This year’s internal shake-up at Marvel Studios saw a split between its film and TV divisions, with the former far less shackled now by Marvel’s so-called ‘Creative Committee’. Instead, the decisions will stick with the filmmakers themselves and Marvel’s Kevin Feige.
Speaking with the Asian press this week (via CBM), “Captain America: Civil War” and “The Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2” co-helmer Joe Russo was asked whether these behind-the-scenes studio changes affect them personally or professionally such as in the way they shaped all those upcoming projects. Russo replied:
“To the audience, I don’t know if they’ll see a difference in the quality of the movies. That’s for sure because Kevin Feige is still the brains behind Marvel, and that hasn’t changed. I just think, from a political standpoint, the machinations of the studio have become more streamlined. Does that make for a better creative storytelling? Yes, absolutely because it’s easier for my brother and I to sit in a room with Kevin and discuss storytelling, and to come to creative decisions, and move through those decisions much quicker.”
Russo also spoke about contents of the three Marvel films mentioned above and indicates some bad news is on the way for our heroes:
“The stakes of both Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War movies are gonna be very high, and there will be a price to pay for the characters. And that’s the whole point of cumulative storytelling. We’re going to go on emotional journeys with these characters. We’ve got a lot invested in the emotion. We have a responsibility to be mindful of how these people feel about the characters and, at the same time, we also have a responsibility to carry through on the storytelling.
As filmmakers, we believe in stakes. You can’t have good storytelling without strong stakes. So, there will be a price to pay, there will be a price to pay in Civil War. There will be characters who suffer in that movie, and he will come out of that movie and never be the same. And in Infinity War the stakes will be raised to a whole new level. People should expect to be shocked when they see those movies.”
“Captain America: Civil War” opens May 6th next year.