With Captain America: Civil War coming out in just a few weeks, the Marvel Studios braintrust has been out and about doing publicity. Recent interviews with Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios president), the Russo Brothers (directors, Captain America: The Winter SoldierCaptain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2), and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers, all three Cap movies and Infinity War), revealed a lot about what can be expected from Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and beyond. In particular, they had a lot of details to share about the Infinity War movies and the future of everyone’s favorite space-faring misfits.

Talking about Infinity War, everyone involved stressed how different Part 1 and Part 2 would be from one another. Anthony Russo said:

“The movies are very very different from one another. It’s not a part one and part two scenario, necessarily. They’re just two different expressions. I think it creates a misconception that we’re shooting them at the same time.”

McFeely backed him up, saying:

“I will agree [the two movies are very different], and that was very important to all of us.”

The team also gave some insight into how these projects have been crafted, how much thought has gone into them as pieces of a larger story arc, and how much love and care they put into this property. Anthony Russo explains:

“For us there’s a through line from Winter Soldier, through Civil War, right to Infinity War. In our mind, the storytelling arc moves that way.”

Joe Russo added:

“There’s an overarching story that’s going to be told through all four films. And I think having the amount of characters we have in [Civil War] certainly prepares us to deal with probably triple the amount of characters in Infinity War.”

Infinity War certainly sounds big, but Feige thinks that at this point, almost 20 movies into the MCU, they should be able to just jump right into the stories:

“Much of the groundwork has already been laid. “That’s the truth. Doctor Strange will lay some more. Thor: Ragnarok will lay some more—but I think the majority of it is already there.”

The writers revealed how they go about such massive stories, with McFeely saying:

“We’re on set for Civil War and then as soon as they start shooting we don’t have much to do for the next six hours. “We’d go to the office, read comic books, write down ideas, put everything on the wall and just go ‘These are all the characters we could have.’”

Markus added:

“We sent in literally 60 pages of unrelated ideas. Just like ‘Here’s some stuff that could happen in this insane movie.’ Then we came back from Atlanta and everyone had a copy of that [document] and they’d circle this, ‘This is cool, this is insane, this is cool, we’re not allowed to do that,’ and from there we’ve pieced it together very slowly. We’re in the middle of it now.”

Judging from the commitment of these guys and the success of Winter Soldier and likely Civil War, it seems fans will be in for a real treat with the Infinity War movies. Feige had one more thing to add about the upcoming slate of MCU films:

“We’re only working on what’s been announced through the end of 2019. And it is still a big chess board for 2020 and beyond, but certainly I would say Guardians 3 is [one film that’s] up there.”

via: io9

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