The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be adding new characters and further exploring the realms of magic and the cosmos in Phase III, leading up to the two-part Avengers: Infinity War event tin 2018-19. The studio's massive Captain America: Civil War (which is now in production) will even serve as a launching point for the Infinity War project. Indeed, all roads lead to Thanos (Josh Brolin).
It's already been confirmed that Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be in principal photography for a period of nine months on Infinity War - Part 1 & 2 and will shoot the whole thing in the IMAX format (marking the first time in history that has happened). Marvel Studios has now formally announced that two old friends will help the Russos with this undertaking: screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The Captain America trilogy writing duo was previously all but officially set for Infinity War, but now their reunion with the Russos is official. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige expressed his enthusiasm for having the two in tow on Infinity War, via the following press release-issued statement:
"Chris and Steve have been an integral part of the Marvel family since the early days of Phase 1, and their work speaks for itself. We couldn’t be more excited to have them with us to help guide the Avengers through their biggest story yet."
Markus and McFeely have a long (and successful) history with the studio, so it's no surprise that they were called upon to bring Infinity War to the big screen. 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger was one of the better-received Phase I films, and last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier is seen by many as one of the studio's finest works ever on both a thematic and action level. The two seem to have a solid idea of what works and what doesn't in the MCU.
... And honestly, the Avengers brand could use a little bit of their magic touch.
Listeners of our Avengers: Age of Ultron podcast discussion know that there is a feeling amongst some that Marvel is starting to skew too much towards the "product" side of the spectrum (instead of genuine creativity that moviegoers like to see in their films). The Captain America franchise is arguably the studio's most consistent solo series (fingers crossed for Civil War), so the hope is Markus and McFeely can deliver on not just the genre thrills we've come to expect from Earth's Mightiest, but also the emotional heft and substance that will allow Infinity War to be a truly special cinematic experience.
So far, the signs seem to be pointing in that direction. Scarlett Johansson has praised the vision for Civil War, calling it one of Marvel's more "mature" stories with the promise of some serious psychological twists that will surprise audiences. Couple that with the Russo's impressive handling of Winter Soldier's action and concepts (generating excitement for their future Marvel films), and things look good for Civil War. If so, that will only increase everyone confidence that the same directing/writing team will deliver the goods again with Infinity War - and make one of the best MCU films, not just the biggest.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters; Ant-Man will open on July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot - July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018; Black Panther - July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel - November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 - May 3, 2019; Inhumans - July 12, 2019.
Source: Marvel Studios
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