SPOILER ALERT FOR INFINITY WAR
—Continue at your own risk—
Hopefully, by now, we have all seen the mega-event known as ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. We have lived through the heartbreak and everything that came with that 2 hours and 39 minutes. This film has been considered one of the best comic book films of all time for some and possibly the greatest film ever in some regards. It is truly an iconic time for comic book fans and moviegoers alike. The film is undoubtedly one of the greatest successes in film history. It has taken a ten-year buildup to get to this point, but here we are. We are also about a year away from the continuation of the film.
We have seen the Russo Brothers (Joe and Anthony) push many boundaries in the MCU. They have directed three films that are intricate parts of this 19 film story that has lasted over 10 years. They have directed Captain America: Winter Soldier/Civil War, and the film in discussion, Infinity War. Each one of these stories has had a major impact on the MCU in one way or another. Whether reuniting old friends, splitting apart the team, or destroying half of the universe. The Russo Brothers have always shaken up the MCU. Part of the reason why they have been so successful is that they are allowed to do things the way they want to do them.
At the ending of Infinity War, we get A LOT of death. We see Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier/White Wolf), Sam Wilson (Falcon), T’Challa (Black Panther), Groot, Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Stephen Strange (Dr. Strange), and many others turn into dust. This ending, especially Peter Parker’s iconic improved death hit many people really hard in the chest. A lot of us were expecting Captain America and Iron Man to bite the dust, but not the new guys. We even get an introduction to Captain Marvel at the end of the film as Nick Fury and Maria Hill turn into dust. This leaves only the original Avengers from the first film and a few of the new characters like Okoye, Shuri, and Rocket left.
Joe Russo commented on how Marvel doesn’t micromanage their films:
“When we started working with Marvel on ‘Winter Soldier,’ we wanted to do such a radical departure from their first [Captain America] film. We said, ‘The character is moving forward in time. The interpretation we’re interested in is much more modern than what you had done on the last one,’ and they said, ‘Great. Do it. Let’s see what happens.’ So they’ve always been risk-takers … If you look at every film we’ve done for Marvel, there are huge, game-changing events at the end of the movies. We are interested in pushing the boundaries and pushing the story forward in unexpected ways, surprising the audience as much as we can.”
He also commented on how they follow their plans instead of feeding into what the audience wants:
“We do our best work when we follow our instincts and tell the story we want to tell. We’ve had one or two experiences early in our careers where we didn’t do that and we learned a very hard lesson: When you try to predict what an audience wants, you’re going to make mush. When you commit to the story you want to tell, it tends to have a much more resonant impact on the audience … The audience can tell you they love chocolate ice cream, but if you give it to them every day, they’re going to get sick of it real fast. You’ve got to stay ahead of them.”
Anthony Russo spoke about how showing our heroes vulnerabilities makes them more interesting:
“Unless you have real stakes, you’re sort of limited in terms of the emotional impact a story can have on you. You have to go to very difficult places for the stakes to feel real, for the characters to feel like they have something to lose, for the audience to feel like they have something at risk. What we’re looking for in storytelling or art is emotional catharsis. And that’s not simply getting what you want. It’s getting an emotional experience that makes you feel and respond to it and energizes you on some level.”
We know that Black Panther 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and GOTG Vol. 3 are all greenlit and most likely are about to begin work. That makes all of these deaths seem kind of iffy. We can’t help but wonder though because as the Russo Brothers have stated before, there are real consequences in the events of Infinity War. We have to prepare ourselves because we know not what awaits us in Avengers 4. The film is a mystery and even though there has been one fan theory confirmed, it doesn’t mean something positive will come from it.
The Brothers commented on the matter of the stakes being high by saying:
(Anthony): “I will say this: There is a real commitment on our end to the stakes. Yes, this is a fantasy world, and yes, remarkable things can happen in a fantasy world, but-“ (Joe): “They come at an incredibly high cost. For us, there will always be stakes and the stakes have been progressing from film to film. And I think you can extrapolate that they will continue to deepen in ‘Avengers 4.’”
This leaves so many open-ended questions and so many of us curious. Unfortunately, we will have to wait another year for answers. What do you guys think? Who do you think is really dead in the MCU? Tweet us @SuperBroMovies with your thoughts!!
Infinity War is currently smashing through the box office in theaters now!!
Avengers: Infinity War – As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.