The Russo Brothers Discuss Why MCU Films Don’t Follow Comic Storylines

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As part of a discussion on the making of Avengers: Infinity War with Telegraph India, Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo talked about several aspects of the process of getting the story ready for a Marvel Studios film like Infinity War. One of these aspects is the adaptation of specific comic storylines.

When this was brought up in the interview, The Russos explained their reasoning for what may sometimes seem like an extreme departure from the comics:

“We’re inspired by the books, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not the Marvel comic book universe, They’re different. As a comic book fan, I think it’s fun to take elements from the books that I identify with. But if I want a literal interpretation, I’ll just read the book. I think that Marvel jumped off with this cinematic experiment that they started 10 years ago with a narrative that diverts from that. So we wanted to fulfill storylines that we’ve set up in Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil War that we want to carry forward into Avengers: Infinity War and the next one; but not necessarily do a literal interpretation of Jim Starlin’s’ book. But there are great ideas in that book, and we owe a lot of the movie and what’s behind the movie to Jim.”

It’s important to realize that a a literal interpretation from a Marvel Comic Book is nearly impossible, as some Marvel characters essential to a storyline for Infinity War/Gauntlet are scattered properties to different studios. Not only that, but an exact retelling of a comic book is also creatively limiting and makes the story that much more predicatable. Given the secrecy surrounding Infinity War, it’s good to know you can’t just pick up a comic book to find out what’s going to happen. Taking creative liberties is sometimes necessary for something as huge in scope as a comic book event.

92-9231-FTH3500Z.jpgThe Russos have a good understanding of this concept, especially when it comes to fan service, which is throwing in certain aspects from the comics as a nod to fans and to watch panels come to life, which, if not forced and done right, is a magical moment for casual and hardcore fans alike:

“But it’s been important for us to find connective tissue that the audience can relate to and has emotional connection to based upon what they’ve seen before, As far as fan service goes, every fan wants something different. You can’t please all fans. We’re fans, and we love making these movies, and we loved comic books growing up. So our mandate all along has been that we’re going to make something that pleases us, that we’re happy with and that we’re excited about and that we want to share with people. Then we keep our fingers crossed that everybody’s as excited about it as we are.”

Overall, the Russo Brothers seem very relaxed and confident about their vision for what will be the culmination of 10 years of storytelling, as Avengers: Infinity War edges closer and closer to theaters. For all future news and press coverage on Avengers: Infinity War, be sure to follow theSuperBroMovies Twitter Page. – Ernesto Valenzuela

Source – Telegraph India

Avengers: Infinity War Hits Theaters April 27th, 2018

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.

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