Avengers: Infinity War will unite several heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the climactic battle against the Mad Titan Thanos. Directing the highly anticipated film will be Anthony and Joe Russo, whose previous MCU entries have included both an extensive cast of characters and political messages. In an interview with Variety, the Russo Brothers discussed the themes of the next Avengers film and if they would ever direct a Star Wars film.
Anthony Russo explained how the themes of Infinity War will be different from the political commentary of their Captain America films:
“In ‘Winter Soldier‘ we were thinking about the surveillance state. In ‘Civil War‘ our heroes had to decide, is it better to allow themselves to be monitored and controlled by the government or to disband and not let that happen? It’s a theme that just keeps expanding. You’ll find that ‘Infinity War‘ and the still untitled Avengers movie deal with much larger issues. They move beyond the politics. Those stories were specifically about Captain America, and he’s a guy that wears a flag on his shield. We can’t help but address current American issues with him. ‘Infinity War‘ deals with much deeper, more universal and more profound themes of fate and destiny and the essence of what it means to be a hero.”
Joe Russo discussed their approach to handling a film with such a large group of main characters:
“We’ve always been really drawn to the idea of ensemble storytelling. These movies just bring that to the nth degree. It’s sort of “How do you hold a stable narrative together when you have all these points of view?”
Anthony Russo explained how Infinity War will be the culmination of the MCU to date:
“If the first ‘Iron Man‘ movie were the first chapter of a book that would be written over 10 years and 22 films, these two movies are the final chapters of that book. Of course, there will be other books written.”
Joe Russo added:
“The [Marvel Cinematic Universe] will go on after these films, but there are many ways in which these films are a culmination and completion of one road.”
When asked if the siblings would ever direct a Star Wars film, Joe Russo replied:
“I sat in a theater when I was 11 years old and watched ‘The Empire Strikes Back‘ from 10 in the morning until 10 at night the day it came out. To say we’re obsessed with ‘Star Wars‘ is an understatement. We’d absolutely love to do a ‘Star Wars‘ film.”
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Benicio Del Toro, Danai Gurira and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters on May 4, 2018.