After a long silence since the completion of filming, we have been getting plenty of information for the beginning of Phase 3, which officially kicks off next May with Captain America: Civil War. Following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, heroes are under scrutiny in the MCU, and there are plenty of them in the world now.
One of the men responsible for the stories that a majority of these heroes will have is Anthony Russo. He and his brother Joe are currently in post-production on Civil War, and will then move on to the two part epic known as Avengers: Infinity War late next year. Anthony recently spoke to SUPER Interessante at Comic Con Experience about his upcoming workload and revealed a few interesting tidbits about the Netflix characters, as well as Spidey’s suit in Civil War!
The conversation was mainly focused on Civil War, and among the countless appearances from familiar faces, we will get to see the first appearance for a highly anticipated character. No, I’m not talking about Black Panther (who looks awesome, by the way).
This will be the first appearance of the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man. There have been plenty of rumors about what costume(s) will be dawned by Peter Parker, but we have yet to see any costume. When asked if the Iron Spider suit would appear, Anthony said,
The film will show a mix of what everyone is waiting and a little twist. So yeah, that’s what I can tell.
One of the older MCU characters will also be making a resurgence on the screen with William Hurt returning as ~~General~~ Secretary ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross. In the comics, Ross eventually becomes the Red Hulk, but Anthony was reluctant to reveal if that will happen in Civil War.
This goes in that question of how to differentiate the comic book movies. We tried to rescue what has been done in the movies and move on. We like the idea that this character had already appeared in movies and it seemed the perfect opportunity to return. So, the choice had more to do with the relationship of the character in the movie than in the comics. For this movie.
In a few months, Anthony and Joe Russo will focus all their attention towards Infinity War before it starts shooting later next year. There have been rumors that the Netflix team, known as The Defenders, will join forces with the Avengers in the fight against Thanos. Based on Anthony’s response, I would not get your hopes up too high.
It’s complicated. When we start to serialize the telling of stories is difficult. You have to have a lot of control and focus on the course of history. The films are controlled by a group led by Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others. Then there is the possibility of a crossover, but is more complicated. It is a smaller version of the problem that exists when thinking that Fox has the rights to certain characters, Sony and others. As storytellers, we only have control over what happens in Marvel movies, but everything is possible.
There seems to be a growing divide between the people at Marvel Studios, Marvel Television, and those in charge of the Marvel/Netflix shows. While it would be great to see the likes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist alongside the Avengers, trying to sync up information make a story that organically flows from Infinity War to The Defenders to individual shows would be extremely difficult.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.
Source: SUPER Interessante.