Peter Dinklage has been confirmed as a cast member of Avengers: Infinity War, justifying a rumor that originally surfaced last year.
Unfortunately, all we know is that his name is on the new poster recently released for the movie. He is, notably, the only person listed who is not a DC Extended Universe alumnus, leading to wild speculation on who he could be playing.
Best known for playing Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Dinklage has become one of the highest paid actors in television, as well as gaining success in films. He also has dwarfism, but has gained enough mainstream credibility over the years to sometimes land roles that could go just as easily to actors without that handicap working against them.
Whatever part Dinklage has, it is almost certainly going to be minor—Avengers: Infinfity War already includes basically every major character from all of the previous MCU movies, so there is not a lot of room to cram in a new character. Several different ideas have floated around the internet, including:
• A member of the Black Order: These are the minions of Thanos, the main villain. Working against this theory is that such a role would likely be CGI, and Dinklage’s name is not listed with voice actors like Vin Diesel or Bradley Cooper.
• Eitri, King of the Dwarves: Thor lost Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok, but we know that he is getting a new weapon. Dwarves are known for crafting them in both myth and the Marvel Universe.
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• Pip the Troll: A friend of Adam Warlock, who was hinted in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
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• MODOK: A villainous cyborg whose odd appearance would work well for a dwarf actor. There is no real evidence that he will be in Avengers: Infinity War, but it would be pretty cool.
Josh Brolin is about to play a big part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The busy actor has landed to role of Thanos, the supremely-powerful villian who shakes up the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War. The ramifications of Infinity War are supposed to completely change the direction of the franchise. Brolin has stated the follow-up to Infinity War is still going by the generic title Avengers IV. The reason for this is the script has not been completed yet, or so Brolin believes. Even he does not know for sure what is going on with the fourth Avengers films.
That should tell fans a lot about the secretive nature of the film. Brolin’s character may be the most important villain in all of the MCU. Thanos’ arrival in Infinity War does not come without earth-shattering changes. Major characters are reportedly meeting their demise in Infinity War. The reason for this, in addition to adding a little drama to the film, is to promote many of the secondary characters to the lead.
Thanos probably will return for Infinity War. Brolin likely is signed on for several films in the MCU. Generally, Marvel Studios does not sign actors to one-film deals. The contracts are usually multi-picture deals designed to bring back the same actor in the same role for continuity purposes. Three different Batman in three consecutive Batman films did not exactly help the first Dark Knight movie franchise very much in the 1990’s.
Several other Marvel films debut in theaters after Infinity War and before Avengers IV. Maybe Brolin will play a huge part in those films as well.
Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be the supreme Marvel superhero movie event of all time. So, it is appropriate the “Sorcerer Supreme” known as Doctor Strange would appear in the film. Doctor Strange won’t be the only non-Avenger to make an appearance. The Amazing Spider-Man shows up in the film as well. Fans know this thanks to a leaked image from the film. The image shows Doctor Strange and Spider-Man together. Doctor Strange seems to be saving Spider-Man as the wall-crawler might be in a bit of trouble.
Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland, the actors playing Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, share a bit of screen time together in the new film. While Doctor Strange and Spider-Man teamed up many times in the comic books, this is their first one on the big screen.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland both are coming off very successful solo films. The cinematic Doctor Strange feature did well and Spider-Man: Homecoming appears to be resurrecting the once-threatened Sony Spider-Man franchise.
The two actors aren’t the only ones making a special appearance in the upcoming hero film. Avengers: Infinity War brings a number of Marvel heroes into the action since the threat the world faces from the super-villain Thanos truly is earth-shattering.
Cumberbatch and Holland also gain helpful exposure in the new film. Spider-Man remains a proven property, but Doctor Strange may need a bit more promotional help to keep the sorcerer’s first film from being a one-hit fluke.
Considering how popular the actors and their characters are, audiences will continue to see both on the big screen time and time again.