Avengers Infinity War directors shut down your hopes of mass resurrection
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Avengers Infinity War directors shut down your hopes of mass resurrection

Avengers: Infinity War directors, the Russo brothers, have said that future Marvel movies could not be set in a linear timeline, thereby ensuring that the characters who died at the end of Infinity War stay dead.

Avengers Infinity War Updated: Jun 12, 2018 16:42 IST
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Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in a still from Avengers: Infinity War.

Before the release of Avengers: Infinity War, the directors Joe & Anthony Russo promised fans that certain plot points in the film would be conclusive. Writer Stephen McFeely told Huffington Post that “If we say goodbye to some characters, we will say it permanently.” But Marvel has already announced Black Panther 2, a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. This discrepancy has angered a section of Marvel’s devout fanbase, and the Russo Brothers have responded to some of these criticisms.

“Here’s the thing, I think it’s important to remember anything is possible in the MCU,” Anthony Russo told HuffPost, responding to complaints against the film’s ending, in which the villainous Thanos seemingly ‘killed’ half the universe’s population. “Just because there’s a sequel on the books doesn’t mean ... people become accustomed to time moving linearly in the MCU. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. There’s a lot of very inventive ways of where the story can go from here.”

What he seems to be implying is that there could be a possibility that Black Panther 2 is set before the events of the first Black Panther. This suggestion could certainly apply to Guardians as well, because not all members of that team perished at the end of Infinity War, but it crumbles when it comes to the Spider-Man movies. Marvel had previously stated that they’d be appropriating the Harry Potter model in the Spidey films, with each installment being set in a new high school year for Peter Parker.

“There’s four years between Guardians 2 and Infinity War,” said Joe Russo. “That’s a long time, and a lot of ‘Guardians’ stories to tell. Again, as Anthony said, don’t expect everything to move forward in a linear fashion in the Marvel universe.”

The director duo previously told Variety that “We do our best work when we follow our instincts and tell the story we want to tell. We’ve had one or two experiences early in our careers where we didn’t do that and we learned a very hard lesson: When you try to predict what an audience wants, you’re going to make mush. When you commit to the story you want to tell, it tends to have a much more resonant impact on the audience … The audience can tell you they love chocolate ice cream, but if you give it to them every day, they’re going to get sick of it real fast. You’ve got to stay ahead of them.”

The next two movies on Marvel’s slate - July’s Ant-Man and the Wasp and February 2019’s Captain Marvel - are both set before the events of Infinity War. Many fans believe that these films will introduce the Quantum Realm, which will allow for characters previously thought to be dead to be resurrected. Coupled with set images from Avengers 4 and the dominant fan theory that the film will involve time travel and alternate dimensions, it seems like death could be challenged in the MCU.

An unofficial plot synopsis for Avengers 4 - the first of its kind - hinted as much. “A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it,” it said. Avengers 4 was recently touted by Disney chief Bob Iger as being a ‘significant conclusion’ to the MCU as we know it, allowing for new characters to take over from Iron Man and Captain America, either of whom could die at the end of the fourth Avengers movie.

Avengers: Infinity War is just a few days away from crossing the coveted $2 billion mark at the global box office. Only three films - Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens - have made more than $2 billion theatrically in history.

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First Published: Jun 12, 2018 16:39 IST