Months after directors Anthony and Joe Russo announced that the third and fourth “Avengers” films would no longer be called “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Part 2,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explains there’s a very good reason for the decision.
“There’s a reason we have publicly called the first one ‘Infinity War’ and the second one ‘Untitled,’ because the movies we were developing were not — certainly there’s a connection, there are with all our movies— but it’s not a first part and a second part,” he told IGN. “It’s a whole movie and a whole story, and then a whole movie and a whole story. That’s about all I can say. It’s certainly inspired by everything that has come before and everything that is hinted at before.”
The most difficult part of crafting the new films, Feige said, is piecing together the existing characters and storylines into one.
“We will be intercutting a lot of stories in that movie in a lot of different locales, as it sort of is in the Avengers movies as well; who is facing off against who,” he said. “In this movie, it’s going to be fun to mix that up. One of the things that’s great about the Infinity Gauntlet is everybody tried to go up against Thanos whether they were god-like powers or not, because that’s what Avengers do. The fun about those two movies that we’re doing essentially at the same time is everybody’s there.”
That “everybody” includes Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, who can be seen in his upcoming standalone film on Nov. 4.
“He’s not all-powerful,” Feige teased of the Sorcerer Supreme. “Without giving too much away, he’s not an expert when he faces off against the things he has to face off with in this movie, even toward the end of the movie. So there’s a learning curve for him, which is always fun for all of the heroes— and they face a pretty tough dude in the next Avengers movie.”
After “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will arrive May 5, 2017, followed by “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on July 7, 2015; “Thor: Ragnarok” on Nov. 3, 2017; “Black Panther” on Feb. 16, 2018; “Avengers: Infinity War” on May 4, 2018; “Ant Man and the Wasp” on July 6, 2018; “Captain Marvel” on May 8, 2019; and the untitled fourth “Avengers” film on May 3, 2019.
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