Monday, May 22, 2017

Musical Monday - Avengers Theme

So, for the last nine years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been chugging along, and all of the various movies have been more or less building up to the two part Avengers story that starts in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War and concludes in 2019 in what is currently being called "Unnamed Avengers Movie". I sort of suspect that the name of the 2019 Avengers movie is currently being withheld because the name itself would serve in some way as a spoiler for the plot of the first movie, and Marvel is playing with their cards close to their chest.

But I have a prediction, and it involves this theme song from way back in the first Avengers that was released in 2012. It is pretty obvious to anyone who knows anything about Marvel that the villain of infinity war will be Thanos, and the plot will involve Thanos' quest to secure the six Infinity Stones so that he can complete the Infinity Gauntlet. Heck, just the name of the first of the two upcoming Avengers movies pretty much gives this away. Thus far, the movies have revealed the location of five of the Infinity Stones, with the six still left to be found. The sixth Infinity Stone might be revealed in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, but that's essentially the last chance that it will make an appearance before the Avengers: Infinity War movie. (Let's face it, it is pretty much not going to show up as a plot point in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and probably isn't going to be lying around in Wakanda to be picked up in Black Panther).

Whether the sixth Infinity Stone is found in Thor: Ragnarok is mostly beside the point, because the key fact is that Thanos does not yet have any of the stones in his possession. My prediction is the plot of Avengers: Infinity War is going to be the portion of the Avengers loyal to Tony Stark working with the Guardians of the Galaxy to try to beat Thanos to the Infinity Stone, and for the most part, failing. Stark will choose to go it alone, refusing to bring in Rogers or any of the other Avengers who took Steve's side in Civil War. Stark's truncated team will chase Thanos and his minions about, always coming up just slightly too late, until they have a big knock-down fight with him during which he secures the enough Infinity Stones to be able to pretty much wipe the floor with them and heads off to set in motion his nefarious plan to conquer the galaxy with his newfound power. Stark will have a soul-searching scene and then break out the cell phone Rogers sent him at the end of Civil War. The post-credit scenes will be Rogers assembling his people and then walking with them into Avengers headquarters, with Stark and the other Avengers waiting to greet them.

The as yet unnamed sequel to Avengers: Infinity War is going to be about healing the rift between Stark and Rogers, and figuring out a way to integrate the teams after the battles in Civil War. There will probably be some plot surrounding deciding who is going to lead the combined team as Stark and Rogers vie for the slot, and Quill is going to chafe at being expected to do as he is told (and he may even assert that he should be in charge, given that the Guardians include the only characters who have had direct contact with Thanos before). Since Captain Marvel and Ant Man and the Wasp will take place in between the two Avengers movies, I'm going to predict those characters will be integrated into the story in some significant manner. No matter what, I think there will be a scene in which some subgroup of the Avengers is fighting Thanos (with Thanos possibly having acquired the final Infinity Stone), with the rest of the heroes supposedly off dealing with some other problem. It will probably be Stark and a couple of the ones who stayed with him. And Thanos will have them on the ropes. Then Stark will send a signal, and Rogers will appear and say the line that has yet to be said in any of the movies thus far, but which they have been teasing audiences with:

"Avengers, Assemble!"

And then, every single super-hero who has appeared on screen in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie will show up alongside Captain America and line up for a beautiful shot mimicking the scene from the first Avengers movie with all the team standing together ready for battle, accompanied by the same music on the same crescendo. The audience will erupt in cheers and punch the air. It will be glorious.

At least that's my prediction for what is going to happen in the movies.

Previous Musical Monday: Iron Man Theme
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