Do you like puzzles? Do you like superheroes? Well if you answered yes to both of those questions, then the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are perfect for you!
For those of you that are not aware of the MCU, it is a collection of films that have been hitting theaters since 2008 when Iron Man was released on May 2nd of that year. Since that time, there has been a total of 14 films released that exist within the Universe, in addition to a number of tv shows.[Kenny]
But for the most part, the films and shows stay fairly separate, with the exception of a few minor connections to show they all exist within the same world. The reason I enjoy these films so much, in addition to the great characters, fun stories, and comedy of the actual films, is how they all connect together.
While a character may not show up in a film, the events of that film could greatly impact the storyline of that very character’s upcoming solo film. With such a large puzzle of films, there needed to be an overarching connector that would be able to bring them all together.
And that is where the Infinity Stones come into play. They are six cosmic stones scattered around the universe, each with its own unique power. When put together in the Infinity Gauntlet, these stones can become even more dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands. And it just so happens that Thanos, the MCU’s biggest baddie, is on a mission to get them all.
We have yet to see Thanos at his fullest, although we have gotten a few glimpses. But he will finally be on full display in next year’s big blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. This film is going to be one of the biggest in the history of movies.
It will serve as the third Avengers film, and it is set to bring in almost every major character we have come to know in the MCU. While it is not a “part one”, it will also tie in with 2019’s Avengers film, which is currently without a title. But with such a massive film full of so many characters, we need to break things down a bit.
So that is where INSC’s upcoming “Road to Infinity War” character series is going to come into play. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be providing a breakdown of every major hero within the MCU. We will take a look at where they were the last time we saw them. We will see when we may see them show up again (before Infinity War, during it, or after). And finally what type of role they are set up to have in the massive film.
With four films set for release before the third Avengers flick, there are plenty of possibilities for each character. That is why we want to take a closer look at each character on an individual basis, in an effort to help understand the MCU better.
The character’s that we will be covering, in no particular order, are listed below
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- Black Widow
- Scarlet Witch (Quicksilver will even get a nod in here)
- Winter Soldier
- War Machine/Rhodey
- Ant-Man (and Wasp)
- Doctor Strange
- Black Panther
- Captain Marvel
- The Guardians of the Galaxy (The whole gang, including Yondu and Nebula)
So be sure to be on the lookout for all of these character breakdowns in the coming weeks. The road to Infinity War will be a little different for each of these characters. So it will be interesting to see how they will eventually end up in the cross-fire of the big purple guy.
Is there a character you want to hear about that didn’t make the list? Tell us in the comments and I can add them on!