Infinity War is an international affair

Infinity War is an international affair

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We may think of superheroes as part of American culture, but both their reach and their outlook as global. The recent worldwide success of Black Panther had many people wishing that Wakanda was a real place

It’s no wonder, with the blend of eye-popping technology and beautiful views, many wished they could visit. While we all enjoy the next instalment of the Avengers with Infinity War, we also take a look at some of the global connections to some of our favourite superheroes.

Global talent

Born in Boston, actor Chris Evans is as all-American as the character he plays but other American actors in the franchise play characters of different nationalities. Scarlett Johansson plays Russian spy turned Avenger Black Widow and both Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan, who played the hero and the villain of Black Panther, are from the US. Of course, it’s impossible to cast actors from fictional places which is why the Asgardians have a particularly international flavour – Thor is played by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, and fellow Aussie Cate Blanchett played his vengeful sister Hela. The god of mischief and Thor’s half-brother Loki is brought to life by British actor Tom Hiddleston and the British influence extends beyond the traditional role of the villain with Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Idris Elba as Heimdall. This continues into other films, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Dr Strange – another character with connections all over the world.

Saving the whole world

While the first Avengers movie saw our heroes save New York, the sequel saw the battle take place in the fictional Eastern European country of Sokovia. Thor has visited not only the US but also London (including a memorable and logistically impossible trip on the tube). Ragnarok contained some dramatic scenes in Norway, home of the original Thor legend, with hints that this may be the new home of the Asgardians. The latest film sees our heroes addressing a global threat, and it’s likely that they will be fighting the Infinity War on many fronts and from many different locations. Thanos may come from a distant galaxy but we’re likely to see much of the world as he launches his attack.

Reaching out into the Galaxy

One of the major draws of the upcoming film is that it will bring together characters from across the Marvel universe. There have been brief introductions and cross-overs in previous movies, including a memorable role for Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man in Civil War and a consultation with Dr Strange in Thor: Ragnarok. The main meeting of this movie will be between the Avengers, who have been primarily focused on saving the earth, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. While Peter Quill, or Star-Lord, as he prefers to be known, may be American, he has spent most of his life travelling to distant galaxies and it will be interesting to see his inter-galactic team focussed on saving his original home, the earth.

Seeing the world like a superhero

While the threats from gods, sentient robots and power-hungry villains from distant galaxies may be a fiction, the global approach to these movies reflects the world we live in. From the international casts to the range of locations and cultures incorporated within the movies, the world is getting smaller. We may not all have our own spaceship or the power of flight, regular flights across the world mean we can reach anywhere in the world with relative ease. Our telecommunications may not be up to the standards of Tony Stark or Princess Shuri of Wakanda, but email, Skype and VoIP mean it’s possible to keep in touch friends and family, or build business relationships with people all over the world. From the perspective of gods and superheroes, these films provide a reminder of the wonder of the world we all live in.

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