It is no secret that Avengers: Infinity War and the following untitled Avengers movies stand a chance at becoming two of the biggest movies ever made. Anthony and Joe Russo are taking the reins of the franchise after two successful installments in the Captain America franchise, and Civil War was a great way to prepare them for the task they have been given. After handling 12 heroes in a single movie, their next two films could easily double the amount of super-powered people.
Production on both films will start at the end of the year, and the Russos have already offered a glimpse of Josh Brolin preparing to play Thanos. He will be the biggest villain the heroes in the MCU have ever faced, which means they will need all the help they can get. With that being the case, the duo are focused on giving each character their times to shine.
Both Joe and Anthony Russo recently spoke to Toronto Sun about the two upcoming films and how they would balance the enormous cast at play. At one point it was reported that 67 characters may appear in the film, to which the Russos (jokingly?) said they have narrowed down to 66. No matter how many characters are set to make an appearance in the two films, the directors are focused on making sure each has a purpose when they do.
Anthony:What we did in Civil War is exactly what we want to do in the Avengers — no matter how much screen time a character has, you can still have a lot of ambition for what you do with that character while you have them.
The 12 heroes in Civil War each had a reason for being involved in the conflict and were given a memorable moment to solidify their presence. Knowing this is the focus of the directors should ease concerns over characters possibly getting lost in the shuffle of the larger stories of Avengers 3 and 4. As they include many of the biggest names in the MCU, the directors did not want to limit themselves and the opportunity at hand, teasing the slight possibility that Marvel TV’s Netflix heroes could potentially get their time to shine on the big screen.
“Anthony: We do consider everyone. We don’t want to get too specific about what’s going to happen with these movies. We want these movies to be a surprise for audiences.”
There have so far been unofficial confirmations that many familiar faces from the main Avengers players to the Guardians are set to appear. Infinity War and its untitled followup could also introduce new characters for the first time, with or without their powers. One of those characters that may have been confirmed is Captain Marvel. Brie Larson was officially cast in the role over the summer, and the directors are hopeful that they will be reunited with their Community actresses.
“Joe: It’s an incredible piece of casting. You couldn’t ask for better. Not only is she an amazingly talented actor but she’s a wonderful human being. We’re really looking forward to the opportunity of re-teaming with her… if we were to get the chance to work with that character.”
Even though the Russos continue to play coy as to whether or not they will work with Brie, it is all but official that it will be the case. She may not appear in Infinity War so they can save her origin for Captain Marvel, but when the fourth Avengers movie hits theaters, it would be a shock to all if Carol was not ready to suit up.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Toronto Sun