When the success of Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War solidified the Russo Brothers as the directors for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the directing duo agreed to film both of the massive Marvel Studios blockbusters back-to-back so the films could be released a year apart. However, Anthony Russo has since stated that, if given the chance, he and his brother would have done things differently.
"I think the challenge for all of us was finding the balance between the two films," Russo told CinemaBlend. "Because each film is so complex on its own that sometimes considering both of them was a bit overwhelming. So we looked for opportunities in the process to separate the two so that our brains could be fully focused on the narrative. While the films have a connection, as the Marvel films do, they are distinct stories."
Had they had some time between filming, it would have allowed them the ability to reflect on the positives of Infinity War and what they might be able to improve for Endgame, but the back-to-back schedule made this impossible. Instead, the Russos focused on the process and remained optimistic that moviegoers would enjoy the culmination of 10 years of films that successfully built and reinforced the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Nevertheless, Infinity War earned rave reviews from critics and fans who praised the cast and the story, and the film earned an impressive $2.048 billion at the global box office. With Endgame being one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2019, one can hope it earns equal, if not greater success, both with fans and at the box office, and that the Russos can take a well-deserved vacation.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film opens April 26.