President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has revealed the studio has decided to shoot Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4 back to back rather than shooting them both simultaneously as it was originally planned.
During a recent chat with Collider, Feige explained that the change of plans is in an effort to avoid any possible risk of compromising the quality of either film that could occur when shifting gears back and forth between two big-budget blockbusters:
“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.”
The Russo Brothers already have an incredibly challenging task on their hands as they once again will have to strike the perfect balance seen in Captain America: Civil War as Avengers: Infinity War will be the culmination of the entire cinematic universe Marvel has established over the last nine years. It will feature the Avengers coming together to take on Thanos, who was first teased back in 2012 in The Avengers.
Following Infinity War, Marvel will roll right into production on Avengers 4 beginning in August. Originally the production on both films was expected to last nine months. With production on Infinity War wrapping up sometime in June or July, production on Avengers 4 will most likely last until late in the fall.
Avengers: Infinity War is slated to hit theaters May 4, 2018, with Avengers 4 set for release one year later on May 3, 2019.