The film that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was building up to has delivered on its promise. But what’s next? Here’s our top 10 questions that arise having watched Avengers: Infinity War…
Please only read this after you have seen Avengers: Infinity War as there are multiple SPOILERS discussed.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been building to Avengers: Infinity War for 10 years and what a climax it is. The main character is not one of the Avengers but Thanos, a mad Titan with a clear if misguided motivation who evokes an element of pathos.
The directing pair of brothers Russo and Russo have crafted an epic film that, despite containing so many moving parts and characters, is still fluid entertainment, fun and tense. This five-star superhero showdown has plenty of humour (predominantly from the Guardians of the Galaxy) balanced with epic action, suspense and big plot twists.
The film is exhausting to watch as it is a series of climatic scenes with little time to catch your breath, and the eerie silence of the finale is deafening in its consequences.
You can listen to a full podcast discussion on the MCU before and after seeing Avengers: Infinity War courtesy of the Down The Hall Podcast team here.
One element we discuss on the podcast is the questions raised by the film. In this article, we take a look at the prevailing enigmas that Avengers: Infinity War has thrown up…
The following contains plot spoilers…
10. Why did Corvus Glaive’s blade affect Vision so much?
As good and well characterised Thanos is, his children/black order fill the generic henchman role so the separate Avengers have someone to face. This question seems more of a plot device to make Vision weak and in his words “stop him from phasing” so is able to be defeated despite being so powerful in previous films. In the comics, Corvus Glaive is linked with his blade and cannot die if it is intact. This is probably a question that doesn’t require an answer in the next Avengers film.
9. Who are Thanos’ children?
Referred to as his children in the film, known as the Black Order or Cull Obsidian in the comics, they lack characterisation but the film doesn’t suffer because of it. They are simply Thanos’ lieutenants to do his bidding, In the comics, there are five of them – Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf, and Supergiant – but only the first four appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Ebony Maw stands out in the film played by Tom Vaughn-Lawlor who tortures Dr Strange only to be dispatched by the pop culture literate Spider-Man.
8. What’s wrong with Hulk?
Unexpectedly, the Hulk doesn’t appear after the opening scene where he is embarrassed by the powerful Thanos. Despite Bruce Banner’s efforts the Hulk resists all attempts to make an appearance again in this film. The first trailer in fact misled us with Hulk featuring in the battle of Wakanda. I am sure the childish grumpy champion Hulk from Thor: Ragnarok will resurface in the next Avengers film to recover his bruised ego.
7. Where is Hawkeye and Ant-Man?
Both Hawkeye and Ant-Man were noticeably absent from all trailers and press, which makes sense as they do not appear in the film at all. With so many characters to juggle there were always going to be some left out. Even MCU stalwarts like Black Widow and Captain America get very little to do in this film. Hawkeye and Ant-Man are dismissed in one quick line from Black Widow, declaring they took a deal as being on the run after the events of Civil War was too hard on their families. But when half the universe disappears I think they might just notice. I am sure both characters will feature heavily in the next Avengers film. The Ant-Man and the Wasp is the next MCU film to be released set between Civil War and Infinity War and looks set to explore the quantum realm more, which is likely to be important in the next Avengers film where some of the events of Avengers: Infinity War will likely be reversed.
6. Why is Red Skull the Soul Stone’s guardian?
A very popular and misused villain not seen since Captain America The First Avenger where Red Skull touched the Space Stone and disappeared assumed destroyed. However, he clearly disappeared to Vormir and a kind of purgatory to guard the Soul Stone. This time he is played by Ross Marquand instead of Hugo Weaving. This was a nice surprise for fans to see this popular character again and he could potentially appear again in the next Avengers as the Soul Stone will surely have a further part to play.
5. Who will stay dead?
As we know in comics, death isn’t always forever. There is an emotional climax to Avengers: Infinity War as we watch some our most beloved characters disappear starting with Steve Rogers’ nightmare as Bucky is first and then the great acting from Tom Holland as he hugs his mentor not wanting to go. Considering both Black Panther and Spider-Man both disappeared with their sequels assured it seems they will be set to return. The remaining team consist of the original Avengers and I think in the long term we should be more worried about the ones left behind. A theme of Avengers: Infinity War concerned the high price of sacrificing one life but perhaps sacrificing a few Avengers for half the universe will become the choice. Despite the time bending that is likely to happen in the next Avengers film some characters look more likely to stay dead such as Loki, Heimdall and Gamora.
4. When did Thanos give up his destiny once before?
One of the most interesting lines of the film during the scene where Thanos claims the Soul Stone is when he tells Gamora that he nearly turned away from his destiny once before and he can’t let that happen again. So when did Thanos chose to turn away from what he perceives as his destiny before? This could be something that is explored in the upcoming Captain Marvel film set in the 1990s. What could make Thanos turn away from his destiny and will this information be used against him in the next Avengers film?
3. Who is Nick Fury trying to contact in the post-credits scene?
A great post credits scene after the emotional climax of the film where Samuel L Jackson almost get to say his favourite phrase. He leaves an old-fashioned pager sending a signal to Captain Marvel. With her own 1990s-set film coming up, she is going to be a big and very powerful character within the MCU. Why Nick Fury hasn’t contacted her before and her relationship with him should all be explored. Her film is sure to have a big impact for the next Avengers movie, which she will definitely feature in as well.
2. What was Star-Lord/Peter Quill thinking?
Not really a question, but a point that has caused plenty of reaction and memes online. After overruling Tony Stark and coming up with an effective plan to remove the gauntlet from Thanos at the last minute, Peter Quill’s emotions get the better of him as he realises his love Gamora is dead and he hits Thanos knocking Mantis off and leaving Thanos with the gauntlet. But perhaps this all had to happen as Dr Strange suggests.
1. Why didn’t Doctor Strange tell everyone else the plan?
Using the time stone Dr Strange saw over 14 million outcomes to the forthcoming conflict and only one where the Avengers win. Dr Strange gave up the Time Stone far too easily and when he dies he ominously says: “It was the only way”. So did he tell anyone else the plan or how to win, or did he just set into motion a series of events to give the Avengers the best chance of winning. If their chances are over 14 million to one you hope he would have given some details to someone.
Written by Lyndon Wells
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