Whether crouching or hanging, these two new Spidey statues are spectacular to behold!

Section 9 has made many life-size Marvel statues before among their high-end collectibles, but the new release of the title character from Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is easily one of the the most notable releases yet.

For the statue, which is available now, the famous character is seen in a dynamic pose, crouched and ready for action in his Tony Stark-provided costume. On top of that, there’s also a second version on the way as well, depicting Spider-Man hanging upside down from his web in the classic manner Spidey fans are familiar with. The Spider-Man statues join other current Section 9 Marvel life-size statues, including versions of Captain America, Iron Man, and War Machine from “Captain America: Civil War,” the film that introduced Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

Marvel.com spoke with Section 9 CEO Stephan Lokotsch to discuss the creation of the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” life-size statue and the unique design challenges it provided.

Marvel.com: Is it especially exciting to get to work on a life-size statue of Spider-Man, given just how beloved he is? This is one of the most popular and iconic comic book characters ever!

Stephan Lokotsch: Considering that Spider-Man was my favorite Super Hero during my childhood, I can’t help but feel somewhat nostalgic “reconnecting” with him throughout adulthood. So yes, he has been a very exciting statue to be involved with, especially with the new developments in character portrayal on screen. Both “Civil War” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” have portrayed the character in ways we simply hadn’t seen on screen before – but were all hoping for – as it feels to be the closest to what the character felt like in his comic-book iteration.

Marvel.com: The “Homecoming” costume has a lot of specific new details we’ve never seen on a Spider-Man suit before. Was it cool to get to recreate it all, knowing people would be able to examine it so closely?

Stephan Lokotsch: When it comes to high-end collectibles, I am of the “the more, the merrier” sentiment. So, the long and short of it is: yes, absolutely. That being said, there are, of course, certain limitations to that when you are dealing with a suit that, on screen, benefits from heavy post-production and visual effects, such as the U.I. (user interface) motion graphics, etc. So, while not all of the Tony Stark-created gizmos, as seen on film, can be incorporated, we felt very satisfied with what ultimately was accomplished here.

Marvel.com: Spider-Man is known for his unique poses. How much thought went into how the statue would be posed and how did you decide on the final version? And what he would be posing on, given the possibilities?

Stephan Lokotsch: When choosing a pose for a character who has been around for this long, you want to consider two things: a representation of the way he appears in the movie you’re basing the statue on, and, equally important, the iconography that has been established over decades in the realm of the underlying source material, i.e. the comic books. As you mentioned, highly unique poses are inherently connected to this character, so I think the goal is to find a fair balance between the two mediums and their respective visual presentations.

Marvel.com: Speaking of poses, you also have a second version of Spider-Man who is hanging upside down. This one really blew me away as far as seeing the character in such a classic Spider-Man stance – but I imagine it was also pretty tricky to bring to life?

Stephan Lokotsch: The hanging version certainly required a lot of back and forth regarding its engineering to ensure Spidey would hold in place just the right way and not tilt back, forth or sideways. Most statues come with their own set of challenges – be it their intricate texture patterns in the costume or the high level of likeness detail. This one was more challenging in the technical department. That said, it was worth it, as we finally have a Spidey in his potentially most iconic state and we’re quite proud of that.

Marvel.com: I feel like people will give the hanging version especially quite a double take. I imagine in general though it must be really fun to see the reaction people have when they see these statues for the first time?

Stephan Lokotsch: As you can imagine, everyone has their own personal favorite Super Hero and sometimes just the sheer size of a Hulk, or Hulkbuster or our upcoming 9 foot+ Thanos is stopping people in their tracks. But even the largest characters sometimes lose their prime spot in terms of audience attention – and subsequent “selfie time”, with characters so immensely adored by fans all over the world, such as Spider-Man, who is often credited as one of the most popular Marvel characters of all time.

Marvel.com: You’ve done several other Marvel statues before, but coming on the heels of the “Civil War” versions of Captain America, Iron Man, and War Machine, is it particularly gratifying to have this new Spider-Man statue, given he made his debut in that film?

Stephan Lokotsch: Given my aforementioned childhood for Spidey, it is indeed a gratifying “full-circle” experience, though I will add that seeing any of these characters put together in 3 dimensions and at life-size, no less, puts a smile on the entire team that is behind the making of these collectibles. The first time, I stood next to one of our Hulks, I thought “this is it; this is as big as it’s going to get”, only to have that dwarfed by a life-size Hulkbuster years later. And that is the beauty of doing all of this; today it’s Spidey, tomorrow it’s Black Panther and then we’re moving into the highly anticipated Infinity War. It just never ends, and while, yes, we all have our favorites, it is an ongoing thrill to stay involved in the making of this ever-growing line of collectibles.

The two different style Section 9 “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Spider-Man statues can be ordered now at the following links, as can the “Captain America: Civil War” Captain America, Iron Man and War Machine statues.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man (Hanging Version)

Captain America

Iron Man

War Machine

Those ordering either (or both!) of the Spider-Man statues can receive a 10% discount using the following promo code when completing their order: MARVEL.COM_PROMO_SPIDEY

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Cap’s pals are reunited and ready to take on Thanos!

The Avengers are back with more heroes than ever to face the biggest threat in the universe. To take on Thanos the team is going to need help from all sides, reuniting old friends and meeting colleagues.

Both Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) know what’s it’s like to be Captain America’s right hand man. The two actors sat down to talk with Marvel.com on the set of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” to talk about what this brand new threat means for the Avengers.

Mackie revealed that the characters went their separate ways after “Captain America: Civil War.” After going in to hiding, the heroes received their call to rally and were ready to assemble once again. “One thing about Falcon I’ve always loved since the beginning of discovering this character is his military background, his belief that his job in life to fight for his fellow man.” It’s this righteousness that Mackie finds so noble about Falcon’s bravery, “So when he hears about those in his overall idea of world destruction, he’s very disheartened and shaken by it. He’s eager to get into the fight against this super evil, this diabolical demon known as Thanos.”

If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy reunion between Cap and Bucky, don’t hold your breath said Stan, “It went by fast. It felt pretty natural. We weren’t milking the moment or anything. It is what it is. I think the urgency of the circumstance that we find ourselves in kind of makes things go a little bit quicker.” [Note: We covered their ‘warm and fuzzy reunion’ here.]

Assembling Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is an unenviable feat. Stan is apprehensive, “I don’t know. I’m sure it’s going to be challenging for sure because there’s so many different tones to these films and that all of these characters carry. So I think it’ll be interesting to see how tonally everybody fits into the same world.”

“It’s not like you see one person who is the lead of the movie. It’s truly and ensemble movie,” explained Mackie. “I would say if anybody is the lead of the movie it’s Thanos. And it’s all of us working around, orbiting Thanos because he’s such a big bad guy.”

The Mad Titan is a definite force to be reckoned with, “He’s the uber bad guy. He’s the worst bad guy of all bad guys of all time,” emphasized Mackie. “So you can’t like put them in three scenes down, then a fight scene at the end. You really have to give them just due. So, our relationship and our scenes are more ensemble based. Everybody playing with a relationship with each other.”

With an ensemble this big, confidence between the directors and the cast goes both ways. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo had faith in their actors, “We’ve been with these characters so long, I feel like they trust us. It’s not like you’re showing up to all new material. You come to it with a history, and that’s part of it also.”

The directors’ trust is something that is important to Mackie, “You know the great thing about their style of directing is it’s really actor-first. It’s really supportive of your craft and your process, and what you bring to the characters. The best thing about working with Marvel is they know what everyone does well, and what you don’t do well. So they put you around people who do well, what you don’t do well. So they put us in a position to win, every single time with every single scene.”

The universe is big and all these heroes from across the galaxy coming together is bound to be a sort of culture clash. As for the Winter Soldier’s reaction to seeing a talking space raccoon for the first time, Stan lamented, “As usual, I question my own stability, mentally and wonder whether or not I should have just stayed asleep. Things clearly did not get better.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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The end is near.

There’s a lot to unpack from the latest TV spot from Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” as seen above! In exactly a month, we’ll find out if our Avengers are prepared to lose.

Let’s not focus on the looming threat Earth’s mightiest have to endure, and revel in some awesome sneaks the new footage reveals!

[1] Iron Man’s armor. We get a better look at the new tech surrounding Tony’s suit melding onto his body.

[2] Close-up shots of Wanda and Gamora. Our heroes are looking spectacularly badass.

[3] Glimpse of T’Challa and Okoye in Wakanda. Our King reminds his warriors that ‘We fight for all of them.’

[4] Angsty Groot packs major side-eye. Our Guardians are none too pleased with reminding Tween Groot to put his game down nor him dishing some foul language!

What else did you guys spot?

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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An entire universe. Once and for all.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” released several new character posters recently, spotlighting the impressive cast from the upcoming film. Check out the gallery above to see the new looks to see our teams!

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Principal photography has begun in Los Angeles for March 8, 2019 release!

Carol Danvers soars onto the big screen with her own solo adventure, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” on March 8, 2019!

Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, California, on its newest film, “Captain Marvel.” The production is shooting in and around the greater Los Angeles area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Get a glimpse of Brie Larson getting hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to research her character, Carol Danvers, below!

Brie Larson getting hands-on help from Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander, on a recent trip to Nellis Air Force Base

Set for release in the United States on March 8, 2019, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is directed by the writing/directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. An all-star collective of accomplished writers penned the screenplay, including Meg LeFauve,  Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch, and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Kevin Feige is the producer of Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.” Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patty Whitcher and Stan Lee are executive producers, with Lars Winther serving as co-producer/first assistant director and David Grant serving as co-producer.

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis, Oscar®- nominated production designer Andy Nicholson, costume designer Sanja Hays, editors Elliot Graham and Debbie Berman, two-time Oscar nominee, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend, stunt coordinator Jim Churchman and six-time Oscar nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick.

With the release of “Black Panther” in February, Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success. At the time of release, the film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with $202 million and is on track to the become the highest grossing superhero film at the domestic box office. The film has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide to date. “Black Panther” propelled the Marvel brand’s #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 19 consecutive films.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe on March 8, 2019! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @CaptainMarvel on Twitter, and Like “Captain Marvel” on Facebook for the latest on “Captain Marvel” as it develops!

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Olsen and Bettany detail the difference between a Russos and a Whedon 'Avengers' film.

The Avengers are assembling to take on their biggest threat yet and Thanos looms large in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War.” Earth’s mightiest heroes will need the entire team to take down the Mad Titan, including some of Scarlet Witch’s mutant magic.

From the set of “Infinity War,” Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany (Vision) spoke about the large cast of characters, offered up their thoughts on the Mad Titan Thanos, as well as gave some interesting insight to Scarlet Witch and Vision’s complicated relationship.

Thanos is a Dark Lord that reigns unparalleled according to his underlings, but he remains a perplexing, foreboding villain that needs to be taken down by the team, “We haven’t really gotten to that bit in the exploration, but he’s not a good guy. We don’t necessarily want to be his friend. You don’t want to be his friend. Yes, he sets his goals very high,” quipped Olsen. Bettany agreed, “You don’t want to be his friend, no, but you can admire…he has an ambitious goal.”

Played by Josh Brolin, Thanos is a bad guy through and through—yet still a character that Olsen is still unsure about, “[Josh] Brolin is doing a really cool job creating an interesting villain ‘cause he doesn’t really come across…he seems he’s defending it quite well.”

Having started her journey as Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Olsen described how “Infinity War” is different from the previous film, “The main difference is that the Russos delegate and they trust everything that they’ve delegated things to. Not saying Joss didn’t, but that’s a lot of pressure to be a director and then go home to also do rewrites for the next week. It’s just as it gets bigger, things become more specific to different departments and I think it allows maybe even a freedom within the dialogue sometimes…because there’s a space some of us have the ability to step out and not be on the page.”

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo allowed the actors to speak freely about the portrayal of their characters. “At the beginning of filming, [the Russos] are like, ‘You’re in control of your character. If there are things you think we missed, please participate, please say,’” recalled Olsen.

The collaborative atmosphere was refreshing for Bettany, “They really want you to be a collaborator and it’s great. There’s a huge upside for that. For [the Russos], when you’re dealing with so many characters and actors to have two of them, and it’s brilliant because you can play one off against the other.”

The openness in creativity helped Bettany have a better understanding of his character, “The success of the Marvel films comes from the fact that they’re made by fans. They really love those characters. When I first came out dressed as Vision, Kevin Feige nearly cried. I didn’t grow up reading comics but they make you fall in love with your character. They really do. Their love for these stories is really infectious and you become really invested, and there’s a lot of invested people beyond the financials of it all.” Bettany emphasized the positivity that came with the love of the comics, “They really want to do a good job, and I think fans really trust that if they bend things that they’re in safe hands — that the story is in safe hands because I guarantee you it’s made by geeks. This movie is made by geeks. They love them, they feel it when they’re talking about it.”

“Captain America: Civil War” changed everything and “Infinity War” is putting the pieces back together both in the physical team and in the emotional state of the heroes. Olsen believes Vision and Scarlet Witch have a grounded relationship that helps to spur on their fight, “I think in a different way not so much about the last movie and their own sagas, but this is definitely the most emotional arc I’ve done in an Avenger film, that’s for sure.”

“The cost and the danger that we’re all facing becomes more important than certain beef that people had in the past because it’s so desperate,” explained Bettany. “The point of the Avengers, and by extension mankind, it’s fraught with danger. Old grudges are buried and put off until next time.”

Vision is constantly trying to understand the human mind and Scarlet Witch is there to show him the way. Olsen describes how the couple’s dynamic makes scenes more fun, “You have something really specific to work with all the time. And that feels nice. There’s like an anchor point to everything, which is what you’re constantly looking for when you’re doing these movies. What anchors you to a grounded reality? And you have that throughout the whole film. You have your partner, your life partner with you by your side, and that creates a different kind of stakes, as well.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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War Machine reveals how the stakes have been raised, his road to recovery and suiting up.

Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War” demonstrated that Marvel’s heroes are not infallible or untouchable. That statement rings the most true for James Rupert Rhodes who found the Avengers dismantled and himself paralyzed needing to learn how to walk again. Now Tony Stark’s best friend is ready for action in “Avengers: Infinity War”…with some minor hesitation, that is. After the last gathering of heroes, Rhodey’s trepidation is understandable.

Don Cheadle, who plays War Machine, opened up with Marvel.com and other members of the press from the set of “Avengers: Infinity War” and talked of Rhodey’s apprehension about the Marvel Cinematic Universe culmination—and above all, Rhodey’s ultimate loyalty.

Last we saw, Rhodey was caught in the crossfire of “Civil War.” Cheadle foreshadowed how this sets the bar for Rhodey’s approach to “Infinity War,” “The stakes have been raised. And we understand that we’re not invincible and super heroes can go down.”

“He was always somewhat straddling with having Tony as a friend and trying to support him and do what he needed, being outside of the lines, but still somehow trying to stay within the chain of command and the military man that he is,” acknowledged Cheadle. “That’s become more fraught and probably more frayed as the storylines go forward.”

At the end of “Civil War,” Rhodey’s injuries were severe. “Clearly there was a pretty significant moment…where he was accidentally shot out of the air by Vision…who is now my mortal enemy,” shared Cheadle. The mishap during battle is something that is always in the back of Rhodey’s mind, “There’s innuendo. There’s shots taken. There’s things said. Don’t want certain people behind me. I’m gonna keep an eye on everybody, I wanna keep that jewel in front of me, not behind me,” recounted Cheadle about Vision. “He’s negotiating this reunion and his rejoining this team.”

Thanks to Stark technology we will most likely see War Machine in action again. On his new rig, Cheadle jested, “Of course he had to put his name on [it]. So Tony! Like I’m gonna not know who made them.” Getting himself battle ready, however, is a state of mind, Cheadle explained, “You might see him suit back up again. Although that’s gonna be a thing for him to put that suit back on. Last time he was in it, it didn’t go so well. It’s something that he’s fighting to put behind him but absolutely, it creeps up.”

Teammates aren’t the only concern going into “Infinity War.” Cheadle stressed how alien beings and cosmic unknowns aren’t exactly War Machine’s cup of tea, “Rhodey would prefer to deal with real world things and that’s kind of what he understands. When we start leaving the planet and talking about things coming from outer space, he’s like, ‘Dude, I don’t even know what that…what is that? I know how to fight guys and in tanks and weapons—that’s something that’s beyond my pay grade.’ But he’s been thrown into the deep end, so they are all way in [with] this one. So everybody’s gonna have to figure it out on their feet.”

Keeping the secrecy of the “Infinity War” script is difficult and was something the actors had to get used to. “It’s very interesting on set obviously when you don’t know the entirety of everything and things are changing real time. It keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure. But it’s ultimately exciting and it’s as fun for us sometimes discovering it as it is for the audience,” teased Cheadle. “Cause we’re like oh, we had no idea how that was gonna turn and the story is really intricate and pretty, it’s very different I think from what I’ve seen, what I have read.”

Aside from the multitude of characters, Cheadle believes “Infinity War” separates itself by its own determination, “It has a little bit of a different feel than the last movies have. There’s a little more gravitas. And it kind of has to be that way. I don’t think you can keep doing the same kind of thing in this franchise over and over. You have to try to bring in some more serious elements. Rhodey being injured was a part of it, starting the ‘oh wait, people can really get hurt.’ Things can really go south for these characters.”

As big as the “Infinity War” cast is, when they get together it’s like a family reunion. “Whenever you have all of us back together again and we haven’t seen each other for awhile, there feels like there’s a period of like [a] kind of giddiness.” Cheadle described the vibe on set, “Everyone’s kind of catching up and we’re performing for each other a lot of times. Trying to crack each other up and be there in those kinds of ways for each other. So it’s always fun coming back.”

See the gang all together again when “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Marvel screenwriters on creating the Mad Titan's emotional story in 'Avengers: Infinity War.'

There is no denying the epic scale and insane ambition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has everyone celebrating Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary. Everything Earth’s mightiest heroes have fought for in the previous 18 films has led up to this moment — protecting the fate of the world and its existence from Thanos in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The antagonist of “Infinity War” has been pulling the strings throughout the MCU since “The Avengers.” Besides shopping around the galaxy for Infinity Stones, not much is known about Thanos outside of the glimpses we’ve seen here and there. Marvel screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely rose to the challenge of balancing the ensemble and bringing this “epic level of storytelling” required to “surprise the hell out of people.” Make no mistake, according to McFeely, this is “Thanos’ movie.”

Last summer, Marvel.com made the trek out to Pinewood Studios to visit the set of “Avengers: Infinity War.” We’ve talked to Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, the Russo Brothers, and Danai Gurira. Markus and McFeely teamed up with directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.” The team has assembled again to take on the Mad Titan in “Avengers: Infinity War” and the fourth untitled “Avengers” film. During the set visit, the screenwriters shared how they made Thanos, an “amoral philosopher” in their eyes, the emotional center of the film, the “strange alchemy” of “Infinity War,” and more.

Thanos does not see himself as the Big Bad of his story. “Villain is a derogatory term that Thanos wouldn’t agree with,” said Markus. In fact, Markus hopes you come away from “Infinity War” the same way you do with the publishing source material, “where you go, ‘I can’t say he was wrong.'” He stands in a category all his own. Adding, “Weirdly, he’s the most understandable guy in the movie sometimes.”

The writers borrowed from Jim Starlin in portraying Thanos as an “amoral philosopher.” They wanted an antagonist that doesn’t just “want to kill somebody” or “take over the world because it seems like a fun thing to do” because “that guy isn’t very interesting; he’s pathetic.” That approach doesn’t marry well with character who knows what he wants and carries emotional weight that can go toe-to-toe with any of the Avengers.

“He’s not the Devil – although he does sometimes have the Devil standing next to him. We wanted that all the way through,” revealed Markus. “To have a villain with understandable motivations and emotions. Thanos has family. Thanos has two daughters that we know of. Thanos has 8 million back stories in the comics, but they’re all kind of sad.”

The writers placed a lot of care in developing Thanos, a man worthy of driving “Infinity War” and bringing all of the Avengers and their allies together. One can compare Thanos to two other Marvel antagonists – Loki and Kilgrave. Yes, they are “creepy and awful,” but they “really care in a strange way.” Everyone has weird family relationships. McFeely drove the point home that Thanos does not see himself as the villain because he believes what he’s doing is right, “[Thanos’] got daughters that he clearly has to deal with.”

“The bad guy tends to be a foil for the development of the hero, and that’s not the case here,” added McFeely. “If anything, it’s the opposite. Our heroes are the foils for the villain, whose story we need to tell at large.”

We learned that the Mad Titan isn’t driven by the Infinity Stones alone. Anthony Russo previously commented how everything in “Infinity War” had to be character-based, an approach that extends to Markus and McFeely. “Every time you collect one, it can’t just be a check mark,” stressed McFeely. “It has to do something characterful. It’s got to move the plot forward, but it also has to have stakes and costs…so that it’s not just a shopping spree. We’re going to wrench some emotion out of each and every one of those moments that we can.”

A big focus of “Avengers: Infinity War” Markus shared, “All the way along the line we wanted to give people choices and make them continue to have to sacrifice this decision for this decision.” What motivates Thanos’ hunger to collect these stones and at what costs to get what he wants, we’ll have to wait until April 27 to find out.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Get a new look at the characters before the Marvel Studios release opens April 27!

With anticipation for the April 27 opening of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” growing by the day, Empire Magazine has revealed six different “Infinity War” covers for their newest issue.

Five of the covers feature different groupings of characters from the film, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Shuri; Bucky, Black Panther, War Machine, and Nebula; Doctor Strange, Drax, Okoye, and Scarlet Witch; Groot, Rocket, Thor, Vision, and Mantis; and Gamora, Hulk, Star-Lord, Spider-Man, and Falcon. As for the sixth cover, it features the threat all these Super Heroes must face, Thanos himself!

You can check out all six covers in the gallery below!

In advance of the issue’s release, an exclusive image from the film has been revealed by Empire as well, showing Doctor Strange, Tony Stark, Wong, and Bruce Banner working together.

The new issue of Empire will hit stands on Thursday, March 22, and includes on-set conversations — conducted in Edinburgh and New York — with cast members, including Chris Evans, Tom Holland, and Robert Downey Jr., along with a new Chris Pratt interview. More exclusive images from “Avengers: Infinity War” will be revealed, plus an advance look at Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” The issue also comes with an extra magazine focused on the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje, isn't ready to assemble.

The Black Panther may reign over Wakanda, but the Dora Milaje are the true protectors of the resplendent nation. As the general of the royal armed forces, actress Danai Gurira plays the role of Okoye, the Dora Milaje’s fierce and cautious leader. Speaking from the set of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” Gurira talked about Okoye’s loyalty and the roles of strong women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As seen in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” Wakanda was isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. Just as they opened their doors, “Infinity War” brings the Avengers all together onto Black Panther’s playing field. To have the warriors meet the super heroes was exciting for Gurira, but brought up different feelings for her character, “I’m excited for all the connections she can and might make—through what she’s about to go through with these warriors and these Avengers, these super heroes. [Okoye’s] more cautious about that.”

Gurira continued, “She’s hasn’t been excited about outsiders. You’ll see that in a very clear way in the movie.”

As a deep traditionalist with the weight of protecting Wakanda and its King, leading the Dora Milaje, and adhering to Wakanda’s traditions and structures, all responsibility lies solely on Okoye’s shoulders. “The vocation of being a Dora is you’re learning how to be one from quite a young age,” revealed Gurira. “Her entire vocation has been to maintain this nation.”

These responsibilities and traditional values are what drives her apprehension of the Avengers. “[Okoye’s] always thinking about how many things can go wrong and how much she can control what could go wrong before it goes wrong,” explained Gurira. “There’s not a lot of control that she can have over something that’s coming that’s this massive. But that’s where her caution is. That’s where her concerns lie. It’s, of course, in her gut.”

The changes Wakanda faces such as the opening of the borders and revealing themselves to the world is what Gurira’s character must grapple with as we enter “Infinity War.” Gurira acknowledged the Dora will be tested more than ever before, “This is one of the biggest threats they’ve dealt with.” At the end of the day, she’s led by her King and goes by his decision.

Gurira was acquainted with her co-stars before the filming of “Black Panther,” which lead to a comfortability on set. The sisterhood continued on the set of “Avengers: Infinity War.” On her relationship with Angela Bassett, “I’ve always really adored Ms. Bassett and she’s always been so kind and gracious to me every time I’ve been around her. It was really beautiful, actually.” As for Gurira’s sisterly relationship with Lupita Nyong’o, “Lupita and I go way back, and we just worked together on my play, ‘Eclipsed.’ We are very much [like] close sisters — it was very much balancing off each other and supporting each other, and our thoughts and collaborations and how we were figuring out the language and everything. We were making sure we had fun because I’m the person that needs to be encourage-minded to have fun, and she made sure I did that.”

As for the King’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, Gurira was familiar with her from her London play as well, “I loved her from the second I saw her…saying, ‘This girl’s got fire.’ I loved her since then, so getting to be in this movie with her, it was amazing.”

The familial feeling continued off-camera with the cast spending time together solidifying their successful on-screen chemistry. “We had a good time together,” said Gurira. “Supportive, fun, lots of going out on the weekend, lots of bowling, going to [get] Nigerian food, partying. Mr. Addison [Henderson] and Chadwick made sure people always had a good time. It was actually a really awesome family of women and men. It was a great sisterhood. We took a lot of care of each other.”

To be a part of a massive Marvel film with so many female characters is something that spoke to Gurira, “It’s really thrilling. I’m insanely thankful to be alive at the moment I am alive, and I don’t take it for granted that so many women before me have had to navigate and push for more representation, and I get to benefit from the fruits of their labor. I’ve seen that evolution before I started acting to now. You can feel that, the shift, and it is a really exciting thing when you see there is a lot of attention paid to the position and the contribution to the female characters.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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