The #Marvel juggernaut rolls on! #DoctorStrange may just have released at the cinemas, but filming for next year's slate is currently underway. In fact, we now know that we'll get a trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!
Still, over the weekend the Internet began to buzz with rumors that Marvel is even further ahead of the game than anyone thought. It seems they may have kicked off filming for 2018's Avengers: Infinity War!
What's the Evidence?
In a since-deleted tweet, @AtlantaFilming stated: 'I think I forgot to post this, but #AvengersInfinityWar started filming two weeks ago'. This tweet has since been deleted, but his follow-up posts are still live:
'Atlanta Filming' is a photographer who has a good relationship with the film industry. In fact, he has a history of getting good set photos from Marvel movies. If he says it's filming — the odds are very good that it is.
But this is pretty strange behavior from Marvel. Normally the company makes a song and dance about starting filming, but Marvel hasn't even begun the process of officially announcing which superheroes will be in the film yet!
What's Going On?
We know that Joe and Anthony Russo have been in Atlanta for weeks working on pre-production, and that they even called in Josh Brolin to begin motion-capture for Thanos. We also know that one of the Russo brothers' biggest challenges is negotiating the schedules of the many different actors who are going to play a part in Infinity War. That, I think, is our clue; right now, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are assembled for reshoots.
Significantly, the Guardians seem to be the only major Marvel actors who are in Atlanta right now. In fact, several of the mainstay actors are currently working on different projects, and comments from Jeremy Renner suggest that the Avengers actors are clearing up their 2017 schedule for Infinity War.
To me, then, it seems likely that the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to be appearing in Infinity War (that much has already been hinted), and that the Russos have taken advantage of the reshoots to get a few Guardians-only scenes filmed. That explanation would fit with the fact that Marvel hasn't followed their usual strategy in announcing filming — because technically, this was only loosely planned, and isn't part of the main bloc of filming.
It's worth noting that this isn't the first hint we've had in recent weeks that something's going on in Atlanta. At the end of last week they shared — and then deleted — a mysterious image showing the archway of a stone castle (you can see the image itself over on ComicBookMovie). The mystery, of course, is why the Russos deleted it! Some fans, more hopeful than realistic, have speculated that the castle is set in Latveria and that Marvel has regained the film rights to the #FantasticFour (and, of course, the villainous Latverian monarch Doctor Doom).
My suggestion is a different one: that this set isn't just associated with Infinity War, but rather is one from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with the Russos planning to revisit the location during Infinity War. Realizing this wasn't just tied to Infinity War, they deleted it. We know that Pom Klementieff is playing the character of Mantis, a warrior-woman who was brought up in the Temple of the alien Priests of Pama. It's possible that the photo was actually from the set of the Kree Temple, and that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ends with at least some of the Guardians based there.
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These are all only theories, of course, but they fit the facts. We're hearing reliable evidence that Marvel has broken with tradition and started filming on Infinity War — without first announcing it. To me, the change in behaviors means that something very strange is going on — and personally, I think these are the only reasonable explanations.
Do you think the Guardians of the Galaxy will appear in Infinity War?
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