Will There Be an ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer During the Super Bowl?

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It’s a cliche by now that a lot of folks watch the Super Bowl primarily for the commercials, and for movie studios the Big Game tends to be a pretty big marketing day. So you tune in for the football and the funny ads, and you’re treated to new trailers for some of the biggest movies of the year.

And there’s little doubt, at this point, what will be the biggest movie of 2019. After “Avengers: Infinity War” grossed more than $2 billion worldwide and ended on probably the most insane cliffhanger in the history of the cinema blockbuster, everyone is expecting “Avengers: Endgame” to make a similarly gargantuan splash.

This is an unusual year for the Super Bowl in that we aren’t expecting a whole lot of movie trailers during the game this year. For whatever reason, studios seem to be shying away from the spectacle this time. But will Disney be among those skipping the Super Bowl this year?

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Officially, there’s no word on whether “Avengers: Endgame” will make an appearance during the Super Bowl, but we are expecting a new trailer Sunday evening.

The marketing cycle for the film started fairly late for one of these things, with the first trailer dropping in early December. For a mega-blockbuster like “Endgame,” we expect three trailers before it lands in theaters on April 26. Around the release of “Captain Marvel” in March is a natural place to put one, and so the Super Bowl likewise would make perfect sense as far as timing.

But that’s just our guess — we don’t actually have any official word about an “Avengers: Endgame” trailer for the Super Bowl. But we would be surprised if the game comes and goes without one.

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On the other hand, given how cryptic and relatively low key we expect the marketing for this movie to be — Marvel doesn’t want to give away anything — they could very well just skip past the Big Game confident that they don’t have to make a huge push to get folks out to see how this whole thing ends. Anything is possible.

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Marvel Taps ‘Captain Marvel’ Writer for Potential ‘The Vision and Scarlet Witch’ Series for Disney+

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One of the potential TV series that Marvel Studios is developing for Disney’s upcoming streaming service has landed a writer, and it’s from another Marvel Studios property.

Jac Schaeffer, one of the writers for “Captain Marvel,” has been brought on board to write and executive produce the pilot for the series based on Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, which will also feature Paul Bettany’s Vision, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap.

“The Vision and Scarlet Witch” is one of a few series that Marvel Studios has in various stages of development for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, which will launch towards the end of this year. Disney CEO Bob Iger has only confirmed one of them, based around Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, but another series starring Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) is being considered as well.

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However, all of those above characters were wiped out of existence by Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the climactic event of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” But with fellow dusted Avenger Spider-Man (Tom Holland) set to star in “Spider-Man: Far From Home” in July, it’s widely expected that April’s “Avengers: Endgame” will bring many, if not all, of the dead characters back.

Disney+ will feature more than a few TV series based on film properties from Disney’s expansive list of properties — which will only grow further once its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets is complete. Along with the planned Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoffs, the streaming service will have a pair of “Star Wars” TV shows. One of those is a spinoff starring Diego Luna’s character from “Rogue One” while another one, developed by Jon Favreau, is called “The Mandalorian” and will star Pedro Pascal.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Aubrey Plaza to Host 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Aubrey Plaza will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

On Nov. 16, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and “Private Life” star Molly Shannon announced this year’s nominees at a press conference. Best Feature nominees include “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.”

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Feb. 23, 2019, and will be broadcast exclusively on IFC at 2 p.m. PT.

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“I am truly honored and delighted to host the Spirits Awards this year,” said Plaza. “It is a dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves… independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

“The search for a great Spirit Awards host is never easy,” added Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “This year we said, let’s find someone funny, smart, a cinephile, being a great actor wouldn’t hurt, and it would be an added bonus if they’ve previously won a Spirit Award. Then we realized, oh wait, that’s Aubrey Plaza! So thank you Aubrey, for hosting the Spirits!”

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Most recently, Plaza starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West,” which Plaza also produced,” as well as Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours” and Jim Hosking’s “An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin.” She currently stars in FX’s “Legion” and will next be seen in Lars Klevberg’s remake of “Child’s Play” opposite Brian Tyree Henry.

This year marks the 34th edition of the awards show, which celebrates the very best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Production will executive produce and direct for the fifth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 17th year, while Rick Austin will produce for his fourth year in a row. Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff return as co-producers.

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How Facebook’s ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Has Given Mourners a Voice

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Krystina Edwards Nagle lost her husband in September from complications during surgery, when he was only 48. She can’t exactly describe how it felt to go through his books, his clothes, his prized watch collection.

But in Facebook Watch’s “Sorry for Your Loss,” she has found a show that comes close to capturing how she feels. “Sorry for Your Loss” stars Elizabeth Olsen as Leigh Shaw, a young widow coping with the recent death of her husband, Matt. In one scene, she goes through his clothes, just like Edwards Nagle had to do.

“When people think about losing a spouse and being a widow, it’s when you’re older. That was kind of the first thing that hit me,” Edwards Nagle said. “And [Leigh] lost her husband so unexpectedly. It was quick, it was sudden, and it was a surprise. So that hit me as well, because that was the kind of thing I went through with my husband.”

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Because the show is on Facebook, viewers are surrounded by others going through the same feelings they are.  Social media can seem heartless, a way for strangers to fight and belittle one another. But the comments page for “Sorry for Your Loss” is different.

The people who log in to share their feelings include widows, widowers — and anyone who has lost someone they love. That reaction was striking for both showrunner Lizzy Weiss and creator Kit Steinkellner.

“I’ve never seen a community like this formed from a show,” Weiss said. “That’s what’s so incredible about the power of the show, Facebook and grief altogether, is that a community has found each other online.”

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After seeing the pilot, which opens with Leigh talking to her grief group, one commenter said he had started going to his own meetings to work through the pain of losing his wife. Until the show, he “didn’t even know grief groups were a thing,” Steinkellner recalled him saying.

“It’s helped me so much, I felt so alone. And now that I know about this and participate in this group, it’s going to change my life,” the man added.

“That was an amazing note,” Steinkellner said.

Edwards Nagle said the show caught the attention of “everybody” at her weekly grief group meetings, quickly becoming one of their favorite topics to bond over.

For many other viewers TheWrap spoke with, though, “Sorry For Your Loss” is a more intimate experience.

Demi Rodgers, a 25-year-old widow from Texas, said the show has been cathartic — a show that reflected the “what the hell do I do now?” stage of her life, as she put it — but something she prefers to watch privately.

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“It’s kind of hard for widows to reach out to each other because it’s a sensitive subject that we understand is sensitive,” Rodgers said. “We do want to connect with others, but we also don’t want to overstep that boundary and be disrespectful or inconsiderate of where they’re at in their own journey.”

Jessica Finocchio, 44, lost her husband less than six months ago. After finding the show a few weeks ago, she watched all ten episodes in two days. Finocchio echoed Rodgers, saying the show was too personal to discuss with other widows, because it’s a pain you “can’t even explain.”

But she’s thankful the show exists, believing the journey Leigh goes through mirrors the same one she’s on right now. “When I found it, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like my life,” Finocchio said.

Plenty of people feel the same way. “Sorry For Your Loss” had 5.4 million viewers in its first season, making it one of the year-old Facebook Watch’s most successful shows.

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Naomi Tapia, a 23-year-old graduate student from Orange County, California, said the show highlights the “little things” that come with the mourning process. She lost her mother last year.

“The first episode got me,” Tapia told TheWrap. “When [Leigh] said ‘everyone just kind of moves on because it’s over for them.’ People stop calling, stop texting, because they’re past that point, they’re past that initial shock. And don’t realize that for us, it’s an ongoing thing, because we have to learn to live in this new world where something was taken.”

Tapia also credited the show for touching on death — a taboo subject for most TV shows.

“I think people are excited that a show is finally portraying something people are so scared to talk about. Because society doesn’t want to talk about these dark things that happen,” she said.

Scott Ayers, a fan of the show from New York, struck a similar note. “In our society, grief and coping with the loss of a loved one seems to be closed off for discussion, and this shows ignites a conversation on the topic. It’s powerful.”

Several viewers noted the realistic timeline of “Sorry For Your Loss.” The grieving process, when usually shown on TV, is truncated. Characters snap back quickly.

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Leigh doesn’t. She struggles. She gives up her career and moves in with her mother and sister. She goes to meetings with other widows.

The show uses flashbacks of Matt to underscore Leigh’s sense of loss. There are scenes where Leigh breaks dishes in anger — and also scenes where she’s capable, if only for a moment or two, to enjoy life.

“It’s funny, because I’m not sitting there watching it and crying the whole time. Because there are moments that are really fun. And that hits me, because she’s able to get back to work and hang out with her friends,” Edwards Nagle said. “It’s a balance. You just don’t know how you’re going to move on. There are sometimes that you’re almost able to feel normal again, and that’s another thing the show portrays really well.”

That “rollercoaster” of emotions, as Rodgers put it, is something widows and others grievers know all too well. “Sorry For Your Loss,” by highlighting both the pain and the occasional flickers of happiness that comes with losing a loved one, has attracted viewers who never expected to see their experience captured on television.

“It’s a show that finally gives us a voice,” Tapia said. 

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Loki, Scarlet Witch, More Marvel Characters to Get Standalone Shows on Disney Streaming Service

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‘Sorry For Your Loss’: Elizabeth Olsen Struggles With Grief in Facebook Watch’s New Serial – Toronto Studio

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‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen Is a Young Widow Leaning on Kelly Marie Tran (Video)

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‘Sorry For Your Loss’ Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen & Kelly Marie Tran Deal With Grief In Facebook Watch Series

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Everyone Turned to Ashes When Thanos Snapped His Fingers, Through ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

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(Note: This post contains massive spoilers for both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” so read on at your own risk!)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe was gutted by the events of “Avengers: Infinity War” and the arrival of Thanos, a villain so strong even the combined might of nearly every MCU superhero couldn’t stop him.

You know what happened by now: Despite a valiant effort to stop Thanos (Josh Brolin), the Avengers and their allies failed. The Mad Titan collected all six Infinity Stones on his Infinity Gauntlet, and with a snap his fingers used their united power to erase half of all life in the universe. All because Thanos believes mass murder on a cosmic scale will rid the universe of its problems and free the survivors to create sustainable utopias.

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That’s not how the heroes (or audiences) saw it though. Cue Peter Parker’s “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good,” and fans worldwide agreeing wholeheartedly as a huge number of their favorite heroes dissolved into ash.

How huge? As if millions-of-sequels-suddenly-cried-out-in-terror-and-were-suddenly-silenced huge.

Here’s everyone lost to Thanos’ finger snap, from “Infinity War” through “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)

Captain America’s best friend Bucky was among the first to disappear in Wakanda, which is especially a bummer given how hard he fought to reclaim his life and identity after being brainwashed by HYDRA to become the Winter Soldier.

T’Challa, the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)

Wakanda’s king vanished as he helped Okoye up, apparently leaving the nation without a king, again.

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Wanda Maximoff, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)

Adding insult to injury, seconds after losing Vision when Thanos pulled the Mind Stone from his head, killing him, Wanda fades to dust mid-mourning.

Sam Wilson, Falcon (Anthony Mackie)

Captain America’s buddy Sam has been coming into his own as an Avenger across the last few movies he’s appeared in, but despite being a major force in the Battle of Wakanda, in the end, the coin-flip of Thanos’ snap got him.

Groot (Vin Diesel)

Groot’s end is the second-most heartbreaking in “Infinity War,” thanks to his hugely emotional moment as he vanished in front of Rocket Raccoon, but we didn’t know the full extent of the gut-punch until “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn shared what the final “I am Groot” meant on Twitter.

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Peter Quill, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)

His anger at what Thanos did to Gamora wasn’t enough to keep Star-Lord from fading away after the battle on Titan — but if there’s a Soul Realm hidden inside the Soul Stone, Peter and Gamora might be reunited.

Drax (Dave Bautista)

Most of the Guardians of the Galaxy vanished after the finger snap, including Drax, whose death is even more tragic because Thanos killed Drax’s family years before, and his Infinity Gauntlet finished the job.

Mantis (Pom Klementieff)

Right alongside Drax, Mantis faded away as well, after spending most of her life as a slave to Ego (Kurt Russell) as seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

Peter Parker, Spider-Man (Tom Holland)

The most heart-wrenching moment in “Infinity War” finds Peter succumbing to disintegration as he begs his mentor, Tony Stark, to help him. Mr. Stark, we don’t feel so good either.

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Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

Of all the people to disappear, Doctor Strange was seemingly the most calm and at peace. He spent part of “Infinity War” viewing potential futures with the Time Stone, and so it’s safe to say that losing to Thanos, and then apparently dying, were actually part of his long-view plan to win the day. We just have no idea how.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

Nick Fury’s disappearance happened in the “Infinity War” post-credits scene. He had just long enough as he vanished to realize what was happening and to summon help from a source we haven’t seen before: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders)

Former SHIELD agent and Fury’s long-time bodyguard and right-hand woman, Maria and Fury’s disappearance likely severs the Avengers from any lingering SHIELD infrastructure that might have helped them in “Avengers 4.”

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Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” didn’t catch up to the events of “Infinity War” until its post-credits scene, after Hank and his daughter Hope were finally reunited with his wife, Janet, the original Wasp. Unfortunately, they didn’t have long together.

Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)

Hope went right along with her father, and seemingly no one in the Ant-Man crew had any idea that the events of “Infinity War” were taking place in Wakanda during the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)

After 30 years stuck in the Quantum Realm, Janet was rescued with just a few days before Thanos’ attack zapped her out of existence. That’s a pretty big bummer.

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Characters who are definitely still kicking

While Thanos managed to kill a whole bunch of people, he didn’t kill everyone — just half of everyone. That means quite a few heroes are still alive. We don’t know about the fates of a lot of folks — like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) or Peter Parker’s pal Ned (Jacob Batalon). Here’s the list of people we know for sure didn’t disintegrate.

Steve Rogers, Captain America (Chris Evans)

The First Avenger lost his best friend to Thanos, but more than that, he failed in a way Cap has never suffered before. His final line of the movie — a simple, “Oh god” — was just as horrifying as watching so many heroes fade away.

Tony Stark, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)

Tony has been traumatized by his fear of something like Thanos’ invasion, and Tony’s inability to stop it, since “The Avengers” and the alien attack Loki (Tom Hiddleston) led on New York. That attack was backed by Thanos, and it seems with the Mad Titan’s arrival, Tony’s worst fears have been realized.

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth)

Thor’s track through “Infinity War” is incredibly tragic, and it’s clear in a few scenes that he’s just barely holding himself together after the losses of Loki and Heimdall (Idris Elba). After finally becoming the leader his people needed, Thor was unable to save them, and he seems to feel responsible for letting his barely contained pain control him such that he struck Thanos with Stormbreaker in the chest, so he would suffer, rather than the head to kill him instantly.

Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

Natasha has been making major strides to become a better person in the post-SHIELD era, but it was clear that losing to Thanos hit her very hard.

Bruce Banner, the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)

His constant struggles with the Hulk side of his personality left Banner struggling in “Infinity War” between not wanting to be the Hulk, and needing the Hulk. Losing to Thanos is definitely going to exacerbate their internal conflict.

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James Rhodes, War Machine (Don Cheadle)

Rhody fought alongside Cap and crew in Wakanda, and became closer friends with Sam Wilson during the battle. Losing Sam hit Rhody hard, as did the fact that Thanos was able to do something so devastating, and the Avengers weren’t able to stop him.

General Okoye (Danai Gurira)

Okoye’s loyalty to T’Challa, and more importantly, the throne of Wakanda, is a defining part of her identity — so when her king vanished before her eyes, she was obviously and incredibly crushed.

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M’Baku (Winston Duke)

M’Baku also stands as a fierce leader and protector of his people, and while we didn’t spend much time with him in “Infinity War,” it was clear losing so many with no way of stopping it was a huge blow.

Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper)

Rocket lost just about everyone to Thanos, though at the end of “Infinity War” he doesn’t even know the extent of it, since he was on Earth with Thor. It’s losing Groot, his best friend and, in a real sense, his son, that ravages Rocket — and one wonders how he’ll be able to recover.

Nebula (Karen Gillan)

No stranger to pain and loss, Nebula was the most stoic of the heroes. After arriving on Titan to try to kill Thanos, she watched the disintegration knowing full well what had happened. Nebula seems likely to be the one character whose life isn’t upended by the snap. She has one goal: kill Thanos. Nothing has changed that.

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Scott Lang, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)

While Scott wasn’t present for “Infinity War,” like everyone in the universe, he was affected by it. Unfortunately, Thanos snapped his fingers exactly when Scott was briefly diving into the Quantum Realm during the post-credits scene of “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Since Hank, Hope and Janet disappeared back at normal size, there seems to be no one to pull Scott out of the Quantum Realm, apparently marooning him there. Or is there….

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — The Infinity Stones Could Have Their Own Agenda

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(Note: This post contains a whole bunch of spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War” — particularly the end. If you somehow are both a person who has not seen the movie and also a person who is concerned about spoilers, well, you probably ought to leave.)

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the question on everyone’s mind is about how “Avengers 4” is going to resolve the conflict with the incredibly powerful supervillain Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War.” That has led to all kinds of speculation and fan theory development.

Fans have guessed at all kinds of ways the MCU might deal with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his big plan in “Infinity War”: Gather all six of the all-powerful Infinity Stones, and use them to reshape the universe by instantly causing half of its life to cease to exist. The end of “Infinity War” is something of a cliffhanger, but the conclusion is a harsh one: Thanos succeeds, and people everywhere turn to dust. That includes many of the MCU’s heroes.

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The question now is, what happened to those people, and how might the remaining heroes get them back and stop Thanos from being all-powerful? There are a lot of potential answers, but one that has gone largely unexplored is that the Infinity Stones themselves might have a say in the future of the MCU.

In fact, several of the Marvel movies, and specifically “Infinity War” itself, have suggested that the stones are more than powerful artifacts: they’re actually alive and have their own desires and even actually do things. And they might have their own agenda apart from what Thanos has done with them.

The MCU has been slowly laying suggesting the possibility that there is more to the Infinity Stones for some time now. It started with the appearance of the Aether, the form of the Reality Stone, which popped up in “Thor: The Dark World” in 2013. In that movie, the Aether is a liquid that binds to lifeforms, giving them insane power but also sucking the life out of them. It’s described not as a tool, but as a parasite, with a will of its own.

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In “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015, the Avengers discover the Mind Stone, which was hidden in Loki’s scepter in “The Avengers” in 2012. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) scanned the stone to create Ultron (James Spader), and when they did, found that it was much more than just a magic rock — they described it being a powerful computer, but also possibly sentient.

That sentiment has continued since the Mind Stone became part of the hero Vision (Paul Bettany). The Mind Stone sits in his forehead and is both part of what makes him who he is, and also a separate “entity,” as Vision describes it. In “Infinity War,” the Mind Stone is even trying to communicate with Vision: he explains to Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) that it is warning him about Thanos and his Black Order, who are hunting the stone — seemingly indicating that the Mind Stone didn’t want Thanos to have it.

Later in “Infinity War,” we get a couple more instances that suggest the Soul Stones are more than just stones. When Thanos and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) head to Vormir to find the Soul Stone, they meet its keeper: the Red Skull (Ross Marquand), a villain last seen fighting Captain America (Chris Evans) back in 1944 in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Cap’s fight with the Skull ended with him basically being sucked through a portal created by the Space Stone — at that time, disguised as the artifact known as the Tesseract.

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The Red Skull explains that he’s now the keeper of the Soul Stone, and that the Space Stone “cast me out,” forcing him into the role. Because of that, he basically seems enslaved to the Soul Stone. The Skull says he’s doomed to “lead others to a treasure I can never possess,” which sure sounds like both the Space Stone and the Soul Stone are in control and even coordinating with each other.

Finally, there’s the Soul Stone itself, which requires a sacrifice of the person who would possess it: a soul for a soul, the Red Skull explains. Thanos is made to give up the person he loves most — Gamora — in order to get the Soul Stone.

All of that suggests there’s a lot more to the Infinity Stones than we’ve yet learned, and it’s clear the MCU means for them to be more than just artifacts, but possibly living beings with wills of their own. This slowly building thread, like a lot of things in the MCU, would make sense as coming to a conclusion in “Avengers 4.” It’s an aspect we haven’t seen come into play yet, but we know that at least one stone, the Mind Stone, seems opposed to Thanos. We could see the will of the Infinity Stones themselves become a part of the story going forward.

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It’s hard to say exactly what that could mean or how it would work, in terms of the stones trying to accomplish their own agenda. Is Thanos a part of what they want for themselves or the universe, or a roadblock to it? And what’s more, it doesn’t seem as though all the stones are necessarily aligned in purpose, if they do have one. The Reality Stone as the Aether, for instance, seemed to want to consume life. The Mind Stone, on the other hand, seems more potentially benevolent (after all, in “Age of Ultron,” Vision was able to pick up Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, which only those who are worthy could lift). And the Space and Soul stones seem to be working together for some unknown purpose.

One thing is for sure: Thanos has never considered that the Infinity Stones might be more than tools to be possessed, and if he has, well, his respect for life isn’t exactly his best feature. He’s not likely to care much, even if he does know. But the stones may well take issue with how Thanos chooses to use them, and they might not be too impressed with the way Thanos is willing to murder everybody.

We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks digging through the details to try to figure out what’s coming not just in “Avengers 4” but also “Captain Marvel” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” We have come up with a pretty solid guess about what is involved in the one future Doctor Strange saw in which the Avengers defeat ThanosClick here for our deeper look into how “Captain Marvel” might impact that distressing plot twist. at the end of “Infinity War.” Click here for our look at what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” might have to do with all thisClick here for our discussion of the whole Vision situation and whether he’s really dead. And, finally, here’s our run-down on how the comic book version of these events played out.

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Elizabeth Olsen Wishes Her ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Costume Wasn’t So Cleavage-y

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“Avengers: Infinity War” actress Elizabeth Olsen apparently isn’t super-excited about the exposure that her costume provides her.

In a recent interview with Elle, Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the film, reflected on her get-up for the “Avengers” films, suggesting that she wouldn’t mind a more modest version of her costume and saying, “I would like to cover up a bit.”

“It would just not be a cleavage corset. I like corsets, but I’d like it to be higher,” Olsen said. “Everyone has these things that cover them — Tessa Thompson does, Scarlett [Johansson} does. I would like to cover up a bit.”

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The actress continued, “It’s funny because sometimes I look around and I’m just like — wow, I’m the only one who has cleavage, and that’s a constant joke because they haven’t really evolved my superhero costume that much.”

On the plus side, Olsen sees the film version of Scarlet Witch as an improvement on the character’s early comic-book incarnation on the costume front.

“But then you look at where it started in the comic books and it was a leotard and a headband so…oh, it’s horrible, it’s so horrible. So at least they know that’s not cool,” Olsen added. “But then they made Wonder Woman, you know? And that’s what she’s in. I think of the costumes and what we have to wear — it’s more about iconic images, because that’s what these movies are…. I think that’s the goal with the costumes, and it’s not representing the average woman.”

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On the other plus side, Olsen gave Marvel props for making its superhero movie franchise inclusive.

“That’s why I like working with Marvel, because its almost like they’re not trying to slap anyone over the head with it, but they recognize that they have such a huge platform, and they’re using it to be as inclusive as they can with their storylines and representing the world,” Olsen said. “That’s why ‘[Black] Panther’ felt like such a huge thing in culture, and they’re aware of it, and their goal is to not make the same stories that have happened over and over and over again. I think that’s why the movies continue to be successful from a story and tone point of view.”

“Successful” might be an understatement; “Avengers: Infinity War” drew an astronomical $250 million in its opening weekend, a new record for the biggest box office opening of all time.

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Where the Hell Was Ant-Man in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’?

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(Note: this is a spoiler-lite discussion of how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” could be important to the current events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For a more detailed and spoiler-filled version of this discussion, including how it could play directly into the shocking ending of “Avengers: Infinity War,” click here)

Ant-Man might not technically be an Avenger, but he’s definitely Avengers-adjacent thanks to his turn in “Captain America: Civil War,” in which he helped Cap, Falcon and Hawkeye fight off the likes of Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine and Vision.

Fans expected Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), better known as Ant-Man, to make an appearance to help fight Thanos (Josh Brolin) and protect the Infinity Stones. But he doesn’t show up in “Avengers: Infinity War,” getting only a brief mention of how he’s under house arrest after the big showdown in “Captain America: Civil War.”

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That movie ended with everyone who backed Captain America (Chris Evans) getting locked up on “The Raft,” a floating prison for enhanced people commissioned by U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross (William Hurt). After the Sokovia Accords were signed, Cap technically broke the law by going out on his own to stop Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), and everyone who helped him was guilty as well. At the end of the movie, Cap broke Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Falcon (Anthony Mackey) out of the Raft. Most of those people became fugitives.

Ant-Man and Hawkeye, though, had families back home and couldn’t go on the lam as superheroes. Instead, they took plea deals that recognized their service, confining them to house arrest rather than imprisonment. Because of that, Cap and the gang never call Ant-Man (or Hawkeye) in to help with the Thanos situation. Considering the events of “Infinity War” all take place over a very short period of time – it’s a span of, at most, two days — it’s not totally unbelievable that they would just move on without him for the moment.

But Ant-Man is not actually out of the action — “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is out in July, and both he and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) will be showing up for “Avengers 4.” We’re also very confident that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will figure into the events of “Infinity War” in a big way — Marvel has been planning this moment for years, so there’s little reason to think they would follow up the shocking ending of “Infinity War” with an irrelevant side story. And the fact that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” takes place before “Infinity War” — the official synopsis from Marvel says it kicks off “in the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ ” — is a big tell.

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We know a little about what to expect from the second “Ant-Man” movie that might give clues as to what to expect from Ant-Man’s role in the Thanos conflict. First off, Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp and wife of original Ant-Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who was lost 25 years ago in the “Quantum Realm.” That’s the space between molecules and atoms, so small that it’s like a whole other universe.

Janet previously entered the Quantum Realm to stop a missile, but was unable to return to her normal size and was lost there, and Hank believed she was dead. After Scott managed to go to the Quantum Realm and then return, though, it seems there’s hope for Janet as well.

Given the positioning of “Ant-Man and the Wasp”  on our real world calendar between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” Janet and her experience with the Quantum Realm will almost definitely be a factor in the continuing battle against Thanos. It seems likely her experiences there will have helped her gain some information or insight that Ant-Man the rest of the heroes can then use against the Mad Titan — we just don’t know what that information might be.

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So the real reason Ant-Man is held back from “Infinity War,” it would seem, is so that he can come back with something useful after “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” We should have some idea of what that might be later this summer when the second “Ant-Man” movie hits theaters, but we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see Ant-Man help take on Thanos.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Posts Biggest Thursday Preview Gross for a Marvel Movie With $39 Million

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“Avengers: Infinity War” roared to $39 million at the Thursday box office, posting the biggest preview title for a Marvel movie title ever, and for the superhero genre as well.

It also became the 4th biggest preview gross ever, behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($57 million) “Star Wars: The Last Jedi “($45 million) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” ($43.5 million). “Captain America: Civil War” earned $25 million in previews, while “Black Panther” grossed $25.2 million.

The first “Avengers” scored $18.7 million in 2012 in previews, while its follow-up “Age of Ultron” grossed $27.6 million three years later. The first film opened to $207 million, scoring the fourth biggest opening weekend of all time, while “Ultron” scored $191 million and scored sixth place.

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“The Dark Knight” was the previous record-holder in Thursday previews in the superhero genre with $30.6 million, followed by “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” ($27.7 million).

“Avengers: Infinity War” is gunning for the biggest opening of all time. Leading up to its release, the film was tracking for an opening of around $225 million, which would be second on the all-time list and higher than the $220 million launch earned by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” It would also be the biggest opening in superhero movie history, beating the $202 million earned by “Black Panther” two months ago and the $207 million earned by the first “Avengers” in 2012.

Internationally, the movie has earned $95 million in its first two days after starting its rollout on April 25 in 21 markets. “Infinity War” currently holds a score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” sees the galactic warlord Thanos (Josh Brolin), who was first teased in the “Avengers” post-credits scene six years ago, finally arrive on Earth as he seeks to gather the six Infinity Stones that will give him godlike power over the entire universe. In the face of this overwhelming threat, the Avengers reunite once more, teaming up with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and the Guardians of the Galaxy in a war that will forever change the MCU.

Anthony and Joe Russo (“Captain America: Civil War”) directed the film from a script by longtime Marvel Studios writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film’s ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Don Cheadle, Vin Diesel, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.

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