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The Week In Movies

It’s been a week of record breakers in movies. The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War set a new record for the most trailer views for a single day (don’t they all?). Infinity War garnered 230 million views in just 24 hours (based on Marvel’s figures) beating the previous champ It, which earned a measly 197 million views. Clowns.

The trailer itself was a blast, setting up Thanos — played by Josh Brolin for the first time —gathering up the Infinity Stones to wear in the Infinity Gauntlet while sitting in an Infinity Pool (probably). We saw Cap’s beard, Black Widow’s blonde bob, Thor’s eye patch and glimpses of a stunning smackdown. 

In a stunning coincidence, the week of the trailer was also accompanied by a Vanity Fair cover story featuring frankly unfathomable groupings of heroes. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige teased that Avengers 4 — the one after Infinity War — will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films before: a finale.”

Many of the superstar actors of the MCU — Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America/Nomad), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye — will see their contracts end with Avengers 4. Many of these characters might not make it out alive.

“There will be two distinct periods,” Feige told Vanity Fair. “Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”

Yet this is by no means the end of the MCU. Feige hinted that the studio has ideas for 20 more movies that are, in his own words, “completely different from anything that’s come before —intentionally.” Finally, Aardvark Boy will have his day.

In another act of record breaking, actor-turned-director Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird became the best-reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes this week. The autobiographical coming of age tale starring Saoirse Ronan is “certified fresh 100% ” currently with 183 reviews, beating out previous title-holder Toy Story 2 which boasted 163 reviews. There are currently eleven 2017 films on RT with a 0% rating. Good luck to you if you saw Bad Kids Of Crestview Academy or Armed Response.

Lady Bird also took Best Film at the New York Film Critics Circle this week, throwing those who still can’t pronounce Saoirse Ronan correctly after ten years into a spin. The other big awards winner this week was Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which nabbed Best Film at the National Board Of Review Awards plus Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Actress (Meryl Streep). If Spielberg, Hanks and Streep working together can’t win awards, what kind of world are we living in?

Ridley Scott’s turnaround of All The Money In The World must constitute some kind of world-beater. Having announced on November 8th that Christopher Plummer would be replacing Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty, a trailer emerged with Plummer in action, reputedly with footage shot on Thanksgiving Day (November 23). The reshoots reportedly cost a cool $10 million, a quarter of the film’s budget.

“We cannot let one person’s action affect the good work of all these other people. It’s that simple,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s no time for pondering… Sometimes you’ve got to lay down the law. You have to!”

Scott also featured in TV news this week. The film director, along with Tom Hardy and Hardy’s Peaky Blinders/Locke collaborator Steven Knight, are producing a TV series based on the work of Charles Dickens, kicking off with A Christmas Carol, due Christmas 2019. There is no news whether Hardy will appear but the idea of him playing Magwitch in Great Expectations is mouthwatering.

Also Netflix have announced Mindhunters is returning for a second season. Showrunner David Fincher has confirmed the season will focus on some Great British people baking off. Oh sorry, it’s the Atlanta child murders. Our bad.