Avengers: Infinity War
is going to be huge. It cannot be overstated the level of hype and anticipation there is for the beginning of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. The MCU has permanently and irrevocably changed the landscape of film as we know it, and this here is the big one; the one they’ve been building to since its antagonist Thanos was first teased in the post-credits scene of 2012’s Avengers Assemble
. But that doesn’t mean we know everything. In face, it’s surprising just how little we know about the film, and with one month to go here are just five questions that we’re desperate to see answered.
Where the heck is Hawkeye?
Consider this more of a personal grievance than a legitimate question beheld by the many (Let’s face it, in the average person’s estimations, Hawkeye charitably exists towards the bottom half of the spectrum of Avengers). But we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of the avenging archer in any of the trailers, merchandise, magazine covers or posters for the forthcoming flick. And considering he’s one of the founding members in the MCU, and that Infinity War is set to unite all of the heroes in the Marvel canon so far, it seems particularly notable that Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton is so suspiciously, and conspicuously, absent.
Now the dismissive, easy answer is simple; nobody cares about Hawkeye, and he’s been booted to vacate valuable room for other, more marketable heroes. But that seems both too simple, and just not Marvel’s style. The absence feels deliberate. Whatever the answer; he’s taking on the mantle of Ronin and getting a new costume that they want to keep a surprise, he dies early on and they can’t show footage they don’t have, he stays behind with his family and he’ll show up in the sequel; this is one I certainly want answered.
What’s next for Wakanda?
Black Panther is both a million-dollar hit and a cultural event, and as such it’s come as no surprise that Wakanda and its denizens have played a significant role in the promotion of the forthcoming 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shuri, Okoye, and T’Challa have all featured prominently on magazine covers and in merchandising, but it’s not all marketing. Wakanda seems to be the staging ground for a major battle in Infinity War, and after the captivating world-building of Black Panther it’s hard not to wonder what’s next for the formerly secretive African nation.
Infinity War will ravage the nation and bring a whole host of characters to Wakanda – how will scientists like Tony Stark and Bruce Banner react to the advanced technology? What will Wakanda look like, and how will its people feel after its king brings a literal war to their front door?
Where is the soul stone?
This is a question that’s been teased by directors the Russo brothers themselves. At present, we know the location of five of the infinity stones; the space stone, which resides within the Tesseract and was stolen by Loki in Thor: Ragnarok; the mind stone, formerly of Loki’s scepter and now embedded within Vision’s head; the reality stone, first seen as the Aether in Thor: The Dark World, and currently residing within the Collector’s Museum on Knowhere; the power stone, previously used by Ronin in an attempt to level Xandar in Guardians of the Galaxy, and now locked away in the vault of the Nova Corps; and the time stone, sealed within the Eye of Agamotto, and wielded by Doctor Strange.
As for the sixth, the soul stone, we presently haven’t a clue. There’s been speculation that it resides within Wakanda, perhaps at the heart of the Vibranium meteor. But currently the most likely option would appear to be somewhere we haven’t yet seen.
Just what is Thanos’ goal?
In the comics, Thanos’ goal is certainly unique; he wishes to marry the literal female embodiment of Death, and causes mass destruction and conquers worlds in an effort to woo her. Uh, yeah… comic books are weird.
But the Russo brothers have teased that Thanos’s motivation will be significantly more sympathetic in Infinity War, and in fact the film will supposedly be staged like a heist film, with Thanos reportedly getting markedly more screen time than the average MCU villain. It remains to be seen just how true this will be, but all we know presently is that the mad titan means business.
Who lives and who dies?
Not everyone gets out of this one alive. We know this much already, and the rumours have begun flying. Just how many of our beloved Marvel heroes are set to kick the bucket? With Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, back to his usual self (and seemingly going by a new code name now), could we be looking at losing Steve Rogers, and seeing Bucky take on the mantle of Captain America? Will this be Tony Stark’s last hurrah, the champion and founder of the MCU down in flames at the hands of its greatest enemy? Will Thanos smash the Hulk? Shred the god of Thunder? Crush a Guardian of the Galaxy?
The question isn’t “Will anyone die?” anymore. It’s “How many will die, and who?”
There’s no argument that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a problem with the permanency of death before. But that looks set to change now, and who goes will be anyone’s bet.
Did we miss any burning questions? Have any theories of your own? Let us know in the comments below.