Russos, Bautista Offer “Avengers 4” Update

Despite the problems that Disney has had with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” problems that have seen production and release of that film delayed indefinitely at this point, the rest of the Marvel Studios machine seems to be operating smoothly.

Case in point are directors Joe and Anthony Russo who this week provided an update on how work is progressing on the fourth “Avengers” film. Speaking with Deadline, the pair says they’re going at a pretty relaxed pace and will still have the film effectively complete by March next year ahead of a late April/early May release. Anthony Russo says:

“We’ve worked on the edit all summer and we’re excited to finally get these missing pieces in the film and then we expect to be in post through the fall and winter. We hope to be done by March. It was so gratifying that in a movie with this scope and scale and that wide of an audience, that we were able to end with a gut punch and yet the audience stayed with us and found value and kept coming back.

It’s a rare thing to find in commercial filmmaking and we know it had a lot to do with the capital that’s been built up around these characters for the last ten years of Marvel filmmaking. The audience is so invested in these characters that they’re willing to stick with them even through the hard stuff. It has been out great pleasure as storytellers to take them through that hard stuff and have it be a cathartic and even entertaining experience at times.”

Actor Dave Bautista, who has been a vocal critic of Disney over the “Guardians” mess, tells Digital Spy he’s not sure what’s going on with the next direct ‘Guardians’ film and isn’t quite sure if that will impact “Avengers 4”:

“It’s kind of a strange situation to be in now where we’ve lost our director for Guardians. Guardians 3 is really up in the air and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. It’s on permanent hold for now, and that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in Avengers 4. To be honest with you, right now I really don’t know.

But I know I’m in Avengers 4. I’ve shot most of it already. I do have two days of reshoots. But other than that, I have some really great scenes that I hope they use. But I guess that it remains to be seen what they’ll do with the characters.”

Bautista also revealed in the same interview that he has actually auditioned for a couple of “Star Wars” films but they turned him down. He adds he’s not a big fan of the current films bar “Rogue One”.