Director Joe Russo has opened up about the influence the work of comics writer Jim Starlin had on the creation of Avengers: Infinity War, calling it a "jumping off point."
"Certainly the Starlin book was our jumping off point," Russo said during a set visit by Screen Rant and other media outlets. "It's a brilliant comic, and the ideas behind it are so large, it's what pushed us to go for the scale that we're going for on these movies. But we also draw from. ... Anth and I love the post-modern comics, so we're also drawing from Infinity newer stuff, and we're kind of combining it all into, again, what's our favorite stuff and how do we see elements from each helping our story and the story that we want to tell."
Starlin collaborated with George Pérez and Ron Lim on Marvel Comics’ 1991 miniseries Infinity Gauntlet, which dealt with Thanos’ efforts to woo the physical embodiment of Death. To accomplish that goal, Death encourages Thanos to eliminate half of the life in the universe using the six Infinity Gems and the accompanying Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos hopes that by showing his dedication to Death's cause, he will gain points along the way. The series was followed up by 1992's Infinity War and 1993's Infinity Crusade. Starlin has also worked on many other series centered on his co-creation Thanos over the course of his career.
Russo also makes reference to newer storylines, which would likely include Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver's 2013 Infinity crossover.
Debuting April 27, director Anthony and Joe Russo’ Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, 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.