The end is nigh, as directors Joe and Anthony Russo have confirmed when they expect to complete work on Marvel's Avengers 4.
Wrapping up more than a decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sequel to this year's Avengers: Infinity War will close out Phase Three of the franchise and presumably set the ball rolling for what comes next.
With Avengers 4 undergoing reshoots, the Russo brothers told Deadline that work will continue throughout the rest of this year, with completion targeted for March 2019. “We hope to be done by March," Anthony Russo said. "It was so gratifying that in a movie with this scope and scale and that wide of an audience, that we were able to end with a gut punch and yet the audience stayed with us and found value and kept coming back."
Speaking about the honor of ending Phase Three, Russo continued, "It’s a rare thing to find in commercial filmmaking and we know it had a lot to do with the capital that’s been built up around these characters for the last 10 years of Marvel filmmaking."
"The audience is so invested in these characters that they’re willing to stick with them even through the hard stuff," he added. "It has been our great pleasure as storytellers to take them through that hard stuff and have it be a cathartic and even entertaining experience at times.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers 4 stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Evangeline Lilly, and Josh Brolin. The film is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.