Directors…Assemble! The Russos had Input from Other MCU Directors on AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the biggest achievements in cinematic history. The great thing about it is that a bunch of different directors can bring their unique voice to a wide variety of characters.
When Avengers: Infinity War drops next month, all of those characters will be under one cinematic roof. So naturally, Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of the film told ComicBook.com during a press junket, that they collaborated with the other directors to get the tone of some of the characters right.
“I would say collectively, everyone in the Marvel Universe has been involved in this movie. We’re very close with all the directors. We love them all. We have a lot of conversations with people constantly. We had a lot of talking with Taika, because that movie [wasn’t] finished, and he had to execute things on set that we needed real information about tonally, about the direction it was going in. The Guardians’ two movies existed. We had seen both, so we have an understanding of how those characters behave. I think James has functioned in the way that everyone has been functioning.”
Waititi and Gunn were not the only two they sought input from however. There is a future after Infinity War (at least for some of the characters) and they needed to keep in line with that too.
“As far as how we’re working, we’re working in a real collaborate, united artists approach to the movie, in respect to hearing where people are taking their characters.” Joe Russo continued. “Ant-Man 2 is just about to start shooting, so we need to keep in communication with Peyton constantly about story elements in that, that may effect this. [Ryan] Coogler. Ryan was in the middle of shooting Black Panther. He was here, and we had several conversations. Met with him many times, met with the crew many times with him, his production design department. We looked at fight vids from the story. We had a lot of interaction with Nate Moore, the producer. Many text messages back and forth with Ryan. It’s really just trying to do the job of managing the universe as it’s progressing.”
It makes sense. Infinity War is the culmination of everything that has happened before. 10 years of storytelling leads up to this. People are invested in some characters more than others, they need to make sure the people who are seeing this for the Guardians are satisfied, as well as the people who are seeing this because Black Panther, Thor, or Captain America is in it.
If the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a television show, Infinity War would be the season finale during May sweeps. It is nice that the Russos are making it as collaborative as possible.
We’ll see if all of that pays off when Avengers: Infinity War gets released worldwide on April 27.
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