Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theatres today and, though it is a Sony Pictures distribution, it is very much a Marvel Studios movie. As such, this is very much the latest film in their Cinematic Universe, all of them building in some way to Avengers: Infinity War, which is currently filming and will feature all of the Marvel heroes we’ve met, plus even more that we haven’t.
While there will certainly be some elements of Marvel’s world building in Homecoming, it appears that the film to watch for clues to Infinity War is Marvel’s November release: Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, doing press for Homecoming, spoke with the Toronto Sun regarding this next Thor film. Asked if this would be the final film in the Thor franchise, Feige said, “I think that we are finding ourselves as we complete Phase 3 and finish this 22-movie narrative that it’s working out that way. We did three Iron Man films, three Captain America films, three Thor films.”
He then pivoted his attention to their super, duper gigantic mother-of-all superhero movies, Avengers: Infinity War, saying, “Things change drastically in Ragnarok and then build directly into Infinity War.”
“Directly” you say?
We’ve heard since SDCC last year that there are specific pieces of Thor: Ragnarok that build directly into the upcoming third Avengers film, but there are a number of ways that could happen. The most obvious possibility is that Thor somehow uncovers the last remaining Infinity Stone — the Soul Stone. It’s long been considered that Heimdall himself bares the Soul Stone and that is how he is able to see every soul in the universe.
Another way could be Thor and Hulk discovering the Guardians of the Galaxy as they make their escape from Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. If this happens, then that will act as a way to bring the Guardians from their sequel up to date with the current timeline.
Finally, there’s Cate Blanchett‘s Hela, who is death to the Gods of Asgard. However, is she THE Death, the one that Thanos is in love with and fighting to prove his love for? That’s a distinct possibility, and if true, would certainly prove to have a heavy influence on Infinity War.