It’s planned as the climax of all climaxes – Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, both set for a year of filming starting this fall and release a year apart in May 2018 and 2019 respectively. For all the anticipation, they might as well be the culmination of every big-budget studio blockbuster of the last 20 years: a gigantic, universe-spanning event tying together twenty+ films. And now we might know how it will go down.
According to the sources at Latino Review, Infinity War will *not* be an adaptation of the comic of the same name, but instead of “Infinity Gauntlet.” The latter sees a battle between Adam Warlock and Magus (two characters not introduced in the MCU) while the former realizes what Marvel has laid the groundwork for years: Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones to complete his gauntlet (pictured above from the Age of Ultron credit scene). After much speculation, it appears Warlock and Magus are sitting this one out.
But one person indispensable from “Infinity Gauntlet” – and from Thanos in general – is making an appearance and she is a doozy.
Yep, Death herself will appear in Infinity War. LR’s sources state that Thanos’ plan in the film will be to deliver her “souls” in order to win her affection. To do this, he assembles the godlike power of the Infinity artifacts and plots to murder half the universe. We’ve all been there.
No word on who Marvel is looking to cast in the role, though LR speculates that Hela, Cate Blanchett’s villainous lady of the dead in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok – based on the Norse deity Hel, god of death – could fill the role. It would certainly be a better use of Blanchett than a one-off appearance in Ragnarok but we’ll have to wait and see if the Oscar-winner signed up for a multi-film deal or, like Michael Douglas, has a wait-and-see approach.
Additionally, LR confirms the Avengers will team with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the film and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will make his “grand return,” implying we won’t see the veteran spymaster until Infinity War. Filming is scheduled to begin the first week of November; Josh Brolin is already working on his motion-capture role of Thanos, per directors Anthony & Joe Russo.
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for release on May 4, 2018, its untitled sequel Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.