Next “Avengers” Will See Some Fresh Faces

Expect the line-up of Marvel’s Avengers on-screen team to be quite different by the time the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga is all over.

Speaking at the Wizard World New Orleans convention this weekend, the film’s directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirm that some previous supporting characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be upgraded to key players. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Joe says:

“I want to see some storytelling 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.”

That also means some Avengers might just shuffle off the mortal coil in the battle against Thanos. Joe Russo continues:

“Everything is finite, right? Nothing can last forever… It’s cyclical. Some new Avengers in [future movies] are going to become prominent and then maybe some Avengers might not be around anymore…”

Expect a whole lot of heroes though at the start. Joe says:

“People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie. The concept of Infinity War is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept… We have so many characters we’re dealing with… we have a board with 67 characters on it. “

He also spoke about the film’s more fantastical nature in the wake of his and his brother’s two very grounded “Captain America” films. He says they plan to keep the psychological realism intact, even as the two-part saga stretches out into more daring territory:

“We’re just going to approach the cosmic side with the same fervor that we did the earthbound work we’ve been doing. We also are going to work really hard to bring a psychological realism. We obviously can’t bring a naturalism to it because it doesn’t really exist outside of science fiction, but we can bring that psychological realism to it, to the characters, and that’s going to be our focus…

Also, it’s going to be our focus to explore the cosmic side, applying the same rules that we like to apply to the last two films that we’ve done. It ends up being the rules of physics always apply or apply as much as we can get them to apply based on what we’re doing.”

Indeed the plan is for their four Marvel films (both “Captain America” sequels and the “Infinity War” films) all have serious stakes with heavy emotional weight:

“For us, we really are firm believers in stakes. We like movies with high highs and low lows and we just feel like you get a more well-rounded experience in that type of film. Now that we’re engaged in serialized storytelling, it starts with Winter Soldier and ends with the Infinity War movies. We feel it’s very important that those four films, Civil War, and both Infinity War movies, have a very profound effect on the audience.

I think a lot of shocking things are going to happen, which is really interesting because you haven’t had this kind of… maybe other than Harry Potter, I guess you can count the Bond series… but the kind of investment over a period of time with this many characters behaving in a universe. I think our job is to send you on a very profound experience between now and 2019 and it starts with Civil War. I don’t know if people will be prepared for what this movie is going to include.”

“Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” is scheduled for a May 4th 2018 release.