Russos Talk “Infinity War” Villain, Space & Powers

With the release today of Joe and Anthony Russo’s “Captain America: Civil War,” all sorts of bits of information about “Avengers: Infinity War” and the rest of Marvel’s third phase has cropped up from the brothers, from the film’s screenwriters, Marvel’s Kevin Feige and more. Here’s the breakdown:

Speaking at the Smithsonian Institute, the Russos seemingly name dropped that Captain Marvel will be a part of the cast of “Avengers: Infinity War”. When a fan quickly asked “Did you just confirm Captain Marvel?” they tried cover their tracks with a jokey reply: “Um….Captain Barvel. Totally different character.”

The pair confirmed they started working with the writers on the scripts for both films six months ago – they had to as they begin shooting them back-to-back in November this year. The first draft of the scripts should be ready by now with re-writes and polishes getting underway shortly.

Talking about taking the action off-planet and going out into the universe as the Avengers deal with Thanos, the pair tell Collider they intend to keep it as grounded as they can. Joe Russo says:

“We still have rules where we want everything to be based in physics in some way, or departing from our universe, or going to somewhere fantastical that the rules are very clear to the audience about how physics operates in that space.

So we’re using a lot of real world influences for our cosmic approach and while you can’t bring a level of ‘realism’ because a lot of things that you’re dealing with in that space are theoretical, what you can do is bring a psychological realism to it and the characters can have a psychology that is relatable in a human storytelling level.”

He also says that the full range of the powers of both Vision and Scarlet Witch have not yet been displayed:

“I don’t think we’ve seen her [Scarlet Witch] scratch the surface yet of her power, she’s an extremely powerful character, and I think she’s a very important character moving forward. Let’s just say that. Vision is another character who I don’t think has realized his power yet. It’s tricky in Civil War because he’s a very logical character and I think his thought process is being complicate by something he didn’t expect that he could access which is empathy.

I think his feelings for a certain character in that film complicate his powers as well, and I think frankly he willingly takes a back seat in some events in the movie because he’s so powerful that there’s not -If he’s gonna blast somebody with his mind ray he’d kill them, so I think when he faces a true threat I think you’ll see what he can do.”

Then of course there’s the famed ‘Marvel problem’ which is that the MCU is notable for its lack of memorable villains aside from Loki. The film’s co-writer Stephen McFeely tells JoBlo they hope to change that with Thanos:

“If you think about it, I get the criticism, but the early phases were all origin stories. It tends to create a similar villain. When it is no longer an origin story, I think you might have a little bit more freedom to create different villains. I’m sensitive to the problem. I get it. But it wasn’t the Robert Redford story, it was ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’. It wasn’t the Red Skull’s journey, it was the journey of one guy going from ninety pound weakling to American hero and then going into the ice.

So in a 120-minute movie it is difficult, and Thanos will possibly change that, but you want time spent. Excuse me for going on a tangent but I love the Marvel Netflix shows because you have so much more time to spend with your villains. It’s literally minutes and hours spent. We have 120-minutes and Jessica Jones had how ever many it had.”

The two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga, which will get new titles shortly open May 4th 2018 and May 3rd 2019. Finally, check out this new ‘Civil War’ promo which forgoes footage from the film in favor of an amusing PSA: