Since Iron Man exploded onto the silver screen in 2008 with a blast of jet boots and the swagger comic fans have come to expect of Tony Stark, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a serious force to be reckoned with in the movie industry. Now fourteen films in, in just twelve years, with the most recent movies – Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange – drawing in bigger audiences than ever, the superhero series shows no sign of slowing down as it powers through its third phase. There are currently plans for three new movies to add to the series each year until 2020.
For everyting else that has happened this decade, we can at least say it was a powerful time for movies.
One of the most anticipated films planed over the next few years is Avengers: Infinity War, the next big climax in the Avengers series, due for release in 2018. There have been rumours and fan theories flying around about it since the early Avengers movies, as the Infinity Stones were scattered mysteriously around in the plotlines of movies like Captain America: The First Avenger.
People have been talking for ages about who will be in it – who will be the villain, what role each of the existing Avengers will play, which of the new Marvel characters will be joining them…
A casting call posted on Movie Casting Call in search of extras for Avengers: Infinity War may have shed light on some of these questions. It was calling for extras but also posted a full cast list for the movie.
The cast list says that Brie Larson would join the gang as Captain Marvel ahead of her solo movie due in 2019. It also confirmed the rumours encouraged by Vin Diesel that the team from Guardians of the Galaxy would be involved, with Diesel and his co-stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan and Bradley Cooper all reprising their Guardians roles. It also says that Benedict Cumberbatch will be swooping in, along with Benedict Wong who played Wong in Doctor Strange.
As well as all the traditional Avengers, the cast list includes Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Paul Rudd as Ant Man and Josh Brolin as Thanos. It doesn’t, however, mention Tom Holland, the latest incarnation of Spider-Man, which makes him one of the few Marvel characters not to make an appearance.
The casting call appears to confirm that shooting for the movie will begin in January 2017. This suggests that everything is on track in terms of production and now we have our biggest glimpse yet into what is bound to be a film of truly epic proportions.