The updated descriptions appear in the latest issue of License! Global Magazine, along with licensing details for the studio’s upcoming slate, providing a better idea of what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years.
The Black Panther synopsis hints that Martin Freeman’s Everett K. Ross will play a much larger role following his introduction last year alongside Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. It also teases the battle against Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and M’Baku/Man-Ape (Winston Duke):
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from fractions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
However, the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War, which sees Josh Brolin’s Thanos take center stage for the first time, doesn’t provide much new information, but it does hint at the biggest battle yet for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes:
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. 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 the Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
While we’re unable to verify these synopses, it’s worth noting he issue in which they appear boasts a cover story on Disney’s Jimmy Pitaro, who works with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.
Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, alongside Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. The film opens Feb. 16, 2018.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that 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. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.