Including the imminent Doctor Strange, we are currently five Marvel films away from welcoming the arrival of Avengers: Infinity War into theaters, at which point Josh Brolin’s Mad Titan will finally enter the fray much to the dismay of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Pegged for 2018, Joe and Anthony Russo’s epic will bleed over into Avengers 4, which is still without an official title after being stripped of the Infinity War – Part 2 moniker earlier in the year. There’s a reason for that switcheroo though, according to Kevin Feige, who spoke to IGN recently about Infinity War and how it differs from the 2019 sequel set to succeed it.
“There’s a reason we have publicly called the first one ‘Infinity War’ and the second one ‘Untitled,’ because the movies we were developing were not — certainly there’s a connection, there are with all our movies — but it’s not a first part and a second part. It’s a whole movie and a whole story, and then a whole movie and a whole story. That’s about all I can say. It’s certainly inspired by everything that has come before and everything that is hinted at before.”
Infinity War may have technically entered production already, but we’re still a ways away from learning anything tangible. Feige may offer up some intriguing tidbits in there, particularly how each Avengers sequel will come packing a “whole story” to call its own, but it’s impossible to discern how this will affect the general arc of the MCU.
Expect a lot of stories to coalesce, however, with Feige teasing that:
“We will be intercutting a lot of stories in that movie in a lot of different locales, as it sort of is in the Avengers movies as well; who is facing off against who. In this movie, it’s going to be fun to mix that up. One of the things that’s great about the Infinity Gauntlet is everybody tried to go up against Thanos whether they were god-like powers or not, because that’s what Avengers do. The fun about those two movies that we’re doing essentially at the same time is everybody’s there.”
Avengers: Infinity War is penciled in for release on May 4, 2018, before the conclusive, as-yet-untitled chapter in Joe and Anthony Russo’s superhero epic descends into theaters on May 3, 2019. Doctor Strange is next in line to be drafted into the MCU and don’t worry, Benedict Cumberbatch’s almighty Sorcerer will also have a part to play in Infinity War when the time comes.