“Captain America: Civil War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently sat down with ComicBook.com to talk about the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga.
Having gotten the hang of juggling a multiple superhero cast in ‘Civil War’, the pair have worked with most of the characters currently available in Marvel’s toybox but do indicate there’s two others they are keen to have a play with. First up, Anthony Russo teases the potential appearance of a fan favourite – Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord:
“The movies are intended to be a culmination of everything that’s happened before in the MCU so you don’t want to get into spoilers but I’m a big fan of what James Gunn has. [Joe Russo and I] are both big fans of what James Gunn has done. Star-Lord is a fantastic character and Chris Pratt is an awesome performer so you’d be very excited.”
Then there’s someone who was always a lock, but whom the Russos have yet to work with – Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. Joe Russo says:
“I’m excited to work with Thor. They’re doing some really interesting stuff with Ragnarok and where he’s gonna be at the beginning of Infinity War is gonna be a very interesting place and I think very profound. I think he’s gonna have a real emotional motivation after that.”
Don’t expect Daredevil or The Defenders though as “Daredevil” star Charlie Cox has indicated this week no-one from the MCU has contact him about being involved in any MCU films.
io9 meanwhile spoke with them about the splitting of the films and were told that despite the title, both are essentially two quite different films rather than one giant film split in two. Anthony Russo says:
“The movies are very very different from one another. It’s not a part one and part two scenario, necessarily. They’re just two different expressions. I think it creates a misconception that we’re shooting them at the same time”
Joe Russo says much of the groundwork for the film has already been laid, with an “overarching story” being told through all four of the Marvel films they’ve been involved with. “Doctor Strange” and “Thor: Ragnarok” will add a bit more, but Marvel’s Kevin Feige says: “the majority of it is already there.”
Feige also says he hasn’t worked out the MCU’s fourth phase plans yet:
“We’re only working on what’s been announced through the end of 2019, and it is still a big chess board for 2020 and beyond, but certainly I would say Guardians 3 is [one film that’s] up there. I don’t know what exactly the order will be.”
“Captain America: Civil War” opens May 6th in the United States.