With just hours remaining from the official North American debut of Captain America: Civil War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo are now consciously looking forward to what's next - Avengers: Infinity War - and what they did in this week's film to set the table for the 2018/2019 films. In an interview with Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr., the Russo brothers touch on how Infinity War is the 'culmination of the Marvel cinematic universe' and how they 'deconstructed' the Avengers to prepare.
"I will say that we had one big idea: if Infinity War is intended to be the culmination of the Marvel cinematic universe and this moment where they’re going to finally meet Thanos, which is the greatest threat that the universe has ever seen, then what can we do to set the stage for that in the most fun way? This was part of the reason we embraced Civil War," said Anthony Russo. "Is like, yeah, well, let’s shatter the Avengers before we get there. And make it fun to see if and how they come back."
"That seemed a better story trajectory, to give them a long distance to travel. The other thing is, we knew we had to deconstruct," said Joe Russo. "Because we’re fans as well of film making, and I’ll be the first guy at a midnight screening with my kid, too. I fu*king love movies, and I love big branded movies, and just from our own gut and our own reaction, clearly, it was becoming a saturated market. We felt like the smartest thing that we could do with the movie was to deconstruct the genre rather than to keep repeating that three-act structure where hero has a problem in the first act. Introduce villain. Hero and villain come into conflict in the second act. Third act, hero beats villain. We worked really hard to subvert that, with twists in the movie that are about subversion and playing with the fact that you are conditioned to believe that that’s where we’re going to go. And then we pull the rug out from under you."
The Russos go on to say that the consecutive filming of the two Avengers: Infinity War installments (which they've previously revealed will be retitled ) is scheduled to begin in November, and that work on the scripts began last December.
Captain America: Civil War debuts in theaters nationwide this evening, with the Infinity War movies scheduled for May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.