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– 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

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.