Thanos wields the Infinity Gauntlet

Marvel's Feige on Avengers: Infinity War: 'There's a gauntlet that needs to be filled'

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Sep 30, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

Marvel has spent the better part of a decade setting the stage for one ambitious chess match, and now Kevin Feige has opened up about the pending Infinity War.

In a wide-ranging interview with /Film, Feige confirmed we’ll see the final two infinity gems “sometime in phase three,” after having the rest of them sprinkled in over the past several films. As Feige puts it: “There’s a gauntlet that needs to be filled.” He goes on to dig into how they’ve been laying breadcrumbs and trying to plan for the epic Infinity War two-parter since way back in Iron Man 2 (remember Howard Stark’s notebook and that quick glance of the Tesseract).

From mapping it all out a half-dozen films in advance to figuring out how to fit the cubes into the different films (MacGuffins!), Feige had a lot to say. Let’s dig in:

“It was really sort of Iron Man 2 and building the architecture of the entire phase one is where that started to come about, and the notion that the tesseract being not only tying phase one together but also being part of all the other things that tie  phase two together. I won’t say its all perfectly planned out in 2009, but that was the genesis of it. It goes back that far…

Some of it comes from the source material. The cosmic cube was alway important for Red Skull and Captain America. We always knew in this film (Avengers: Age of Ultron) that there was one in Loki’s scepter and that was going to end up in Vision’s forehead. And some of the other ones like the Orb (from Guardians of the Galaxy) comes out of structural plot needs for a macguffin. And sometimes a filmmaker will say, okay so theres this orb and we’re like, okay lets put something inside that orb and have it tie into the large mythology.”

Looking toward the Infinity War and the face off with Thanos, producer Jeremy Latchem said the shape of the MCU could be very different once the credits roll in the 2019 final installment. They’ve already shown signs of a changing roster in Age of Ultron, and Latchem said they intend to keep evolving the universe. You know, just like the comics:

“Well I think it definitely is an end to some version of the team that we’ve come to know as The Avengers. And I don’t know exactly whats going to happen yet in that film, but I think we start to hint at it at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron that the team will be evolving. And one of the things we loved in the comics is the rosters always changing and you could pick up a new issue of the comics ten years later and you don’t recognize the people on the cover. But the ideas and ideals that make The Avengers still exist, and I think thats part of what makes this culmination will be: we’re seeing this version of the team doing this thing to save this universe, this galaxy, however you want to put it, and we’ll see where this goes. So its not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it will be the end of part of it for sure. We’re still trying to sort out which parts. (laughs)”

What’s your take on Marvel’s master plan? Are you looking forward to the Infinity War? Just as important: Where does Marvel go after that? What stories do you want to see next?

(Via /Film)