Marvel wastes zero time jumping on the next big project. Directors of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 (don’t get stuck on those names, as they will change eventually), Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, have announced filming will begin on the massive ensemble films in November–yep, this November. As the US barely has time to sit in the theater to see the premiere of Captain America: Civil War today, the Russo brothers have already been working on Infinity War in several capacities for some time now.
During a Q & A with Deadline, Joe Russo explained:
“We already started them, a couple months ago. We had to. We start shooting in November, two movies back to back. So we need two scripts ASAP, and we probably started working on them six months ago.”
Anthony Russo added:
“As soon as we got into post on this movie (Civil War), we gave ourselves a few weeks to transition and then we spent half days with the writers (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely), and half in the edit room, for months. We’ll get the first draft of both scripts when this movie (Civil War) opens.”
As early as January, Marvel co-president Louis D’Esposito was teasing the pre-production of Infinity War by tweeting about Thanos. That coincided with a meeting with Josh Brolin, who portrayed the Mad Titan in Guardians of the Galaxy and will do so again in Infinity War. It continues the visual that the MCU is an ever-churning machine, well-oiled and efficient. While the perplexing amount of work that is required for Infinity War has begun and will continue until Part 1’s release in 2018, there are five other films that will make their way into theaters ahead of it. Production on Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming will begin in June while Doctor Strange releases in November. Of course this is all assuming there are no further changes to the lineup, which is never a guarantee. In the past two years alone their slate has shifted dates, added characters and sequels and moved a whole film (Inhumans) off the schedule indefinitely.
With the general population of critics and fans giving Civil War major praise, up to calling it the best comic book movie of all time, the MCU is the best example of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Marvel knows its formula is a winning one with dozens of successful films behind it and ahead as well as several well-received TV shows either on or planned for Netflix and ABC. Is every single project a flawless winner? No. For every Civil War and Avengers there is an Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World, but those are only when compared among the rest of the MCU pantheon. By normal standards, not one film has been a failure since Iron Man kickstarted in 2008.
Look for Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in theaters May 4, 2018 while Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 will release May 3, 2019.
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