By Able Bloodgood, Anita Andrade, Dash Fisher and Isamu Russo
Long Island City - The multi-million dollar series from Marvel Studios, Avengers, is returning with a bang, releasing Avengers: Infinity War on April 25, 2018.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the new films are bringing back old characters from previous movies and introducing new characters, a few who have never made a screen appearance in a Marvel movie.
The movie follows the storyline that all of Marvel's superheroes must come together to fight Thanos, an intergalactic villain with the powers of the universe, before he destroys earth and the universe as we know it.
Thanos is expected to set high standards for villains to come. “I wanted to turn Thanos into the Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character. In other words, he is sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies,” said director Anthony Russo in an interview at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
The new villain is played by Academy Award-winning actor Josh Brolin. “He is an amazing actor,” said Joe Russo, the co-director of the movie in an interview with Flickering Myth. “Not only do we think he is going to make his character better, I feel like he’s going to make the whole movie better.”
But we will also be seeing other amazing actors in this film. On their first day on set, actor Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) told Digital Spy: “I’ve never seen anything so awesome. So many amazing actors all in one place. I can already tell this is going to be an amazing experience and in the end will be an amazing movie.”
Some of these actors will include Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow).
To understand our peers' point of view, we interviewed a few students to try to get their opinion on the new movie. Jack Caralis from 704 said, “I have very high expectations for the movie, and I hope that the movie will do what it said it would do. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Jaiden Montero from 601 said, “I have heard of it, and I know for [a] fact that it is going to be probably the best movie of 2018.”
This movie is expected to not only to blow through the roofs with fan approval, but it is also supposed to cost Marvel an estimated 3 billion dollars for both part 1 and 2 of the movie of the movie, and looking at the numbers, it won’t be a huge hit financially for Marvel. At the moment, an estimated 2 billion dollars will be used just making the movie.
So, why are these numbers so big?
Each actor is getting paid an estimated 25 to 150 million dollars for the two movies, with Robert Downey Jr. getting paid the most, with a stunning total of 214 million dollars. Also, an estimated 200 million dollars will be spent on animations, and another 50 million on sets. Costumes add another 10 million dollars and another 4 million is going to pay for props. This expensive budget is making Infinity War the “most expensive...Marvel movie ever made, and the second most expensive movie ever made,” Forbes reported.
The film’s producer Kevin Feige commented in an interview with Marvel that “if this movie takes a wrong turn, and we end up going down the wrong path, Marvel and Disney could be millions of dollars in debt, and the Marvel cinematic universe would collapse. But the chances of this happening are very slim, and I don’t see it going down this path.”
10 million people are expected to watch this movie within the first week it comes out. More people then will go to any movie next year. Even Star Wars is supposed to only get 8 million viewers in its first week.
But there are other movies that will smash through the box office too. A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther, and The Maze Runner: The Death Cure are all also supposed to hook in millions of viewers.
“There is competition, but this is a Marvel movie with all of the actors you want in one movie. It is not at risk of losing a race to another company,” said Joe Russo, “and truthfully, there is none. All movie companies have one goal and that is to entertain everyone. And all I can see is that 2018 will make history for movies.”