“Nick Fury. Director of SHIELD. I’m here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative.”
And with those simple words from Samuel L. Jackson at the end of 2008’s Iron Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and an entirely new approach to franchise film making was born. From this, we got an interconnected cinematic story of Loki trying to subjugate the Earth, all for the shadowy figure of Thanos, who desires the Infinity Gauntlet for himself.
Thor later gave us Loki, who was the bad guy in that first Avengers film. Then we got Captain America and his Cosmic Cube, which is that which Loki was chasing after. Though each of the films stood on their own, they each added something to the giant ensemble Avengers film we finally got in 2012. And, honestly, we could have stopped there, but Marvel Studios wanted to keep going. Though Age of Ultron may have been a bit of a misstep, it appears that they’ve learned from their mistakes and are once more using their films to build to another massive story.
That of Avengers: Infinity War.
Those films are Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther and, as the site says, Feige says all three of those films will influence Avengers: Infinity War, “…very heavily, as Iron Man and Captain America influenced the first Avengers. More so than the movies leading into Age of Ultron, even. They really build up to that.”
Though that doesn’t give us too much that we may not have already guessed, it does confirm that we can expect to see some pretty major world-building in those three films. One of the major elements we’re all still waiting to see is the last remaining Infinity
Gem Stone — The Soul Stone. Could it be in Thor: Ragnarok? Could it be in Black Panther? We’ll know in November when Thor lands on Sakaar to fight for his life against Hulk.
But there’s even more to Infinity War than just the Soul Stone, like what Thanos has planned, who his associates are, how they’re coming to Earth, and who Earth will ally with in the coming battle. Will we find new allies in the Kree? Will the Chitauri return? Will Thor somehow make Doctor Strange aware of the massive threat coming their way so he has time to prepare?
All will be answered — next May, when the movie hits theaters and we all finally get to watch it.