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Kevin Feige Offers Cryptic Tease On Which Marvel Characters Survived 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Marvel hit fans right in the gut with that Avengers: Infinity War ending, and Marvel Chief Kevin Feige's recent tease breaks down who's left.
As fans know, Avengers: Infinity War ended with Thanos successfully clearing a sizable chunk of people from the universe, including many of the heroes we've come to love in the MCU. The group that's left is rather small, but as Feige explains, it makes sense when you think about it.

“I think for a film series that is going on 10 years and is gearing towards a conclusion with Avengers 4, which you don’t usually have in these kind of movies, you can sort of do the math,” Feige told io9. “And realize it’s the original Avengers that are left.”

That group includes Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk (or Banner at this point), and Hawkeye, though he isn't featured in Avengers: Infinity War. From pictures on the set of Avengers 4 though we now he will have a significant role to play.

They aren't the only heroes left mind you, but it makes sense that the original Avengers would form the crux of this team. Alongside them will be Okoye, M'Baku, Rocket Raccoon, Nebula, War Machine, Ant-Man, The Wasp, and the incoming Captain Marvel. This could be seen as a way to give the original team one more go-round as the preeminent superhero team before they ride off into the sunset, letting a new generation of heroes take the baton and run with it.
If it is, we can't think of an exit more fitting for Marvel's epic team.
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Josh Brolin Explains His Reaction To Infinity War's Shocking Ending


Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Infinity War! Read ahead at your own risk!




If you have kept up with superhero movies in 2018, then there's a pretty good chance that you already know what happens at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos (Josh Brolin) wipes out half of all life in the universe by snapping his fingers, resulting in a gasp-worthy moment, unlike anything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen. It's a scene few could've seen coming, and in a recent interview, Brolin admitted that he was shocked when he first witnessed it in the theater at the premiere. Seemingly unaware of how bad the body count would be when he saw Infinity War, Brolin opened up in a recent interview and explained:

I was literally sitting in the theater going, 'Oh my God. Oh my God. Spider-Man just disintegrated. That's not OK.' I looked at Hemsworth and he looked at me. He smiled and was like, 'Your career is over.'

Yep, that pretty much lines up with the kneejerk reaction that many of us felt when we watched the final moments of Avengers: Infinity War. Josh Brolin finally got a chance to see the true aftermath of Thanos' Infinity Stone bombardment on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his shock did not go unnoticed by Chris Hemsworth. In fact, per Brolin's remarks to USA Today, the Thor: Ragnarok star apparently leaned over to him during that moment and declared that this would be the scene that ended his career in Hollywood.

Of course, despite Chris Hemsworth's joke to Josh Brolin about the end of his career, that didn't actually happen. In fact, Avengers: Infinity War only came out two months ago, and Brolin has already worked through the rollout of two other major Hollywood sequels: Deadpool 2 and Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Couple that with the fact that he's also set to appear in Avengers 4 next year when the final Phase 3 movie debuts on May 3, 2019, and it looks like Brolin will remain busy acting and doing press for his acting gigs for the foreseeable future.


On that note, we're still left to wonder how the folks behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe will undo (or at the very least, repair) the damage done by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. There are only two solo movies left until Avengers 4 premieres, and with less than a year to go until Phase 3 comes to an end, it's going to be very interesting to see what happens with all of our favorite Marvel heroes and villains.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Might Get a "Thanos Cut" With Deleted Scenes



Avengers: Infinity War gave the world the longest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie yet, but a new rumor suggests that there could be even more to come.



Collider's Jon Schnepp recently did a panel with
comic writer Jim Starlin, who wrote Infinity Gauntlet and created characters like Thanos and Gamora. According to Schnepp, Starlin spoke about how Infinity War had a lengthy section about Thanos' backstory, which was ultimately cut for time.

“[Some time] before the movie actually came out, they called him and were like ‘Hey, look. We’re sorry to tell you, we have to cut out a lot of the Thanos backstory.'" Schnepp explained. "'We’re cutting out like thirty minutes of Thanos’ backstory, his origin, and him as a youth and things that he did. We can’t fit all of it into the movie. We already have like a two-and-a-half hour film.”

This certainly isn't the first time that these Thanos deleted scenes have been addressed, with Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo explaining as much before the film's release. But as Schnepp went on to say, Starlin suggested that these scenes could ultimately be put into an extended edition of the film.

“It’s completed, and Jim Starlin said he found out that they’re actually going to put it into a special edition of Avengers: Infinity War." Schnepp revealed. “...The way he was saying it is there weren’t going to be seen as deleted scenes, they were actually going to be reintegrated into the film to make a special edition. So that’s what Jim said. I’m not 100% sure, I’d love to know from Marvel or Kevin Feige or the Russos.”
At the moment, this second-hand retelling of Starlin's comments should absolutely be taken with a major grain of salt, especially considering how his previous statements on convention panels have been taken out of context.

Still, some diehard Marvel fans will surely be excited by the possibility of more Infinity War footage, much less a three-hour extended cut of the entire film. But with Infinity War still playing in some theaters, and Avengers 4's release date inching closer and closer, fans probably should just wait and see what happens either way.

Would you want to see an extended "Thanos Cut" of Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Blu-ray Special Features And Deleted Scenes Reportedly Revealed





Despite talk of there being up to thirty minutes of Thanos-centric deleted scenes, it appears as if Marvel Studios is actually being pretty stingy with those and special features. Read on for details!



If you were expecting a lot from the Avengers: Infinity War Blu-ray beyond the amazing film, think again! As you can see below, a very early idea of the content which will be on the disc has been revealed and, well, it's a tad underwhelming! There are the standard gag reel and featurettes (which will probably be good for behind the scenes footage) along with only six minutes of deleted scenes.

None of them sound particularly exciting and with various outlets debunking reports of a "Thanos Cut" featuring thirty minutes of additional footage revolving around the Mad Titan's backstory, it seems this may be all we're getting. One will clearly revolve around Happy Hogan, though, so that will be fun.

This intel is based on an international leak and it's probably best not to jump to assumptions until we get an official press release. For now, though, fans are unlikely to be overly excited about what's revealed here as we all probably expected a whole lot more! What do you guys think about the Avengers: Infinity War special features and deleted scenes? Share your thoughts in the usual place.

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Avengers Theory: Thanos Time Traveled At The End Of Infinity War




Did Thanos travel back in time at the end of Avengers: Infinity War? In one key scene, Thanos spoke to Doctor Strange and explained his insane vision. "With all the six stones, I could simply snap my fingers, and [trillions] would all cease to exist," he told Strange. "I call that mercy." A horrified Strange asked what would come next, and Thanos gave a startling response. "I finally rest, and watch the sunrise on an grateful universe." This version of Thanos dreamed of the day when his dreadful mission would finally be fulfilled, and when he could retire in peace.

Avengers: Infinity War's ending saw Thanos achieved his insane goal. He snapped his fingers and erased half the life in the universe. Then, true to his word, Thanos retreated from the cosmos and disappeared, becoming little more than a simple farmer. That idea was actually lifted from the original comics, where Jim Starlin's Infinity Gauntlet miniseries ended with Thanos apparently embracing a simple life.

But just where did Thanos go? Or is it possible the correct question is - when? It's actually possible Thanos has actually sought to evade anyone who would seek revenge upon him by using the Time Stone.

THANOS IS ON TITAN AT THE END OF INFINITY WAR

Although Avengers: Infinity War only gave viewers a brief glimpse of Thanos's retirement, the lighting and general color scheme strongly implied that he'd headed back to his homeworld, Titan. This has recently been confirmed by concept artist Pete Thompson, who's published some beautiful Avengers: Infinity War concept art on his portfolio website, including a landscape of the final scene labeled "Titan Thanos farm (post-production) Pre Production by Chris Kessler". It's a stunning design, clearly inspired by the famous Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines.

But there's a problem with this. Thanos has clearly retired to a place of peace and tranquility, believing his horrific mission to be finally done, and the Titan we saw in Avengers: Infinity War certainly wasn't a place of peace. According to Thanos, it had fallen prey to the ravages of overpopulation, and some sort of disaster - likely a food shortage - had led to the extinction of his race. Significantly, everything we saw of Titan's surface lacked any hint of vegetation. There was no evidence of nature reclaiming the barren world; it was as though Titan had been completely sterilized of life. Over the course of the film, this just got worse; Thanos tugged a moon out of orbit around his homeworld. That action would have caused fluctuations in his homeworld's gravitational field, probably triggering earthquakes or floods.

Even stranger, the kind of environment Thanos has retired to doesn't just come about naturally. The Banaue Rice Terraces look the way they do because they've been cultivated for generations by the Ifugao people, who consider themselves to be caretakers of the land. In just the same way, this kind of terraced effect is only possible if someone has actually been looking after the farmland. And yet Thanos claims his homeworld has been unpopulated for untold years. We essentially have two versions of Titan; the one we saw at the beginning of the film, and the one Thanos retires to at the end. The two simply don't go together.



HAS THANOS TRAVELED BACK IN TIME?

It's important to remember that Thanos doesn't just possess the Space Stone; he also wields the power of the Time Stone. As a result, he can travel anywhere in the universe - and, significantly, anywhen. If his entire quest was motivated from trying to save Titan, with its destruction the making of the man, then it would only make sense for him to return to a time before it was a gravity-messy hellscape.

That could mean the Titan he finds himself on at the end isn't restored, rather it's the planet from before disaster struck. Presumably, Thanos has settled down in a remote corner of his world, one populated only by farmers, explaining why the land is clearly cultivated but he doesn't impact the timestream. Every day, when Thanos stared out at the sunrise, he'd experience a strangely bittersweet emotion; he'd know that all this beauty would ultimately pass away, but on the other hand he'd always be able to remind himself that he had - according to his own insane logic - "saved" the rest of the universe.

Titan would essentially be sacrificed in order to ensure life survived. Given he did a similar, more personal action with Gamora and accepts his victory cost "everything", it's a believable form of solitude.

THIS THEORY MAY ENABLE THE AVENGERS' VICTORY

If this theory is correct, it may well give the Avengers an opportunity to defeat the Mad Titan. It's generally believed the Avengers will use time-travel in an attempt to undo or avert the "snap". Were he in the present day, Thanos would surely discover what Earth's Mightiest Heroes were trying to do. By living in the distant past, though, he's removed himself from the rest of the universe; he'd only learn of the Avengers' plan when he began to notice subtle ripples of change in time. By then, it may well be too late to stop the heroes.

Depending on the MCU's model of temporal mechanics, this theory may actually also help explain Doctor Strange's endgame plan. This implies Thanos was always destined to win; that he was always fated to return to his world's heyday, to settle in this distant corner of Titan and watch the sun rise. The victory could only come after that - and the massive sacrifice that came with it.

IS THIS THANOS THEORY TRUE?

Thanos traveling back in time at the end of Avengers: Infinity War is an attractive theory, not least because it explains the strange contrast between these two versions of Titan. But it's important to note that there are alternative explanations. The most obvious is that Thanos could have simply used the Reality Stone to recreate the Titan of his childhood. That would neatly explain why the land is clearly cultivated, and yet we don't see any sign of other inhabitants.
It all rests on the nature of the story Marvel want to tell. It's already clear Avengers 4 will principally be a time-travel story, but the more elements of time-travel you bring into a single narrative, the more you risk complicating your tale to the point it loses all semblance of logic and consistency. Marvel could take this approach, but they may not be wise to do so, because they'd just be adding another layer of complexity to a story that already promises to be full of ideas and characters.

Whatever the truth may be, of one thing we can be certain; Josh Brolin's Thanos will return, meaning the Mad Titan will somehow have to learn that the Avengers are attempting to put the world to rights. That's the only reason Thanos would leave his retirement; if he believed all he had accomplished was actually threatened.
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MARVEL STUDIOS' 'AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR' ARRIVES DIGITALLY ON JULY 31 AND BLU-RAY ON AUGUST 14


Take home a piece of cinematic history!

Box office history was made when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” shattered all opening records, surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in just 48 days, and remains the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Now, the cinematic event ten-years in the making comes home Digitally on July 31 and Blu-ray on Aug. 14 with over two hours of bonus. Head over to the “Avengers: Infinity War” hub to pre-order your copy today!
“Marvels’ Avengers: Infinity War” is a must-own addition to every in-home film collection and is packaged several ways so that fans get the most out of their viewing experience. Consumers who experience the ultimate showdown Digitally will join a 30-minute roundtable with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed and Taika Waititi who reflect on how their movies contribute to the MCU’s larger storytelling adventure.
The 4K Cinematic Universe Edition’s never-before-seen bonus material grants behind-the-scenes access to MCU members and features the memorable moments when characters first meet, the rationale behind some unexpected on-screen pair-ups, and a funny Super Hero gag reel. Featurettes explore the frighteningly powerful Thanos and two action-packed attempts to prevent his collection of all six Infinity Stones: the struggle on Titan and the massive battle in Wakanda. Deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary reveal even more on-set secrets from Marvel Studios’ monumental undertaking.
The Multi-Screen Edition includes a Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of the film, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition, which includes a 4K Ultra HD disc, a Blu-ray, and a Digital Copy.
And for those who wish to catch up on their MCU history, select retailers are also offering bundled packaging as well as individual Digital and Physical releases of “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Strange Alchemy (5:0– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:5 – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
    • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
    • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
    • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
    • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
    • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Digital Exclusive:
  • A Directors’ Roundtable (approx. 32 min.) – Eight amazing directors reflect on how their movies contribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s larger storytelling adventure.
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Although the Infinity Stones have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for nearly a decade, most of what we know about them are based on hearsay. Not every Marvel movie can provide us with a Powerpoint presentation of what each Infinity Stone does.
So now, three months after we saw all six Infinity Stones in action in Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel has released official descriptions for each Infinity Stone — in particular, what the hell the Soul Stone powers actually are.
Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War follow.
An Avengers: Infinity War featurette released ahead of the comic book movie’s digital and Blu-ray release explains in detail what each of the powers of the Infinity Stones are. Edited to Wong’s (Benedict Wong) explanation of the Infinity Stones from Doctor Strange, the Marvel featurette finally gives us the first official explanation of the Soul Stone’s mysterious powers.
The Soul Stone, according to the featurette, has the power to “control life and death,” which we see in action toward the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
Here are the official powers:

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  • The Space Stone: Travel across any dimension
  • The Time Stone: Set the future, alter the past
  • The Reality Stone: Bend reality to your will
  • The Soul Stone: Control life and death
  • The Power Stone: Destroy anything in your path
  • The Mind Stone: Create and alter consciousness
While this does not confirm the prevailing theory surrounding Soul World, this description does raise some interesting possibilities for the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War. If the Soul Stone can control death, then it could easily reverse Thanos’ finger snap and restore the lives of the half of the universe Thanos killed.
Avengers: Infinity War lands on Digital platforms July 31, 2018 and lands on DVD and Blu-ray on August 14, 2018. Avengers 4 is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 3, 2019.
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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Directors Comment On Whether Hulk Is Truly Afraid Of Thanos

Many MCU fans believe the decisive beatdown Thanos inflicted on Hulk at the start of Avengers: Infinity War left the Green Goliath so shellshocked he was afraid to come back out despite Banner's urging.





The chatter about the MCU post-Avengers: Infinity War centers on many different aspects but one discussion that's particularly interesting is the decision made by the Incredible Hulk to refuse to emerge despite Bruce Banner's urging. After all, if Banner dies, so does the Hulk.

There are a lot of theories about this development, chief among them that the Hulk was scared silly after the epic beatdown Thanos inflicted upon Earth's "strongest" hero (and he did it without having to use the Power Stone) and was too afraid to come back out.

On the special director's commentary for the film, Joe Russo said this had more to do with "Banner and Hulk" and was less about "Hulk and Thanos".

"This was an interesting journey we went on with Banner, trying to decide how we move him forward in the Marvel Universe. What makes him unique as a character is that there is a host body that is being fought over by two distinct personalities who hate each other. And both want control of the host body. So we thought an interesting direction to take him in is what if Banner, who typically uses the Hulk to solve crisis situations, what if the Hulk were no longer interested in solving those problems for Banner? So that the relationship is becoming increasingly dysfunctional. That's what's going on here.

People have speculated whether there was some fear on the Hulk's part about having to face Thanos again. But I think ultimately what it is, is that he's tired of playing hero to Bruce Banner.
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Leaked promo art has pointed to the Hulk emerging once more in Avengers 4 but it remains to be seen if a rematch with Thanos is in the cards. Would you be disappointed if Hulk doesn't get revenge?
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Infinity War: Thanos' Plan Isn't Really About Saving The Universe




Thanos' plans in Avengers: Infinity War isn't really about saving the universe. Marvel Studios made sure the wait for Thanos was worth it as he arrived without wasting any time in Infinity War. He easily made his way through any opponent that came his way, allowing him to march triumphantly towards his ultimate goal, to bring balance to the universe.

His plan was easy to understand at first: wiping out half of the universe's population in order to allow life to thrive.

As the film has continued to be viewed and picked apart, Thanos' plan can start to make less sense as Marvel explains it. He's now said to also have wiped out animals, plants, and all forms of life with his snap. His true goal isn't rebalancing the universe, but rather proving his methods were right.


Avengers: Infinity War is now available to buy digitally and with the release comes the audio commentary by director Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. When it came time to discuss the method to Thanos' madness, Joe Russo explained why Thanos decided to wipe out life instead of doubling resources: to prove he was right.

"People have asked us why Thanos didn't just use the Stones to double the resources in the universe, since clearly, he has not. ... Well, he was told no to an idea that he had that he felt was the only solution. And then was proved right to himself when that solution was not acted upon. So, his Messianic complex - he is now committed to following through on the idea that he had many, many years ago."


The instance Joe is referring to is how Thanos saw Titan's self-destruction coming and warned them of their future. He proposed to kill half of the population then, but his method was not viewed as the correct course of action. Titan did fall years later, leaving Thanos to believe that he could've prevented the downfall of his home world. So, when he sees the entire universe heading in the same destructive direction, he takes matters into his own hands to show that he knows the solution - just as he did many years before.
Thanos was ultimately successful in rebalancing the universe in his eyes, but we don't know if this method will actually save the universe or not. There's been several theories that Avengers 4 will feature a time jump of some sort, and if that is the case, we could actually get to see if the universe is thriving with less people. It would certainly be fascinating to see the Avengers struggle with the reality that billions of casualties led to a prosperous universe. Although they all lost someone close to them, bringing everyone back to life may not justify restoring the hardships of overpopulation.

That said, Thanos's attempt to prove his brilliance may not have worked as he hoped and the universe is in even worse shape than it was before. Thanos could then potentially have to make the decision to help the heroes in some way. At the end of the day, this latest comment by Joe Russo just adds more to the discussions going on about Thanos and his plan, and we'll find out next year with Avengers 4 whether or not he was right.
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Infinity War Snap 'Permanently' Damaged Thanos & The Infinity Gauntlet




Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo has confirmed that the cataclysmic snap of the Infinity Gauntlet permanently damaged not only the Gauntlet, but Thanos as well. The epic team-up has just been released on Digital HD, with a host of special features still to come on the Blu-ray release, and the audio commentary for the movie offers a wealth of behind-the-scenes details and clarifications.
In the above still from the end of the movie, you can also get a clearer look at the aftermath of the snap. The Infinity Gauntlet is warped and damaged, and Thanos' left arm is badly scarred. However, the Infinity Gauntlet is not completely broken, as Thanos quickly uses it to teleport away from Earth after carrying out his ultimate goal.

At this moment in the audio commentary for the movie, Joe Russo comments, "See there, with his Gauntlet and the arm, the power that it takes to use all six Stones is significant, and clearly damaged the Gauntlet and damaged Thanos permanently." The Infinity Gauntlet was forged by the dwarf Eitri in the star-powered forge at Nidavellir, since only a very rare and powerful vessel could possibly contain all six Infinity Stones (which, as we learned in Guardians of the Galaxy, are so devastatingly powerful that ordinary beings cannot hold them without being vaporized).

However, not even the Infinity Gauntlet could withstand the power of all six Stones being unleashed at once without sustaining some damage.



This detail is significant, because using the Infinity Gauntlet is one of very few ways that the results of the finger snap can be undone (which, despite the Russos' insistence to the contrary, is almost inevitably going to happen in Avengers 4). The Gauntlet contains the Time Stone, which can be used to turn back time, and the Reality Stone, which can be used to transform the universe at will. But if the Gauntlet was severely damaged by the snap, it's possible that it can no longer be effectively used to channel the power of the Stones.

In the comics, Nebula uses the Infinity Gauntlet to restore the universe to the way things were 24 hours ago, undoing the finger snap and restoring all the disappeared people to life. In Avengers 4, things probably won't be that easy. Set photos have shown the actors recreating the Battle of New York from The Avengers, indicating that the remaining heroes will need to go considerably far back in time in order to repair the damage that Thanos has done.

As for Thanos himself, he was last seen retiring in peace in a humble countryside home, moving stiffly due to the injuries inflicted on him by using the Infinity Gauntlet. A weakened Thanos is good news for the Avengers, who were unable to defeat him at full strength (though Star-Lord is kind of to blame for that), but may be able to overpower him in Avengers 4 - especially with a little help from Captain Marvel.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Directors Reveal How Thanos Knows Tony Stark







Thanos and Tony Stark have more in common than an Avengers: Infinity War fan might initially realize, which is why the writers and directors gave them intimate lines of dialogue in the film's third act.

Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War follow. Major spoilers!

On the commentary track of Avengers: Infinity War's digital download, co-directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely opened up about the connection between Thanos and Tony Stark. When the Mad Titan bested Tony Stark in combat on Titan, he revealed he was "burdened with knowledge" like Stark and promised the earthbound tech genius had his respect.

"The journey that Tony's been on as a genius scientist is that the evolution of his armor," This is the best it's ever gonna get for Tony and it's nanotech," Joe russo said. "He goes to the cutting edge of what his mind can deliver and it still is not enough to beat Thanos. In fact, it barely keeps him in the fight."

The development of Tony's armor and his growing necessity to protect the world (as has been on display, especially in films like Avengers: Age of Ultron), make Thanos and Tony similar in their ideas of building a future, though their solutions are drastically different.

"You realize this interesting parallel between Thanos and Tony," Markus said. "They're both aware of something from an early point and constantly having to deal with being smarter. Thanos is a futurist as much as Tony Stark."

When it comes down to it, Thanos knows Stark as the man who thwarted his efforts to take over Earth via Loki in 2012's The Avengers. "Which is why he's aware of Stark from the original Battle of New York as the person who undid the plan," Joe Russo said, giving extra meaning to Thanos having respect for Iron Man.

Looking back at Avengers: Infinity War, Tony Stark was the only character Thanos made a true effort to kill (exempting the required sacrifice of Gamora) since murdering Loki in the first scene.

"Part of what we wanted to do out of the gate was to unsettle you as you're watching the film," Joe Russo said. "You're sitting in the theater thinking most characters have been safe in the Marvel universe for over a decade and we wanted to knock you off kilter and make the audience understand that the stakes were going be significant and the cost was going to be very high in the movie."

"Thanos is violent and cruel," Joe Russo said. It's interesting because, as Thanos moves forward from this moment, once he disposes of his armor, he almost becomes a holy warrior where he doesn't spend a lot of his energy intentionally trying to murder people unless they are, in some way, a threat to his agenda. Almost no one ends up being a threat to the agenda except for Tony who I think he feels has a sort of existential connection to Thanos."

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Infinity War Director Explains Why Black Order Were So Weak



The Black Order created for Avengers: Infinity War were seriously disappointing for comic fans, but the directors do have a reason for so dramatically de-powering the so-called Children of Thanos.

The average Marvel movie fan may simply take the four henchmen - Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, and Cull Obsidian - as typical goons of any comic book villain. That's the minor role they ultimately play in the movie, after all. But in the comics these four were some of the most terrifying figures of Marvel's cosmos, and ferocious lieutenants of Thanos' army.

Thankfully, the director of Infinity War now explains why the comic book versions just wouldn't have worked for the movie.


Even with all the ways that the movie was a dream come true for Marvel Comic fans, there's no denying that when the end credits rolled, it was obvious the Black Order was the weakest part of Infinity War. Not just because they were never explained, or given any backstory whatsoever, but because they proved to be simple to beat (when each was a near-Thanos level threat when introduced in Jonathan Hickman's Infinity comic series).


The home video release of Infinity War (digital only until August 14) has brought with it some explanation, thanks to the film's commentary track with the directors and writers. While he's clearly a fan of the source material, director Joe Russo explains why the movie version of the Black Order ended up being not just weaker, but possessed of entirely different powers:

The Black Order, in particular, we worked hard to adjust them to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the Hickman run, I thought the characters were too powerful. And nobody wants the sub-villain to outshine the villain. And we adjusted their power sets so that they lined up in a way that was more interesting with our heroes. Which is why Maw is a wizard... he can control things on a molecular level.

His second point is the more interesting one, since the resulting henchmen did end up directly opposing a member of the heroes - some more subtly than others. The cunning Ebony Maw went up against a fellow "wizard" in Doctor Strange. The hulking Cull Obsidian wound up battling... well, the Hulk. And the duo of Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive put their combat skills to work against Captain America's Secret Avengers first, and other warriors in the final battle.

And what a coincidence, Corvus Glaive's famous scythe is re-imagined as simply a weapon capable of wounding Vision (in a way that is somehow impossible for him to repair).


The fact that Proxima and Corvus are mainly seen as a unit was no coincidence to comic book fans. While Russo repeats his past comments admitting Infinity War was too crowded for backstories, he does seem to confirm that the pair of Thanos' underlings were kept together as a nod to their deleted romantic history:

There were earlier drafts of the script, I think, with the Black Order... in a more stylized draft, where we did backstories for each of them. Ultimately the movie was getting too crowded, too hard to follow. In the books there's a backstory between Proxima and Corvus, that they're married. Only hinted at in the slightest way [in Infinity War] by the fact that they are paired up to retrieve a Stone, and the way she responds when Corvus gets stabbed by Natasha.

There's no question that fans will want to see the back stories and origins that were flashed back to in early scripts, just to see how much of the comic source material would have wound up intact, scrapped, or reimagined. But with its runtime already pushing the limits of a Marvel-sized blockbuster, it was either lose the villain's back story along with the scenes catching up with the Avengers... or take out even more of what ended up in the finished cut.

In the end, the result was a group of villains who felt as one-note as they inevitably had to, posing only as much of a threat as they needed to for Thanos to snatch up one Infinity Stone after another, and keep the heroes busy until the plot crescendo-ed to its final Wakanda battle. Considering Marvel's villain problems in past movies, it's a sacrifice fans have proven willing to accept.

Do you agree with the filmmakers' decision to cut down the characters of the Black Order, and shift their powers to make their encounters with the heroes entertaining? Or would you have been willing to give up screen time elsewhere for the Children of Thanos to be more fleshed out?

The Avengers: Infinity War is available now for digital download and streaming, coming to Blu-ray August 14th.
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Infinity War Director Says Ebony Maw Was Inspired By Mephisto



Black Order's Ebony Maw's character design in Avengers: Infinity War was based on Mephisto, Marvel's version of the devil. Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema, Mephisto debuted in 1968's The Silver Surfer #3 as the titular character's antagonist. In Jim Starlin's The Infinity Gauntlet comic book run, the villain manipulated Thanos toward defeat while disguising himself as a loyal ally - all because he wanted to wield the power of the Infinity Gems himself.
Maw, on the other hand, was a member of the Black Order alongside Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, and Cull Obsidian in Infinity War. Played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Maw had the most defined personality among Thanos' evil foursome, making him the team's standout. Unfortunately, fans didn't get to spend much time with him as he met his death halfway through the film.

In the audio commentary included in Infinity War's home entertainment, co-director Joe Russo revealed that Ebony Maw was inspired by Mephisto - both are scheming wizards with a penchant for theatrics. In fact, Maw even borrowed one of Mephisto's most memorable lines from the comics upon presenting Thanos the Tesseract saying: "My humble personage bows before your grandeur." This is a shortened version of the demon's dialog in The Infinity Gauntlet as he offered his services to the Mad Titan: "Within your grasp rests the infinite. My humble personage bows before your grandeur. I am proud to be your first acolyte and bask in the glory of your divine presence. How may I serve you, Great Thanos?"




With Maw now gone, fans will never know if he would've also turned against Thanos similar to Mephisto's modus operandi in print. But considering how Nebula and Gamora ultimately betrayed their adoptive father, who's to say that Maw and even the rest of the Black Order weren't just waiting for the right time to betray the supervillain?
Considering Mephisto's association with the Silver Surfer, one would be curious to know if there's any chance that the villain himself will make his live-action debut in the foreseeable future. With the Disney and Fox merger officially moving forward after Comcast bowed out of the bidding war, the X-Men and Fantastic Four will soon join the MCU. While incorporating the mutants in the established franchise would be tricky given Fox's separate cinematic universe, the Fantastic Four and their tie-in characters such as the cosmic hero will undoubtedly start fresh in the MCU. Aside from being a perennial foe for Silver Surfer, Mephisto was also an established villain for Thor in the comics giving the company extra motivation to introduce the character on the big screen, if they plan on keeping the God of Thunder around past Avengers 4.

With Marvel Studios expected to further explore the cosmic side of their cinematic franchise, it makes sense that they will start introducing villains from outside of Earth. Between his ties with heroes such as Silver Surfer, Thor, and even Thanos in the comics, it wouldn't be that complicated for Kevin Feige and his team to come up with the best way to utilize the character in their narrative.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Director Explains How Thor and Captain America Are Connected

It’s no secret that Avengers: Infinity War is plenty angsty, but there are some characters who got hit worse by whump than others. Peter Parker had a time in the film, but few heroes had it as bad as Thor. In fact, it looks like there is only one other hero who can go toe-to-toe with the Asgardian’s woe, and he hails from Brooklyn.

This week, Marvel Studios put out its Digital HD version of Avengers: Infinity War, and it comes with all sorts of goods. One of the special features is a full track commentary, and it is there director Anthony Russo opens up about Thor’s angsty connection with Captain America.

Oh, and to make it all worse, the revelation is casually said during the scene where Loki tries — and fails — to trick Thanos before he’s killed.

“One thing I think we all really responded to about Thor is where he's left at in the end of Ragnarok with the destruction of Asgard. We all have a history with the Captain America character, and I think there's an interesting connection there in that Cap was also a character who lost everything,” Russo said, tying the two heroes’ together over their unimaginable losses. “There's something fascinating about exploring these people as you strip away who they are and their built-out identities and find out what's left.”

Continuing, Russo said Thor’s find himself dealing with the sort of isolation Steve Rogers felt during Captain America: The Winter Soldier. With his home destroyed and people culled, Thor has lost his family and even his eye in a fight he never signed up for.

“I think we are going through a very similar process with Thor in this movie. Especially with this scene, we're completing the experience that Ragnarok brought to Thor in the sense that we're taking the rest of everything away from him. Everything that remains. He's starting with nothing after that point and trying to climb his way back is a very underdog arc, a very rousing arc. I think that the road that he follows is very empathetic.”

By the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Thor was driven forward by his need for revenge, but Thanos managed to sneak away before the Asgardian could exact his revenge. Thor was left as one of the Mad Titan's survivors, teaming him up with the likes of Rocket Raccoon and Captain America. Now, it will fall upon Avengers 4 to bring the hero's story full circle, and fans can only hope Thor won't be quite as miserable in the sequel.

Do you see Thor following in Captain America's footsteps elsewhere? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Creative Team Reveals What Tony Meant When He Said Captain America Could Help

In Avengers: Infinity War, it took the combined might of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe to delay Thanos' deadly plan, with the Mad Titan ultimately emerging victoriously. Early on in the film, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) claimed that he knew Captain America (Chris Evans) could help the situation, though the film ultimately showed Cap failing to overpower Thanos. The filmmakers revealed on the film's home video commentary track that Tony merely knew Captain America could connect them with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), who would prove important to the overall plan of attack.

"Just to underline between lines here when he says Steve might be able to help, it's because Tony knows that Wanda is on the run with Steve," co-writer Stephen McFeely shared. "And he knows that Vision has been stepping out and maybe having a relationship with Wanda. And he has been cool with that and probably not called Vision to task for it. So, yeah, Tony knows a lot here even if we don't make that clear to the audience."

Captain America and Iron Man were last seen together in Captain America: Civil War, with the former allies turning on one another over the disagreement about the Sokovia Accords. While the film ended with Cap having to go on the run from government authorities, that didn't stop the Super Soldier from finding ways to save the day.

Tony Stark, meanwhile, knew about Cap's activities and pretended to look the other way instead of pursuing his former allies.

"Tony's too intelligent and has too big of an ego to be a stooge to the government," co-director Joe Russo noted. "He will take whatever by-product came out of Civil War and use it to his own advantage and to keep the Avengers alive in a way that he feels like is less the compromise, the better for him. So, I think he has not been actively pursuing bringing Steve Rogers and Natasha and Sam and Wanda to justice. He has in fact been turning the other way. "

Audiences didn't get to see Iron Man and Captain America reunite in Infinity War, though they will likely have to join forces in the next Avengers film if they hope to save their friends and defeat Thanos.

Avengers: Infinity War is out now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray August 14th. Avengers 4 will be hitting theaters on May 3, 2019.
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Joe Russo Says Spider-Man Should Have Stayed on the Bus in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Tom Holland's Spider-Man was probably the most shocking and emotionally traumatizing death in Avengers: Infinity War, but according to co-director Joe Russo, it was a hell of Peter's own making.

During the commentary track on the Avengers: Infinity War Blu-ray release, Joe Russo shares a pretty harsh (if not playful) view of Spider-Man got himself vaporized. While we see Spider-Man first stowing aboard Ebony Maw's ship as it's leaving NYC, Russo states the following:

"Peter inserts his way into the story in a way that's going to have a very tragic ending for him. He should have stayed on the bus."

Clearly the comment isn't meant to be taken super-duper seriously, as Russo is simply providing some wishful thinking for how things could've gone differently for Peter. However, there is a certain amount truth behind the claim - even if it's said in jest.

At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter made the decision to NOT accept Tony Stark's invitation to be an Avenger, preferring to stay close to the streets as the "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man." We never got to see if/how that outlook changed between Homecoming and the start of Infinity War, but based on how Homecoming left things, it would've been understandable for Peter to think twice before leaping from his school bus window and throwing himself into a big leagues fight, alongside the likes of Iron Man and Doctor Strange. After all, Spider-Man was pretty much out of his league for most of Infinity War, and his presence certainly made thing more tense for Iron Man.

On the other hand, whether the MCU movies choose to openly state it or not, Spider-Man's character is defined by the credo that 'With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,' as well as a proud tradition of getting himself way in over his head. With so many characters to juggle, Avengers: Infinity War may not have had time to spell it out, but the filmmakers definitely seemed to understand the fundamentals of Spider-Man in making that story decision.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Writer Has Message For All Korg Fans




Many a Marvel fan fell in love with the delightful Korg in Thor: Ragnarok, but according to the Marvel Studios team, his future doesn't look so bright.

That, of course, stems from the events right at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, which picked up right at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. The Asgardian's ship was boarded by Thanos and his Black Order, and fans saw plenty of bodies on the floor from their savagery. Heimdall, Loki, and more were all killed, but fans did not see what happened to Korg. In the Infinity War commentary, the team of Director Joe Russo and writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus give it a more insight into Korg's plight.

"I think we should say that several Asgardians have escaped," McFeely said, giving fans some hope to hold onto that Korg, Valkyrie, and maybe a few others made it out.
Russo seconds that note, confirming Valkyrie made it out alive. "Several Asgardians have escaped," Russo said. "I have gone on record saying Valkyrie has escaped with some of the Asgardians."

Markus though ends things on a downer, telling fans "All I can say is pray for Korg."

It would be a shame to lose Korg after only one film, as he was easily one of the best things about Thor: Ragnarok. His hilarious dialogue and adorable mannerisms quickly endeared him to fans, and some were hoping he would show up in Avengers 4 or beyond. Looks like those chances are now in jeopardy, but hopefully, he makes it through unscathed.

You can find the full list of special features on the upcoming home video release below.

Strange Alchemy (5:0– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.

The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.

Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.

Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:5 – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)

Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.

The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Directors Changed Captain America’s Intro Because Everyone at Marvel Was Mad at Them



Captain America was originally supposed to enter Avengers: Infinity War late in the movie with a scene-stealing Wakanda entrance that eventually went to Thor, but directors Anthony and Joe Russo brought the star-spangled Avenger in earlier because no one at Marvel Studios liked Cap’s late entrance.

“Everybody at Marvel, I think other than Joe and I, they were mad at us because we were bringing him in the movie so late [laughs],” Anthony Russo told ET. “We thought it was the right spot to do it, but after a while we kind of gave into everybody’s, ‘We need more Cap!’”

A bearded and on-the-run Captain America famously steps from the shadows when rescuing Scarlet Witch and Vision from Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive in Edinburgh, Scotland, only later venturing to Wakanda to reunite with recently reformed best buddy Bucky and Wakanda ruler T’Challa.

Thor makes his dramatic return to Earth in the midst of the Wakanda-set battle between Earth’s mightiest heroes and the Wakandan army against Thanos’ Black Order and his legion of vicious foot soldiers, the Outriders, blasting into the fray accompanied by newfound allies Groot and Rocket Raccoon of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Earlier on in the process, Cap would have resurfaced in a similar manner: “He had Thor’s heroic entrance in the Wakanda battle. That was originally Cap,” Joe Russo added.

“Our thinking was that he was on the run, nobody could find him, and so we thought that it would be this really compelling way to use the character — especially because we were trying to thin the ranks out so we could track everyone — and then we realized we had a really good spot to bring him in earlier in Scotland, to save Vision and Wanda. And so we started moving around heroic moments for characters.”

“But that choice about bringing Cap in, that was sort of at the heart of what we — the premise of the movie for us was always that because of what happened in Captain America: Civil War, because Cap and Tony had the falling out, because the Avengers are divided, this is why they lose to Thanos. Because they’re not together, they’re divided,” Anthony explained.
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“So [we were] playing with this idea that it’s hard for Tony and Cap to get back together on the same team and having Cap sort of be late to the party because [Cap, Black Widow, and Falcon] are forced to live underground, and then hiding from the government. That was always the basic premise of the movie for us.”
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Writers Reveal Why They Chose To Reveal The Soul Stone How They Did it


Marvel fans have been piecing together clues about the Infinity Stones for years, speculating the locations of the important gems in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with each new film. One of the biggest mysteries was the location of the Soul Stone, which wasn't revealed until Avengers:

Infinity War. The filmmakers revealed on the commentary track for the film's home video release why it was so important for them to surprise audiences with the Stone's whereabouts.

"There was a lot of speculation as to where the Soul Stone was, right? We never wanted to give that chip away," co-writer Stephen McFeely pointed out. "We didn't want it to be somewhere you already knew. We didn't want some other movie to plant it. We wanted to use it as a story point."

The Soul Stone was located on Vormir, a distant planet, which hadn't previously been mentioned in other installments of the franchise.

"We didn't want it to be random either. Like it's on Planet X," co-writer Christopher Markus noted. "Which happens to have lots of, you know spiders on it. That would be difficult."

Unlike many of the other Infinity Stones, procuring the Soul Stone wasn't as easy as locating it and taking it. The film revealed that Gamora had long known the location of the Stone, but kept it a secret from everyone she knew. Thanos went on to torture Gamora's sister Nebula to incite the Guardian of the Galaxy to reveal the Stone's whereabouts, which she ultimately did. Thanos then had to kill Gamora to obtain the Stone, despite having served as a surrogate father for her, against her wishes.

McFeely added, "It becomes a secret for one of our characters and therefore it becomes emotional."

The duo previously addressed their desire to keep the Stone's location a mystery.

"We already had that problem right? You knew a lot of places where the stones were so if you knew every one of them there was going to be much less mystery, and just on a screenwriting level, it was really important to us to have a mystery," McFeely shared with the Fatman on Batman podcast. "What does Gamora know that you all don't know? It's fun, there's a whole thing where every letter spells out Thanos' name, like why didn't we think of that!"

Markus did note how entertaining it was to read all of the theories about the Stone's locations online, even if they were all ultimately incorrect.

"Sometimes you read it and go 'that's really quite clever...much too clever. I mean also the...I'm thinking of the theory that said it was in Wakanda. Like, they can't all be on Earth. I know we're a very important planet but we're not the most. You can't have all of them here and then we have the opportunity to go to space and...what was it, the original He-Man movie where they ran out of money and the rest of it takes place in a parking lot in Encino. Like we have the money. We can go up there."
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Infinity War Reveals How Thanos Killed Drax's Family




The reveal that Thanos murdered Drax's family came in Guardians of the Galaxy, but thanks to Avengers: Infinity War's director commentary, we now know exactly how they died.

Fans who saw the MCU-shattering Avengers movie couldn't possibly have caught the explanation, since it isn't explained in the film itself. But while strengthening Drax's connection to Thanos and the plot of Infinity War, the new details may raise a few more questions about the larger continuity of Marvel's Cosmic heroes, villains, and the Nova Corps in general.

As we mentioned above, the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie fills fans in on Drax's tragic backstory almost immediately, with "The Destroyer" explaining that Ronan the Accuser slaughtered his family, fueling his mission of revenge. What they may have missed were the clues as to how they died - which only make sense now that the Infinity War has come and gone.


When holding the knife to Gamora's throat in the first Guardians, Drax described how "Ronan murdered my wife, Hovat, and my daughter, Kamaria. He slaughtered them where they stood. And he laughed!" By the end of the film, Drax would come to realize that Ronan was merely a puppet serving Thanos - meaning it was Thanos whom he needed to kill for revenge.

And in Avengers: Infinity War he sees his chance, when sneaking up on Thanos and The Collector in Knowhere. A moment with a deeper meaning, as explained in the home video commentary by director Joe Russo:

"This is a callback to Drax's history with Thanos here... His planet was treated the same way as Gamora's planet. Drax was put on one side, his family was put on the other.

Nobody knew to look any deeper into the details given of Drax's family's death at the time, since it was assumed that Thanos was just as much of a bloodthirsty conqueror in the MCU as the comics. Marvel had yet to reveal the all-consuming (and completely dumb) plan Thanos has for population control. In hindsight, connecting the dots makes sense, since the films don't give any concrete examples of other reasons he would send Ronan to murder on his behalf. The most logical conclusion is that Ronan the Accuser was, at least for a time, leading Thanos' mission of killing half a planet's population personally.

If The Avengers: Infinity War aims to combine Marvel's many standalone plots as "all leading to this," then retconning or clarifying Drax's tragedy as further proof of Thanos' overall goal, then job done. But for fans who like to read a bit closer, this new wrinkle raises some story issues in terms of continuity - in films already released, and potentially more films to come later.


For starters, it turns Ronan from a Kree also fueled by revenge, and drawn to the power of Thanos into the cruel, malevolent leader of a senseless genocide. So let's hope that his characterization when Ronan returns in the Captain Marvel movie doesn't try to ignore that detail. And secondly, it seems to put more than a decade (and as much as two) between Thanos killing half of Gamora's planet, and doing the same to Drax's. Even for a galaxy, that would presumably draw a LOT of attention. Since you'd hope that a decade-plus campaign of planetary genocide would put Thanos on the Nova Corps' radar.

Some may argue that he was, but Thanos, his Chitauri Army, and Ronan were too fearsome for any cosmic peacekeeping group or military to stand against. Which is a plausible enough excuse to dismiss problems fans may not want to see... even if it retroactively amplifies their threat and level of power, along with the that of the heroes who beat them. Not to mention suggesting it doesn't really matter if Thanos created the hero Nova before Infinity War even started.

Now let's just hope the other Marvel films can expand on the new Infinity War story implications, without contradicting them.
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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Directors On Who Can Lift Stormbreaker & Whether The Red Skull Can Leave Vormir

Avengers: Infinity War is available on Digital HD, and to celebrate the occasion, the film's directors answered a number of questions about the film including a few about Stormbreaker and the Red Skull...





Ever since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters, fans have had a lot of questions about the Marvel film. And while the directors have done their best to answer any queries viewers have, there are still some lingering mysteries.

Thankfully, as part of a Vudu Viewing Party, the Russo Brothers took Twitter questions from fans, providing them with answers as they watched Avengers: Infinity War together. Not all of the details shared were new, but the duo did reveal a few interesting tidbits.

First off, one of the many questions posed was about the Red Skull and whether the banished Hydra leader was free to leave Vormir, home of the Soul Stone. In response, the directors said, "Red Skull is free to leave Vormir, and he is also free to pursue his desire for an Infinity Stone"

This doesn't confirm that the Captain America villain will have a role in future MCU films, but it certainly leaves the door open for the baddie to return and cause trouble for our heroes.

Following this, another fan wondered if, like Mjolnir before it, Stormbreaker could only be wielded by someone who proves themselves worthy. The Russos answer to this question was a simple one: "Mjolnir requires worthiness, not Stormbreaker."

While it makes it possible for some unsavory folks to get their hands on the mighty weapon, it's important to note that Thor said only extremely powerful beings could wield Stormbreaker, and the Russos reminded fans that there "are few people as strong or stronger than Thor" in the Marvel Universe.



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Avengers: Infinity War Directors Reveal Whether Thanos Can Heal His Damaged Arm

When Thanos snaps his fingers at the climax of Avengers: Infinity War, he finally completes his quest to erase half of the universe’s population, but in the Mad Titan’s own words, it costs him “everything.” And to add insult to injury, he also pretty badly damages his arm and the Infinity Gauntlet in the process.

Nonetheless, the tyrant has been known to accomplish far more ambitious feats with the Infinity Stones than healing a limb and repairing a piece of metal. He even quickly recovers from a blow to the chest dealt by Thor’s Stormbreaker axe immediately beforehand, so you’d think that reversing the damage done to both his arm and his all-powerful accessory would be a cinch.

As it turns out, though, things may not be that simple. As part of the Infinity War Vudu Viewing Party over the weekend, the official Avengers Twitter account opened the floor to fan questions for directors Anthony and Joe Russo. When one user asked about Thanos’ ability to mend his arm using the stones, the filmmaking brothers chose to keep things ambiguous, saying:

“Perhaps, but there is a cost to using the power of the Stones.”



To a large extent, you could argue that this is a question that’s less relevant to Infinity War than it is to next year’s Avengers 4, since it’s in this next film that we’ll presumably be seeing how Thanos’ arm fares in the long run. This would explain why the Russos are remaining fairly tight-lipped on what may well turn out to be a minor detail, since Marvel’s been notoriously stingy when it comes to information on the upcoming sequel.

That being said, on the audio commentary for the Infinity War home video release, Joe Russo suggests some form of permanent damage to the despot.

“See there, with his Gauntlet and the arm, the power that it takes to use all six Stones is significant, and clearly damaged the Gauntlet and damaged Thanos permanently,” Russo said.

Whether the permanent damage suffered by the character in Infinity War is physical or emotional isn’t entirely clear at this point, you can expect to see Thanos and his gauntlet once again when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.
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'Avengers: Infinity War' Director Reveals Which Two Infinity Stones Thanos Used to Pull the Moon to Titan


One of the most standout moments in Avengers: Infinity War, a film full of standout moments, was when Thanos destroyed the moon of Titan and brought it down on Iron Man. This moment took on an almost legendary quality after it was shown at San Diego Comic-Con and then not released online. So how exactly did Thanos pull off that trick?

It took the power of two of the six mighty Infinity Stones for Thanos to throw a moon at his enemy - one to break the moon and the other to move it.

Co-director Joe Russo explains on the Avengers: Infinity War director’s commentary that Thanos “uses two stones there. He uses the Power Stone to destroy the moon. And then he uses the Space Stone to pull it so quickly to the surface of Titan.”

The Power Stone first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy inside the Orb. The Power Stone is linked to the destructive energy of the universe. Most who try to hold the Stone directly perish, and so its destructive might is often channeled through a conduit, such as Ronan’s hammer. The Stone’s destructive nature makes it the stone of choice for turning a moon into rubble.

The Space Stone, which first presented itself as the Tesseract, holds power over the very concept of space and has the ability to create portals to instantly transport beings from one end of the galaxy to another. This is why in Marvel’s The Avengers Loki took the Tesseract and used it to open a portal that allowed Thanos’ Chitauri horde instant access to Earth. Like the Power Stone and the other Infinity Stones, the Space Stone can only be safely wielded by beings of great power, though where the Power Stone would simply destroy its bearer the Space Stone may teleport them away, which is what happened to the Red Skull after he took the Tesseract in his hand in Captain America: The First Avenger. The Space Stone's capabilities would allow Thanos to manipulate the laws of physics so that he could move a moon so quickly and precisely over such a great distance.

What did you think of the moment Thanos threw a moon? Let us know in the comments!


Avengers: Infinity War is now available is now available as a digital download and on Blu-ray and DVD on August 14th.
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'Avengers: Infinity War': Director Reveals the One Other Time the Soul Stone Was Used





vengers: Infinity War finally revealed the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest mystery MacGuffin, the Soul Stone, but it admittedly wasn't all that fulfilling of a reveal. After all the work it took to locate and obtain it, the Soul Stone didn't actually do much in the context of Avengers: Infinity War's story, but there was one instance Thanos employed the Soul Stone's power — and most fans probably missed it!
During the commentary track for Avengers: Infinity War's home release, director Joe Russo reveals that Thanos employed the Soul Stone's power during the villain's fight with Doctor Strange, on Titan. As The Russo Bros. and Infinity War writer Christopher McFeely explain:


"McFeely: Joe and Anthony had a peculiar obsession with "The Raven."
Joe: I did. I loved "The Raven" growing up. And I wanted to see a scene in this movie where Thanos' full powers went against Doctor Strange's full powers... And this is one of the only uses of the Soul Stone in the film.

McFeely: Right
Joe: Right there.


Anthony: Until it's final use."
The exact scene in question is when Doctor Strange makes multiple copies of himself to distract Thanos, and attempts to snare the Mad Titan in a net of energy bands. Thanos blasts the copies away using the Power Stone, but manages to identify the real Strange by using the Soul Stone to knock The Sorcerer Supreme's Astral Form loose. That causes Strange to have to literally and spiritually pull it together. In the heat of the battle, most fans probably weren't keeping close eye on which Infinity Stones were lighting up as Thanos took Strange apart, so this is a nice bit of insight from the creative team.
Other commentary reveals that there was a method to Thanos' madness when it comes to the Infinity Stones. Whenever the Mad Titan obtained a new stone, The Russos made sure he used it in the next sequence he appeared in. And so, after discovering the Soul Stone on Vormir, Thanos made the hop over to Titan and got to try out the stone first-hand.

As indicated in the commentary, this was the only individual use of the Soul Stone in the film. The other time the stone was employed was when Thanos used the combined power of all the Infinity Stones for his infamous "snap" that wiped out half of all life in the universe.
Did you notice the Soul Stone's power at work in this scene of Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know in the comments!
Avengers: Infinity War is now available on digital platforms and lands on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Ant-Man and the Wasp is now in theaters.
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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - Stunning New Stills Showcase Some Of The Film's Biggest & Most Tragic Moments

Last weekend, Avengers: Infinity War still photographer Chuck Zlotnick shared over twenty stunning never-before-seen images from the Marvel blockbuster, highlighting some of the film's biggest moments.




As we await the arrival of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD next Tuesday, the film's still photographer Chuck Zlotnick has shared over twenty absolutely stunning never-before-seen images from the blockbuster film that showcase some of the biggest moments as well as some of the most tragic.

Zlotnick also photographed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming for Marvel Studios as well as Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island and Universal's Jurassic World, so be sure to head over to his official website to check out even more stunning practical shots.

To view every photo at once, simply click on the VIEW LIST (ONE PAGE) button below!


Captain America (Chris Evans) leads his team, which includes the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), into battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the Black Order.

We saw this awesome shot in the initial teaser trailer, but the Russos opted not to include it in the finished film, which, now that we've all seen the film, makes a lot of sense.


O Captain! My Captain! We're with you till the end of the line.


Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) team-up during the Battle of Wakanda, taking on not only the Outriders, but also the feared Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon).

Based on their facial expressions, it's probably safe to say this shot is from when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) makes his grand entrance on the battlefield with Tree (Vin Diesel) and Rabbit (Bradley Cooper).


Infinity War wasted no time in uniting heroes from all across the universe as we see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and Wong (Benedict Wong) band together on the streets of New York to take on Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Cull Obsidian (Terry Notary).


An absolutely awesome shot of Iron Man's (Robert Downey Jr.) Mark L armor.

This is probably one of the only practical photos of the suit we're going to get as the vast majority of the movie utilizes CGi to bring the Armored Avenger to life.


Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) conjures up something nasty for Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and Cull Obsidian (Terry Notary).


Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is given an impossible choice as he's forced to either kill the woman he loves (Zoe Saldana) or make a futile attempt at stopping the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin).


Thor (Chris Hemsworth) connects with Gamora (Zoe Saldana) over their shared experiences with Thanos (Josh Brolin), while Drax (Dave Bautista) looks on and admires the God of Thunder's manliness.


A cool shot on Knowhere, but unfortunately no one visible is pictured.


Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) share a tender moment before all hell breaks loose.


Nebula (Karen Gillan) sits silently after all is lost.


The God of Thunder was the undisputed MVP of Avengers: Infinity War and here we see the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) wield Stormbreaker into battle like a total badass.


Regardless of whether she's in Knowhere or Vormir, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) looks quite devastated in this stunning image.


The Russo Brothers discuss a scene before filming and it looks like they're on the Titan set.


Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) makes a stand against Corvus Glaive (Michael James Shaw) and Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon) to protect Vision (Paul Bettany).


Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland) hears the call of duty and swings into action.


Here we get a behind-the-scenes look at the most tragic death in Avengers: Infinity War as Spider-Man (Tom Holland) perishes in the arms of his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), ripping out not only his heart but the hearts of the entire world in the process.


The God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) does whatever it takes to forge Stormbreak, even if it means losing his life.


The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) strikes!


Thor (Chris Hemsworth) definitely doesn't forget arm day.


The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) was one of the more surprising casualties in Avengers: Infinity War, especially after the reception to his first solo feature. With a sequel all but confirmed, it's likely he'll be among the presumed many to be resurrected before the credits roll on Avengers 4.

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
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