As Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 have continued to develop as projects they have become more and more distinct as films. At first, Marvel announced them as Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 but later said that the latter would not include that title. Early reports also suggested that the scenes in the two films were going to be shot all at once, with the Russo Brothers going from a shot for Infinity War one day to doing something for Avengers 4 the next. That plan has significantly changed according to some recent comments Kevin Feige made to Collider.
We’re doing them one right after another… It became too complicated to cross-board them like that, and we found ourselves—again, something would always pay the price. We wanted to be able to focus and shoot one movie and then focus and shoot another movie.
Ultimately this is not a monumental shift. Release schedules are not being altered and for the cast and crew, it is still one marathon shooting schedule, with one movie happening directly on the heels of the other. (One wonders if the Russos will be less involved in editing and post production on Infinity War since that work will have to be happening as they are still filming the next installment.) The complexity of actors’ schedules, with characters coming in and out, will also still be a giant puzzle. It just sounds like Marvel decided to reduce the moving parts.
Other comments by Collider gives the impression that even things like cinematography may be different between the two films. That continues the slow decoupling of the films that has happened. Marvel Studios has refused to give fans any idea what that means for the plot. Hopefully, this will be a positive decision for the end product. Some fans have bristled in the past at franchises like Harry Potter and Hunger Games which chose to create films lacking a definitive narrative structure in order to stretch the story (and box office) across two films. (This is a complaint former Marvel director Joss Whedon has in regards to The Empire Strikes Back.) Treating each movie with some respect as an individual entity is probably going to be a net positive.
The interesting question that continues to grow in importance is this: just what exactly is Avengers 4 going to be? It seems that Marvel is withholding a title in fear that it will reveal too much of the plot of Infinity War. It will be a coup for the secrecy police if Marvel can wait to announce the title until after the release of the first of the films next May. What do you think of this news? What would you like to see as a title for the fourth Avengers film? Share your thoughts in the comments below.