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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Recruits Black Panther’s Sister

The already-massive cast of Avengers: Infinity War keeps growing by the minute, and another superhero supporting character has been recruited for the cause.

Black Panther actress Letitia Wright confirmed that she will appear in the third Avengers film as Shuri, the younger sister to Chadwick Boseman‘s T’Challa.

Wright confirmed that she will appear in the superhero super-sequel on Twitter, writing “Blessings … super excited to be a part of this,” in a quote-tweet of IMDB’s casting announcement.

Shuri is a genius inventor and member of the Royal Family of Wakanda who will be introduced in Black Panther. She joins Winston Duke‘s M’Baku and Martin Freeman‘s Everett Ross in making the leap from Black Panther to Infinity War.


Avengers: Infinity War promises to be the superhero showdown of the century. With the members of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up to combat the threat of Thanos and his minions, it seems like there wouldn’t be room for much else.

Indeed, the movie’s promise of featuring more than 30 superheroes in one single shot sounds almost like too much as it is. Back in June, when Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson described this scene, she confirmed there were about 60 Marvel characters in Infinity War alone, and that number just keeps on getting bigger.

The timing of this news is somewhat confusing, as Avengers: Infinity War was reported to have wrapped filming in July, as the cast moved on immediately film Avengers 4. This may just be a late piece of casting news, with Wright having already filmed her part in Infinity War with little fanfare. Though, it may indicate that Wright is actually playing a part in Avengers 4, the production news for which is often confused with Infinity War since it was initally meant to be the second in a two-parter.

The growing ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. Many more of these heroes’ supporting characters are set to appear in the film as well.

One character we can confirm won’t appear is Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury, who is currently only set to star in Captain Marvel when it come to the upcoming slate of Marvel films.




Teenage Groot Will Return In Avengers: Infinity War

We’ve known for quite some time that the Guardians of the Galaxy will all appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters this summer, a new question about the Guardians’ involvement surfaced. During one of the five post-credit scenes in Guardians 2, fans got their first look at Teen Groot, when Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) came into his room and started complaining that he hadn’t cleaned it yet, as Teen Groot continued to play video games, as teens are known to do. Director James Gunn has confirmed that fans will be seeing Teen Groot in Avengers: Infinity War.


While it still hasn’t been released to the public quite yet, the Infinity War Comic-Con footage, which was also shown at the D23 Expo, featured the Guardians and what looked like the same Teen Groot from the Guardians 2post-credit scene. Cinema Blend spoke with James Gunn, who was promoting the home video release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when he confirmed that fans will be seeing Teen Groot in Infinity War. Here’s what he had to say below.

“He’s exactly the same. That’s exactly the Groot we designed for Infinity War.”

It had previously been confirmed that the post-credit scene in question took place four years after Guardians Vol. 2, which means that Infinity War is also set four years after the sequel. James Gunn hesitantly confirms this, stating, “Well, those are at the same time.” After Groot sacrificed himself at the end of the first Guardians movie, fans saw him come back to life as the adorable Baby Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credit scene where he was dancing to “ABC” by the Jackson 5. When asked if that “restarted his life cycle,” James Gunn didn’t want to state anything on record, admitting it’s an aspect of Groot that he wants to use in future stories, most likely Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which he’s currently working on. He did hint, though, that the life of a creature like Groot is nothing like our own.


“Well, you know, it’s complicated. I think you have to stick through future movies to find out exactly what the story of Groot is. I get a lot of questions, and the thing I say that bums people out more than anything else is that Baby Groot doesn’t have the memories of Adult Groot. But it’s complicated! His life is not like our lives… It’s his aging, and Groots, where they come from and how they do their thing. It’s pretty much worked out in my head, but we’ve only let out pieces of that.”

It is believed that we’ll get to see Groot back to his full-grown self by the time Guardians of the Galaxy 3 rolls around, which will be part of Marvel’s Phase 4 lineup, although an exact release date for that movie has yet to be given. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 has been confirmed as the first Phase 4 movie, hitting theaters July 5, 2019, just two months after Avengers 4 arrives on May 3, 2019, with the studio setting three 2020 dates, May 1, 2020, August 7, 2020 and November 6, 2020. With production now wrapped on Avengers: Infinity War, and filming starting soon on Avengers 4, hopefully we’ll find out more about these highly-anticipated projects soon.



Avengers: Infinity War footage shows Thanos throwing a planet

It’s the end of the world that Marvel Studios has been building for a decade.

Or, at least, it could be.

Cosmic death-dealer Thanos shattered Disney’s D23 Expo on Saturday as it concluded with the first footage from Avengers: Infinity War. The video wasn’t released publicly, but here’s a rundown of what fans saw in the hall …

The villain, played by Josh Brolin, has been teased since the post-credits scene of the first Avengers movie in 2012, and next May that threat will be fulfilled.

“Almost every single hero we’ve ever introduced is going to be in that film. Why you ask?” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased the crowd as the presentation began.

Feige introduced the actor inhabiting that cosmic character. “Thanos bows to no man,” the producer said.


Asked what it was like to play the towering, purple skin tyrant, Brolin said simply: “Powerful.”

“We’ve been shooting all year, we wrapped the half-way mark on the movie,” Feige said. “Late last night a bunch of people got on a plane in Atlanta so they could be here.”

He introduced Vision actor Paul Bettany, Scarlet Witch’s Elizabeth Olsen, Drax’s Dave Bautista, War Machine’s Don Cheadle, Mantis’ Pom Klementieff, Falcon’s Anthony Mackie, Nebula’s Karen Gillan, and The Winter Soldier’s Sebastian Stan.

“There’s someone who didn’t arrive on an airplane, he used one of those cool, sparky portals … ladies and gentleman, Doctor Strange,” Feige said, introducing Benedict Cumberbatch.

“The only thing that could make me geek out any more is if Spider-Man swung in here,” Feige said, as Tom Holland came onstage. He then introduced Chadwick Boseman, saying, “What we don’t have out here is a king – the king of Wakanda: Black Panther.”

“We also have a Hulk – ladies and gentleman, Mark Ruffalo,” Feige said. “And you brought a friend from work, didn’t you? The Mighty Thor – Chris Hemsworth!”

Finally, the actor Feige described as “the man who started it all, Robert Downey Jr.!”

“It’s hard to believe we figured all of this out shooting at Stan’s Donuts for Iron Man 2,” the actor joked.


Downey then cut to the chase, nudging Feige to show a clip. “Come on, come on, let’s see it!”


He introduced Infinity War director Joe Russo, who spoke on behalf of his brother and co-director, Anthony, “who stayed behind to mind the store.”

“Think of all the stories Marvel has told with these characters,” Russo said, showing flashback footage of the studio’s past decade.

The footage dovetailed nearly seamlessly into the new footage from Infinity War. The video hasn’t been released – and won’t be – but here’s a description of what went down:

The Guardians of the Galaxy emerge from lightspeed in a field of asteroids and red gas. Something large was once in this sector of space – a planet, maybe? Now it is gone.

“Okay, Guardians, don’t forget this might be dangerous, so let’s put on our mean faces,” Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord tells his compadres.

Out of nowhere, a creature thuds against their windshield. It’s Hemsworth’s Thor. Unconscious. Beaten to hell. “Wipe it! Wipe it! Get it off!” Rocket Raccoon shouts.

The Guardians bring the stranger in, and Mantis revives him. “Who the hell are you guys?” Thor asks the motley crew.


From there, it’s rapid-fire imagery. We see Tom Hiddleston’s Loki offering the Tesseract up as a gift — presumably to Thanos, with whom he has been aligned since that first Avengers film.

There’s also a shot of Tom Holland’s Spidey-sense tingling as the hair on his arms rises while he reads on a school bus – then he’s in the gold-laced suit that Stark offered him at the end of Homecoming.

Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange strike defensive poses in another montage of introductions. Then Thanos emerges from a smoky portal as Brolin’s voice-over purrs: “Fun really isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe. But this … does put a smile on my face,” the space-tyrant says.

“I know what it’s like to lose, to fight so desperately with all your life, but to fail just the same,” Thanos goes on, as we see a tearful Spider-Man apologizing.

“Run from it,” Thanos says. “But destiny still arrives.”

We see that the villain already has two stones in the Infinity Gauntlet, which offer him phenomenal powers even without the others. (The two stones went by quick, but it appeared to be the blue Tesseract, or Space Stone, from the first Captain America, and the purple Power Stone, which was the orb from the original Guardians of the Galaxy.)

We see him on the surface of a blighted world, drawing a moon or another planet into the atmosphere of the realm where he is battling the Avengers, ripping chunks of it free as they streak toward the battle like cannon fire.

It’s definitely the end of that world.


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ footage shows Thanos throwing a planet