The Russo Brothers Discuss Character Development, Sacrifice, And Bucky’s New Arm In ‘AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR’

With 2017 coming to a close we draw ever closer to the release of Marvel Studios’ long awaited Avengers: Infinity War. The film promises to be the culmination of the MCU’s decade long history bringing together the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat the mad titan Thanos. And with such an exciting film comes a multitude of questions from fans, and lucky for us the Russo brothers took some time away from directing Avengers 4 to answer a few.

The Russo first talked about their own personal favorite characters that they are excited to see develop during the film. For Joe Russo he chose to discuss the MCU’s big bad himself, Thanos. Joe said,

“Okay, I’m going to start with Thanos. I’m most excited for the audience to learn about him. I think he’s a very interesting and complex villain. That’s why I like him. That’s why I’m excited for the audience to learn about him. I think his motivations, albeit psychotic, are compelling. And I think that in a lot of ways this is his movie, so it’s going to be very interesting to see how people respond to Thanos in the film.”

Anthony Russo then went on to discuss the character development of Thor. He also noted that Avengers: Infinity War will be picking up his story right where we left him at the end of Thor: Ragnarök.

“I’m going to pick Thor because Thor, we’re picking up his story from the end of Thor: Ragnarok and at the end of that film as any fan would know his home planet of Asgard is destroyed, and so the character is in new territory so to speak, because his past has been torn away from him to a degree. I think it’s very similar to Captain America’s situation when we picked up his story in Winter Solider when Joe and I came on to do our first movie for Marvel. Cap was in a place where we were very much catching him up in the modern world and seeing what that meant to him, and figuring out how you move a character that far forward and that far away from where they started back during the 40s, so I think in Thor we have similar opportunities with that character in this movie is that he’s going through a radical transformation and he’s moving forward in a way where he can never go back, and that’s always a fun place to be with a character as a storyteller.”

But the development of the film’s characters was not the only point of discussion. The Russo brothers were also asked about how the film will deal with sacrifice and how will we as the viewers come to accept these heroes sacrifices. For the MCU this has always been a point of criticism for the films, that they never seem to have any real stakes or loss for the characters. But it seems the Russos hope to break this pattern by introducing real sacrifice for the characters based on Joe Russo’s comments.

“I don’t know about the need to accept it, but I will say this: we love being told good stories, and we love telling good stories, and all of our energy, and our effort, and our thought, and our passion goes into telling the best story that we can. And for us, the best stories have stakes. Characters have to make sacrifices. To really, really feel the true emotion and the hero’s journey they have to go through trials and those trails could cost them something.

So, for us, its very important that the heroes feel pain and that they make sacrifices because I think that, not only is a great storytelling, but it also is inspiring and I think we need a lot of inspiration in this world right now. So, for us, I don’t know if we can ever get you to accept it, but I promise you this: we’ll do our damnedest to tell you the best story possible, and what you do with it from there is up to you.”

Some of the most compelling MCU films have been the ones where we get to see our heroes overcome real loss and struggle. So it will be interesting to see how this goes down in the Avengers: Infinity War.

And last but not least the Russos hinted at Bucky’s new bionic arm in Avengers: Infinity War and the influence Wakanda will have had on it. As we all know Bucky lost his arm in Captain America: Civil War during his and Cap’s fight with Iron Man. Only during the trailer for Infinity War we saw Bucky was sporting a brand new arm. So according to the Russos Bucky’s new arm will have been influenced by Wakanda, the country he has been staying in since Civil War. Anthony Russo gave the not so subtle answer,

“For everyone who’s seen Captain America: Civil War, they know Bucky was taken in by T’Challa in Wakanda. I think that, you know, we catch back up with him after he’s been there for a while, and if there’s an influence on his arm, it may perhaps have to do with that country that he’s been spending time in.”

The most obvious meaning behind this hints at Bucky’s new arm being made of vibranium, the same material used for Captain America’s shield. To see Bucky sport a new enhanced bionic arm, will no doubt leave many fans thrilled. But for now we will have to wait for Infinity War to see it in action.

Based on the Russo brothers’ comments and their past success in the MCU, Avengers: Infinity War is without a doubt in great hands. And hopefully the wait for the films release doesn’t seem too long. – Jacob Campbell

Source: Marvel Studios Movies

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War – An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe

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