Christopher Markus

“It worked [having Peter on Titan because] you got a lot out of Tony. Part of the job of writing an Avengers movie is just tearing out Robert’s guts. Emotionally. [Laughs]” – Christopher Markus, screenwriter for Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, & Avengers 4 (x)

“Part of the job of writing an Avengers movie is just tearing out Robert’s guts. Emotionally. [Laughs]”

“just tearing out Robert’s guts. Emotionally. [Laughs]”


…. these angst hoes. I’m tired. 

When will my son finally have peace? 


[Tony] has this sort of existential connection to Thanos.” - Joe Russo

“You realize this interesting parallel between Thanos and Tony. They’re both aware of something from an early point and constantly having to deal with being smarter. Thanos is a futurist as much as Tony Stark.” - Christopher Markus

Tony and Thanos appear to be two heads to the same coin. Between them, they share a lot of remarkable similarities. But what separates them is heart. Tony has compassion, while Thanos does not. 

This is emphasized in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos hurls his adopted daughter, Gamora, off a cliff; while Tony promises his son-figure, Peter, he will catch him when he falls.

Tony wants to save the universe by safeguarding as many lives as he can, while Thanos believes saving the universe necessitates massive loss of life. They are equal, yet opposite. 


I love how he always says he doesn’t understand or want to indulge in politics that comes with being a King, yet is clearly wiser than most who sit on thrones.

To the point, he is willing to be seen as a traitor himself than let his Father appear the unstable ruler he was being. The Father who had just brutally humiliated him for wanting to take action.

fans: you killed everyone?

avengers writers: yes

fans: how much did it cost?

avengers writers: everything

fans: but you’re going to revive everyone in avengers 4, won’t you

avengers writers: maybe so

fans: and then? what will you do after you teared all our hearts apart?

avengers writers: and then we’ll rest and watch the sun raise on a thankful universe

I love it when the screenwriters validate what some of us have been saying. I was just re-watching some of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s interviews – and this is a gem from their Collider interview about Civil War.

Starting at 9:52:

McFeely: “But we knew we didn’t want to [reveal Bucky killed Tony’s parents] early. If you do that in the first act, and that’s why Tony Stark is running after Bucky Barnes, he’s got too long to think ‘Bucky Barnes has been brainwashed, he’s a victim in this in many ways, I’m a reasonable person,’ but if you structure the movie so that at the end of the movie Tony finds out very viscerally in a really well-directed, not gory, but emotionally intense scene, that Winter Soldier killed Hope Davis [Maria] and John Slattery [Howard], he’s going to go nuts and he’s gonna snap and you’re going to earn that third act that we wanted. That meant the villain had to be sneaky and sort of in the background. So many decisions were based on wanting [that reveal moment] there.“ 

Even the screenwriters knew Tony would’ve had time to rationalize that Bucky was a victim. They confirmed this. It’s why they even structured the movie the entire way they did so that Tony wouldn’t find out until the last moment in the most horrific way possible. 

Some people are willfully obtuse if they keep harping on the “Tony is the bad guy! He tried to murder Bucky!” crap in 2018.

anonymous asked:

Seriously everything about endgame makes me so so suspicious about the russos and markus and mcfeely, like how many other people must have been involved in everything else that made these characters who they are but then these guys got all the credit and went and effed it all up or like what happened??? Or is it just they were finally allowed to get their hands on Tony stark and went who cares about anyone else??? What on earth happened

I feel like Gandalf when he found out Saruman was working w Sauron……….betrayed and confused

Tony is gonna use the gauntlet, because the Russos have a major hard-on for mirror imagery and bookends. And he’s gonna live to tell the tale. 

According to Joe Russo and Christopher Markus, the Infinity Gauntlet requires a tremendous amount of energy to use. Knowing this, what comes to mind when you think “power" and “energy” in the MCU? The arc reactor. (Like what else?) Yes, it’s man-made, not some alien, cosmic, or god-like energy source, but I think that’s the whole point. That it is man-made. 

In Iron Man 2, the New Element was discovered when Tony Stark poured through his father’s old belongings, leading him to uncover a hidden atomic structure within a model of the Stark Expo. 

This “New Element” was synthesized by Howard’s study of the Tesseract. Later, the Tesseract was revealed to be the Space Stone, which makes this the first canonical appearance of an Infinity Gem in the MCU.

In The Avengers, Nick Fury says this to Steve about the Tesseract and why it’s important:

Yeah. “Unlimited sustainable energy.” That could come in handy, right? This same idea is hammered home in Iron Man 2 when Nick talks with Tony about his father:

That tells us that the New Element, which feeds the arc reactor in Tony’s chest, could theoretically be capable of much more than what we’ve seen so far.

… Like maybe power an Infinity Gauntlet?

So, what happens when Tony wields this mega-powerful gauntlet? The arc reactor (conveniently back inside Tony’s chest for the first time since Iron Man 3) will probably explode from being overloaded, which will mimic the injury that led him to become Iron Man in the first place (wooo a chest full of shrapnel). This would mirror Thanos getting slammed with Stormbreaker dead-center of his chest right before he snapped his fingers. 

I mean, the first thing Thanos even did when he appeared in the Soul World post-snap was to touch his chest (then look at his arm):

Just as the bomb in Iron Man didn’t kill Tony, I don’t think wielding the gauntlet will kill Tony either (he’s a survivor), but it will most certainly cripple him. Tony’s left arm is going to be fucked up, just like Thanos’s, but we’ve been getting signs that’s going to happen for a while:

Most notably, Tony suffers a ton of left arm injuries in Captain America: Civil War, which was written at the same time as, you guessed it, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4

Just like Tony got to go home at the end of his stint in Afghanistan (wearing a sling on his arm no less), Tony will go on to live a life post-gauntlet that’s much like Thanos: finally building a farm, metaphorically hanging up the armor… it’s what he’s been dreaming about since AoU. 

After all, he and Thanos appear to be on parallel journeys. If Thanos got to see the sunset on a grateful universe, then Tony will as well.

But whatever injury he gets from wielding the gauntlet will permanently bench him from ever suiting up again. Tony doesn’t need to die to explain his absence from future MCU films. A life-altering injury + being a stay-at-home dad is enough, right? 


Thor’s guilt

Eitri’s ‘story’ was particularly intriguing to me. As this was one of the rare occasions I’d seen the opposite of ‘show, don’t tell’ rule of screenwriting work so well. They could - or rather should - have shown the story, but didn’t. What they did show was Eitri telling what Thanos did and a beat by beat reaction from Thor. And to me at least, he looks guilty. Because my first reaction was - ‘this isn’t your fault, there’s nothing you could’ve done for them’!

So why does he look guilty then?

It goes back to when Mantis reads his mind as he was unconscious: He feels tremendous loss and guilt. That’s as straightforward as it can be. Then, he says to Gamora: I feel your pain. He is seeing himself in her, but what is he relating to? Just like him, she is helpless in her situation too. In a similar exchange with Eitri, he says: I know it feels like all hope is lost. Trust me, I know. Again, seeing himself in him. What is he relating to? Eitri is the King of his Realm and couldn’t save it - EXACTLY like Thor.

Then there is the direct reference of you were supposed to protect us”. The realm of Nidavellir was the responsibility of Asgard and its King. He failed them as well. And then he has to bring up his fresh failure of Asgard being destroyed again… So with all that hammering in his head, this happens: “Then he killed everyone anyway. All except me.” Of course he would look guilty!

This is why you don’t have to show the story. Eitri is the personification of Thor’s guilt - him telling and him reflecting holds more weight in the cinematic language. Thor never voices his feelings easily, which admittedly makes it hard for the writers to get them across naturally. But this scene (lit in blue hue) - building up on Mantis & Eitri voicing it and him relating to someone’s helplessness - brilliantly conveys the point of the extreme guilt he is under over his failure to save his people.

And guilt is a huge burden to have on the conscience. It makes you do things you wouldn’t otherwise. I mean, he’s suicidal and he’s guilty - that is a horrible combination. We see it unfold as the movie progresses - how desperate (“I’ll hold it open”), insane and downright psychotic (“I told you… you’d die for that”) he gets. And it’s all believable because it’s laid down so craftily by the writers and directors. Brilliant!


Avengers 4 Theory: Tony Stark Will Wield the Infinity Gauntlet

The power required to use all of the stones at once is so significant that it sends Thanos into this dream state. You’ll notice his arm is damaged post the snap, the gauntlet is damaged post the snap, it’s the incredible energy required from it and only because of his strength is he able to survive actually using the gauntlet in that capacity.” - Joe Russo, Director of Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, & Avengers 4

There’s been two quotes – one from screenwriter Christopher Markus and one from director Joe Russo – emphasizing Thanos required energy and suffered damage to his left arm to use the Infinity Gauntlet. What’s odd is these are two things associated with Tony, which makes me think there’s a likelihood we’ve been getting hints all along Tony will use the gauntlet to reverse what Thanos has done. 

… Maybe it’s been in front of us the whole time:

Tony: “[Howard] was cold, he was calculating. He never told me he loved me. He never even told me he liked me, so it’s a little tough for me to digest when you’re telling me he said the whole future was riding on me and he’s passing it down. I don’t get that.

Howard [to Tony]: “[The New Element] is the key to the future. I’m limited by the technology of my time, but one day you’ll figure this out. And when you do, you will change the world. What is and always will be my greatest creation is you.