*Avengers Theme played creepily a note at a time on the piano* Back in 2005, there was an idea…to bring together remarkable and individual comic book movies based on Marvel-owned characters…to see if it could become something more in a crossover film; so that when we the fans finally saw it, we would throw as much money at the screen…that we humanly could.
We are literally one month away from the biggest cinematic event since famous man-child Ernest graced the silver screen and scared Stupid (or was it direct to VHS?). Like most people, I have been a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Marvel Studios released a little indie hit called Iron Man back in 2008. And here we are ten years later: truly and successfully hyped for a movie that has had a decade and a hundred other films to build and campaign. Iron Man successfully knocked the piece that would eventually domino into what we know as Avengers: Infinity War today. The film where they finally get to face off with the villain that has been waiting in the background for the right chance to strike his balance in the universe: Thanos.
If this is going to be anything like the comic book event in which the film takes its name, a lot of people die. And when I say “a lot,” I mean everyone. Other than the dreaded finger snap that makes half the Earth disappear from existence, there are some major deaths that are actually quite “comical” (I don’t get it). For example in the big fight against the rest of the heroes, Thanos wills an impenetrable cube to exist around Cyclops’s head to guard his optic blasts which ultimately suffocates him. Wolverine’s bones are turned into rubber. Iron Man is killed off-panel, but we can make the assumption that his head is still in his helmet that was knocked off from the rest of his body. Thor is turned into glass I think. And then Captain America gets killed with a back-hand from Thanos after a rousing speech about not falling to Thanos (that’s an example of irony right?). Something to that effect will still probably happen since the preview has revealed a stand off between Cap (Nomad or whoever he is now) and Thanos.
But not to worry. Everyone is snapped back into life by Nebula after retrieving the Infinity Gauntlet from a husk of Thanos since his consciousness is now Eternity (I’m not exactly sure what I wrote) and proceeds to undo everything that Thanos has willed with the Gauntlet. Eventually, Thanos has to team up with everyone to defeat Nebula. Nebula ends up going to space jail on Titon which seems kind of unfair. Then the foiled Thanos goes to live on a farm (which is definitely unfair).
For a movie of this caliber, it would be a shame if Thanos’s reign came off as inconsequential by resetting everything so easily. I mean with the Infinity Stones anything is possible (like with prayer…I guess), but still there has to be higher stakes for the movie to really have an impact on the audience. And as we all know, film contacts are ending (the true super villain) which is a good reason to clear the way for a new set of Avengers to take the helm.
I know this is not going to be a direct adaptation of the comic book story lines, but it can act as a nice blueprint of some of the direction they decide to take for the film.
Anyway, back to the purpose of this post. Every year since I’ve been in my position, I’ve taken my employees to the Marvel releases in May. And obviously, Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest film of them all. Everything is coming together in this one big event. I’ve been providing them supplemental materials to give them a background on Thanos, the Infinity Stones, and the Black Order. So I thought to myself it would be kind of fun to write up a little piece on where our heroes are prior to the events of Infinity War. I’m writing this up for my employees but figure I’d write it in my blog if anyone else is curious. I’m going to break this down into multiple posts for ease of reading (and to make myself feel important). The easiest thing to do would be start with the characters of the latest film and move my way backwards until I’ve covered the important characters. So we’ll start with Black Panther and the Wakandans. Please keep in mind, I will only be doing the characters that have been credited in Avengers: Infinity War.
As I always do, I like to preface my posts by letting you know that I am not an expert at really anything (except love-making of course, which I’m told I’m a solid 4 stars…………*cough* out of 10 *end cough*).
Black Panther acted as more of a standalone film offering up more than just a superhero movie with its social, political, and cultural commentary as well as a lesson on the downsides of isolationism. It gave the main hero a solid back story and offered underrepresented communities a comic book movie hero to be inspired by.
As far as Infinity War goes, Black Panther gives the backdrop for one of the major battles we have seen in the trailers. We know it takes place in Wakanda, and we know they’re going to be fighting for an Infinity Stone. I have two guesses. Vision is taking refuge in Wakanda because of the Mind Stone. Our heroes want to protect him the best they can. Or it is revealed that the Soul Stone is actually in Wakanda, and the Avengers protecting that instead.
T’Challa (Black Panther)
I think it’s safe to say that he is in Wakanda. Probably minding his own business ruling Wakanda until all hell breaks loose. That can happen one of two ways. They’re endanger because they have the Soul Stone and Thanos is coming for it, so the Avengers are coming to their aid. Or the other Avengers bring the trouble to Wakanda to find a safe haven for the Vision and the Mind Stone. He’ll be a core part of getting his armies ready and preparing Wakanda for the battle.
T’Challa’s brainy, little sister. She is in Wakanda and is responsible for Winter Soldier’s rehabilitation as we saw in the end credit scene. It’s hard to tell if she is in the offensive running towards battle in the trailer. My guess is she’ll play a part in developing the strategy on the defensive side: keeping the Infinity Stone/Vision safe.
General of the Dora Milaje and head of Wakandan armed fores. She is going to be in Wakanda. She’ll probably be part of the big battle when the times comes and also help with prepping Wakanda for the fight.
Wakanda’s Queen Mother will be in Wakanda to support T’Challa. I mean I really don’t know how she’ll play into the movie. My guess is she’ll have a quick scene with T’Challa about doing what he needs to do to save the world.
Not sure if he’ll be in Wakanda or back in the States. I can see him playing a more diplomatic role trying to warn political officials about the danger, but it will be quick and insignificant. Or he could be at Wakanda more or less doing the same thing. I don’t know.
After reconciling with T’Challa, he and his army will definitely be in the battle. I’m guessing he will just be there, because they assume you’ve watched Black Panther, know M’Baku’s significance, and that T’Challa and him made up.
Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier)
The last end credit scene of Black Panther had Bucky step out of a tent while being called White Wolf. Not sure if this is a call back to the comic book character (who is not Bucky), or if the Russos are planning to set Bucky off in different direction where he is the White Wolf. Regardless, he is seen still without an arm and thanking Shuri for her help. He’ll have some bromance scenes with Cap and then be there for the battle. He’ll also have a new vibranium arm courtesy of Shuri I assume. I have a feeling he’s going to watch Steve fall to Thanos which would be a good plot device to set him up to become Captain America unless that privilege belongs to Falcon.