While Captain America: Civil War hasn’t quite hit US theatres yet, most of the world has seen the Russo Brothers’ film. They’re set to return for the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, and the directors told Cinema Blend just how they’ve set up the next Avengers outing. This article contains spoilers for Civil War, so come back later if you haven’t already seen it.

We thought that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would take a shift in Civil War, but we didn’t expect it to be so big. Not only do the heroes go toe to toe, but their conflict never really gets resolved. According to Joe Russo, that was done to up the stakes for Avengers: Infinity War:

What we love about [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] as storytellers is that we get to tell a story over the course of movies. We get to take the characters on journeys that, again, can be unique to the cinematic experience. So knowing that we’re doing Infinity War really informs Civil War because we knew we wanted to leave the characters in as complicated a place as possible to set up Infinity War. You gotta walk into that movie going, ‘How the hell are they going to figure this out? Can they ever repair it? What’s going to happen?’ The greatest threat that the universe has ever seen is coming, and they’re completely fractured.

It’s good to know that this conflict won’t just be brushed over. For instance, Joss Whedon never really addressed why Tony Stark returned after basically retiring in Iron Man 3. In this case, the events of Civil War will directly effect the next two Avengers films. That basically makes Civil War and Infinity War a trilogy of sorts, regardless of the latter being renamed.

We know that Tony now needs to go out and recruit a new Avengers team, but will they be enough to stop Thanos? Surely it will take all the heroes for this battle, so he might have to pick up that phone and make amends with Cap.

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