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After 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the next two Avengers movies promise to be the culmination of every MCU story told since 2008. As it turns out, every one of the 18 Marvel movies that have come out has a narrative thread that will be connected to Avengers 3 and 4.
During an extended look at Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years (via the home video release of Thor: Ragnarok), Infinity War co-director Joe Russo says:
“Every story that Marvel has told since Iron Man 1 finds a narrative thread in these next two Avengers movies. It is a culmination of all that storytelling.”
Marvel head Kevin Feige also says:
“With Infinity War, we’re paying off every little thread and every little tease that we’ve had in what will be 18 films prior to Infinity War. There’s never been anything like this. Being able to, film after film, tease at a larger story. Really building these stories up into a giant conclusion. While at the same time introducing an entirely new direction for the future.”
Looking back at all 18 films, I’d be impressed if the next two Avengers movies will be able to call back to each entry in the MCU. We know that the Tesseract will make a comeback in this film, and we’ve had that thing since Phase 1; but wouldn’t it be cool if we got some references that we didn’t know were actually important when they were first introduced in the MCU?
I’m confident that the Russo Brothers can pull off the next two Avengers movies with great finesse, and hopefully, it will keep us excited for the next decade of Marvel movies to come.
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Avengers: Infinity War comes out May 4, and Avengers 4 comes out May 3, 2019.