Newly released Avengers: Infinity War concept video shows off Thanos in all of his glory. The new look comes from the pre-production stage of the epic movie. For now, the Mad Titan is long gone after the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame. However, he put up a good fight and took down some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the process, while scarring the world. Marvel Studios took an unorthodox approach and made the villain the main focus of Infinity War, which left some Marvel Cinematic Universe fans siding with the nefarious character.
The Infinity War concept video comes to us from Marvel Studios' Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding. The video shows us the very recognizable face of Thanos and then turns around in a full circle. Meinerding captioned the video with, 'Thanos head turnaround from Avengers: Infinity War. It was an honor to do this concept model in preproduction.' Even though the video is from the post-production process, the villain looks very much how he did on the big screen.
Even though Thanos is gone, MCU fans are still wondering if his story is finished on the screen. The Russo Brothers, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely initially wanted to have a lot more of the villain's backstory included in Infinity War, but they ended up running out of time. There's still a lot of the Mad Titan in the movie, but MCU fans have been speculating that there could be more to his story at some point down the line, even if it ends up on the Disney+ streaming service.
Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, and Vision did not make it out of Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War alive. Gamora, from Guardians of the Galaxy was also killed off, but lives on from a different timeline. Now that the time travel factor has been brought in, anything is possible for the MCU, so there is a way to see Thanos again at some point down the line in this current timeline. However, if Marvel Studios were to go forward with more stories, the majority of fans have indicated that they'd like to see the character's origin.
Thanos' origin is spoken about in Infinity War, but there's a wealth of material to dive into. With that being said, we could have seen the last of the villain, which would also be okay. Not everybody needs an origin story and not everybody needs to come back. But, Josh Brolin did a great job of taking the comic book character from the pages to the screen and it would be interesting to see what he could do with a younger version of the character. While we wait to see what else the MCU's Phase 4 will throw at us, you can check out the Thanos concept video below, thanks to Ryan Meinerding's Instagram account.
Josh Brolin has the distinction of playing two distinct but equally popular live-action Marvel characters, in separate cinematic universes. As the villainous Thanos, he brought gravitas and depth to a CGI monster, while as Cable, he was the perfect foil to the manic Deadpool. And now, Cable creator Rob Liefeld has revealed to Comicbook.com that Brolin is eager to reprise his role as Cable in the MCU.'I'm going to tell your viewers...Josh wants to be Cable again sooner than later,' Liefeld tells ComicBook.com's Brandon Davis. 'He is itching to be Cable again. He loved being Cable. He told me he understands how beloved his role as Thanos is, but he doesn't look completely like Josh Brolin.'
For the entirety of his stint in the MCU, Brolin worked with a motion capture suit to portray a hulking alien. While the suit ensured that every one of Brolin's expressions and movements were transposed onto Thanos, the appearance of the Mad Titan was obviously very different from Brolin. That leaves the door open for the actor to play another, human MCU character. And according to Liefeld, Cable is his top choice for a role, now that Deadpool and his supporting cast are preparing to make their MCU debut.'These are Josh Brolin's own words telling me, Rob Liefeld. He told me, 'Rob when I appeared as Cable in Deadpool 2, my phones rang off the hook.' It changed everything for him and obviously Josh is gonna get some career lifetime achievement award at some point. The guy is just one of our greatest actors.'
While playing Thanos put Brolin on the map for comic book fans, he probably had much more fun playing Cable where he did not have to put on the motion capture onesie and stand in front of a green screen all day.
The 52-year old actor packed on the muscle in order to play Cable convincingly. His performance as the shell-shocked soldier from the future who comes back in time to kill the person who would one day destroy his family was praised by critics. While little is known about how Disney plans to adapt the R-rated Deadpool franchise to the MCU, they have confirmed that Ryan Reynolds will continue to play the role of the antihero.
In keeping with the meta-humor that Deadpool is famous for, the Merc with the Mouth actually made several references to Brolin's other Marvel role in Deadpool 2. There is a very good chance that the rest of his supporting cast will also now be making the jump to the MCU, and Deadpool, being Deadpool, will probably be the first person to draw attention to the two Brolins in the MCU. Story continuity not making sense, which is usually a big complaint amongst fans of superhero mythologies, ends up becoming just more fodder for meta-jokes when it comes to Deadpool, even if no one else among the cast of characters acknowledges his fourth-wall-breaking commentary. This news comes from ComicBook.com.
The Third Floor, the industry's busiest visualization company in tackling superhero movies “Black Widow,” “Avengers: Endgame”, already had an advantage working remotely with real-time tools and virtual workflows when the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year. Turns out, though, that the COVID-19 epicenter was too close for comfort.
“When this crisis began, we initially faced the challenge of protecting our staff in Beijing, who were in the midst of launching our first permanent office in China,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Edwards. “When the virus started spreading beyond Wuhan, the first thing we did was send everyone home and connect them virtually...we learned a lot about the procedures for mitigating the risk of spreading the virus that we began to apply to our other offices in London, Atlanta, and LA [headquarters].
“Time was of the essence to put a highly secure, remote-working infrastructure in place,” he said, “and we needed to leverage the company infrastructure to bolster communication and function as a support group for all of our employees and their families.”
Back in LA, The Third Floor TTF found the resilience of its Beijing crew instructive. The company, which has become the go-to visualization specialist for the MCU performing rough previs of scenes, more elaborate techvis breakdowns of camera lenses, set construction, and stunts, and postvis enhancements during crunch time, used video conferencing and other methods of digital collaboration to significantly advance preparations and stay on schedule. Despite the physical isolation, however, everyone started relying on the video calls for more than just work-related advice.
“At our [LA] hub, we didn't want to take the risk of being unprepared, so we authorized our IT team to increase our internet band tenfold, and build an advanced remote login system that could enable our artists to work fluidly and securely from home,” said Edwards, who worked with IT chiefs at major studios such as Disney for advising and approving their comprehensive work-from-home solution.
But the two-week transition to a completely virtual studio only became possible with the help of industry colleagues and suppliers when California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the stay-at-home order. And, as part of its mobilization effort, the company launched a TTFaid program as a resource for more than 100 employees and their families with supplies, aid, and emotional support.
“With this early foresight in February, we were prepared to roll out a set of guidelines, which I called the TTF Health Vigilance Plan, across our other studios in LA, Atlanta, and...
Chris Evans wished Robert Downey Jr. a happy birthday with a classic line from Avengers: Endgame. Downey Jr. is more than likely celebrating his 55th birthday indoors and practicing social distancing with a few family members. There will not be a huge party with dozens of people, though he could do so digitally through the use of social media. Regardless, the former Captain America actor is making sure Downey Jr.'s birthday does not go unnoticed.
Robert Downey Jr. started the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first Iron Man movie in 2008. Chris Evans later followed in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and the two had instant chemistry together on the big screen when it came time for 2012's The Avengers. Now, Chris Evans is wishing Downey Jr. a very happy birthday. He posted an image of the two in character at Avengers HQ and captioned it with, 'Happy birthday to one of my absolute favorites! Love you 3000,' which is now a classic line from Avengers: Endgame.
Happy birthday to one of my absolute favorites! Love you 3000, @RobertDowneyJrpic.twitter.com/xkJmOivAdw— Chris Evans @ChrisEvans April 4, 2020
'I love you 3000' is what Tony Stark tells his daughter early on in Avengers: Endgame. Stark has seemingly given up on the idea of returning to the superhero world after the events of Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. So, he starts the movie out as a somewhat content family man out in the country. However, when Earth's Mightiest Heroes try to get the band together, Stark, begins to get pulled back into the world, despite denying it early on. Before we know it, he's looking for ways to work with the Pym Particles to get the time heist plan going.
From there, MCU finally see Steve Rogers and Tony Stark bury the hatchet after years of strife. It was the closure that many felt the characters needed and it was inevitable. In real-life, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. also needed some closure with the superhero world. Both actor frontloaded fans by teasing that Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame could be the end of the line for their days within the MCU, which wasn't exactly what everybody wanted to hear. After years of training and intense shooting days, Evans and Downey Jr. were ready for a much-needed breather.
So, Avengers: Endgame gave Steve Rogers and Tony Stark proper send offs. Stark went from the billionaire, self-involved brat to the hero who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the universe from Thanos. Rogers, who has always done what he thought was best for others, finally did what was best for himself as he went back in time to spend his remaining years with Peggy Carter. While Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. may not share scenes on the big screen again together, they, along with the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, remain friends off the screen. You can check out Chris Evans' Twitter birthday message to Robert Downey Jr. below....