Time To Suit Up For ALL-OUT AWESOMENESS…
“Okay, anybody on our side hiding any shocking and fantastic abilities they’d like to disclose? I’m open to suggestions” – Iron Man.
“The threat has risen to a new level – which is really saying something,” says Robert Downey Jr.
It really is!
Considering how Rob’s first outing as Iron Man – released ten years ago next week – started this whole delirious, but irresistible, MCU malarkey that has culminated in Avengers: Infinity War – just DAYS away now(!)
It has been an absolutely spectacular decade, watching this particular Universe develop. Thankfully in all the right places.
How’s it been, Rob?
“…It’s been the Ben-Hur of the MCU, for sure. This is huge, isn’t it? It is HUGE.”
And impossible to disappoint… right?
This Enhanced Individual Convention is arguably – creatively, logistically, budgetary – not only Marvel Studios’ BIGGEST movie, but the GRANDEST superhero epic ever (ahem) assembled. In this camp, there are no doubts that all elements will work, for writers: Christopher Markus and Stephen Freely and directors Anthony and Joe Russo – responsible for the amazing Captain America trilogy – are in charge here.
When asked how high the stakes are, Freely offers: “Is the universe high enough for you?”
This is only the largest event movie. Ever!
Expect to see just about all the Avengers we’ve come to know so far. And the supporting characters from their respective solo movies. PLUS the Guardians Of The Frickin’ Galaxy! AND Fields overflowing with Wakandan warriors!
As the younglings are wont to say these days, it’s only gonna be FUCKIN’ AWESOME!!
“Humans… They are not the cowering wretches we were promised. They stand. They are unruly, and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court… death” – Chthon.
“This is the biggest film of all time,” says Benedict Cumberbatch.
You can trust him. He’s a Doctor.
That colossal third-act battle – teased tantalisingly in the trailers – breaks out across Wakanda, because the sixth, as yet unseen, Infinity Stone languishes there, right?!
Normally, my journalistic instinct is to uncover every juicy, spoilersome nugget of info from each major movie, but considering the scale and ambition of this EPIC, who knows what will transpire?!
Yes, so good to see Chadwick Boseman return as King T’Challa: The Black Panther – Cool. Charismatic. AND GET THIS MAN A SEQUEL! As Black Panther has become the first non-Stark MCU movie to pass a billion dollars worldwide, quite clearly, Wakanda‘s finest will be the new figurehead for the new Phase going forward.
Considering the xtreme measures taken to protect certain plot-points, it comes as no surprise to learn that Chris Evans was one of the few members of the enhanced ensemble to receive a complete script.
“The majority of people on set are like, ‘So what are we doing today?’ The Russos have to give a loose description of what’s happening. I didn’t complain. I was just like, ‘I need to know what’s going on! Give me a fucking script!'”
“That’s not going away anytime soon…” – Captain America.
Behold! Earth’s Mightiest Boy-Band: N-Hanced…
Thor: “I thought humans were more evolved than this.”
Nick Fury: “Excuse me, did we come to YOUR planet and blow stuff up?”
“You could call this movie: Avengers: Thanos if you wanted to,” says Stephen Freely. “He is the main character.”
“The movie is told from his point of view,” Anthony Russo explains, discussing Josh Brolin’s performance. “It’s a very complicated character. He’s at times despicable and horrifying, and at other times oddly empathetic.”
“He’s an exceedingly difficult character to beat. He’s stranger than the Hulk – he’s a force of nature. He is a conqueror of worlds.”
The next statement intrigued me the most.
“He doesn’t have a weakness, and that’s what makes him so threatening.”
How the Avengers can prevail against such an indefatigable foe, will certainly make for intriguing viewing. Having been in awe of Thanos over these past two years of Bronze Age explorations, seeing this big threat marching across the big screen will probably be quite a dewy-eyed experience as well…
“It really is mind-blowing…” adds Joe Russo, “…how sensitive a performance we can translate into a CG character now, and how much of Josh’s performance is in that character.”
Yep, sounds like all concerned know how to handle the Mad Titan here.
AND that we are all going to have to rearrange our Top 5 Movie Villains charts…
“Conflict breeds catastrophe…” – The Vision.
“We heve not had any special death requests,” McFeely stated, confirming that he and co-writer Markus had “free reign to kill off whomever the story dictated should go.”
“It’s a cocktail of emotions,” was how Evans summed it up.
So many bloggers have speculated as to which of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will fall in this big showdown. Yes, much must be risked in War, but you KNOW how Brad prefers to concentrate on the positive, hopefully life-affirming, textured-sponge-with-a-creamy-filling things in life, so no morbid discussions to round off this particular blog-post, ta very much!
Plan to watch The Movie Of The Decade this weekend having avoided – for once – all rumours, leaked clips, TV spots and what-have-you. Just looking forward to finding out what this jaw-dropping spectacle has to offer.
We began with Rob Downey Jr. – is it with him where it will all end…? Well, let’s close with him here anyway, speaking highly about IW’s lead actor: Josh Brolin.
“I love him,” Downey leads the praise, having known each other for thirty years, and so happy to see him become a solid participant in the MCU. “Brolin doesn’t take himself seriously, but there’s a lot of weight in how he’s portraying this guy. We literally are all a little bit scared when he’s done cracking wise and steps into it.
“Get ready… the Brolin Effect is coming.”
“I hope they remember you…” – Thanos.