Following on from Friday’s trailer release and pre-ticket sales kick off, the Russo Brothers have now revealed in a new interview who has the most screen time in their epic “Avengers: Infinity War” film.
Though the film is touted as the great big mash-up of all the Marvel cinematic universe heroes, the trailers confirm that the film seems to be following three separate storylines on three different planets. One starts in Earth and heads to Titan and involves Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and many of the Guardians.
One involves Thor, Rocket & Groot of on their own quest for something – likely a weapon to kill Thanos. The third involves the “Captain America” and “Black Panther” casts and regulars coming together with Hulk starting out in the first storyline and jumping to the third. So who has the most screen time? Joe Russo says:
“Interestingly enough, I’ll start out by saying Thanos, even though he’s not a character that had a huge pre-existing story in the Marvel universe. He was a threat, but he was not developed in any way up to this point. Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film, in a lot of ways I would say it’s his movie.
Our job when we make these films – and what we feel is important to us – is to surprise the audience. We wanted to tell a story that they weren’t expecting, and the story is told from the point of view of a villain, which I think is also really unique and risky for a commercial film that will surprise the audience.
I think this is a market where the audience really enjoys innovation and disruption, and we want to do something innovative in this space. So I think Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time, and I think you’ll find that Thor has a really interesting arc in the film. He hasn’t been at the forefront of other Avengers movies, but he certainly has a very important role in this film. So I’ll say, Thanos and Thor.”
Thanos’ story crosses all three storylines so his hogging the limelight isn’t a surprise, Thor having so much screentime after being shortchanged somewhat in the previous “Avengers” films is a welcome relief and as he’s on his own as such – he isn’t fighting for screen time against so many other heroes in his storyline.
He adds that with the production stretching across two films, they knew that they could shift the focus around so characters who get a lot of screen time in the third one would get less in the fourth and vice versa:
“We knew that because we had two films, ‘Avengers 3’ and ‘4’, that in one movie we could push people to the forefront but then we could pull back in the second film and push other characters to the forefront who had less screen time in the first movie. We did have the opportunity to divide it up that way. So if you feel like one of your favorite characters didn’t get enough screen time in Avengers 3, well then wait ’til ‘Avengers 4.'”
The pair also say their experience in television on the likes of “Happy Endings” and “Community” has given them a lot of experience balancing ensembles and juggling between A/B/C stories and making sure characters in each are serviced right. They also confirm the giant circular ship seen in the film is called the ‘Q-Ship’.
“Avengers: Infinity War” opens April 27th.