It’s Super Weird that ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Have Anything to Do With ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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Last summer, we here at TheWrap wrote a bunch of speculative pieces in response to the completely insane “Avengers: Infinity War” cliffhanger. The most popular of those — and by far the longest at 2200 words — was about how “Captain Marvel,” hitting theaters less than two months before the then-unnamed “Avengers: Endgame,” would likely have some deep ties to the Avengers’ battle against Thanos.

And yet, somehow, it just doesn’t. “Captain Marvel” has absolutely no apparent relevance to the current greater plot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that is extremely weird.

It was tough, last year, to imagine that “Captain Marvel” wouldn’t be hugely relevant to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” beyond just introducing us to Carol Danvers. Thanos in the comics, after all, was a longtime enemy for Mar-Vell — you know, the person from whom Carol takes the Captain Marvel moniker. This movie could naturally work not just as a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, but also specifically to Thanos’ crusade.

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And there were a few tangible reasons from the movies themselves to think that “Captain Marvel” would function that way. In “Infinity War,” Thanos indicates his crusade began about two decades prior, making the mid-90s setting for “Captain Marvel” very conspicuous. In another scene he says “I ignored my destiny once,” a comment you could interpret as referring to the fall of Titan. But I don’t buy that interpretation, because that sentiment doesn’t quite jive with how he described that situation. What would his destiny have been in that situation? To institute his death lottery by force? No, the vibe there is that the fall of Titan turned him from someone who tries to convince into someone who imposes his will. If that line was referring to the fall of Titan, then it did so clumsily.

Maybe the hardest evidence we had that “Captain Marvel” would hold meaningful relevance to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” is the inclusion of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) in the cast of characters. Ronan was of course first seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy” working for Thanos as part of Thanos’ crusade to exterminate half of all life in the galaxy.

Remember this was in the years before Thanos finally acquired all the Infinity Stones, when he or his underlings invaded one planet at a time and murdered half the population. Ronan was in charge of the invasion of Drax the Destroyer’s homeworld, and personally murdered Drax’s family. But Ronan only worked for Thanos because rejected a peace treaty between the Kree empire and Xandar; Thanos promised to destroy Xandar if Ronan would serve him.

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We knew months in advance that in “Captain Marvel,” which takes place in 1995, Ronan is still part of the Kree military. Which means at some point between 1995 and 2014, Xandar and the Kree ended their war, and Ronan left the Kree empire in outrage and pledged himself to Thanos. It would have been easy for “Captain Marvel” to include something that sets these events in motion, even if only a reference or a conversation.

Yet, bafflingly, Ronan is only in “Captain Marvel” as a reference to another MCU movie, and there’s nothing here that even begins to point at why he would abandon his people to join Thanos. He’s just kinda in this movie, barely participating, and you’d be forgiven if you didn’t even realize he was a character you’d already seen because he’s not at all significant even just in the context of this movie.

And don’t even get me started on the pager thing. One bit I felt was key coming in to this movie was that there had to be a real reason why Carol had not come back to Earth before now, and why Fury had not tried to call her in during one of the world-ending threats the MCU heroes had faced before now. Instead, Carol just give Fury the upgraded pager and said to call only in an “emergency.” They needed to rationalize in-universe why nothing in the past decade of MCU stories qualified as an “emergency,” and that’s not it. They didn’t even make this movie relevant in that way.

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And then, like, how do you put this movie on the calendar just six weeks before “Avengers: Endgame” and have it be so irrelevant to the greater story? We’re all gripped by #EndgameFever right now, and so the absence of any meaningful nuggets that provide some kind of meaningful context to the ongoing story is kind of deflating if you’re emotionally invested in this franchise. Part of the excitement for “Captain Marvel” — a not-insignificant part — was that it felt like it was going to be an important new installment in the MCU.

Instead, it’s just a side story, moreso even than the other MCU movie we got during this interlude, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” — that movie, while certainly acting as a light side plot to counter the grimness of “Infinity War,” was laying down important groundwork for “Endgame” with all the Quantum Realm stuff. Plus, it had a mid-credits stinger that leads directly into this next “Avengers” movie. “Captain Marvel,” by contrast, just has an actual scene from “Endgame” in lieu of setting anything up.

And look — I can admit that it’s entirely possible that my read on this is wrong and that it will turn out that something or some things we saw in “Captain Marvel” is in retrospect actually tangibly related to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” beyond just showing how Carol unlocked her full potential. Like sure, it’s important that she’s got full command of her Tesseract-given abilities — it certainly means something that she’s got some Infinity Stone powers in her. But actual plot setup for “Endgame” would be showing how those powers will be specifically meaningful in the upcoming fight, and that did not happen here.

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But yeah, sure, maybe there are some key plot details in “Captain Marvel” that are important parts of the ongoing story and it won’t be obvious what they are until after we see “Endgame.” I don’t know why they would have done it that way. These movies are, ultimately, advertisements for each other, so it doesn’t make sense to buries those details and make the advertisement aspect less effective.

At this moment, though, I’m a bit confused as to how Marvel would choose to introduce this character right now, in this manner — as if the Avengers wouldn’t be able to stop Thanos in without her, as if there was some specific reason why she stayed away from Earth for 24 years — and then just give us a movie where nothing that happens in it appears to be relevant to “Endgame,” the movie that will end the story of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I just don’t get it.

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Will There Be a ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer During the Super Bowl?

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We are so close now to the end of this drought in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Avengers: Infinity War” dropped the wildest cliffhanger we’ve ever seen in a blockbuster franchise, and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” two months later was set before and during that whole thing. But finally, “Captain Marvel” promises to, even though it’s set decades before “Avengers: Endgame,” move the plot forward a bit when it comes out on March 8.

Disney’s marketing campaign for “Captain Marvel” has been robust, with two full trailers plus a 90-second “special look” during the college football national championship game in early January. TV spots have been rolling out regularly, and they even dropped a 60-second action sequence on YouTube on Saturday.

So if there ever were a moment for Disney to kick the hype into overdrive, an ad during the Super Bowl five weeks before release would be perfect. But is that going to happen?

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Officially, we do not know what Disney’s plans are for the Super Bowl, for “Captain Marvel” or “Avengers: Endgame” or “Toy Story 4” or anything else on the company’s schedule for 2019. We suspect a trailer for “Endgame” is imminent — it just would be the right time for it — but what’s next for the marketing on “Captain Marvel” is anyone’s guess.

It would make sense to really fire up the TV campaign with a Super Bowl ad, but you have to wonder whether they’d want to run trailers for two different MCU movies in the same day. They may want to just do one. And if they have to pick one it would probably be the next “Avengers” movie because we’ve only seen that single, cryptic trailer so far for that one.

On the other hand, both “Infinity War” and “Black Panther” got Super Bowl spots a year ago, so there’s certainly precedent for Disney doing both. But this is all guesswork — we do not know the answer to this question yet. But our feeling is that it’s very likely we’ll get an “Avengers: Endgame” trailer and more of a coin flip whether we get a “Captain Marvel” one as well. We’ll find out soon enough.

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Watch the Third ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer Here (Video)

Watch the Third ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer Here (Video)

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It’s been an excruciating last few months for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — going without a new movie since “Ant-Man and the Wasp” at the beginning of July — but we’re now only two months away from “Captain Marvel.” And on Monday night Disney dropped a new trailer for Marvel’s first woman-led superhero spectacular.

At first glance the clip is light on new information — the marketing campaign has really leaned in on the bromance between Carol Danvers and young(er) Nick Fury, and this new trailer is no exception. But this time out we did get to see some more scenes between Captain Marvel and her mentor (yes, it’s Mar-Vell), played by Jude Law, and some more of the film’s humor. Also, in case you weren’t certain this takes place in the mid-90s, Elastica’s 1994 hit single “Connection” provides the background music.

“Captain Marvel” will introduce us to the most powerful hero yet in the MCU. And, we strongly suspect, tell a story that will play some role in Thanos setting off on his crusade that culminated in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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Despite the focus on a new face in Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), “Captain Marvel” will also include a number of familiar characters, including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and SHIELD agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).

The main thrust of the story will see Captain Marvel, an operative of the alien Kree, chasing a group of shapeshifting Skrull rebels to Earth. That villainous group will be led by Ben Mendolsohn’s Talos.

In addition to Larson, Jackson an Mendolsohn, the main players in “Captain Marvel” will be Annette Bening, Jude Law and Gemma Chan. It was written by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Jac Schaeffer from a story by Nicole Perlman, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.

Boden and Fleck are also the directors.


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And here we go. A new “Captain Marvel” trailer has finally arrived, somewhat soothing the pain of being in the middle of the longest gap between Marvel Cinematic Universe movies since 2015. Disney dropped this thing during Monday Night Football, and you can check it out in the embedded video above.

The trailer features a ton of the crazy space-based action that we knew a “Captain Marvel” movie would have to contain, but which we saw none of in the first trailer back in September. It also gives us a glimpse of the basics of the plot — that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is not aware of her past as a human on Earth after being turned into a half-Kree supersoldier, and that once she arrives on her home planet and meets Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) she’ll have to piece together what she’s lost as she attempts to figure out her place in the universe.

We also get our first look here at Annette Bening as the Kree responsible for Danvers’ converseion into Captain Marvel, as well as a glimpse of Jude Law making an almost threatening comment to Danvers. Law’s role is still a mystery, though it’s been assumed that he’s playing Mar-Vell as his casting reports mentioned that his role is that of Captain Marvel’s mentor.

It’s been a painful seven months since “Avengers: Infinity War” left us hanging with the deaths of so many superheroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy. And while we loved “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” it was certainly short on answers for what’s coming next. So we’re left hoping that “Captain Marvel” will blow this whole thing open.

“Captain Marvel” is a prequel, set two decades before the cataclysmic events of “Infinity War,” but there’s a decent chance that the film will set in motion the events that led to Thanos’ war on the universe — given the comic book ties Thanos has to Mar-Vell, the mentor to Carol Danvers. Fingers crossed.

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“Captain Marvel” is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and written by Boden, Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Joe Shrapnel.

The flick stars Brie Larson as the titular Carol Danvers/ Captain Marvel, alongside Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendolsohn, Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace.

“Captain Marvel” lands in theaters March 9, 2019.

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‘Driven’ Director Found Humor and Tension in John DeLorean’s Cocaine-Fueled Story (Video)

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Hollywood has been trying to tell the story of John DeLorean, the creator of the famous, winged “Back to the Future” car, for decades. But Nick Hamm, director of the new film “Driven,” finally found a way to make it work.

DeLorean in the ’80s was implicated in a sting operation when FBI informant James Timothy Hoffman approached him to ask about setting up a cocaine deal. But the case was a set up, and DeLorean was eventually cleared of drug charges.

“This is a man who created his downfall through a huge act of hubris,” Hamm told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at TIFF. “How did he get involved in a terrible FBI entrapment with an absolute lowlife scumbag who was part of his weird social circle?”

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Hamm said that while other filmmakers have strived to find a way inside DeLorean himself (played by Lee Pace in the film), he and screenwriter Colin Bateman ultimately found Hoffman’s story, as played by Jason Sudeikis, far more interesting.

“That character seemed to us to be a much more rich vein of a comedy and drama,” Hamm said. “Here was an awful individual who was such a liar and cheat and quite funny.”

In doing so, Hamm played up the more absurd and comedic elements of DeLorean’s personality and the nature of the sting operation.

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“We all knew we were surfing that wonderful line between comedy and drama,” Hamm said. “If you can play the drama, and the relationship and the truth of the moment, then the humor comes out of that rather than be placed on top of it. I knew in order to tell this story, you had to do it with humor, you had to do it with a level of wit and a wink.”

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16 Big Takeaways From That Sick First ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer

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The first trailer for “Captain Marvel” is here, filling in a few details of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first standalone movie about a woman superhero. The hints are few and far between, though, because it seems protagonist Carol …

Here’s Why Captain Marvel Punched That Old Lady in the Trailer

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The first trailer for “Captain Marvel” (watch it here if you haven’t) hints at a whole lot of things, from the origin story of Carol Danvers as a superhero, to the fact that she doesn’t remember her life on Earth. It also is pretty vague about the threats she faces when she gets here.

One shot from the trailer gives a sense of what Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is up against, and at least part of the reason she’s returned to Earth, though. It’s the one that makes Carol look a little rough — when she blasts an elderly woman in the face while riding a train.

If you’re a fan of the Marvel comics on which “Captain Marvel” is based, you probably have an idea why Captain Marvel would punch a seemingly innocent human. If not, you need to know about one of the biggest, most ubiquitous alien threats in the Marvel universe: the Skrulls.

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The Skrulls are the main villains of “Captain Marvel,” so far as we know. And perhaps the most key characteristic of the Skrulls is that they have the ability to shapeshift. That is, they can pretend to be human if they want to. (You can read all about the Skrulls here.)

The news that the Skrulls would feature heavily in “Captain Marvel” sparked a lot of theories about how maybe a character who’s been around the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a while might have secretly been a Skrull the whole time — Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is a popular pick.

In any case, this factoid about the Skrulls is important for this moment in the trailer when Carol Danvers whacks that old lady. We would presume that she did that because she thought that woman was a Skrull in disguise. We’ll of course have to wait to see the movie to find out for sure, but it seems unlikely that Marvel would want its newest hero to introduce herself to the work by slugging an old lady who really is just a random old lady.

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There’s another shot in that trailer that indicates Carol isn’t just being crazy — the shot from earlier in the trailer of Captain Marvel doing battle in a train station and on top of a train. Those shots look to us to be from the same sequence, both taking place on the LA Metro’s Expo Line train, which is light rail that goes from downtown to Santa Monica. So if she’s on top of that train shooting lasers out of her hands, then that old lady probably wasn’t just an old lady.

“Captain Marvel” lands in theaters on March 8, and serves as a prequel to most of the MCU as it’s set in the 1990s. In addition to Larson, the film features a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Captain Marvel’s mentor, Mar-Vell, Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou reprising their roles from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and Gemma Chan and Ben Mendolsohn. “Captain Marvel” is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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Brie Larson debuted the first trailer for “Captain Marvel” during “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.

“Captain Marvel,” starring Larson as the studio’s first female superhero to get her own standalone movie, will be a prequel set before “Iron Man.” Samuel L. Jackson will also return as Nick Fury — this time without the eyepatch because the film will be set in the 1990s (presumably before he lost use of his left eye).

Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Lee Pace and Gemma Chan also star.

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“Captain Marvel” is directed by “Mississippi Grind” helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) wrote the script with Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Kevin Feige producing.

More to come…

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20 Big Things We Learned From the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Director Commentary

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Fans have been speculating about all kinds of things about “Avengers: Infinity War” since the movie came out. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely layered their culmination of 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with references that cut right back to the MCU’s beginnings, and there are plenty of clues about what the future might hold scattered within, too.

In the home video release for “Infinity War,” the Russos and Markus and McFeely give feature commentary to go with the movie, and they reveal all kinds of interesting things about the film — plus, they confirm a few fan theories about what’s going on in the movie that might give hints about the events of “Avengers 4.” Here are all the interesting, cool and cryptic things we learned from the director commentary on “Infinity War.”

Kenneth Branagh was the voice of the Asgardian distress call

“Infinity War” opens almost directly after “Thor: Ragnarok,” the MCU movie which takes chronologically right before it. That movie ended with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) leading his people away from a destroyed Asgard. “Infinity War” picks up with Thanos (Josh Brolin) attacking the Asgardian “ark” ship. We hear a distress signal from the Asgardian ship at the start of the movie. Turns out, the person calling for help is Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World” director Kenneth Branagh, or Sir Kenneth if you’re feeling especially British.

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Thanos assaulting Xandar to get the Power Stone was in a previous draft of the script

Markus and McFeely discuss how they went through multiple iterations of the “Infinity War” script, because they were developing it even before other MCU movies — notably “Black Panther” and “Thor: Ragnarok” — were completed, or even written. That meant there were multiple versions of the script. In the finished version of “Infinity War,” Thanos gets the Power Stone, which was left in the care of the Nova Corps of the planet Xandar in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” off-screen — he has it when he attacks Thor and the Asgardians.

One version of the script included a huge battle where Thanos attacked Xandar, but it was cut because it was pretty much a foregone conclusion, McFeely and Markus said. They figured the audience wouldn’t need yet another battle in which Thanos emerged victorious with an Infinity Stone, especially because that battle wouldn’t add much to the characters or plot.

The most interesting part of this nugget, though, was that in that version of the story, Thanos and Gamora ran into each other during the battle on Xandar Meaning in that version the crucial “find Gamora and get her to take Thanos to the Soul Stone” part of the plan wouldn’t just have been the result of an odd coincidence.

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The filmmakers confirm Doctor Strange has a secret plan

One scene that’s key to understanding the later events in “Infinity War” is when Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses the Time Stone to look at “alternate futures,” the possible outcomes of the battle with Thanos. In that scene, Strange says he sees only one outcome out of 14 million in which the heroes defeat Thanos. Not much more is said after that, but the implication is that his actions from that point, including surrendering the Time Stone to Thanos to save the life of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), are all part of the sequence of events that need to happen to create that victorious future.

During the commentary, the filmmakers talk about Doctor Strange’s character and what he knows at several points, and more than once the Russos and the screenwriters confirm that Doctor Strange knows a lot more than he’s letting on — the term “ominous prophecy” comes up during that scene. While they’re cryptic about it, they’re still strongly implying that everything that happened on Titan, at least, was part of Strange’s plan based on his vision.

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Hulk isn’t scared of Thanos, he’s tired of bailing out Banner

The “Infinity War” arc for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and his alter-ego, the Incredible Hulk, is that Banner can’t summon the Hulk to help fight Thanos’ lieutenants, the Black Order, when they attack Earth. Hulk starts the movie by getting absolutely thrashed by Thanos, and after that, every time Banner tries to get the Hulk to come out and fight, he refuses.

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The Russos put to bed the idea that Hulk refused to come out to fight the Black Order because he was afraid of Thanos after his definitive defeat. Instead, the issue is more of a culmination of Hulk and Banner’s ongoing issues — the two sides of the same person hate each other and are constantly battling for control of their shared body. Hulk resents the fact that Banner only wants him around when he needs to smash things. In the movie, Banner is forced to deal with his own problems, rather than continually rely on Hulk.

They blew on Tom Holland’s ear to make his hair stand up (not really)

When Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is introduced during the Black Order’s attack on New York, his hair stands up — visual representation of his “spider-sense” that helps Peter detect and avoid danger. In the commentary, the Russos joke that to get Tom’s hair to stand up, they just “blew gently on his ear.” They reference the fact that they made same joke during an “Anatomy of the Scene” video for the New York Times, but don’t reveal how the effect is really achieved in “Infinity War.” Turns out, it’s just CGI.

Even the filmmakers don’t really know how much time passes over the course of the movie

During the scene when Peter Parker sneaks aboard the Q ship, the Russos and the screenwriters took some guesses at just how much time passes between Thanos’ arrival and the snap at the end of the movie. They didn’t have a firm answer, putting it probably about two days, at the outside. They’re just like us!

Thanos’ plan isn’t a plot hole, it’s a character thing

The filmmakers spent a lot of time talking about the inner and emotional life of Thanos, especially in terms of his relationship with his adopted daughter, Gamora (Zoe Saldana). During the scene on Knowhere, in which Thanos uses the Reality Stone to trick Gamora into thinking she killed him, they talk about how messed up Thanos is — because even though he’s manipulative and abusive, he thinks he’s been good to Gamora.

That led to a discussion of Thanos’ overall plan, and a “plot hole” a lot of people have brought up since the movie was released: If Thanos can use the near-limitless power of the Infinity Stones, instead of killing half of all life in the universe (which he says is to stop the suffering and death created by too many people competing for not enough resources), why not just double all the resources in the galaxy?

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Well, apparently that wasn’t a permanent enough solution for ole Thanos, an egotistical maniac with a messiah complex who is on a quest to save the universe his way and no one is going to be able to convince him his plan sucks.

Here’s a bit more about how Thanos’ plan was actually logical — by his own insane standards.

And why not just use the Reality Stone if it can, like, alter reality?

While discussing Thanos’ use of the Reality Stone to trick Gamora, the Russos also brought up a time when a fan questioned why Thanos couldn’t just use the Reality Stone to enact his plan, since it seems to alter the physical makeup of reality. We see it turn real objects to bubbles and people into ribbons or rocks; why bother gathering all six Infinity Stones if this one is so cool? The answer is that, really, the Reality Stone just doesn’t have enough power. The filmmakers also mentioned that while the Reality Stone seems to have an incredible amount of power, it’s mostly illusory. When it turns Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) into rocks and ribbons, respectively, the effect doesn’t last because it’s more of a short-term trick.

The movie’s inciting incident is Thanos finding out about the Soul Stone

One question that lingers in “Infinity War” is why Thanos hasn’t gotten around to grabbing up all the Infinity Stones before now. In the past, we’ve seen him try to gather them using intermediaries — he sent Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to conquer Earth and steal the Tesseract for him in “The Avengers,” which contained the Space Stone, and he dispatched Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) to get the Power Stone in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But why did it take Thanos so long to go on his all-out campaign to get the stones? According to Markus and McFeely, the game-changer was when Thanos found out that Gamora knew the location of the Soul Stone.

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The Soul Stone was the only Infinity Stone that was never teased in the MCU before “Infinity War,” and in the movie, Thanos reveals that he tortured Nebula (Karen Gillan) and found out that Gamora knew of the stone’s location. The screenwriters say that it was that knowledge that turned the tide for Thanos; he previously used agents to go after the stones because he didn’t want to tip off the universe to his genocidal plan and have everyone array against him. When he found out that Gamora could lead him to the Soul Stone, he kicked off his campaign to get the other stones in earnest, creating the events of the movie.

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Markus and McFeely had ‘a fetish’ about bringing back Red Skull

The idea to make Red Skull (Ross Marquand) the guide to the Soul Stone on Vormir served a purpose for the script, but it also fulfilled a longtime wish for the movie’s writers. The pair have written all three of the “Captain America” movies, and really wanted to bring the Red Skull, who was the villain in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” back to the MCU. Vormir gave them that opportunity, since they said they needed a reliable guide to the Soul Stone whose information audiences would believe immediately.

As an added bonus, go back and rewatch “The First Avenger” to see for yourself how well Red Skull’s appearance in “Infinity War” is supported by his fate in the earlier film.

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The Wakandans’ chants on the battlefield were ad-libs

Portions of “Infinity War” and “Black Panther” were being made simultaneously, which meant that Joe and Anthony Russo didn’t know a lot of the ins and outs of Wakanda. The decision to set the third act of “Infinity War” in the country was made before “Black Panther” was released to critical and audience acclaim. When the “Black Panther” actors showed up for their big battle scene, though, they already knew their characters — so the powerful Wakandan chants led by M’Baku (Winston Duke) and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) were ad-libs by the actors.

Read more about how the success of “Black Panther” was a real benefit to “Infinity War” here.

The Russos say Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU

It’s not too big of a tease for the future that the “Infinity War” directors consider Shuri (Letitia Wright) the MCU’s smartest super-genius, especially since it’s the reason the heroes bring Vision (Paul Bettany) to Wakanda to get the Mind Stone removed from his head. But with some fans speculating that Shuri could be the successor to Tony Stark and Iron Man in the future of the MCU, it could be loaded comment.

Rocket’s quip about ‘space dogs’ came from a focus group

The Black Order uses an army of multi-limbed alien lizards to attack Wakanda’s energy shield, and the heroes have to fight a horde of the beasts. After the Russos showed the movie to an early test group, one person described those aliens as “space dogs.” The directors said they thought the description was funny enough to turn it into a line for Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), which he uses while firing away at the creatures alongside Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), shouting, “Come and get some, space dogs!”

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Star-Lord’s joke about his plan for catching Thanos was an ad-lib

On Titan, when the Guardians of the Galaxy, Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Doctor Strange manage to tie up Thanos, they very nearly get the Infinity Gauntlet off his hand. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) rockets over a few seconds later, as everyone struggles to keep Thanos tied up, and says, “I thought you’d be hard to catch — for the record, this is my plan.” The joke about the plan was an ad-lib by Pratt.

Speaking of the Guardians, read more about the deleted “Infinity War” scene that definitely should have been in the movie.

There was a draft of the script in which Captain America didn’t show up until Wakanda

Markus and McFeely wanted the arrival of Captain America (Chris Evans) to carry a huge amount of weight, coming after the character’s two years of exile following the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” They achieved that with Cap’s entrance in the Edinburgh scene, alongside Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), but in some of the other drafts of the script, the screenwriters wanted to push the entrance even farther. One draft, they said, had Cap’s first appearance being in Wakanda, when he rockets out of the trees to save Vision’s life as he grapples with bad guy Corvus Glaive (James Michael Shaw). The screenwriters say they were told holding Cap back for that long would be a huge mistake — and then, after thinking about it, decided those people were absolutely right.

Captain America’s big character arc is in ‘Avengers 4’

Grappling with so many characters in one movie was tough, which left Captain America without much character development in “Infinity War.” The screenwriters said that, since they knew “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” would be two parts of the same story all along, they were able to leave the bulk of Cap’s personal story to the second part. During the commentary, the filmmakers mentioned that Cap has “a big story” in “Avengers 4.”

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That orange place Thanos goes at the snap is, in fact, the Soul World

Speculation has run rampant about the nature of the Soul Stone, which, in the comics, contains a whole world where the souls of people killed by the stone are trapped and reside. Fans have figured that the orange place where Thanos winds up briefly after he achieves the snap, where he meets a young Gamora, was the Soul World. In the commentary, the Russos said, “Of course it’s the Soul World,” which likely means the place will have a big part to play in “Avengers 4.”

There’s an actual story reason why Spider-Man took longer to die than everyone else

Most of the characters who fell victim to Thanos’ cosmic finger snap turned to dust in a second or two, but Peter Parker managed to hold out for nearly 30 seconds after uttering his much-memed “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” line. Apparently, according to Joe Russo, they decided when they filmed the scene that they wanted to draw it out a bit to increase the emotional impact of the whole thing, and they justified it by telling Tom Holland that “you’re using your strength as Spider-Man to fight this.” Which is a fascinating, and believable, bit of lore that they apparently came up with on the fly.

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet were permanently damaged by the snap

When Thanos snaps his fingers at the end of “Infinity War” and gets his wish, a huge amount of energy is expelled, and the Gauntlet and Thanos’ arm are singed by it. In fact, the snap looks like it hurts Thanos pretty badly. The Russos confirmed in the commentary what they’ve said before: using the Gauntlet took a toll on Thanos. What’s interesting is that the filmmakers used the word “permanently” to describe the damage done to both the Mad Titan and his weapon. Sounds like that could have implications for Thanos and the Gauntlet in the future, and maybe, how they can be beaten.

Also, imagine if Thanos is dead at the beginning of “Avengers 4,” having succumbed to that gaping chest wound. Hoo boy.

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The final shot of Thanos contains a comic Easter Egg

Eagle-eyed fans will notice that when Thanos comes out of his hut on the unnamed planet at the end of “Infinity War” after achieving his goal, there’s a figure in the bottom-right corner of the frame. It’s a scarecrow, one made out of Thanos’ armor from the beginning of the movie. That’s a nod to the Marvel comics, in which, after the “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, Thanos leaves the life of villainy to become a farmer, and uses his armor to make a scarecrow in his field.

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Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg Join ‘Captain Marvel’ Cast

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Marvel Studios announced on Monday that production has begun on the MCU’s first female-fronted entry, “Captain Marvel,” which will star Brie Larson as the titular superheroine.

But tucked into the announcement was the reveal that “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Djimon Hounsou and Lee Pace will also be a part of the film — as will Clark Gregg, who will reprise his role as Agent Coulson from “Avengers” movies as well as ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.”

In the first “Guardians” film, Pace played the film’s villain, Ronan the Accuser, with Hounsou playing one of his most formidable warriors, Korath the Pursuer. While their roles in “Captain Marvel” haven’t been made official, the upcoming film takes place in the 1990s, so it is possible that the two actors could reprise their characters from several years before they faced the Guardians.

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“Captain Marvel” follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the MCU’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

The cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson, who will return as a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury. Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace and Jude Law also star.

“Mississippi Grind” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing the film from a script they co-wrote with some of the top women writers in Hollywood: “Inside Out” writer Meg LeFauve, “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-writer Nicole Perlman, “Tomb Raider” writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and “GLOW” creators Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch.

“Captain Marvel” hits theaters March 8, 2019.

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Ben Mendelsohn in Talks to Join ‘Captain Marvel’ as Film’s Villain

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“Rogue One” co-star Ben Mendelsohn is in talks to join Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” in the role of the villain, an individual with knowledge of the project tells The Wrap.

Mendelsohn would play the leader of iconic Marvel alien antagonists, the Skrulls.

“Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson as the studio’s first female superhero to get her own standalone movie will be a prequel set before “Iron Man.”


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Samuel L. Jackson will also return as Nick Fury for the film — this time without the eyepatch because the film will be set in the 1990s (presumably before he lost use of his left eye).

“Captain Marvel” will by directed by “Mississippi Grind” helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.  Geneva Robertson-Dworet wrote the most recent draft of the script. Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) wrote previous drafts of the script with Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito and Stan Lee are executive producers with Feige producing.

In an interview with Indie Wire, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed the plan moving forward after the fourth “Avengers” film and how the Captain Marvel film will play a big role in bringing the current story to a close. “We’re really focusing on ‘Captain Marvel’ and the work that Anna and Ryan are doing,” said the Marvel honcho. “It’s going to be a big part of heading towards this epic conclusion and epic finale of 22 movies over the course of 10 years. That is focus for the next six movies we have to finish and get out.”

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If you’re not up on your Marvel Comics, though, you could be forgiven for not knowing who or what a Skrull is. The Skrulls, a humanoid race with green skin and pointy ears, rule an interstellar empire in the Andromeda galaxy. What makes them a threat is their shape-changing powers. They can morph into just about anything that’s roughly the same volume as their bodies (and even get a little smaller or a little bigger), which enabled them to infiltrate and eventually subjugate other species.

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Created by the legendary Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, they first appeared in “Fantastic Four” #2, making the Skrulls almost as old as the Marvel universe itself. (The Marvel Universe began with “Fantastic Four” #1 in December, 1961, with older characters like Namor and Captain America, who debuted in Marvel’s earlier incarnation, Timely Comics, later imported into Marvel.)


“Captain Marvel” is set for release on March 8, 2019.

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