Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly; milk and cookies; Kanye West and Kanye West; the Russo Brothers and the #MarvelCinematicUniverse.
After making their presence felt in the almost universally acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo went on to tackle one of the toughest pieces of the #MCU so far: Captain America: Civil War. And they emerged intact, covering themselves in glory once again.
And so they remain one of the frontrunners of the whole piece, alongside long-time writing and producing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. They'll return next to direct the mega-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet untitled follow-up, a task ever tricker than #CivilWar as the superhero cast swells to unreasonable proportions.
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But that doesn't mean they're forgetting what it is they're good at — character dynamics. The Winter Soldier examined the relationship between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and between Cap and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Civil War pinned down the difficulties of the relationship between Cap and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and such dynamics are going to continue to drive their work as we move forward.
Speaking to /Film at a press junket following the release of Captain America: Civil War, Anthony and Joe Russo spoke about some of the relationships that they're really excited about tackling when #InfinityWar rolls around. In addition to building upon the relationship between Captain America and Bucky Barnes, they're perhaps more excited when it comes to tackling a particularly iconic, and ill-fated, couple from Marvel Comics.
Joe Russo: Certainly Scarlet Witch and Vision. It’s a very compelling story. Obviously, it’s one ripped from the comics that, for many years, there was some very interesting storytelling and characters. One character is searching for how to identify with humanity, another who is on a journey away from her humanity towards becoming a very powerful being.
Joe Russo nails here what makes them such an interesting couple. Though Scarlet Witch and Vision went through their ups and their reality-altering breakdowns, the fact that they are two characters always searching for the truth of themselves makes for some very compelling interactions. Even if technically Wanda is getting freaky with an android (hey, there's a market for everything these days).
They may no longer be together in the comics (aforementioned reality-altering breakdowns do tend to put a crimp in one's marriage), but there's a solid chance we'll be seeing some further romance blossoming there in the MCU. The beginnings of something between the two was hinted at in shared scenes in Civil War, and was the cause of Vision's big Rhodey-crippling mistake, according to actor Paul Bettany.
But it sounds like we'll be seeing even more interplay between the two when Infinity War premieres, despite the fact that they've found themselves standing on either side of a huge rift now. And the manner of their relationship also leads directly into perhaps the biggest Infinity War set up of Civil War. And, as usual, it's all about the Infinity Stones.
Avengers: Age of Ultron already established a connection between the two in terms of where their powers originate — the Mind Stone, extracted from Loki's scepter. Vision carries the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead, Adam Warlock style, but before he was "born" the stone was used to gift both Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) with their powers.
In Civil War there's a conversation about the stone between the two, and there's a moment where Vision expresses a wish to control the stone in his forehead:
Vision: I wish to understand it. The more I do the less it controls me. One day, who knows, I may even control it.
As discussed by Christopher Markus at the same press junket, this was "the most blatant set up" for Infinity War. The idea that Vision may be able to control the Infinity Stone would certainly go a way toward turning the tide against Thanos (Josh Brolin) when he rocks up.
But, while we're talking Vision and Scarlet Witch, the android isn't the only one who has demonstrated an ability to control the Infinity Stones. As evidenced in the scene where they clash in Civil War, Wanda also seems to have that ability. When she uses her powers to subdue Vision, forcing him to (and eventually through) the ground, the Infinity Stone in his forehead changes color from yellow to red — the red of Wanda's powers (and you can read more about that here).
So it seems that both Vision and Scarlet Witch are going to be pretty important to Infinity War, beyond just the potential of becoming the MCU's new power couple.
Indeed, by their powers combined they may be the Avengers' best chance of defeating Thanos. Although Vision better watch out, as the Infinity Stone embedded in his forehead means Thanos is going to be coming after him above all...
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