– by David Kozlowski

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) and its sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), are both epic, sprawling action-adventure films, but the timespan of events portrayed in these films covered only a few days to a week each. While rapid pacing and compressed timelines made for brisk movies, I never really felt that humanity was on the brink — let’s be honest, how much of a threat were Loki, or Ultron, if the Avengers could take them both out within just a few battles?

However, ever since Thanos appeared in the post-credits scene of The Avengers we’ve been led to believe that he’s THE most dire threat in the universe — Thanos worships death, after all! Consequently, the scope and the scale of Avengers: Infinity War needs to reflect his power, this is not a villain that can or should be taken down easily. Thanos needs to put a hurt on the Avengers (and also their guest-stars: the Guardians of the Galaxy) that tests their teamwork, fortitude, and resilience.

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WARNING: Spoilers Ahead…

Perhaps to emphasize the above points, we’re now learning that not only will Thanos appear in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, but according to Screen Rant, the timespan of Infinity War will include a scene set in the 1960s. Two recent casting calls suggests at least one scene in the film will occur in factory or office building settings (shooting to occur in mid-October in Atlanta).

The casting announcement seeks Caucasian females to play extras as 1960s engineers, secretaries/clerks (to be played in separate scenes). Perhaps we’ll see early versions of Stark Industries or S.H.I.E.L.D., much like the flashbacks in Ant-Man.

While on the surface this might seem like a really minor reveal, I think it suggests a much wider scope for the film’s events. So far, we don’t know why Thanos has such strong interest in Earth, and we have yet to understand his goals, besides killing everything (let’s assume that he has a more compelling plan than this). What kind of history does Thanos have with the MCU of the 60s? Has Thanos visited Earth in the past, and if so why didn’t he attack then?

Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 close the books on Marvel’s Phase 3; where the MCU goes from there is anyone’s guess. Naturally, fan’s expectations for these two final chapters are through the roof. The massive cast and expanded timeline of Avengers: Infinity War suggests that Marvel realizes this and are pushing all of their chips to the center of the table. Only 7-ish more months to go!

What do you think these new casting calls reveal about Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know in the comments down below!

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.

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SOURCE: Screen Rant

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Well there is a time stone. Who’s to say he doesn’t zap someone back to the 1960’s to dispatch them.

  • Victor Roa

    what if…. they don’t show shield again? I won’t doubt the scene is less then 3 minutes but what if they still aren’t using shield at this point for a flashback exposition plot device?

  • axebox

    Perhaps Thanos is targeting Earth because of the Avengers (et al) getting Earth involved?

  • Saranac

    So we know Shield has been around since the late 40’s, Antman was a part of that in the 50’s, and we sent men into space in the 60’s, in the 80’s we have Wasp going into the Quantum Zone and Peter Quill being taken by his Daddy. So Earth is known and Earth has been expanding it’s “understanding” of the Universe – so there is a gap in seeing the 60’s and 70’s, but what if Hydra set up the Space Race?

  • syambo87

    He will possess the Time Stone and Reality Stone… so He could send people back in time… make them age older or younger… he could change the reality around people… make Captain America think he’s in the 60’s with Peggy Carter again… or make Tony’s parents alive again with Stark… they’re gonna play with the emotions of all the Avengers… make Black widow pregnant with a baby Hulk… that would be creepy…

    wonder if the power stone can take people’s power away?

    • syambo87

      also want to give props to the author… its nice to read an article and the author is a genuine comic fan

  • Colm Hennessy

    The Fantastic Four would be right at home in the 1960s…

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.