The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, sans TV/Netflix characters, will assemble on May 4, 2018 in Avengers: Infinity War. A culmination of the first three phases of the MCU, Thanos will finally rear his ugly purple head and take on Earth's Mightiest Heroes, as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy, who will cross paths with characters like Iron Man and Captain America for the first time.
Though no Marvel Studios film is too dark or devoid of that trademark Marvel humor, the Guardians of the Galaxy films have traditionally been a more comedic take on the MCU. The character of Ant-Man is fairly jokey, but was successfully worked into Captain America: Civil War in a way that felt natural and authentic, both to Civil War's tone and that of Ant-Man. But, incorporating the Guardians into what may be the most serious Avengers film to date could be disastrous if not handled properly.
Thankfully, Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in the first film and upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, offered some insight to Collider about how the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, are bringing the universe all together:
“[The Russos are] fantastic. I’m a sucker for siblings that work together and make it work. I’m one of three sisters and we have our own production company. They do a fantastic job. They’re not shying away from the drama that an undertaking [that involves] bringing all the characters in the Marvel universe together is going to be for them. And they’re understanding the dramatic beats and they’re showcasing it, and obviously it’s gonna have a lot of action and everything, but also as Guardians being a part of it, we’re providing that levity and I think that it’s gonna make the movies more interesting.”
Saldana went on to talk about her and fellow Guardians actors' involvement in the very first day of shooting Infinity War:
“We’re kind of like in shock. It’s too big. In theory your mind going in you’re like, ‘This is too big. I hope I’m not overstimulated and overwhelmed by its immensity,’ because it’s very big. But to know what they’re doing and the direction that they’re taking, I felt super excited very early on. And I love that the fact that the Guardians were keeping our authentic voices, and that’s gonna be really what’s gonna make our introduction—our participation—special. I love what they’re doing with the rest of the Avengers and their characters and their storylines. It’s gonna be quite dramatic and amazing.”
Infinity War is quite the film to look forward to, perhaps the most expensive and largest scale film of all time; certainly the movie with the most set-up... ever. My biggest concern is that some characters will get lost in this sea of everyone, or there will simply be too much going on. Like Saldana though, I do have faith in directors Anthony and Joe Russo, as they did make the best MCU movie of all in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and managed to juggle quite a few characters in Civil War.
What would you most like to see from the upcoming Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy team-up? Rocket riding Iron Man? Hulk and Drax gleefully smashing together? Star-Lord hitting on Black Widow? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017. No Infinity War until 2018.
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