Before the release of another Infinity War trailer, Fandango had the pleasure of interviewing the directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The brothers reveal some bits of information about this year’s most anticipated Marvel movie, as well as the 4th Avengers installment.
Avengers: Infinity War is the third installment of the Avengers and continues the story that was laid by Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). The Winter Soldier is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and the Russo’s first Marvel movie.
When asked about how much time has passed in the movie world since Civil War, Anthony Russo said, they “always do everything based on when the last movie came out.” “Roughly two years,” Joe Russo noted.
Knowing that a LOT of characters will be sharing the screen on this installment, Fandango asked if which of the characters were invested in more in terms of screen time. The Russos had this to say:
“Interestingly enough, I’ll start out by saying Thanos, even though he’s not a character that had a huge preexisting story in the Marvel universe. He was a threat but he was not developed in any way up to this point. Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it’s his movie. Our job when we make these films — and what we feel is important to us — is to surprise the audience. We wanted to tell a story that they weren’t expecting, and the story is told from the point of view of a villain, which I think is also really unique and risky for a commercial film that will surprise the audience. I think this is a market where the audience really enjoys innovation and disruption, and we want to do something innovative in this space. So I think Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time.”
“I think you’ll find that Thor has a really interesting arc in the film. He hasn’t been at the forefront of other Avengers movies but he certainly has a very important role in this film. So I’ll say, Thanos and Thor.”
As for Avengers 4:
“If you were to think of the Marvel universe over the last 10 years [as a] book, this is the ending of the book,” Joe said. “And then there may be new books written, but this is certainly the ending of this book.”
“What it means for us is that, while you’re always looking for cataclysmic events in a film — to change a character, to challenge a character, to explore who that character is, and test who that character is — it gave all of us in this film an opportunity to figure out what were those ultimate tests for these characters,” Anthony explained. “To go one step further even than how you would normally test the character in one of these films because we had the freedom to think of it in many, many cases as a final test.”
Visit Fandango for the rest of the Russos’ interview and check out the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer below before the movie hits theaters on April 27.