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What you should expect from Avengers Infinity War (Early Predictions):

Less than a year to go until the greatest ensemble of stars and creative talent come together for the biggest movie in history! By then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be 10 years old, and we know from brooding end credit scenes and certain things falling into place that Infinity War will finally bring Thanos to the forefront of the Avengers’ attention, as he (at long last) gets off his purple backside to collect the 6 Infinity Stones.

Most people know that this will likely be the premise of the movie, but is it possible to speculate any further? Of course it is! Here’s my list of things that’ll likely happen - things I’m willing to bet money on…

1). Don’t expect to see ALL the Avengers:
Yes that’s right. Though you may be quick to assume that every hero in the MCU will make an appearance in Infinity War, I’m pretty certain that the ‘entire’ cast won’t be completley together until the untitled Avengers 4. Why you ask? Well you have to remember that the Avengers are still divided after the events of Civil War - half of them are presumed to be hiding in Wakanda thanks to Black Panther. I imagine a moderate portion of Infinity War will jump to and fro both factions as the film progresses, with each 'team’ dealing with their own Thanos-related troubles, until of course they put their differences aside to work together. Plus, the Ant-Man sequel comes out in between the two upcoming Avengers movies, so it’d be odd if he featured in Infinity War, which is a huge apocalyptic movie, only to revert to a small scale threat in between. So, after Ant-Man and the Wasp, I imagine there’s an end credit scene which provides them with an opportunity to be a part of Avengers 4.

2). Avengers 4 will most likely be called 'Infinity Gauntlet’:
Marvel Studios have chosen to keep the Infinity War sequel’s name untitled until a later date, which means the title probably contains spoilers that would potentially give away the outcome of Infinity War. Before they chose to do this of course, the two films were simply called Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, so just because they’re no longer labelled as 2 halves, still expect the two films to be heavily connected. It’s still a two-part story for sure. It’s simply because Marvel Studios wanted to make sure both films were giving their own 'identity’, and we know from history, that two-part movies usually lack in varying aspects. Being able to devote and consider both films as seperate whilst still being connected means that they can focus and make sure both films stand on their own. Right, with that out the way, expect part 2 (Avengers 4) to be called 'Infinity Gauntlet’. I know, it’s hardly a spoiler, seeing as though the majority of us knew that the events of Infinity War would result in the accumulation of the stones and the complete construction of the Gauntlet. The reason they won’t reveal the proper title until after everyone’s seen Infinity War is to avoid spoilers (for the small percentage of people that are still innocently clueless), and to make sure the focus is on Infinity War. They want our undevided attention!

3). The outline of Parts 1 and 2:
So as I said, part 1 is 'Infinity War’ and you should expect part 2 to be called 'Infinity Gauntlet’. Part 1 will be able getting the band back together, as they’re left with no choice but to put aside their differences and unite their diverse strengths. There will be failure after failure, as the Avengers core teamwork will be a little rusty, which ensures Thanos’ minions are able to retrieve the stones for him. Expect the film to switch between the heroes in varying locations. Some will be with the Guardians somewhere, and others will be some place else. I imagine the end of the film will consist of Thanos getting the final stone for the Gauntlet, after spending 2 and a half hours of screen time stealing them. I hope that the film replicates a particular part from the Infinity Gauntlet comics, where Thanos raises his hand and clicks his fingers together, instantly eradicating half of life in the universe. It would make for an epic cliffhanger - the screen turns black and the sound of a cosmic click echoes through the theater!

As for part 2, aka 'Infinity Gauntlet’, the full roster will finally unite properly, combining their efforts in an attempt to take down Thanos and his newly obtained omnipotence. The stakes will be high and there will be heavy losses. A good portion of the original Avengers lineup will either die or 'retire’ from the superhero world to make way for the newer heroes such as Spidey, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel etc. That’s not to say the original characters won’t pop up every now and then in future films as supporting cast - most of them will just be taking back seats, similar to what Iron-Man has done since his trilogy has ended - he’s just been featuring here and there instead.

4). Thanos won’t die:
As far as these movies go, 99% of the time, the villain fails miserably after failing to make a fool-proof plan, resulting in their death and demise. However, when the villain in question is Thanos, don’t expect the Avengers to simply win and save the day after beating the Mad Titan. Thanos is too big of a villain to kill after 10 years of build up. Yes the Avengers will win, but so will Thanos in other ways. Both good and evil will suffer heavy losses, but both will gain in ways we’ve yet to see. Don’t get me wrong, the film will end with a satisfying victory, but it won’t be all sunny days. The Infinity Stones aren’t easy to destroy, so questions such as, “What are we gonna do with this colourful gauntlet” are likely to arise. With that being said, I very much doubt Thanos will be the following villain in Avengers 5 (whenever that happens). He’ll make way for other big threats whilst he takes a tactical retreat in the darkest reaches of the universe. There’s a strong chance that the Avengers will think Thanos is dead, but I’m sure they’ll be surprised to see his face again in a few years.

5). Satisfying boss fights:
If you can’t wait to see the heroes take on Thanos first hand, be aware that it won’t happen so quickly, and so easily for that matter. Thanos’ lieutenants, The Black Order are somewhat confirmed for Infinity War. I say “somewhat” because only half of them are confirmed as of now, but I’m sure in time, the rest of the group will be. So if you don’t know who the Black Order consists of, you’re in for a treat. The evil group are as follows; Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf, Super Giant, Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight. These guys and girls follow Thanos keenly, sharing the same wishes and ideals. Given that there’s 5 of them, I imagine each one will be retrieving one of the 6 Infinity Stones, whilst Thanos collects the 6th (if he hasn’t gotten it by the end of Thor Ragnarok). As to which stones each individual will be after is unknown, but we’re yet to see the location of the final stone, the Soul Stone, rumoured to be in Thor Ragnarok. I could be wrong though. I doubt each villain will be assigned to a stone, but I think that at least 2 or 3 of them will be. I have a feeling that Infinity War will likely consist of the heroes taking on (and beating) a different Black Order member as the film progresses. As I said earlier, whilst the team is divided, half of the Avengers could be taking on one of them, whilst the other half is at the other side of the galaxy taking on another. The Black Order have a diverse range of abilities, which usually mirror that of the heroes’ such as Supergiant who can grow at will - I imagine Giant Man will be required. Or Black Dwarf, who is similar in stature to that of the Hulk’s, so I expect them two to be punching each other at some point. So in summary, the film/s will probably be mini boss fight after mini boss fight until it eventually leads to the big purple man himself - much better than fighting expendable aliens or robots (Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron).

5). Locations galore:
This was probably obvious, but which locations exactly? Well firstly we can be sure Earth is on the list not only for obvious reasons, but because Vision obtains the Mind Stone and Doctor Strange has the Time Stone. To speculate which other locations will pop up, all we have to do is map out where the other stones are being kept. So aside from Earth, prepare to return to Xandar (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1) in regards to the Power Stone that’s currently under watch by the Nova Core. Asgard (Thor), home to the Space Stone after the events of the first Avengers movie. Side note; there’s a possibility this stone could be stolen during Thor Ragnarok seeing as though Hela will be destroying Asgard to some degree - Thanos may be working for her and could swoop in as an end credit scene. Anyway, back to the list of locations. Next, Knowhere (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1), due to the fact that the Reality Stone was given to the Collector for safekeeping after Thor the Dark World. So other than the Soul Stone that we haven’t seen yet, you can expect those locations listed above for certain, but of course, you have to assume those stones are still where they were when we last saw them. Other than that, more specific places like the Sanctum Sanctorum and Wakanda are likely to be in the movies.

6). Hela is the new 'Death’:
The big bad villain of Thor Ragnarok may have a bigger role to play than just destroyer of Asgard. A few people like myself have speculated that Hela will in fact be Thanos’ love interest. In the comics, Thanos’ universal demolition derby derives from his desire to impress Lady Death - the embodiment of death itself. The reason I think Hela will step in for this part is because she’s far more plausible than a cloaked skeleton woman. The embodiment of death is far more difficult to integrate into the movies, especially when you have someone as perfect as Hela in the MCU who could easily be an alternate. The films could then follow a similar path to the comics and give Thanos a quirky love interest, which would flesh out the character and his motives. Who knows, he may just have an interest in her because she has the Soul Stone in her possession, but that’s a whole other speculation!

Well, that’ll do it for now. I hope you enjoyed reading. Agree, disagree? Let me know! Plus be sure to tell me what YOUR speculations are for both Infinity War and 'Avengers 4’.

Sign the petition to save the Bell Building from demolition

Georgia State University owns the Bell Building on Auburn Avenue, near Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta. They have plans to demolish it using money donated by the Woodruff Foundation, which is odd since that foundation actually supports restoration efforts.

GSU has not announced any plans for what might happen to the property after demolition (UPDATE: a local reporter has gotten confirmation from the GSU communications department that this property will be used for parking after the building is demolished). 

Old structures like this one add authenticity to city streets, something that has been lost in much of Downtown due to rampant demolition over the years – as is evidenced by the mammoth parking garage that sits next to the Bell, as well as the parking garage across the street from that one. We can’t afford to lose anymore of these pieces of our history, particularly not ones that are still in good shape like this one.

There is potential here for an adaptive reuse project that would compliment others nearby: the Atlanta Daily World building (once slated for demolition, now apartments and shops), the Flatiron Building (currently undergoing renovation), the Candler Building (set to become either hotel or residences), and the Olympia Building (undergoing a major restoration project, to become a Walgreens). Here’s a rendering of what it could look like with new life:

Also, the Bell is served by the streetcar, bus routes, and a bike lane on Auburn Avenue. This is a great place for an adaptive reuse project that could appeal to a multimodal generation of Atlantans, and one that could prove the worth of the streetcar in terms of its ability to bring life to blighted properties.

Please sign the Save the Bell petition at Change.org to let GSU know this building should be saved and reused, not demolished!