Feige, Latcham Talk Multiple Infinity Gauntlets, End Of The Avengers


When it comes to the secrets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sometimes the best way to get answers is simply to ask the people in charge of it.

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Members of the media had a chance to do that this week, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and producer Jeremy Latcham holding court to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which takes place on October 2. Along with general questions about that movie and the future of the MCU, the duo answered some pretty specific questions about what fans can expect in Phase Three.

For example, one person asked about the Infinity Gauntlet — or Infinity Gauntlets, as it turns out. Specifically, someone wanted to know why we saw one Infinity Gauntlet in the vault of treasures on Asgard but another one on the rather large fist of Thanos at the end of Age of Ultron.

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Comic Book Resources caught Feige’s answer, which left no doubt that the two Ganutlets are not one and the same.

"Sir, it’s a great question. It’s a good question. I may as well answer because you asked it, which I like. It’s not the same one. Not the same one."

Perhaps the Asgardians have one locked away simply as a reminder of what can happen when someone tries to get the Infinity Stones together. It’s clear in any case that the glove in the golden realm doesn’t currently have any power anyway.

Another question posed to the two men centered on how both Phase One and Phase Two set up the next broad chapters of the MCU, and wondering if the same would be true for Phase Three. The Avengers’ arc, in particular, is one that seems like it might come to an end in Avengers: Infinity War, and Latcham indicated (again via CBR) that in a certain sense, that will indeed be the case.

"Well, I think it definitely is an end to some version of the team that we’ve come to know as The Avengers. Who knows exactly what’s going to happen yet in that film, but I think this version of the team — and I think we started to hint at it at the end of Age of Ultron, that the team will be evolving. And one of the things we love in the comics is that the roster is always changing. That new people are coming on to the team, and that you could pick up an Avengers book ten years later and you don’t recognize people on the cover. But the ideas and the ideals and things that make the Avengers the Avengers still exist, and I think that’s part of what this culmination will be."

In other words, there will always be an Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just not the team we’ve seen during the first two movies. Longtime fans have probably always realized that would be the case, and as Latcham suggested, anyone who watched Age of Ultron should have an inkling of that development as well.

The only constant in the MCU going forward is going to be change, but it will be change that’s been well-planned out in advance. And judging by the way that the Marvel Studios folks are answering these questions, it will also be well-explained after the fact if people just ask them about it.

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