By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Avengers: Infinity War lit up the screen and delivered one of the most impressive movies from Marvel Studios. Juggling dozens of characters, the film is a dazzling balancing act that works surprisingly well. There’s some news and some lingering questions so let’s start off with a warning:
Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War to follow!
The first bit of news isn’t a spoiler but we’ll definitely be making our way into huge spoiler territory afterwards. You have been warned.
Infinity War Made Gobs of Cash
To the surprise of very few (unless your name is James Cameron), Avengers: Infinity War is making a huge pile of money. The film is near the one billion dollar mark with a mind-blowing $808 million dollars worldwide as of Tuesday. Putting that into perspective: Captain America: The Winter Soldier made $714 million in its entire run and, more recently, Doctor Strange took in a total of $678 million at the box-office. Justice League, by contrast, made only $658 million worldwide.
It’s a foregone conclusion that Infinity War will easily top Star Wars: The Force Awakens $2.1 billion but will it dethrone James Cameron’s Avatar with $2.79 billion to take the spot of highest grossing film of all time? We’ll have to wait and see what kind of legs Infinity War has.
Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer
It feels a bit jarring to go from one of the biggest, most brutal Marvel films to date to a fun frolic, but I think we all need something a little more light-hearted, which AntMan can deliver. And yes, that was a giant ant playing a drum kit.
For those of you who are confused, Ant Man and the Wasp takes place before (or possibly during) Infinity War, which could explain why they really don’t seem to be affected by the events of Thanos’ master plan. Originally, the film was supposed to be released before the third Avengers film until Marvel and Sony made their Spider-Man deal which pushed all of the film dates back. But don’t worry, both Ant-Man and the Wasp will be in the still untitled Avengers 4 when it hits the big screen next May!
You’ve made it this far, but FAIR WARNING. If you haven’t seen Infinity War yet, this is your LAST CHANCE to turn away. Spoilers to follow!
The Captain Marvel Connection
There is the obvious connection with the post credit scene, as a fading Nick Fury puts out a call for “code red,” hinting at the character of Carol Danvers is waiting in the wings. But there’s an even more subtle connection that might reveal a much larger storyline.
Comicbook.com points to a throwaway line by Gamora who says “it’s like his muscles are made of Cotati metal fibers.” The Cotati were a plant like sentient species that developed on the same planet as the Kree and thousands of years ago were picked to speak for their planet. That didn’t go well with the Kree who slaughtered the Cotati and ignited the Kree-Skrull war. We know that Captain Marvel will have the Skrulls as the main antagonists but I suspect that the Kree-Skrull War will be the next big backdrop story for the MCU for the next 5 to 10 years.
Avengers 4 Won’t Fix Infinity War
The ending of Avengers: Infinity War was a doozy with half the population of the universe being wiped out. Most fans expect the events of the movie to be undone but screenwriters for that movie and the upcoming fourth installment of the Avengers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, recently spoke with Buzzfeed indicating that might not be the case. Here’s what Markus told the outlet:
[Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does. It is a different movie than you think it is. Also [the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief.
We’re going to own these choices, and hopefully surprise and delight you and get you invested. We broke your heart. Now we’re going to blow your mind!
Now, we know that some things will definitely need to be retconned someway because certain films have already been announced so it remains to be seen how they deal with it. One possibility is that Markus is technically right but that the characters who vanished at the end of the film are not actually dead. They turned to something like ash and blew away in the wind so it gives McFeely and Markus some maneuvering room without outright lying. From the sound of it, whatever it is will be very unexpected and hopefully mind altering.