Joe and Anthony Russo explain why they didn't push through with the original plan of filming Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 at the same time. Marking their third and fourth contributions to the MCU catalog after getting their start in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the directing duo was tasked to wrap-up the 22-film narrative that the franchise has been treading since 2008. But as it turns out, there were a few changes with regard to how they were initially wanting to tackle the projects.
The twin Avengers sequels were supposed to be a two-part finale to the first three Phases of the MCU. This was eventually changed as the Russos explained that they are not only very different movies, they also tell separate completed storylines. As a result, Avengers 4 is expected to have a different title - something that Marvel Studios remains to be mum about despite the fact that it's only just six months before it hits theaters. Aside from the title change, another major deviation from the original plan was shooting the films in succession instead of concurrently. Now the Russos shed a light on what prompted them to do this alteration during their latest public appearance.
The Russos attended a Q&A session after a special screening of Infinity War hosted by Collider where Peter Sciretta from /Film was invited and relayed information via Twitter. Joe and Anthony shared insights on the process that went to create the movie including an explanation on why they ultimately decided against filming Avengers 3 and its sequel concurrently as initially planned because sticking to the original schefule was delaying the pre-production.
Crew in production meetings were getting confused about what scene was in what film and it was hurting the prep.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 29, 2018
As the directors further explained in the Q&A session, no one really got an entire script which obviously made things harder for those involved to mentally prepare how to tackle their designated roles. And filming a mix of Infinity War and Avengers 4 in a day could've made things much more confusing for everyone. In the end, shooting the twin Avengers sequels back-to-back instead was the best move for everyone involved. However, while Avengers 4's principal photography wrapped up January of 2017, the crew and several of the cast came back on set this September for reshoots which ended the following month.
Considering that Marvel Studios was originally planning on filming Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 at the same time, chances are that both movies have a number of similar studio set-ups. It would've saved them time from the rebuilding sets and would've been the most practical way to do it. Otherwise, there's not much sense taking this route. This also corroborates long-standing rumors that the Phase 3-capper will revisit not only events from old MCU installments such as The Avengers' Battle of New York but also some aspects of its predecessor.
Source: Joe and Anthony Russo (via Peter Sciretta)
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