The Marvel Cinematic Universe has come a long way. When Iron Man first hit, it was very Earth-centric in its locales. Thor was our first foray into space, though the overall scope was still relatively small. The first Avengers film — while it had floating rubble in space — was pretty Earth-centric in nature.
It wasn’t until Guardians of the Galaxy where things started to open up more. We were no longer restricted to one lone planet but had the ability to go from place to place. That expanded in its sequel and in Thor: Ragnarok, and with this year’s Avengers: Infinity War it’ll be expanding even more. Gone are the days where the plot revolves completely around Earth.
Screen Rant had a chance to speak with Infinity War and Avengers 4 writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, and the consensus seems to be that the Earthist way is the way of the past.
“Stephen McFeely: We can’t give you a percentage but it’s fairly split. That’s part of the nature of all these groups coming together.
Christopher Markus: And we wanted to not have it be the feeling that it all comes down to Earth every time. It’s this sort of “Earth-ist” point-of-view that you have to tell a science fiction story. ‘In order to conquer the universe I have to take over this one little tiny planet.’ We needed a broad canvas the whole time so that it didn’t feel like, coincidentally, every stone is in America. [Laughs]”
Thank goodness we already had a few other stones from across the galaxy. We had the Tesseract, which was on Earth for a while, the Mind Stone, which was given to Loki by Thanos, the Aether, which was found in some alternate world, the Power Stone, which was found by the Guardians in that first film, and the Time Stone, which Doctor Strange holds. When all said and done, only two were truly Earth-centric stones (though if the Soul Stone is in Wakanda, that makes three).
With that in mind, I can see their point in trying to make sure it doesn’t all seem too easy that everything comes down to Earth. With that in mind, perhaps it’s possible the stone ISN’T in Wakanda, and that fight revolves around the Mind Stone, rather than the Soul Stone.
What do you make of all this? Is it possible that Thor, Rocket and Groot will be off finding that last stone? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Screen Rant