Earlier this year came the reveal that the next two “Avengers” films will not be a two-parter per se, rather two separate films with linking elements. It now appears more and more like the third film – “Avengers: Infinity War” – will serve as a closing film of the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then the fourth film will likely kick off a fourth phase that will also serve as something of a minor reboot.
Talking to IGN recently, Anthony Russo suggested as much with the films to be both a natural ending and new beginning for the MCU:
“I can’t get into too much detail about who we’re introducing, but these two movies are intended to be the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU since the very first Iron Man movie. In being a culmination, these movies are in some ways going to be an end to certain things, and in some ways, they’re going to be the beginning of certain things.”
Asked about which characters will get preferential treatment in the new films and how do they balance that with trying to get all their key characters in the movie:
“You always have to make sure that your choices feel organic to the storytelling, and really, you have to sort of structure them in the way that they need to be there. You have to have them, or they shouldn’t be in the movie. It’s a little bit of a dance between the two, where you have big eyes, and you want everybody included in the movie, but you have to go through the process of… what’s the best story that you can tell.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” aims to begin production around year’s end ahead of a May 2018 release.