In October, 2014, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced the development of several new films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Avengers: Infinity War–Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War–Part 2. Touted as the culmination of the MCU saga, most fans assumed that the second film would be a direct continuation of the first. However, since the initial announcement the Russo Brothers, who will direct both upcoming Avengers films, have stated that the two films are in fact their own entity, with the fourth film now receiving its own yet-to-be-revealed subtitle.
Speaking to IGN, Feige explained how Infinity War will differ from the fourth Avengers film and what fans can expect when the Mad Titan Thanos finally emerges from the shadows.
“There’s a reason we have publicly called the first one ‘Infinity War’ and the second one ‘Untitled,’ because the movies we were developing were not — certainly there’s a connection, there are with all our movies — but it’s not a first part and a second part. It’s a whole movie and a whole story, and then a whole movie and a whole story. That’s about all I can say. It’s certainly inspired by everything that has come before and everything that is hinted at before.”
Considering Infinity War is expected to include a large amount of characters from various corners of the MCU, fans have been wondering how exactly the film will play out and in which locations. Feige explains:
“We will be intercutting a lot of stories in that movie in a lot of different locales, as it sort of is in the Avengers movies as well; who is facing off against who. In this movie, it’s going to be fun to mix that up. One of the things that’s great about the Infinity Gauntlet is everybody tried to go up against Thanos whether they were god-like powers or not, because that’s what Avengers do. The fun about those two movies that we’re doing essentially at the same time is everybody’s there.”
Some fans may find it difficult to consider Infinity War and its successor to a be a true culmination of the MCU journey if it doesn’t include heroes from the television shows in some fashion, particularly the Defenders. While Feige would not confirm or deny an appearance by the street-level heroes, he did offer a tease. “Spoilers!” Feige says on the matter, a comment sure to drive fans crazy until summer 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters on May 4, 2018.
The untitled fourth Avengers film will be released in theaters on May 3, 2019.