“Avengers: Infinity War” Changes Shoot Plans

There’s been plenty of quotes about upcoming Marvel Studios product this week from the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” press junket in Los Angeles, mostly from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige who has been involved in several interviews.

One of the most surprising quotes though came from Collider where Feige revealed that production on the third and fourth “Avengers” movies, currently underway in Atlanta, will NOT be shot ‘back-to-back’ as one large production (ala “The Matrix” sequels).

Instead, the company is shooting all of “Avengers: Infinity War” first, then doing the fourth one immediately afterward as opposed to mixing scenes from both films depending upon schedules. This won’t affect the film’s release but does drastically change some of the scheduling on the production:

“We’re doing them one right after another… It became too complicated to cross-board them like that, and we found ourselves — again, something would always pay the price. We wanted to be able to focus and shoot one movie and then focus and shoot another movie.”

Additionally, Feige has gone on to reiterate that the MCU post-“Avengers 4” is going to be very different from what we have now and this may mean losing some familiar faces:

“We’ve been lucky that [contract expirations] haven’t factored in too much. We’ve had people under contract for certain films, then we’ve had new ideas and new directions like Civil War like we wanted to do, and we’ve been lucky enough to make new contracts. Or Spider-Man: Homecoming, the cast has been awesome in their enthusiasm for the direction and the storylines that we’ve been telling.

So it really does, right now, all start with where we wanna take the stories. Certainly, as we get to Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

At present, “Avengers: Infinity War” is currently filming with the fourth one to begin shooting immediately after. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will begin shooting in June 2017 and “Captain Marvel” should begin filming in February 2018. Chadwick Boseman revealed the final photo the other day from the set of “Black Panther” following that film’s wrap this week – see that below.