Avengers Infinity War: Russo’s Discuss Scope and Writer’s Talk About Thanos

With the release of Captain America: Civil War less than one month away, all the attention has been focused on Marvel’s latest surefire hit.  However, Civil War pales in comparison to the scale of their next big event movie, the 2-part Infinity Wars.  To date not much is known about the movies besides being directed by the Russo Brothers (Winter Soldier, Civil War), Thanos as the big bad and the expectation that nearly every character introduced thus far will feature into the mayhem.   The writers and directors have now opened up and provided a little insight about what we can expect in the two big films.

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Firstly, the Russo Brothers described the movies as a culmination of everything that has come before it.  If Avengers was the end game of Phase 1, where all the movie built towards that one event movie, then Infinity Wars is the culmination of all the phases combined where every story is coming to a head and pointing to this huge event.  Besides the scope, the Russo’s also stated that unlike Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, these movies won’t be told through the perspective of one character, but instead it will be “multi-perspective”.  Here’s what they had to say, courtesy of Screen Rant.

“Oh, yeah! I mean, it has to. It’s a culmination of everything that’s occurred in the Marvel Universe up to the point where the Marvel Universe is released. Some of those films haven’t even hit yet. We’re going to be dealing with some of the characters from those movies who are going to be in Infinity War. They’re massive in scope and scale but that’s the point. The point is for them to be as ambitious as they possibly can be. They’re going to be multi-perspective films.

They’re not called ‘Captain America: Infinity War,’ they’re called Infinity War. You’re going to be moving around through different perspectives of the characters. It’s like Nashville for super heroes. It’s storytelling that is vignetted storytelling. It’s to composite all of them under one story – everybody. You can culminate without all of them, so…”

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With the Infinity Wars being broken up into 2 movies (literally called part 1 and part 2), many assumed that the two films would be telling one longer story with the first movie incomplete or ending on a cliffhanger.  The Russos stated that this is not the case and that the movies will be different and capable of standing on their own.

“The movies are very, very different from one another. It’s not a part one and part two scenario, necessarily. They’re just two different expressions. I think it creates a misconception that we’re shooting them at the same time.”

They go on to discuss that there’s a clear through-line that exists between all the films they’ve worked on for Marvel; from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, to Civil War and through the two Infinity Wars films.

“For us there’s a through line from Winter Soldier, through Civil War, right to Infinity War. In our mind, the storytelling arc moves that way.”

“There’s an overarching story that’s going to be told through all four films [Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Infinity Wars Part 1 and 2] I think having the amount of characters we have in [Civil War] certainly prepares us to deal with probably triple the amount of characters in Infinity War.”

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Other individuals that will be involved in all those movies mentioned are screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.  They discussed the challenges of fleshing out Thanos as the big bad after being hinted at behind the scenes but only really shown on screen for about 5 minutes.  They felt someone this pivotal to everything going on needs to have his background and motivations explained before simply diving into the action.  Here are their comments courtesy of Latino Review.

“[CM] We don’t get an element of surprise. Everyone knows he’s coming, and yet he hasn’t had terribly many scenes that have illuminated very much about him. You can count on a lot of scenes where we illuminate a lot about him very early.

[SM] We still have to take it on a character-by-character basis. The challenge is hanging on to character as motivation when you blow the canvas up to the entire universe. And not to make it seem like all your people look like tiny little video game characters running around.

[CM] It’s just trying to balance character moments in the middle of big, crazy Jim Starlin action.” 

Are you liking what you’re hearing about Infinity Wars?  Are you excited about the epic scope and the attention to detail when it comes to Thanos?  Infinity Wars Part 1 and Part 2 are set to arrive in theaters in the US on May 4, 2018, and May 3, 2019.

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