In Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers are pushed to an incredible dilemma thanks to the Sokovia Accords, which leads into a division between the teams – both led by Captain America/Steve Rogers and Iron Man/Tony Stark. By the end of the film, the status of the entire team remains completely split, with the future of these characters seemingly uncertain for where things may go, adding more tension to the film’s incredible narrative.
The film’s finale hit fans right in the gut, especially once Cap gave up his shield after he and Bucky were fighting Tony nearly to the death. Add the fact that Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America, and you got yourself an intriguing follow-up story on your hands. During an interview with Independent, Anthony Russo talked about where he and his brother Joe sees the state of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by the time Avengers: Infinity War begins.
There’s a writing adage that says “write yourself into a corner.” My brother and I have always loved that adage. That was one of our favorite things about Civil War – that it ended in a difficult place where it’s hard to imagine what the road forward exactly is for both Tony Stark, Steve Rodgers and these two sides that have suffered the consequences of this division. On a storytelling level, it is a very difficult place and yes, that is very much the condition of the world as we move forward after Civil War. This very much sets the stage for where Infinity War begins – it’s a place of a strong divide.
The Russos’ approach to the upcoming sequel makes total sense from where Civil War ended. So from the looks of it, by the time Avengers: Infinity War begins, the actual Avengers will probably not be on the friendliest of terms.
When asked on whether or not Infinity War would serve as a sendoff for certain characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Russo responded:
Without getting too specific with the surprises that the movies hold, we very much think of these [next two Avengers films] as a culmination of everything that’s happened in the MCU. And in some respects, they’re going to be the end of some things and the beginnings of certain things. And there’s a big catharsis that happens in these movies in terms of what the MCU is and how it is formed.
I cannot wait to see how everything comes to a head in Phase 3. It’s already exciting to see how films like Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming will further expand the universe and the thought of all these events culminating into Avengers: Infinity War just makes my heart soar with hype and joy.
Avengers: Infinity War opens in theaters on May 4, 2018.