With a cast as large as Avengers: Infinity War's, fitting each character into the movie seems like a daunting challenge, but -- luckily for returning screenwriters Steven McFeely and Christopher Markus -- they had already created a template for the upcoming Marvel film with Hawkeye's role in Captain America: Civil War.
"If you remember Hawkeye in Civil War — he comes in at a very specific moment. 'I’m here to bail her out, and let’s get going,'" McFeely told CBR. "It’s a little more like that for a lot of our characters. When the story demands it, they show up. You’ll find out how they’re doing, and what’s been going on sort of on the run, but we won’t spend five minutes with Rhodey eating ice cream."
"Although Cheadle nailed it!" Markus joked.
"We had to find the personal connection of each hero to the particular facet of the story they were in. Not everybody would relate to every part, as well, which is part of the reason, you’ll find, that we sort of separated them into groups, into paths, that go in different places," Markus added. "It’s more manageable to tell a story with 50 million people if you can break them up into smaller units. But also, not everybody was perfectly suited for each adventure. We only brought them in when the story demanded it."
Last year, the Russo Brothers -- who returned to direct Infinity War after Civil War -- remarked that working on the Captain America sequel "was a good warm up for us in terms of the storytelling for Infinity War, because we were dealing with such a large number of characters."
The epic MCU movie features the largest cast Marvel has assembled on-screen to date. The Avengers will join the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and Black Panther to combat the threat Thanos poses to the entire universe.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film arrives Thursday worldwide.