Mcu news latest infinity war rumors, and a look at the future –

We’re all excited for Avengers: Infinity War, but it’s almost cooler to think about what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to look like after that movie’s over. The upcoming crossover film represents an end to the story the studio’s been building in the background of every movie since 2008. Between that and a number of actors leaving the series, it’s something of a clean break for Marvel: A chance for them to start a new story with new faces, both in front of and behind the camera.

Importantly, it’s a chance for them to address a disparity that’s been allowed to exist for too long. There are a whole lot of dudes in the director’s chair for these movies.

Only one of their movies is directed by a woman, and it isn’t even out yet. That’s Captain Marvel, which is directed by Anna Boden and her collaborator Ryan Fleck. It’s also the first Marvel movie to star a woman in the lead role, with Brie Larson playing Carol Danvers. Marvel is a bit late to the party, here. As the MCU moves into a new chapter, the studio hopes that’ll change. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter , Marvel’s Executive Vice President of physical production Victoria Alonso says she hopes to see a more even split in the future. She made sure to specify that finding the right person for the right project comes first, regardless of gender, but she hopes that the process will lead to Marvel hiring more women to direct their movies.

“Soon, I hope,” she said when asked when there would be a solo female director on a Marvel film. “Here’s the thing: We want the best person for the job. I don’t think it’s fair to the movie to say, ‘This has to be directed by a man,’ or ‘That has to be directed by a woman.’ I think it has to be a conscious search for the best human, and hopefully, the best human, as we continue to fill out our slate, is half and half.”

She also spoke about the importance of women owning the spaces their in, rather than feeling like they have to earn the jobs they already have. She wants to see more women in studio meeting rooms, and makes sure to announce exactly how many men and women there are whenever she leaves one. “When I walk into a room, I do a head count of males and females. When I leave, I say it. Every room, every time. I get no pride, no power by being by myself. I’m happy to hold the banner, but I don’t want to be there alone. I want to be the first of many, not the first and only,” she said.

Hopefully, this does lead to more women in the director’s chair for superhero movies. These movies run the risk of becoming bland and samey after too long, and a constant stream of new and diverse voices is the surest way to prevent that from happening. By now it should be clear that half the world’s population isn’t a niche audience. Women love superhero movies just as much, if not more in some cases, as men do. Hiring more women (and people of color, and non-binary people) will ensure a slate of superhero movies full of new, exciting ideas.

That’s not the only exciting bit of information to come out of that interview, either. Though exact details of Avengers: Infinity War are under a strict shroud of secrecy, Alonso may have let a minor spoiler slip. Specifically, she may have given away a surprise appearance of an MCU character we haven’t seen in any trailer or poster. No, not Hawkeye. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne. We already know Ant-Man is going to be in it. Now, it looks like the original Wasp could show up as well.

When asked if she was there when the entire cast was together, she described a reaction that I think we all would have in her situation. “Yes. I’m not going to lie to you, I cried. You say to yourself, “Huh?” You have big stars talking about other big stars as in, “Gasp, is that Michelle Pfeiffer? It is! Oh, was that so-and-so?” It’s like their little Hollywood moment, which I found lovely and endearing.”

Now, it’s entirely possible that she isn’t referring to a scene in Infinity War itself. Since the entire cast of the MCU was only together on set for two or three days, they took the opportunity to take a huge class photo. Every actor and director involved in the universe got together for a photoshoot, and it was no secret that Michelle Pfeiffer was there. But how amazing would it be if she somehow made a brief appearance? It’s hard to guess how that would be possible. She’s currently trapped in the Quantum Realm, and likely won’t get out until July’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Unless!

And when I say we’ll all find out, I’m not exaggerating. Avengers: Infinity War is going to make a boatload of money. That’s not news. What is news is just how big that boatload will be. Deadline reports that Marvel’s big crossover is on track to make at least $200 million in its opening weekend. That’s Disney’s own estimate, which is historically conservative. Their movies usually make much more than the estimate. Even if it doesn’t, even if it just hits the estimate, that would be a record for April releases. The highest-grossing opening weekend in April currently belongs to Furious 7, which made $147 million. And that came over the Easter holiday weekend. Infinity War is set to shatter that record without the benefit of a holiday.

It’s not hard to see why. Tickets for that weekend are difficult to get if you haven’t bought yours already. Within six hours of them being on sale, the movie had already sold more tickets than all previous superhero movies had in 24 hours. It’s no surprise a record-breaking weekend counts as a conservative estimate. Disney is going to get all our money, and we’re just going to let that happen. If we are going to be owned by the Mouse, we might as well enjoy it.

Finally, you can’t talk about Infinity War without a look to Phase 4. They’re going to need to introduce more heroes after these next two Avengers movies, and we might know what one of those will be. MCU Cosmicreports that after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Marvel will be looking to build up The Eternals as their next superhero team. The studio is reportedly already seeding the movies with hints at the coming team. Including one “moon-sized hint,” MCU Cosmic says, in Avengers: Infinity War.

Created by Jack Kirby, The Eternals are Earth people genetically modified by the Celestials to be the defenders of Earth. We’ve already seen a Celestial in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and James Gunn has been helping Marvel steer their universe in a “cosmic” direction for Phase Four. The Eternals being Marvel’s next big superhero team movie just makes sense. Marvel may have decided to go this direction after the success of the Kirby-inspired Thor: Ragnarok, and Warner Bros. adapting a Kirby DC property in The New Gods. If they can pull these heroes off, Marvel’s reign over the superhero genre, and pop culture in general, could actually be, well, eternal.