Disney CEO Alan Horn took to the stage at D23 to describe the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far in numerical terms — 16 films and $12 billion. The $4 billion Disney paid for Marvel looks more and more like a bargain.
Looks like Kevin Feige will be prepping for the Marvel Studios 10-year anniversary for next year — the Disney buyout, for Feige, means better seats for him at D23. And so it’s time for Avengers: Infinity War, and how that means almost every character in the MCU. And they brought as many of them on stage as possible.
On stage strode Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Sebastian Stan, Pom Klementieff. Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, and Thanos himself, Josh Brolin. Brolin said he finds the experience “powerful”.
And they are halfway through filming. So Joe Russo could join them, but Anthony had to stay back to work on the film.
Footage was shown. A wounded Thor. Thor landing on the Guardians’ spaceship’s windscreen (as Rocket tells them to turn on the wipers). Mantis wakes Thor up, he asks who the hell they are, before taking a trip with the Guardians. A Hulkbuster suit. Peter Parker on a bus noticing something is up. Spider-Man in his end-of-Homecoming suit. Without the mask, apologising. Winter Soldier and Black Panther with army of Wakandans. Doctor Strange creating magical platforms for Star-Lord to jump on. Yes, there’s Loki, with the Tesseract. The Vision and Wanda in love. Thanos with a not-yet-complete Infinity Gauntlet beating up the Avengers with ease, using the gauntlet to rain down fire on them, a very afraid Tony Stark, and Thanos squeezing Thor’s head. And, yes, Captain America with a beard… you can make your own jokes.
More to come, as and when.