Marvel Studios is largely responsible for the superhero and cinematic universe crazes going on in Hollywood. This peaked with The Avengers in 2012 as it was the first time different heroes from their separate franchise came together in a team up film of that magnitude. However, just five years later, Marvel is looking to top itself once again. Captain America: Civil War was a good testing ground to expand the superhero capacity of Marvel’s films to double digits, but Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 aka. Untitled Avengers will double down on the amount of heroes.
Seemingly every major Marvel character has been confirmed to appear in either or both of the next two Avengers films, with Nebula and Spider-Man being two recent examples. Peter Dinklage has also joined the cast, and his new hairstyle could point to his role, but so far Marvel has been quiet as usual about details like that. However, a recent production listing pointed to the next two Avengers movies beginning filming this month and it looks like that has now been confirmed.
Collider‘s Steven Weintraub (a generally reliable source of information) took to Twitter to confirm reports of Avengers: Infinity War and its followup starting production on Monday, January 23rd (see below), though he did not mention the source of that information. Weintraub is currently present at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and doing interviews with a handful of people in attendance, one of which is Drax the Destroyer actor, Dave Bautista. It is reasonable to assume Bautista or another interviewee – Marvel Cinematic Universe actors Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner are at Sundance this year too – told him this information and he shared it without the attribution.
This apparently confirmed start date is none too surprising for those that have followed the pre-production reports for these upcoming movies. However, while the start date may be confirmed, it is now the location of the filming that is in question. As we reported earlier today, Black Panther just began filming at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta this week. Unless director Ryan Coogler and his cast are already set to travel the world to film additional parts of the film, it would appear that the latest Avengers movies will be filming elsewhere.
It’s been reported that directors Joe and Anthony Russo will be venturing to Scotland to film portions of the third and fourth Avengers, so that could very well be where production begins. Then again, Infinity War will feature many worlds new to the MCU, so production may be taking place in another location altogether; at least until Black Panther finishes in Atlanta. Either way, it’s a given that the Russo brothers are taking a flexible approach to production on the next two Avengers films – one that may include having Benedict Cumberbatch’s stand-in portray Doctor Strange early on during filming – in order to better manage the complicated logistics of the massive venture.
Once production officially begins, hopefully Marvel will release a full cast list for the next two Avengers films that confirms every single character involved in the ground-breaking team up adventures. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates on the films’ production and possible set photos, during the week ahead!
Source: Steven Weintraub