Russos Offer “Infinity War,” “Civil War” Updates

The other day, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo made a comment about the packed cast of the latter project – the two-part saga which will boast a massive ensemble of Marvel heroes. At the time they amusingly suggested around 67 characters will be popping up in the films.

Speaking with Collider during an IMAX screening of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this week, the Russos clarified what they were trying to say and indicated people took them too literally. They also discussed the current status of the project:

“We were being figurative when we said [67 characters] and people took it as literal but there’s a lot of characters. Infinity War is meant to be the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe up to that point. It’s very ambitious in its scope, it wants to take everythign that you’ve seen before and coalesce into some kinda of climactic ending. It’s complicated , ambitious storytelling…We’re not talking about lead characters, just people that make an appearance.

We start shooting both of them later this year in November and we’re primarily going to be based in Atlanta again. That’s where we’ll do out stage work and some exteriors. There will be locations from around the world involved as well. We actually relocate to Atlanta in late July to finish up pre-production there. We don’t come back to L.A. until the following June. We’re shooting them concurrently, meaning that some days we’ll be shooting the first movie and some days we’ll be shooting the second movie. Just jumping back and forth. We won’t look like this next year.”

The pair also discussed Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and his first appearance in their “Captain America: Civil War” film which they indicated was planned from the start and they were very thankful the deals between Marvela and Sony went through so they were able to keep him in the film:

“It was a very long process. Kind of thing we had to lobby for for months. What happens during a long process like that, you’re continuing to develop the movie and the character. During the time that it takes you to convince the powers that be to make the jump and let you do that, you’ve engrained the character so deeply into the story at that point that you’d have to destroy the story to take him out. So, by the time we found out that he’d be in the movie, it wasn’t so much elation than like ‘Thank God! We don’t have to blow the whole movie up.’

I’m a comic book fan and collector, since I was a kid, and he’s my favorite character. And to get a chance to reinvent that character…For me, I really wanted to see somebody cast who was very close to a high schooler’s age…What was so valuable to me about the character, when I was a kid, is that he’s a high schooler with this power and responsibility, and it makes him very distinct as a hero. It makes him distinct from the other characters in the Marvel Universe, who are confident, experienced superheroes. It’s super important to have that color of the movie, and we felt that it was invaluable and we do think it goes a long way. That character helps us balance out the tone of the movie.”

“Captain America: Civil War” opens May 6th.