(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In Part One of our two-part look at Avengers: Infinity War: how Thanos and the Infinity Stones rewrite our favourite heroes.)
Avengers: Infinity War stormed through the 2018 blockbuster landscape, one-upping the industry-wide shift in tone, scale and narrative priorities Marvel had ushered in over a decade. The film combined eight existing franchises to deliver the first half of a humungous finale; the result was on-screen enormity, matched by an inevitable $2 billion box-office haul. The sequel, Avengers: Endgame, is sure to surpass it.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has its roots in military propaganda; the U.S. Department of Defense subsidized (and thus, had screenplay approval over) Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain Marvel. And though Avengers: Infinity War didn’t need to run its script by the Pentagon (as far as we know), it falls back on the series’ paradoxical framing of heroism, as a result of its military-funded predecessors. However, this unprecedented crossover event could not have succeeded, or even existed, without a decade of narrative investment. The film takes full advantage of this — albeit to mixed results.
For better or worse, Avengers: Infinity War is a culmination of everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe stands for.
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Avengers: Endgame is almost upon us. But before we get to what might be the biggest blockbuster event of the year (with only Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to challenge it), let’s take a look back at last summer when we were all anticipating Avengers: Infinity War.
When the Marvel Studios movie arrived in theaters last summer, it was quite the spectacle. And Odeon Cinemas in the United Kingdom offered up five different posters from artist Matt Ferguson that combined to form one single image of all the Avengers preparing to take on Thanos. Now Bottleneck Gallery has teamed up with Grey Matter Art to offer Matt Ferguson’s outstanding work as a single print that is much easier to snag than all the Infinity Stones. Find out how to get the Matt Ferguson Avengers Infinity War print below. Read More »
The end of Avengers: Infinity War shocked audiences by killing off half of Earth’s mightiest heroes and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In just a couple weeks, Avengers: Endgame will show the remaining heroes dealing with the aftermath of Thanos using the Infinity Stones to wipe out half the universe, which includes a plan to kill Thanos and bring everyone back…somehow. But it sounds like the roster of surviving heroes was almost a little bit smaller. Read More »
The cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War resulted in a lot of fan speculation about the next installment, the plot, the characters and yes, even the title. And one of the best guesses coming out of that film was “Endgame,” taken from a line of important dialogue spoken by Doctor Strange in the movie. The Avengers: Endgame title was flat out denied by the Russo Brothers in press interviews. Did the filmmakers lie? It sure looks like it…well, from a certain point of view.
At the Avengers: Endgame junket, I finally had a chance to ask the Russos for clarification.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, the cast of Avengers: Endgame reads a children’s book version of Avengers: Infinity War, including the mass genocide part. Plus, producer Tim Miller takes us behind the scenes of Netflix’s animated anthology series Love, Death + Robots, and watch as Zach Galifianakis and Zoe Saldana answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »
Marvel Studios is doing everything they can to keep the secrets of Avengers: Endgame intact so the theatrical experience can be as enjoyable as possible for all audiences. So far all the trailers and TV spots have used footage from the movie sparingly, keeping anything from the second or third acts out of sight. And that’s because, according to co-director Joe Russo, Avengers Endgame spoilers are higher in quantity than Avengers: Infinity War. But what exactly does that mean? Read More »
Say what you will about Avengers: Infinity War, but that film’s ending was one of the biggest movie moments of 2018 – a genuine shocker that destroyed half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We expect that situation to be resolved in next month’s Avengers: Endgame, and co-director Joe Russo is now answering questions about the sequel’s tone, a film he says is “going to be a unique and singular experience in movie history.” Find out how Endgame will be different from Infinity War below. Read More »
A couple of weeks ago, I got an opportunity to chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige about Captain Marvel. We discussed the Avengers: Infinity War after credits scene, if Captain Marvel was originally supposed to appear in that movie, how Carol’s powers won’t break the MCU, Stan Lee‘s tribute and cameo, the whereabouts of Goose, why Nick Fury hasn’t used the pager before Infinity War, and the upcoming live-action Marvel television series for Disney+.
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Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 10 years and 21 movies. It’s the follow-up to one of the most devastating cliffhanger endings in a comic book movie. Of course it will get butts in theaters. But the Avengers: Endgame box office tracking suggests that it may do more than that. Industry insiders estimate that the film is on track to beat the opening weekend box office record — a record set by Avengers: Infinity War just last year.
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We all spent months trying to guess what the title of Avengers 4 would be, and some people even guessed correctly: Endgame. After all, Doctor Strange says “We’re in the end game, now,” after he hands over the Time Stone to Thanos. So why, then, did Marvel keep the title a secret for so long? According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the fevered frenzy surrounding the title got blown out of proportion, but he also thinks keeping the Avengers: Endgame title under-wraps was the right choice. Read More »