Every ending brings a beginning.
The upcoming "Avengers" sequels, "Avengers: Infinity War" and its untitled sequel (previously expected to be titled "Avengers: Infinity War Part 2"), will not just culminate over a decades' worth of storylines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also serve as a starting point for something more.
"Captain America: Civil War" directors Joe and Anthony Russo hinted at what that "something more" might be in a recent interview with IGN. "I can't get into too much detail about who we're introducing, but these two movies are intended to be the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU since the very first 'Iron Man' movie," said Anthony Russo. "In being a culmination, these movies are in some ways going to be an end to certain things, and in some ways, they're going to be the beginning of certain things."
But, what those "beginnings" might be, the Russo brothers aren't saying. They're even being coy as to what characters will appear in both movies, but Anthony Russo did comment a bit more about how they are picking which characters to focus on. "You always have to make sure that your choices feel organic to the storytelling, and really, you have to sort of structure them in the way that they need to be there."
With "Captain America: Civil War" writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely currently working on the third draft of "Avengers: Infinity War" along with the second draft of its untitled sequel, and filming set to begin in November of this year on both sequels, the Russo brothers are definitely playing their hands very close to their collective chests -- gauntlet or not.
"The Avengers: Infinity War" opens in theaters on May 2018, with the untitled sequel scheduled for May 2019.