Before I go into the details of this theory: if you have not seen Avengers: Infinity War, turn back now! Major spoilers ahead.
Everyone that worked on Avengers: Infinity War is hard at work doing the press tour and dealing with interview questions while avoiding giving spoilers. That being said, we will be getting into some spoilers now, so look away if you haven’t seen the film yet.
I think this goes without saying due to the title of this article, but spoilers are coming.
Who else was blown away by the end of Avengers: Infinity War? From the sudden fading of many favorite superheroes to the dramatic and very sad end to Peter Parker, it was a crazy ending. I am sure many of you are sitting there complaining about how we know everyone who vanished will be brought back somehow and therefore the gravity of the situation was lessened, let’s remember there’s another movie that is a continuation. If this movie taught me anything, it is that Marvel will surprise me, and I love it. I love how everyone was wrong about who was going to die, including me. That being said, what do the directors, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, have to say about that ending? In a recent interview with Variety, the Russo brothers talked about the need to make these superhumans vulnerable so that the audience can relate to them and Anthony goes on to say:
If you’re a big Marvel fan, you may recognize the name, Jim Starlin. For those that don’t, he’s the one who created the Mad Titan Thanos back in 1973. Thanos is the big bad guy in Avengers: Infinity War and I think Josh Brolin knocks it out of the park. I’m just a writer for a geek site though. What does Starlin think of the portrayal? He revealed this much on Facebook:
Since the debut of promotional materials from Marvel Studio’s eagerly awaited blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War, fans were instantly thrilled and captivated by the mighty Infinity Gauntlet, as one who possesses the Infinity Gauntlet shall gain omnipotence power. Thanos, the dangerous powerful supervillain who have been lurking in the shadows, is now in search for the crucial Infinity Stones which include Mind Stone, Time Stone, Power Stone, Space Stone, Reality Stone and Soul Stone to complete the Infinity Gauntlet!
In anticipation to Marvel’s upcoming epic blockbuster, Hot Toys is excited to officially introduce the invincible Infinity Gauntlet that is recreated in the actual size and proportion of the gauntlet Thanos uses in the Avengers: Infinity War!
Hot Toys has unveiled a couple awesome collectibles for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and collectors are going to want to get their hands on these! Hot Toys has always done great work with their Marvel line and these things are badass!
The first is a 1/6th scale figure of Iron Man in his new suit of armor. This is our best and most detailed look at Tony Stark’s new suit yet and it’s so slick. The second is a life-size replica of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet! Below you’ll find the details and photos for each one:
Avengers: Infinity War – 1/6th scale Iron Man Collectible Figure
A new threat has emerged from the cosmos and it became too heavy for any hero to handle! The Avengers must join forces to protect the world and to stop the ruthless warlord and his formidable allies from destroying the universe! Together with other significant superheroes, the latest Iron Man with advance technology that Tony Stark has created will fight against their ultimate villain Thanos! Prior to the release of the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, Hot Toys is ecstatic to officially introduce the first collectible – the 1/6th scale Iron Man collective figure, among the first wave of Avengers: Infinity War collectible’s line-up.
Fans have speculated for years that the Red Skull is not dead in the MCU. I personally never believed that he died at the end of Captain America: The First Avengers, and now thanks to an Avengers: Infinity War prelude comic book, we’ve learned that he’s not dead.
ScreenRant pointed out a panel in the comic that features a flashback scene from the film and as you’ll see below, it suggests that Red Skull was not vaporized by an explosion of blue energy from the Tesseract, which contains the Space Stone. Instead, we see a “fooshhhh” of energy transporting him into space! This seems to confirm the big fan theory that the Red Skull is still alive and kicking in the MCU.
Why would a prequel comic to Infinity War make a point of showing us this if Red Skull isn’t being primed to appear in Infinity War? We have no idea where he has been this whole time, but it’s not hard to think or believe that he might actually play a role in Thanos’ big plan of collecting all the Infinity Stones.
Hell, maybe any of the characters that we thought were destroyed by the Infinity Stones aren’t dead at all. Those other characters include Malekith from Thor: The Dark World, Ronan from Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ultron from Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s very possible that some of these characters might be alive, but Red Skull is the one that would make most sense.
A few months ago, Samuel L. Jackson seemed to let it slip that Red Skull was still alive, saying:
“You didn’t see me in Civil War. I’m still out there trying to figure out what, you know, The Skull is going to…”
As we all might imagine and based on what we’ve seen in the trailer, there is no doubt that Avengers: Infinity War is going to be unlike any other movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with characters from all corners of the MCU uniting. Now one of the actors who plays one of the most important characters, Chris Hemsworth is giving us a good idea of just how many to expect.
In a recent interview with Postmedia Network, Hemsworth teased just how massive Infinity War will be, with over 70 characters appearing throughout the film in one way or another.
Pain and sacrifice are two of the most powerful tools used in good storytelling. And Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo says there will be plenty of both in their upcoming Avengers sequels. While answering questions for Chinese website Sina Weibo, Rosso explained:
“I don’t know about the need to accept it, but I will say this: we love being told good stories, and we love telling good stories, and all of our energy, and our effort, and our thought, and our passion goes into telling the best story that we can. And for us, the best stories have stakes. Characters have to make sacrifices. To really, really feel the true emotion and the hero’s journey they have to go through trials and those trails could cost them something.
“So, for us, its very important that the heroes feel pain and that they make sacrifices because I think that, not only is a great storytelling, but it also is inspiring and I think we need a lot of inspiration in this world right now. So, for us, I don’t know if we can ever get you to accept it, but I promise you this: we’ll do our damnedest to tell you the best story possible, and what you do with it from there is up to you.”
Joe Russo’s brother and co-director Anthony Russo agreed with him. It’s about time they do this. A lot of fans have been saying that these Marvel movies, as good as they are, haven’t really shown any real pain or sacrifice in their films. A few characters have died, but none have been overwhelmingly meaningful. Agent Coulson’s death might have been the most meaningful… until they brought him back to life for Agents of SHIELD. Then it meant nothing.
Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters on May 4, 2018.