'Avengers: Infinity War' updates: The Winter Soldier confirmed; Production starts with Marvel casting extras

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A plethora of Marvel films may still be in the pipeline in the months to come, but the culminating movie that is “Avengers: Infinity War” is arguably one of the most anticipated if not the most anticipated of them all.

Being continuously teased as the movie that will bring everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) together, the project hinges on the 10-year history of the interconnected stories from the lore. By the time it debuts in theaters, three new characters would have already been introduced via their own respective standalone films “Doctor Strange,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Black Panther,” plus two follow-up movies in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” Given this, it is safe to say that whatever the story “Captain America: Civil War” set up will have some sort of development via the aforementioned movies.

The film will be directed by now Marvel veterans, Joe and Anthony Russo, who are fresh from successfully juggling the jam-packed “Civil War.” The story, on the other hand, will be penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely who are also pillars of the well narrated story of “Captain America 3.” At this point, fans can be at ease knowing that the foursome has had some pre-training in juggling so many characters, as “Infinity War” is dubbed to have tons of game players.

Adding to the said list is Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) who has been confirmed to be back on the project, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) best friend, turned enemy, turned best friend again was last seen being cryogenically frozen back in the T’Challa-reigned (Chadwick Boseman) Wakanda in “Civil War’s” mid-credit scene. With Black Panther’s solo adventure being the last film before “Infinity War,” it can be assumed that fans will be able to see him brought back to life during the events of the movie. What would be interesting to see is how he will fit in with the Avengers as they fight Thanos (Josh Brolin) over the Infinity Stones.

Aside from Barnes, Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgrd) from the “Thor” and “Avengers” franchises may also resurface. The news directly came from the actor while speaking with LRM. Known as a notable astrophysicist, he may be able to shed the light on the mystery of the gems and the cosmic realm, which can help the superheroes further their cause.

Originally announced as a two-part sequel covering the next two “Avengers” films, “Infinity War” has recently been made a solo film taking over the upcoming ensemble movie. This leaves the latter project untitled and even more mysterious. Despite now being separate entities, Marvel Studios previously announced that they are filming them back-to-back. Anthony Russo even updated fans that they are already in the early stages of pre-production, via a post on the Russo brothers’ official Facebook page. The directors were apparently already on their way to Atlanta to prepare for the shoot, which will start in November. Furthermore, the film is already also casting for extras.

“Avengers: Infinity War” hits theaters on May 4, 2018.