Avengers: Infinity War is set to be the biggest comic book film of all time, just judging from the number of characters to the sheer scope. And it all takes place in the MCU, a film universe that has seen a lot of directors have their take in various characters. So when it comes up putting all of the pieces from previous films together, it’s important to have consistency with what previous filmmakers have done.
When it comes to Infinity War there’s no exception, directing duo Anthony and Joe Russo have ensured that the first film MCU film seeing the Guardians, Black Panther, and Avengers all together feels feels familiar. While speaking to Collider (on set of the film), the Russo brothers talked about the collaborative process with other MCU directors while making Infinity War. From James Gunn to Taika Waititi, they made sure that they had the right creatives voices influencing the massive project. Oh yeah, Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler definitely had a say when it came down to T’Challa and Wakanda.
Anthony Russo: I would say collectively, everyone in the Marvel Universe has been involved in this movie. We’re very close with all the directors, we love them all. We have a lot of conversations with people constantly, we have a lot of talks with Taika — because that movie isn’t finished and he had executed things on set that we needed real information about, tonally, about the direction it was going in. The Guardians’ two movies existed in the same world, so we had an understanding of how those characters behaved.
I think James has functioned the same way that everyone has been functioning. I think it’s a nod to James, the EP credit, that he really helped create those characters. But as far as how we’re working, we’re working in a real collaborative united artists approach to the movie. In respect to hearing people’s … where people are taking their characters, Ant Man 2 is just about to start shooting, so we need to keep in communication with Peyton constantly about story elements in that that may affect this. [Ryan] Coogler. Sorry, we didn’t mention him. Ryan was in the middle of shooting Black Panther, and he was here and we had several conversations, met with him many times, met with the crew many times with him, his production design department, we looked at fight vids from the story. We had a lot of interaction with Nate Moore, the producer, many text messages back and forth with Ryan. It’s really just trying to do the job of managing the universe as it’s progressing.
I’m certainly not envious of the amount of work they’ve had to do to get everything working together, it’s a truly daunting task to gather all of the different creative elements into one cohesive film. Directors like Peyton and Taika certainly had there say for Ant-man and Thor respectively, even James Gunn got an executive producer credit on the film. We know Gunn’s baby, the Guardians of the Galaxy, will finally team with the Avengers so it makes sense for him have to make sure the characters feel the same. The tone of the Guardians films also have a distinct tone, it’s important to make it mesh well for what the Russo Bros are going for.
The tricky thing about this collaborative process is that certain films were in production at the same time as Infinity War. This means that the decisions made on the other film directly effects this one, this is especially true for Black Panther. Director Ryan Coogler worked closely (via cellphone) to make sure both fils had the same vision for Wakanda and the characters.
Joe Russo: For the movies that haven’t been completed, that’s where it gets into a tricky spot for us, because we want to make sure we’re being sensitive to what’s happening during the execution of those films, the process of discovery that they will go through in the execution that’s different from what was on the page in the scripts, because of course we read all the scripts. So that’s really where it becomes critical that we communicate with other people, just to understand how things are evolving while we’re executing, while they’re executing.
Anthony Russo: And what we need from their storytelling to help move us forward. I think in particular on this one that was Ryan. Because he was shooting while we were shooting, and there was a lot of cross collaboration there. He’s done an amazing job with the level of detail that he has brought to the Wakandan universe. Incredible. You see it in the trailer, it’s mind-blowing.
Making a film is truly a team effort, and it’s still extremely difficult, even when there’s two directors at the helm. When it comes down to doing this type of film, it’s essential to be in sync with what other directors plan for their characters. It’s obviously a gigantic task to try to get everything right with this film, and it’s evident they are doing all they can do so. Reading this type of stuff always gets me excited for a film, you know from their words that a lot of love and care was put into something you’ve waiting a long time to see.
I can’t wait to see the fruit of their efforts be put on the big screen in April, and tomorrow’s trailer is only gonna mike it even more hype. What do you guys think? Be sure to let us know by tweeting at SuperBroMovies with your thoughts. – Marcos Melendez.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27th
Avengers: Infinity War – Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.