'Avengers: Infinity War' Will Include Over 30 Characters in a Single Scene

Monday, 19 June 2017 - 7:50PM
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Monday, 19 June 2017 - 7:50PM
'Avengers: Infinity War' Will Include Over 30 Characters in a Single Scene
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We all know that next summer's Avengers: Infinity War is going to be big. It's going to have all the Avengers, plus ancillary characters that haven't been inducted into the Avenger fold just yet, like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. It'll introduce new heroes, including (at the very least) Captain Marvel, and it'll even feature the Guardians of the Galaxy and a bunch of their friends.

According to Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, it's going to be even more huge than you could have possibly imagined. Speaking in a recent interview on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Johansson guesstimated the approximate number of Marvel superheroes that'll appear across Infinity War and its sequel, and it sounds absolutely jam packed.

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"I'm in it [and] at one point, I do think that the Infinity Wars - there are 61 or 62 Marvel characters in it. There's a lot... In one particular scene, I think there's 32 - there's a lot. There's so many of us. I don't even know who's a Marvel character and who's a crew member, honestly."
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Admittedly, Johansson may have mistaken a few member of the lighting crew for the iconic comic book hero Lightbulb Boy, but it's unlikely. There's going to be a fight scene in Infinity War in which thirty heroes - nearly all faces that audiences are familiar with and that we have a personal attachment to - will do battle against a see of (presumably) alien enemies that are working for Thanos.

For those who are familiar with the large-scale crossover events of Marvel's comic book pages, this will sound very familiar. It's not uncommon to see huge swathes of heroes battling it out - often against each other, Civil War style - in a mess of punches and kicks and lasers and rockets.

There's just one problem with this kind of action - when a scene gets too full, it's hard to keep track of everything. In the comics, these large events are difficult to parse, as there's just so much going on that tiny details easily get ignored. Comics are a medium where the reader can pause and take the time to analyze every individual image, and it's still hard to keep track of things, so it'll only be more complicated on the big screen.

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That said, if we assume that the template for this kind of thing is the airport scene in Captain America: Civil War, then directors Anthony and Joe Russo have this covered (the pair is behind both Civil War and Infinity War). The pair did a great job splitting groups of combatants off in their last Marvel movie, making sure that everyone got a chance to shine if only for a moment.

Marvel has an enormous challenge ahead in putting together these big Infinity War scenes, not least because they'll likely have to be assembled after the fact through green-screen work, as it's the only way to get so many prominent actors on screen together. With the Russo Brothers at the helm, though, it's worth assuming that this movie will be in good hands. Just don't expect to see a lot of Lightbulb Boy. He'll probably only drop in for a quick cameo.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018.
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