won’t “devalue” Civil War:
CHRISTOPHER MARKUS: That is something we didn’t want to blow off. Didn’t want to devalue Civil War by having a phone call saying, “Let’s all get back together because there’s an even worse guy.” Nah, everything’s fine now. So we dragged that a long way through it so that we are valuing the resentments we’ve built up between these characters.
STEPHEN MCFEELY: They’re ill-prepared to handle this.
CHRISTOPHER MARKUS: Yeah. And it shows.
Captain America: Civil War had such an enormous impact on so many characters that it stands to reason that the events of the film will still loom over the team. It may be a long time before the Avengers can forgive each other for everything that happened in the past. Though all the Avengers will be fighting on the same side again, it doesn’t mean they’ve worked through all their issues. Based on the comments from Markus and McFeely, it appears that the Avengers’ personal problems may hold them back when they team up to fight Thanos.
Iron Man’s falling out with Captain America will play out in Infinity War, which means that Iron Man may not fall in line if Captain America tries to act as leader again. This could be problematic, considering that the stakes are ten times higher than ever. He’s even strong enough to impress the Hulk, which is an accomplishment in itself.
If the Avengers are unable to put their problems behind and them and work together as a team, Thanos may have this one in the bag.
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