Russos Talk Why “Infinity War” Is All IMAX

Following in the wake of their success with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo signed on for both its sequel “Captain America: Civil War” and the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” two-part saga.

With ‘Civil War’ the duo used new 2D digital IMAX cameras to shoot a key action sequence on the film. They had such success with it that it was decided earlier this year that the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” film saga will be shot entirely in large-scale format (albeit a different system).

Speaking about that decision with iFeng (via CBM) this week, they explain why they made that choice and how much of ‘Civil War’ ended up being in IMAX. Joe Russo says:

“It’s about 20 minutes [of ‘Civil War’] of IMAX. It’s our first time using these new Arri 65 cameras in the IMAX format and it’s beautiful. Once we saw the 20 minutes of footage that we had shot, that’s when we made the decision to do both movies of the Infinity War [entirely] in it. The scale is appropriate for superhero storytelling. There’s a lot of characters in those movies, a lot of characters who are tall characters. Big characters who are much taller than regular humans.”

So, when you have that beautiful IMAX top and bottom frame, it creates a much grander format for a movie like that to be viewed in. I just feel like the thing that distinguishes movies right now is that wide-screen format and the difference of why you go out of your house to go to the theater; it’s to have that experience that you can’t have at your house. For us, we wanted to really deliver on the promise of those movies. There’re 20 movies behind them, so they’re the culmination of 20 films and it needs a big beautiful format to tell that story.

You won’t be disappointed in the scale of those movies, or in the amount of characters that are in them/ As mentioned, 20 films of storytelling will intersect in those movies. We don’t have any surprises for anybody [right now]. Those movies are a couple years away. Let people speculate about who they want to see in those films, and why they want to see them. And we’ll see how the storytelling continues to develop in the movies that have still yet to come out. But you won’t be disappointed in the amount of characters.”

In related news, Anthony Russo spoke with Anily about their interpretation of the Spider-Man character who will be making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in ‘Civil War’. Tom Holland takes on the role here which is quite different to previous incarnations. Russo says:

“This is a completely new version of Spider-Man that’s introduced in Civil War. It was very important to us that we go younger with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he’s still a high school student. That’s a part of his vulnerability and it’s what makes him special in the Marvel Universe; he’s very unique. We wanted to play to that aspect of the character. We also wanted to think about ‘Who is Marvel today?’

A lot of times when you get interpretations of Marvel, they’re very nostalgic to the origins of the character. Sometimes there’s an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Marvel is. We wanted to think about who is Marvel today if he’s living in Queens, what’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That’s our goal with the character.”

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