Warning: This post contains spoilers for Captain America: Civil War. If you have not yet seen the movie, do not read the following article.
Phase 3 begins tonight with the release of Captain America: Civil War and speaking as someone who has already seen it, the MCU and the Avengers are left in a very different place when the movie concludes. I will not get into heavy spoilers as to how it is different, but Joe and Anthony Russo have been talking about what comes next- Avengers: Infinity War. While the movies will be re-titled, the Russos know what characters will be appearing in the two part saga.
While talking with /Film, they were asked what relationships they are most looking forward to exploring next. While they don’t reveal anything too surprising, such as new characters, it looks like they intend to focus on some of the primary ones from Civil War. The relationship between Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) has grown since Avengers: Age of Ultron and throughout Civil War, so it is not a surprise they want to show more of those two.
Joe: Certainly Scarlet Witch and Vision. It’s a very compelling story. Obviously, it’s one ripped from the comics that, for many years, there was some very interesting storytelling and characters. One character is searching for how to identify with humanity, another who is on a journey away from her humanity towards becoming a very powerful being.
The relationship that undoubtedly and unsurprisingly undergoes the most change is the one between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). The friendship is broken, with Cap open to help out if need be, but the Russos want to explore whether or not they can, or even should, repair the friendship.
Anthony: I would also say Captain America and Iron Man is central. Can those guys ever repair their relationship? What is their relationship ever going to be like moving forward from this?
Joe: Should they repair it?
Anthony: That’s as complicated as anything.
The other relationship that they want to explore, is the one they have spent the most time on during their stint with Marvel. Both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War deal heavily with the relationship of Cap and Bucky, but the directors are not done yet. We see a new version of Bucky at the end of the movie, and they are looking forward to once again showing the complexities of that relationship.
Anthony: The other relationship that’s still exciting to us is, again, Cap and Bucky. The wonderful thing about this movie, which started in Winter Soldier, is that Cap had a belief in him, that there’s still a human being inside the Winter Soldier that he can save and that he can reach, and he’s gone to incredible lengths now, with incredible faith, that that’s waiting for him if he goes there. He’s found that human being inside Bucky Barnes, but who is that guy going forward? Just because he’s found and he’s there, he’s still this crazy, bastard hybrid of who he used to be in The First Avenger and this killing machine.
Joe: If he’s not Bucky Barnes or The Winter Soldier, then who he is?
Anthony: He’s somebody new now. What kind of relationship will him and Cap have moving forward?
None of these answers were too surprising, but it does give us a good preview of what characters we can expect to have major roles in this movie. I’m sure there will be other characters that play a big role, and I am hoping that Black Widow and Black Panther get a chance to continue to explore their relationship either in either parts of Infinity War, or by putting Widow in Black Panther.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters May 4, 2018. Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 is scheduled to hit theaters May 3, 2019.