Next week, we’ll all get to see Captain America: Civil War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The Russo brothers have made a career with bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life, and will return in 2018 and 2019 with Avengers: Infinity War. So while we are looking at their latest completed project, they have their eyes on the next big battle in the MCU.

Hey U Guys shared some information from the Russo Brothers regarding the approach to Civil War and Infinity War, both of which are movies with a large cast of super-heroes.

They were asked the question about approaching Civil War and making sure it wasn’t another Avengers movie (on the question of having too many superheroes… “It doesn’t seem like we hit the limit in this one…”).

Of course, Captain America: Civil War has a rather large cast, but it has been rumored that Avengers: Infinity War will have characters from throughout the MCU, not just the movies, with 67 characters being considered. But Civil War is a movie about Captain America (Chris Evans) and the conflicts that arise between him and his friends. It seems that the Russo Brothers were influenced by an unlikely source, while developing the film.

People ask us about the influences…we sat down and we looked The Godfather because it’s telling the story of a family, it jumps around and pushes forward other character arcs and unifies them into a whole. We looked at that structurally and thought this is comparable to Civil War. What we’ll study for Infinity War is something like Nashville.

The way the creative team is juggling these two projects is amazing. Avengers: Infinity War was well into development before Captain America: Civil War was finalized.

We wrapped Civil War and moved into the edit room and spent half our day in the edit room and half in a room with Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus (Infinity War’s writers) and spent many months developing the story. They’ve been writing for the past couple of months and we’re about to get our first draft.

The directors also went on to say that while Civil War is the last installment of the Captain America Trilogy, it isn’t the end of his story. In fact, there is a completely different trilogy in the works.

This isn’t a traditional trilogy because [Captain America’s] story continues in Infinity war, so it’s another piece in the puzzle. His arc carries on into the Avengers films so this is desconstructing and setting us, and the Universe up, for its final culmination. We look at Winter Soldier, Civil War and Infinity War as a continuity for ourselves as storytellers, so you could call that a trilogy.

The continuation of all these story-lines, and the way they are weaved together is part of what makes the MCU so fascinating. The Russo Brothers have proven to be more than capable of pulling the strings all together, and I’m certain that whatever they are cooking up will be fantastic. We’ll be able to catch the next installment when Captain America: Civil War premieres on May 6. (NEXT WEEK!!!)

Source: Hey U Guys