In a recent interview with Variety, the directors of Avengers: Infinity War reveal that not everything can be or should be a cinematic universe.
As Avengers: Infinity War shows just how lucrative a cinematic universe can be, it’s not a stretch to assume that other companies would want a piece of the multi-billion dollar pie. When sitting down with Anthony and Joe Russo, an interviewer at Variety asked what their advice would be for a studio that wants to do something similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In response, Joe Russo strictly warned against it:
“Yeah, don’t do it, not everything can be sustained through a cinematic universe.”
While harsh, it seems as though Russo’s words ring true. Aside from Wonder Woman, the DC Extended Universe has experienced flop after flop. Even worse than that, Universal’s Dark Universe was abandoned after just one movie. This isn’t to mention all the other movie universes proposed and left on the cutting room floor. It could just be that Marvel caught lighting in a bottle and all the other studios attempting the same thing are getting struck by the same thing Marvel was able to harness with Avengers and its preceding films.
What do you think? Should studios quit trying to make cinematic universes? If not, what studio do you want to attempt it next? Leave your answers in the comments down below!
Avengers: Infinity War has a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautisa, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Benicio Del Toro, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Terry Notary, Carrie Coon, and Josh Brolin as the Mad Titan Thanos. Here’s the official Infinity War synopsis:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters now.