With Marvel's Captain America: Civil War already earning more than $290 million worldwide and the Russo brothers fresh off the US opening, the talented filmmakers — who also directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier — show no signs of slowing down.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Joe and Anthony Russo discussed their latest work and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They also revealed when production for the two-part epic Avengers: Infinity War would begin. According to Joe Russo:
"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."
With a release date set for more than two years away, it's good to know things are still ticking along smoothly and that the scripts are well in the works. November can't come soon enough!
Despite their concerns, the directors were able to fit in all the usual Marvel mainstays while also including plenty of screen time for newcomers Black Panther and Spider-Man. Infinity Wars poses a similar issue, but after embracing Civil War, they've stayed unfazed. Anthony Russo said:
"I will say that we had one big idea: if Infinity War is intended to be the culmination of the Marvel cinematic universe and this moment where they’re going to finally meet Thanos, which is the greatest threat that the universe has ever seen, then what can we do to set the stage for that in the most fun way? This was part of the reason we embraced Civil War. Is like, yeah, well, let’s shatter The Avengers before we get there. And make it fun to see if and how they come back."
The Russo brothers have been involved with the MCU since the preproduction of Winter Soldier back in 2012, and when it comes to these long-haul productions, there are a number of downfalls. Whether it's contracts, scheduling or carefully abiding by the budget, the Russos have found some benefits and means to avoid common pitfalls in their experiences. Anthony explained:
"It’s a very hard way to do it, but here’s the upside. You get to play with all these actors. It’s very hard to make that work financially as a studio, as a producer, to assemble that level of talent, and make them available for those movies. So it’s just that’s the way you have to work. It’s a hard way to work."
And Joe added:
"Having a shorthand with the crew does create a continuity of vision and efficiency which is invaluable when you’re doing stuff of this scale. Any misspent dollar is a huge waste and a huge mistake."
After seeing how they've handled Captain America: Civil War, I trust that these two directors will tackle the challenges head-on and deliver the Infinity War movies we deserve.
Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 will release in May 2018 and Part 2 a year later.
Are you seeing 'Captain America: Civil War' this weekend?