Avengers: Infinity War‘s press tour is now underway, and along with the interviews & red carpets comes further insight into Marvel’s gargantuan franchise-wide superhero team-up film. From what we’ve heard from the movie’s cast, very few involved with the project have actually seen the full film, and while there have been a handful of early screenings it’s been reported that the these have only shown around 30-minutes of the movie. With all this secrecy fans have been eager to grab hold of as much information as they can get, and who better to ask than Infinity War co-director Joe Russo.
Joe, along with brother Anthony, has been responsible for a lot of Marvel’s more recent success, namely with his work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, the latter of which presented the pair’s first hero team-up film which saw them having to balance more than a handful of characters. Of course, Infinity War has even more characters to cater for, but the Russo’s have stressed from the start that the upcoming title is really “Thanos’ movie”, and so we expect that the Infinity Gauntlet wearing baddy will be given the most screen time.
In a conversation withMetroUK, which took during a red carpet event for Infinity War in London, Russo made plain that Thanos will not be used in the same way as any other villain we’ve seen in the MCU up to now, emphasising the Mad Titan’s great intellect and the amount its going to cost Earth’s (and the Galaxy’s) heroes to stop him:
“This is it. Thanos is an unstoppable villain he’s virtually invincible, he’s highly intelligent – genius level intelligent – he’s like the Genghis Khan of the universe, and to stop him it’s going to cost them a lot. They’re going to have to see if they’re willing to pay that price, and that’s what these movies are really about.”
Moving on to Russo’s parting comments, he wants for fans to be prepared (emotionally) for what is to come in Avengers 3, and this isn’t the first time either he or Anthony have forewarned of the potential “heartbreak” that could be felt as the film’s events unfold:
“What we want is for the audience to be prepared, as there’s a lot of surprises – there’s going to be a lot of humour and a lot of heartbreak.”
Clearly the Russo’s have many twists, turns and surprises in store for audiences, and with Infinity War now just over two weeks from release we will soon be getting the answers to all our burning questions and, no doubt, have an understanding as to where the overall MCU will be heading in the future, with big shifts supposedly coming by the time Avengers 4 (Infinity War‘s follow-up) arrives in 2019.
Avengers: Infinity War flies into cinemas April 27th