As each new MCU film releases, we get closer and closer to Avengers: Infinity War, which is sure to be huge in scale and bring together several overlapping characters and plot lines. In a new interview with The Independent, Anthony Russo discusses helming the new film alongside his brother, Joe.
Captain America: Civil War, which was released in May, concluded with the Avengers broken into two camps over the divisive registration issue, with Captain America and Iron Man leading each side against one another. When asked how Infinity War would begin following the tension we saw in Civil War, Russo responded:
There’s a writing adage that says “write yourself into a corner”. My brother and I have always loved that adage. That was one of our favorite things about Civil War – that it ended in a difficult place where it’s hard to imagine what the road forward exactly is for both Tony Stark, Steve Rodgers, and these two sides that have suffered the consequences of this division. On a storytelling level, it is a very difficult place, and yes, that is very much the condition of the world as we move forward after Civil War. This very much sets the stage for where Infinity War begins – it’s a place of a strong divide.
Just in case you were thinking some of the Avengers may have made peace with one another by the time Infinity War is released, Russo clarified:
We believe things that are important and complex for a character to go through should be seen on camera. The divisions that happened at the end of Civil War were so deep, they’re not the kind of things you can resolve or move through off-camera; they’re the kind of things you have to directly deal with in the storytelling.
The first part of Avengers: Infinity War hits theatres May 4, 2018. We’ve got a while to wait before we see the divided heroes again, but in the meantime, Civil War releases on DVD and Blu-ray September 13.