Back in the day, fans were excited to see just one of their favorite super heroes up on the big screen. The original Tim Burton Batman flicks started out that way, as did Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Even today, stand-alone films prefer to use one character as opposed to many, although the trend is shifting to some degree. Captain America: Civil War sounds like it’s going to have more than its fair share of heroes sharing the screen and now, at least according to directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War will take it even further with a cast of at least 67 characters. Read on for the details.
According to Joe Russo (via ComicBook.com):
We have so many characters we’re dealing with. We’re breaking ground on Avengers: Infinity War. We have a board with 67 characters on it.
That’s quite a load of people, even for a two-parter that will no doubt come in at around 6 hours in total. Of course, who’s to say whether or not all of those 67 characters will remain for the final cut? Or whether half of them will even be proper super heroes that we know and love? It’s a distinct possibility that most of those characters will have walk-ons or cameos and won’t be sticking around for the entire ride.
One thing is for certain, however, and that’s that the Russos will be switching up which Avengers will be hogging the spotlight. They have a commitment to fleshing out some of the characters who have thus far remained in the background and no doubt we’ll be seeing them introduce new Avengers with more than just a couple of lines.
Once again, Joe Russo had some words to share about the upcoming movies (via ComicBookMovie):
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. 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, is 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.
This approach makes perfect sense, of course. You can only sell Iron Man, Thor and Captain America for so long before people want something else. And the Marvel Universe is rich with interesting characters who all have their own unique powers and compelling storylines. So if Marvel/Disney wants to keep their gravy train rollin’, they’ll take advantage of nearly a century of creative development. And, naturally, set up a pile of new faces which they can choose and use for new stand-alone movies (while conveniently getting fan feedback on which ones are the most financially viable…).
Of course, we’ve seen super hero flicks collapse under the weight of too many characters on more than one occasion. Let’s just hope that Infinity War isn’t going to follow suit.
See the full line-up of 67 characters when Avengers: Infinity War comes to the big screen on May 4th, 2018 (for Part I) and May 3rd, 2019 (for Part II).