When “Iron Man” arrived in 2008, little did fans know that it was only the beginning of what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, Marvel has released 14 films, building toward the battle against Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War,” a sprawling ensemble feature Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt promises is “exactly what the fans want.”
While promoting “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Pratt was already ramping up excitement for the first meeting between the Guardians and the Avengers. “It’s exactly what the fans want,” he said. “I’ve heard over and over from people, ‘When are the Guardians going to meet up with the Avengers?’”
While it was heavily speculated over the years that the two teams would finally join forces against Thanos, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige only made it official in February in a video announcing the start of production on “Infinity War.” For the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, finally getting that call was huge.
As Pratt explained to the Toronto Sun, it was something he never expected to come to fruition, and now that he’s nearly done filming, the actor can’t help but to express his excitement over what’s to come. “We’ve shot most of it — my stuff — and I can tell you, the fans are not going to be disappointed. It’s going to be really freaking cool.”
In September, Pratt trumpeted “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” as “the biggest spectacle movie of all time.” Of course, since working on “Avengers: Infinity War,” he’s changed his mind a bit. While still describing the “Guardians” sequel as a spectacle, he concedes it will face competition for the title in 2018.
“Well, so far, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ still is the biggest spectacle movie of all time — that is all time up until now,” he said. “But ‘Avengers’ is going to be a pretty big spectacle. I think you’re talking 40 heroes — that is a huge spectacle.”
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” brings together many of the key players from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to confront the threat posed by Thanos. Opening May 4, 2018, the film’s sprawling ensemble cast includes 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, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.