Kevin Feige Reveals How STAR TREK Has Influenced AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR And The MCU

Kevin Feige is a self-proclaimed geek, so it might come as no surprise that he's now revealed that Star Trek has been an influence on the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, as well as elsewhere in the MCU...

There has been much speculation about the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie and just how it will serve as a "finale" event to the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many fans are hoping that this resolution will see a number of our main characters meet their demise. The belief among some being, that up until this point the MCU's stakes and costs have been felt less than perhaps they should. 

While many shows and franchises do in fact close out their stories by having their characters shuffle off their mortal coil, Kevin Feige doesn't feel this is the only or indeed, the best way to end a journey. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, the studio head referenced the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation as an example of the kind of finale that is more in line with his plans for Avengers: Infinity War:

“People always will jump to that but that’s not necessarily what we’re talking about. I talk a lot, because I’m a big-ass nerd, about Star Trek: The Next Generation, ‘All Good Things.’ That to me is one of the best series finales ever. That wasn’t about death. Picard went and played poker with the crew, something he should have done a long time ago, right?”

This isn't the only way that the Gene Roddenberry created phenomena has influenced the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Feige has also previously revealed that the destruction of the USS Enterprise in 1984's Star Trek III: The Search for Spock has also, whether consciously or unconsciously, affected the franchise:

“I had never thought of this before, but what do we do in Iron Man 3? Blow up Tony’s house, blow up all of his suits. What did we do in Captain America 3? Shatter the Avengers, shatter his relationships with Tony Stark and half of the characters that have become his present-day foundation, In every part three, we can. And we’ve blown up Asgard in this! Oh, my god, we’re one-trick ponies. Search what happens in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. They blow up the Enterprise, that’s where we got it.”

It's quite a fascinating and quite frankly, cool piece of trivia that Kevin Feige uses various iterations of Star Trek as a point of reference for events and approaches in the MCU, and a fact that will more than likely endear him more to his fanbase. But what of his comments about finality in finales? What kind of endgame are we looking at with Infinity War? I guess we'll find out on April 25th. 

What do you think? What do you want to see in INFINITY WAR? What else should the MCU take from the STAR TREK franchise? Leave your thoughts below. 

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