AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Leads to a “Distinctively Different” Chapter for Marvel Studios
Jon Favreau helped kickstart the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 by directing Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, reprising his role as director for 2010’s Iron Man 2. Favreau – who produced all three Iron Man films, as well as 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron – will produce the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, which will finally see the Avengers combat the universe-threatening mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin).
“I’m going to be executive producing the Avengers films with the Russo brothers which I’m very excited about,” said Favreau, who most recently helmed the hit The Jungle Book for Disney. “I talk to them about it all the time. I’ve worked both in front of and behind the camera with Marvel and I really love what they’re doing right now. It’s a really exciting time to be over there. I’ve seen a rough cut of Civil War and it’s fantastic. We’re constantly looking for things to do together. And now I’m freed up.” Avengers: Infinity War parts one and two will be directed by the Russos, who joined the Marvel Studios stable of directors with 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Russos’ sophomore effort – Captain America: Civil War – opens May 6th, and the filmmaking duo previously revealed the Captain America threequel will affect the entire Marvel universe moving forward, setting the stage for Infinity War. “The consequences of Civil War will have an even more significant impact [than The Winter Soldier],” Joe Russo teased earlier this year. Meanwhile, Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige talked finality with EW, with the Marvel godfather assuring there’s no end in sight for the MCU, which famously has movies planned all the way to 2028. “I think you look at comics as a guide,” Feige said. “Although certain titles may get relaunched or rebooted, the narrative exists on a never-ending continuum.”
“I think there will be a finality to moments of Phase Three, as well as new beginnings that will mark a different, a very different, a distinctively different chapter in what will someday be a complete first saga made up of three phases,” Feige elaborated, with Joe Russo expanding on the point. “Things always get deconstructed, right? You build things up and people enjoy the experiences you’ve built up,” the filmmaker noted. “But then you kind of reach an apex or you reach a climax, a moment where you go, ‘This structure is really going to start to be repetitious if we do this again, so what do we do now?’ So now, you deconstruct it. We’re in the deconstruction phase with Civil War and leading into Infinity War, which are the culmination films.”
Russo previously spoke of a changed landscape for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying, “Everything is finite, right? Nothing can last forever. It’s cyclical. Some New Avengers in phase 4 are going to become prominent and then maybe some Avengers might not be around anymore. So, we’ll see how all this plays out but you have to treat every character with respect,” he shared.
“I think it’s interesting that if you’ve seen four or five movies with the lead character having an arc, I want to see some story telling from some of the secondary characters. We’re focusing on that right now with Infinity War while we’re breaking into those movies, [asking] which characters can we pull to the forefront who potentially haven’t had their own ‘A’ story arc to this point. I think you’ll see that the supporting Avengers are going to become primary Avengers.”
Captain America: Civil War opens May 6th, with Avengers: Infinity War – Part I arriving May 4th, 2018, with its followup arriving May 3rd, 2019. Entertainment Weekly’s summer movie preview issue – featuring four interlocking Captain America: Civil War covers – is now available.