As of writing, we are sixteen weeks away from Avengers: Infinity War. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this movie if you are a fan of the giant universe that has been built for the past ten years. The giant cast of characters coming together to face Thanos and his crew of baddies. These are five awesome things about Avengers: Infinity War.
- The first movie shot entirely with IMAX cameras
So, what is the big deal here? Well, there are a few reasons why this is amazing. If you have never seen a movie in IMAX, it is filmed using specific cameras that when shown on screen will fill out entirely. Normally movies will have the letterbox, the black bars on top and bottom of the screen. Every movie that is shot in IMAX uses it only for a few scenes. Take a Christopher Nolan movie such as Interstellar which will have the whole screen fill on your TV but only for certain moments. Before, Interstellar held a record for most footage using IMAX with more than an hour of the movie in this way. Usually, the IMAX shot is for something important, but Avengers: Infinity War will be shot this way entirely. The Russo brothers who are directing the film and have directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War wanted this movie to feel right, so getting the proper cameras is one of the many ways this is being done. This camera is the IMAX/Arri 2D digital camera which has been used previously on some scenes in Captain America: Civil War. The scale of this movie is unlike anything that has been done before with over 65 characters and being built up for the past ten years. Joe and Anthony Russo stated, “The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera.” This movie is going to be huge, and these brothers know how to make it look as big as possible.
2. Higher stakes than before
Every fan of the MCU is talking about who will die in this movie. Thanos is such a powerful villain and the fact that this has been building up for so long, there should be some higher stakes than previous movies in the MCU. Just looking at the source material, a lot of people die. It is safe to say that not as many deaths will occur in the movie because some of these heroes have movies slated in the next few years. Characters like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Thor, and the Guardians of the Galaxy are all safe. Both new and old characters will come together, and many will see another day or in this case movie. Hawkeye, Captain America, and Iron Man are all potential deaths. Those older heroes who may not be needed in the next phase of the MCU could be killed off. Why a small character like Hawkeye? This can be a safe way to bring ramifications for our heroes as they fight this all-powerful being. Instead of killing off a huge character, take a smaller character who brings a lot less to the table and kill them. This is just speculation, but it is safe to say that one or more characters will die. Another reason is the fact that the next phase for the MCU is starting soon. Captain America and Iron Man have been the main leaders for the MCU, but someone else will be leading the charge for phase four. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige explains in an interview with Fandango, “This five-movie arc, which is a lot of movies. From Civil War to Homecoming, to Infinity War, Untitled [Avengers 4] and Homecoming 2″ said Feige. “That’s a big chunk of Peter Parker that’s never been explored before that is taking up all of our focus right now.” Nothing makes me more excited about the future of the MCU than Spider-Man taking the lead. This could hint at who will die in this movie that will have Spidey take a new role in the Avengers. The stakes of the movie will forever have an impact on the rest of the MCU.
3. The ultimate villain
One of the criticisms that get tossed at the MCU are the villains. To an extent, I agree. To every great hero is a great villain to face off against. Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was a good villain and served a purpose with being Peter’s father. Ego brought a lot to Peter’s character development and was just a great character throughout the movie. That is just one example of one of the better villains. Some have been less great such as Dormammu who is powerful but felt tacked onto the ending of Doctor Strange. The ending was funny on how the Doctor defeated Dormammu but did not have much weight to the character or the MCU as a whole. Thanos has been slowly built up across several movies and has a few connections already. Not only does he threaten everyone which brings the current line up of Avengers together along with new heroes like the Guardians of the Galaxy, but his personal connection to Gamora will have an interesting impact on the story. His favorite daughter fighting against him with her friends will have a lot of weight for both them. Hopefully, the movie will utilize their relationship well enough to make for an interesting conflict. The power that Thanos has especially with his gauntlet will be a difficult challenge for our heroes. In the trailer, all it really shows is everyone getting beaten down in every way imaginable. Things do not look good for anyone here. It looks like we will finally get an amazing villain in the MCU and potentially one of the best villains in the superhero genre.
4. Character interactions
One of the best parts of the Avengers movies is the interaction between the different characters. The relationship between Black Widow and Hulk has led to speculation on where those two can end up. Along with them, there is Captain America and Iron Man butting heads. In Spider-Man: Homecoming we see the mentor and parent position that Tony plays to Peter as he strives to be the hero just like Tony. We will gain a lot more of these great dynamics as more characters come together. At the end of the trailer, we can see Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy. The possibilities of these personalities coming together are amazing. One I am personally excited for is to see the snarky Tony Stark with Rocket who has a similar personality and can create for hilarious moments. This is a Marvel movie so expect plenty of humor from all these characters and not just the doom that Thanos is bringing.
5. The big payoffs
Ten years has led to one movie. Not only will we be getting a big payoff by seeing Thanos and what he can actually do, but there will be plenty more. As previous movies such as Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War we will be seeing new characters come together and introduced. Whether any new characters will be introduced is still in question. Joe Russo has hinted at it, but let us not hold our breath on that one since there are still almost 70 characters, maybe it is best to not add anyone else. As previously mentioned, characters will come together who have never met before. Along with story development for the MCU, there will be character development too. Plenty of payoff for characters who have been needing certain moments for growth will happen here. As mentioned before, Gamora fighting her father will be big for her. Peter aka Star-Lord will be on Earth for the first time since he was taken by Yondu and his crew when Peter was a child. One of the biggest things is the infinity stones will be together. We have seen the power of these stones from Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captian America: Civil War along with the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Once Thanos gets his hands on them then all hell will break loose. We know about their power, but have never seen the stones used together.
Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The hype is unbelievable, but there are only a few more months to go. The movie will be released May 4. What are you looking forward to the most?
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