Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be a knock-down, drag-out brawl between Thanos and the Avengers, Earth’s last line of defense against the Mad Titan. Marvel Studios and its various actors have already teased that the film will come with a heavy body count, and much of that will have to do with Thanos’ overarching quest -- to collect all of the Infinity Stones.
Each stone is wildly powerful, granting its possessor control over some critical aspect of reality. As the old adage goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Unfortunately for the Avengers, it sounds like they’ll be shouldering the bulk of that responsibility, as a recent ScreenRant interview with Infinity War writer Stephen McFeely has revealed that it will be the Avengers who pay dearly for each Infinity Stone Thanos pilfers.
“They’re still spread out. Remember, one of our jobs, we’re big structure guys. So, if you go back and look at Winter Soldier and Civil War particularly, they are, whether you like the movies [or] not, they’re pretty well structured. Big choices have been made. We had to do the same thing here and yet we had six MacGuffins -- it can be relentless if you do this right.”
McFeely then went into the specifics of how each Infinity Stone is connected to the character guarding it in the film, and how that character likely won’t come out of the film unscathed.
“Which means, every time you collect [an Infinity Stone] -- I don’t mean to get into the screenwriting weeds -- but every time you collect one, it can’t just be a check mark. It has to do something characterful. It’s got to move the plot forward but it also has to have stakes and cost for literal characters at the time, so that it’s not just a shopping spree. And I think we’ve done that and boy, we’re going to wrench some emotion out of each and every one of those moments that we can.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin. The film arrives worldwide on April 27.