With the home release of Captain America: Civil War right around the corner, the Joe and Anthony Russo have been making the publicity rounds. One of the outlets they made a point of sitting down with was none other than IGN. Although they’ve been posting bits of the interview here and there, they only just now released the full interview with the brothers. The discussion spans across past (Civil War) and future (Avengers: Infinity War).
While many had concerns about the number of characters in Civil War, and obviously many more are coming in Infinity War, the Russos are all about working with a large cast according to Anthony.
Joe and I, throughout our careers, we’ve been attracted to ensemble storytelling and it’s been a large part of our work, starting with our very first movie Welcome to Collinwood through our TV work with Arrested Development or Community or Happy Endings. We love ensembles. That’s part of what we love about our Marvel work as well, so the fact that we get to carry that process forward into Avengers: Infinity War, and not only carry it forward but at a scale and a scope that we’ve never even attempted before in those films…
If anyone is set to juggle the large scale of Infinity War then the Russos are the men for the job. Their CV is filled with shows that relied on extensive casts and intertwined plots. That balancing act is amplified by the nature of a superhero movie, where not every character has the same level of powers. Again, from Anthony:
For us, it was figuring out, yes you’ve got characters like Scarlet Witch and the Vision who are extremely powerful, and they’re going to have to intercept with characters who they might be able to overwhelm on a strictly power level, but how do we put those characters into emotional conflicts that will cause them to either limit or hinder their use of powers so we can even the playing field that way, so to speak.
This balance will be tough in the film to come, because as the interviewer says, “I imagine Hawkeye’s arrows aren’t going to be all that effective against Thanos.” Some of the “emotional conflicts” in Infinity War will be the rift between Captain America and Iron Man, according to Joe.
Part of what excited us about how we could end Civil War, and the fact that there is this divide between Cap and Tony and their relationship that will be very, very difficult for them to ever repair…the greatest threat the universe has ever seen is going to come at the moment where the Avengers are arguably at their lowest, at their worst.
Fans have wondered how permanent the fall out of Civil War will be. At the very least, we shouldn’t see a resolution to the Secret Avengers angle until at least 2018. Even then the conflict will not be easily solved. Is it possible our heroes won’t truly reconcile until mere moments before their ultimate demise? Cap’s olive branch at the end of Civil War may be a first step in reconciliation, but there is much more to come.
MCU fans should definitely check out the full interview over at IGN, including more talk about introducing characters and the connection between the two films. Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for a May 2018 release, but begins filming this year. Captain America: Civil War comes out on various mediums starting September 2nd.