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How BLACK PANTHER and THOR: RAGNAROK Influenced AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

How BLACK PANTHER and THOR: RAGNAROK Influenced AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

Over the next month, Nerdist will be rolling out new details about Avengers: Infinity War, all uncovered while visiting its Atlanta set last summer. To kick things off, we’re diving into our paired interview with Chadwick Boseman and Mark Ruffalo, who shared what Black Panther and Hulk have been up to in between Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Infinity War.

Ruffalo revealed that Thor and Hulk might be the first to face Thanos, saying, “[Hulk] went to another dimension for a little while and met up with his good pal, Thor. And they went on an intergalactic buddy trip, and then he came back. We were introduced to Thanos after doing a lot of fighting, and now he’s been brought back together with the Avengers.”

To return from the cosmos and discover that his fellow Avengers battled each other in Captain America: Civil War comes as a shock to Hulk/Bruce Banner. “Coming out of Thor 3,” Ruffalo said, “Banner doesn’t understand Civil War. He just doesn’t get it.” After so much time as Hulk, adjusting to being Banner in the midst of post-Civil War Avengers is rough. “I think he’s trying to find his place in the lineup. He’s having some difficulties integrating with the rest of the group, but he’s also privy to some information that is essential for their survival.”

Ruffalo declined to explain that essential info any further, but he did offer great news for Science Bros fans. Tony and Banner will be paired for hijinks once more. “Oh yeah, there’s great Science Bros’ stuff,” he assured us.

Long before we’d seen the glory of Black Panther, we sat down with Boseman who spoke to us in his Wakandan accent as he offered details on how his solo film would pave the way for Infinity War.

As we saw in Black Panther, princess Shuri’s vibranium-centric inventions put Tony Stark’s stuff to shame. So when Thanos descends to bring terror, the Avengers turn to King T’Challa and his nation’s MCU-changing tech for help.

Ruffalo teased that Wakanda’s tech is “hugely” important in Infinity War. Boseman said, “You definitely see where some of the gap is [between Wakandan tech and the rest of the world]. You see where the gap is and what some things we’re able to do that they’re not able to do.”

On set, Nerdist got to watch the Avengers’ arrival in Wakanda. We witnessed the filming of a scene where bearded and battered Captain America, blond Black Widow, wounded Vision, concerned Scarlet Witch, cocky Falcon, reserved War Machine, and an ever-schlubby Banner all disembark from the Quinjet to greet T’Challa, flanked by the Dora Milaje, with the Winter Soldier in tow.

In the scene, Bucky has a metal arm, as seen in the trailers. This suggests that the Winter Soldier’s new weapon is Wakandan tech, likely made of vibranium. But his isn’t the only upgrade Wakanda will roll out. Though tight-lipped, Boseman promised the Black Panther suit would get an update too.

“There are alterations but I cannot be specific about those things,” Boseman said. “From Black Panther you’re going into the world of Wakanda, they’re more technologically advanced than any other nation on the planet so you’re seeing some gadgets and technology and the merger of those things that you didn’t see in Civil War.”

Asked what the Wakandans–specifically his fearsome female bodyguards–think of the Avengers rolling into the long-isolated nation, Ruffalo interjected, “There goes the neighborhood.”

“There goes the neighborhood,” Boseman smiled, “That is a good way of saying it.”

Avengers: Infinity War opens April 27th. Look for more from our set visit in the coming days. 

What Avenger do you want to see get a Wakanda tech upgrade? 

Images: Walt Disney Pictures

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