Barring some unforeseen hiccup, Avengers: Infinity War is about to become a global box office phenomenon.
It is, after all, building on a superpowered legacy stretching all the way back to 2008, when Jon Favreau and the fresh-faced Robert Downey Jr. defied all odds and transformed Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man) into a household name. A full ten years have passed since that historic feat, and in that time, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ballooned into an industry of its own, replete with A-list stars and a seasoned architect in Kevin Feige.
At the crux of that super-sized universe is Chris Evans, a Marvel veteran who first assumed the mantle of Captain America in 2011. Now, seven years later, the star-spangled patriot is gearing up for his most difficult test yet and, presumably, another spat with Stark.
But while appearing at Arizona’s ACE Comic Con this past weekend, Evans delivered a candid retrospective of his Marvel tenure and what it’s like working with some of the biggest names in the business – both behind the lens, and in front.
That was the best part of this movie, is that you really kind of, it really was for the first time for me feeling like… the first few movies it’s almost like it’s happening to somebody else. You kind of feel like you’re watching it happen, but you’re not actually a part of it.
This was kind of the first movie where you actually felt like you had a seat at the table and you belonged and it was so nice to have all these other franchises that you’ve watched and admired come to a set where you’re like oh man, I belong here, and all these great people are part of a movie that we’re all doing together, and it was just wonderful because all of those franchises, well, let’s be honest. Marvel doesn’t miss. They haven’t missed yet. They’re batting a thousand.
That core family – from Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow to the new-fangled Black Panther – is the foundation on which the MCU is built, and it’s small wonder why Chris Evans is so confident about Infinity War‘s chances of success.
After all, this is the studio that turned Ant-Man, a relative unknown even among comic book readers, into a thrilling heist movie filled with heart and humor. Yes, Marvel Studios is on a roll, and it’s now bracing for its most historic year yet.
I don’t know how they do that. They don’t miss and so to see all these actors come together from all these other franchises that I’ve seen as fans be exchanging dialogue with me was overwhelming and really just so satisfying because really truly, there’s not one bad apple.
Worlds collide on May 4th, before Avengers 4 tends to unfinished business in 2019. Word is it’ll include alternate realities – man-made or otherwise – as it seeks to reboot the MCU in time for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. Look for that one to swing into theaters on July 5th, 2019.