The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman praised Avengers: Infinity War for prioritizing its main action, instead of over-explaining the plot. Since The Avengers released in 2012, Marvel fans had been waiting for years, through a dozen feature films, for an epic showdown with Thanos. Infinity War delivered on the promise and finally ended the waiting by picking up immediately after the events of Thor: Ragnarok and then charging full speed ahead.
Kirkman has long been a heavy influencer of comic books and graphic novels on film and TV. The Walking Dead, which premieres its ninth season next month has gained international recognition for its thrilling contribution to the zombie genre on screen. And now, his comic creation, Invincible, which follows a father-son extraterrestrial superhero duo, is set to be adapted by Amazon Studios. Kirkman's addition as a creative force marks a big opportunity for the production house, which has already achieved considerable success with original series like The Man In The High Castle and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
"There's no recap. There's no explanation as to who anyone is. You sit down in the movie and they're just like 'guess what? You've earned this. We're at like movie 21 now and here we f****** go' and you're like 'oh my god! Like this is so great!'"
He explained that his appreciation for the film grew after several viewings, including one with his daughter. Infinity War sets up Avengers 4 by erasing some of the most beloved of the heroes from existence. While the adult viewer who is familiar with the story knows that a resolution awaits in the sequel, the emotional impact that Kirkman saw the haunting ending have on his daughter reaffirmed the power of the MCU's characters and stories - and why the film itself is, in so many ways, a triumph.
Marvel is clearly still leaving movie fans hungry for more. Whether or not they'll continue to go in different structural directions remains to be seen. Captain Marvel will be the latest in a long line of introduction movies. However, the official trailer doesn't preview a traditional origin story, because Carol Danvers doesn't seem to remember her previous life on Earth or why she's returned to it. Avengers 4 will presumably have audiences expecting some sort of happy ending, since the production of Spider-Man: Far From Home means the return of Peter Parker, at least. But after delivering for this long, hopes for more surprises, laughs, and wonders are high.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019