“Avengers” Director On Thor, Thanos & Stones

“Avengers: Infinity War” director Joe Russo says that thanks to “Thor: Ragnarok” helping make Chris Hemsworth’s Thor himself a little less dour, those working on the new ‘Avengers’ are reaping the benefits.

Speaking with IGN, Russo revealed that ‘Infinity War’ will boast a fun comedic pairing in the form of the God of Thunder and Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord:

“You know what’s interesting is that because of the re-toning that Taika (Waititi) did with Thor 3 and the direction Thor is heading in as a character, he and Star-Lord were a very surprising combination and a very funny combination. So I’m excited for the audience to see the two of them together.”

Russo also spoke with Screen Rant about the Infinity Stones that serve as the film’s central macguffin and says the powers of each stone will be shown differently on screen – including the difficult to define Reality Stone:

“Each gem has its own special power. We had to put a lot of thought into how we would represent those powers so it was clear to the audience. Not only are you dealing with a lot of characters, you are also dealing with the stones, the gems, and there’s a lot of them. So for people to keep track of all of it, we had to get really specific. I won’t divulge how we use the Reality Stone, but we do use it.”

Thanos, of course, is the one wielding the stones and Russo says he has big ambitions for the villainous character played by Josh Brolin. He tells ComicBook.com:

“The stakes are incredibly high. Look, I wanted to turn Thanos into Darth Vader for a new generation. He’s an incredibly intense character, sociopathic, he takes no prisoners, and I think the audience needs to be completely prepared when they go see these movies.”

He also says that ‘Infinity War’ is structurally basing itself heavily on “smash and grab 1990s heist films”. This offers a “real urgency to the film and it adds a level of excitement and relentlessness to the movie. It’s a lot of divergent narratives coming together to a climax.”

Separately, filmmaker James Gunn has confirmed on his Facebook page that we’ll be seeing the adolescent version of Groot in ‘Infinity War’ and that though Groot and humans age at different speeds, it will still be years before Groot grows back into full adulthood.

Filming on the fourth “Avengers” begins in a week or so and according to Russo it’s important for the two “Avengers” films to have: “different tones, different narratives, and to have different surprises for the audience.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens May 4th 2018.