In Avengers: Infinity War Thanos is here for the Infinity Stone here on Earth and there are several heroes that he could injure or kill in the process of taking it. The Collector has the Reality Stone but if he is a Celestial then Thanos still can’t kill him even if he wanted to. Xandar and the Nova Corps are in trouble because they have the Power Stone. Last we saw the Space Stone it was with Loki who perhaps will use it as a bargaining chip to save the remaining Asgardian’s lives. The Time Stone is with Doctor Strange and while it isn’t the source of his power, it is part of it. The Mind Stone, is in the head of the Vision. We’ve seen a scene in the trailer of someone trying to remove it and him screaming. There is a very good chance he won’t survive without it. He’s basically a damsel in distress, or as revealed in an interview within Entertainment Weekly, in director Anthony Russo’s words, a MacGuffin:
“Vision is a living MacGuffin. Obviously, that raises the stakes because Vision’s life is in danger, and his life is in conflict with Thanos’ goals, so something’s got to give.”
So the Avengers find themselves bracing for an invasion, so that means it’s time to find the Avenger’s version of Helm’s Deep. Where are they going to make their final stand for the stones and for Earth? How about that latest hero who has an entire army, some of the most advanced technology in the world, and a genius sister using that tech to make fun items? Wakanda of course.
“Cap makes the decision to bring [Vision] here to Wakanda,” Anthony Russo says. “Earth is making its last stand to keep the stone from Thanos. It’s the best place to make your last stand.”
Wakanda hasn’t been in the public eye for very long before lo and behold, someone is coming to conquer it. It’s ironic since that was the very thing that previous kings worried about, and it seems it’ll be happening.
“It’s never been conquered, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been challenged,” Boseman says.
One of those people who is going to find it very hard to work with a bunch of outsider is Okoye played by actress Danai Gurira. She is a warrior who is very focused on the old ways and this is really getting thrown into the deep end.
“Change is scary,” the actress says. “But I think the learning curve is to become a citizen of the world versus a citizen of Wakanda.”
One of the things we’ve noticed is that Captain America doesn’t have his classic shield. Instead he he has two claw shields that were given to him by T’Challa as an expression of trust. One could say Steve already trusted T’Challa enough to leave Bucky, arguably one of the people Steve cares about most in the world, in his care. This is an expression of trust from T’Challla that is heavy with symbolism,
“They trust each other,” Boseman says of Panther and Cap. The actor points to his gift of claw shields from Shuri (Letitia Wright,) forged from Wakanda’s sacred natural resource. “His shield was already made from vibranium anyway. So it’s just an extension of what he already had. This time, actually giving it to him, as opposed to…” Boseman shrugs. The materials for the old shield were likely taken, not offered. “Me actually giving it to him is a testament to our relationship and trust.”
Offering something like that to an outsider is a big deal and really shows how these two men have come to terms with each other. It’s little things like that, the background details, that is going to make this movie so much fun to watch over and over again. Something as simple as giving a warrior a shield is doused in symbolism and background details. If they have put that much thought into everything for this movie we’re in for a treat.
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.