Avengers: Infinity War – A Fractured Team, and Anthony Mackie Catches a Symbolism Fish

Posted by March 8, 2018 Comment

When it comes to bringing a wide chunk of the Marvel universe’s characters together in Avengers: Infinity War, there are going to be those that bump heads. Whether it’s clashing personalities or tactics, there are a million reasons why these people might not get along. For some it might be the fact that they don’t trust easily. One of those people is absolutely ex-SHIELD agent Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. The last we saw of her, she had betrayed Team Iron Man and was a wanted woman for breaking the accords. Natasha having to hide like that hasn’t helped her trust issues, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“I think it’s been a dark time. I wouldn’t say that my character has been particularly hopeful, but I think she’s hardened even more than she probably was before,” the actress says.

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MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Don Cheadle as War Machine, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

If there is one person she does trust it’s Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, played by Chris Evans. Despite the fact that they were on opposite sides for most of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha takes Steve at his word in the end and lets him and Bucky escape. Steve isn’t quite as ideal as he used to be, and he and Natasha balance each other very well in terms of friendship.

“It’s always felt like Natasha uses her cynicism as a defense mechanism. She weaponizes it for survival,” Evans says, sitting with Johansson during a break. “I think Steve is a little newly calloused in the ways of the world. But Natasha is always going to be a couple steps ahead of him in terms of experience and knowledge. They’ve leaned on each other for different reasons. It’s reinforced the friendship.”

The superhero civil war might have ended, but that doesn’t make all of the hurt feelings and uncovered secrets go away. Even though Steve and Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), knew they were being manipulated by Zemo, it didn’t matter. As we go into this movie we see that they are still a broken team.

“They’re fractured at the start of the movie,” director Joe Russo says. “It was always the intent, in a larger arc, to split the Avengers up before the greatest threat that they’ve ever seen. Thanos is a virtually indestructible character, which makes him an extremely difficult character to fight.”

“In the face of this, it’s like, ‘Can you overcome the divisions that have developed between you to face a common cause?’ That’s really the question,” director Athony Russo adds.

If there is someone that isn’t willing to forgive easily it’s Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. While he goes to Wakanda because he knows it’s the right thing to do, he is very uncomfortable and resentful toward several members of Team Iron Man.

“Everybody went their separate ways. Hulk, Iron Man, everybody separated and figured out how not to get caught or investigated,” Mackie says.

As Mackie is talking to the reporter from EW, they go out to a nearby lake where Mackie takes out a fishing rod and proceeds to try to catch dinner. As they are speaking Mackie catches a fish, but it already has another, earlier hook in his mouth. Mackie tries to remove the hook, but it won’t come out.

“Lucky I caught him. I should just keep him and cook him,” the actor says. Instead he lowers the fish back to the water, swishes it, and lets the tough old creature swim free. “If it ain’t killed him yet, it ain’t gonna kill him,” Mackie says.

Symbolism.

Summary: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Anthony Mackie. It will be released on April 27th.

(Last Updated March 9, 2018 11:27 am )

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