Tasked with bringing the Avengers together again after Captain America: Civil War split them apart, the Russos have a big challenge on their hands with Infinity War. The third Avengers movie was recently confirmed to be just one film, as opposed to the two-parter Joss Whedon intended it to be when he was attached to the project.
Condensing the climax of the entire MCU thus far into one movie is a tall order, but the Russo brothers seem very confident that they can pull it off — and considering that The Winter Soldier and Civil War are two of the best Marvel films to date, we also have every confidence in the Russos to make Infinity War live up to fan hopes.
But it's not just about uniting the divided Avengers, bringing in the oft-foreshadowed Thanos, resolving the Infinity Stones plot arc, and somehow including the Guardians of the Galaxy — Infinity War also has to include the right characters from the MCU so far, including some key players that will lead the Avengers into a bright, post-Thanos future.
Previously joking that there would be 67 Marvel characters appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, the Russos have updated their estimates when talking to the Toronto Sun — and some familiar names were dropped in connection to the upcoming film.
Captain Marvel's Debut
The question of whether Captain Marvel will make her debut in Infinity War, before her solo film in 2019, is not a new one. As a fan fave from the comics, the Carol Danvers' entrance into the MCU is eagerly awaited. And although she wouldn't get the spotlight, introducing Captain Marvel in Infinity War makes a lot more sense than you might expect.
Brie Larson was recently confirmed to be playing the ex-Air Force colonel, a casting announcement that seemed very far in advance, as Captain Marvel won't be released for another three years. Naturally, many people jumped to the conclusion that this meant Carol would appear in Infinity War, and the Toronto Sun asked the Russos about working with the actress, whom they previously directed on Community.
"It’s an incredible piece of casting. You couldn’t ask for better. Not only is she an amazingly talented actor but she’s a wonderful human being. We’re really looking forward to the opportunity of re-teaming with her… if we were to get the chance to work with that character."
That dramatic, misleading pause communicates one thing very clearly: The Russos are aware that everyone wants to know whether Captain Marvel will appear in Infinity War, and they delight in teasing us with non-information. In their report, the Toronto Sun noted that the Russos were similarly coy regarding Spider-Man's involvement in Civil War, which we now know was because the negotiations with Sony were taking longer than expected — forcing the Russos and writers Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely to redraft the script.
In the case of Captain Marvel, it's more likely that Marvel Studios are just waiting until the perfect moment to announce her involvement in Infinity War — which seems inevitable considering the casting, and Carol's connections to the Guardians — dropping plenty of hints in the meantime to keep us interested. But Captain Marvel isn't the only character fans want to see appear in Infinity War...
The Defenders May Cameo
Expanding into their own narrative universe on Netflix are the Defenders, street-level heroes who are less concerned with alien threats and the fate of the world than they are with cleaning up Hell's Kitchen.
Beginning with Daredevil Season 1, and continuing into Jessica Jones and Daredevil Season 2, the Defenders are starting to come together, with Luke Cage airing very soon. The team-up show will premiere some time in 2017, along with a solo show focusing on the Punisher. This collection of shows exists within the MCU, and deals with the consequences that the rise of the Avengers has on everyday life. It's a fantastic way to expand the fictional universe, but in a lot of ways the success of these Netflix shows rests on their ability to be part of the MCU but stand apart from it at the same time.
That being said, many fans are hoping to see a cameo from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the others in Infinity War. When asked about this, Anthony Russo stressed that they weren't leaving anyone out.
"We do consider everyone. We don’t want to get too specific about what’s going to happen with these movies. We want these movies to be a surprise for audiences."
With Infinity War intended as a climax of the MCU, pulling together everything the movies have been building towards up until this point, it's good to know that the Russos have the entire narrative to play with — and they're not ruling anything out. Of course, whether the Defenders appearing in Infinity War would expand the story, or complicate it, remains to be seen.
A very delicate balance needs to be struck, as these beloved characters can't feel shoe-horned in. Coming from such a different style and world as the main Marvel movies, just shoving the Defenders into Infinity War would feel incongruous — and yet, it seems nonsensical to allow these two hero teams to operate totally independent from each other, and never meet.
We'll just have to wait and see to discover how this pans out, but it's good to know that the Russos are weighing all their options — and they're definitely not going to reveal anything until absolutely necessary.
Tell us in the comments: Would you like to see the Defenders team up with the Avengers in Infinity War?
[Source: The Toronto Sun]