"Avengers: Infinity War": Producer Talks the Two-Part Film's Inspirations

– by Joseph Medina

Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe promises to be a big one. After all, we’ll finally see all the puzzle pieces come together that they’ve been laying the groundwork for since the first “Avengers” film back in 2012. We’ll see several new superheroes, and Thanos will finally rear his ugly purple head, and we’ll get an all-out fight between him, the world, and the Avengers. At this point, the Russo Brothers are still hard at work on “Captain America: Civil War,” but their minds are probably also occupied by a little something called “Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 & 2.” These 2018 and 2019 films will bring a closure to many of the elements from the past two phases. But what does Marvel have planned for them?

At a Blu-ray release press event for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Jeremy Latcham, one of the producers on “Ultron” made some comments about the upcoming “Infinity War,” the inspiration they are drawing from, and their overall approach.

"I was in an ‘Infinity War’ meeting with the Russos earlier today and there are really old Starlin stuff, there's really new Hickman stuff, there's all kinds of stuff sitting on this table. And it's really kind of chaotic, like 'Oh, there's a great issue here. There's a great moment here. Let's talk about all of them. Let's make sure we are looking at everything.'  I think that's part of what's fun, it doesn't matter when it was written, in the books, if it's great it's great and we want to find a way to put it into the movie. Part of the job. Part of the fun."

Sadly, this doesn’t really tell us a whole lot. It was already a given that Marvel Studios would look to pull a great deal from Jim Starlin’s six-issue “Infinity Gauntlet” series. This story followed Thanos’ attempt to kill off half the universe’s population in order to impress Death. The end of the first “Avengers” brought up the first notion of Death—though we have yet to hear anything else about her character just yet. It was assumed that a great deal of what we see with “Infinity War” will fall along the same lines.

Jonathan Hickman's 2013 six-part comic series, "Infinity."

Jonathan Hickman's 2013 six-part comic series, "Infinity."

I am admittedly much less familiar with the 2013 Jonathan Hickman “Infinity” story, but the main draw from the quote is that nothing is precious at Marvel Studios. “Iron Man 3” proved that the studio is content not only to mix and match mythologies, but to outright contradict them in the MCU. Not to put down any of the work coming up in “Infinity War,” but from the sound of it, it may be a huge Frankenstein job of all the best parts from different plot lines of Thanos-centered comics. That’s not to say it won’t be great--Marvel’s always done a great job of making the Cinematic Universe its own entity, making it harder and harder to tell what will come next.

Are there any specific moments in these comics you want Marvel to pull from for “Infinity War?” Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCE: Comic Book

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