Directors Joe and Anthony Russo won over fans with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, which are notably more somber than most of the other Marvel Cinematic Universe releases. But Joe Russo assures that Avengers: Infinity War will be funnier than the duo's previous two Marvel Studios efforts.
"I think that tone is an under-appreciated aspect of filmmaking," he said in an interview with BBC Radio Scotland's The Afternoon Show. "In fact, one of the most critical aspects is managing tone, and this film in particular, when egos like this clash between these superheroes there’s bound to be humor. A lot of the characters in this universe diffuse tension with humor, so we knew the movie was going to be very funny. It’s very different than Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War in that regard, because the tone of Cap movies is a little bit more serious. Cap is a little more straight-laced and intense, and the world he was in in both of those movies required he behave that way."
Before their 2014 MCU debut with The Winter Soldier, the Russo brothers were best known for their work on such television comedies as Community, Happy Endings and Arrested Development, for which they won an Emmy Award.
Balancing the overtones of finality throughout Infinity War's marketing have been humorous bits, including Star-Lord getting called out by the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man assuming Doctor Strange is using a "fake name" when first meeting.
"In this film, you’ve got a lot of, you know, really unique personalities clashing, so we knew we were going to lean into the humor. The way that we balance it in the script phase and on set with the actors is we do a lot of improvisation," Russo said. "We have a lot of very funny people on the set, so typically we wait for the first take or two we’ll have them stick to script and then we let them go off script and probably shoot five or six more takes off script, and then you get in the edit room with all that footage and you spend hours and hours combing through it until you find the right combination that balances the tone and gets the humor across but keeps the stakes moving forward."
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 April 27.
(via We Got This Covered)