Anthony & Joe Russo On Challenges Of A ‘Big Cast’ In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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The hype-train for Avengers: Infinity War has officially left the station and is picking up momentum, quickly. Alongside a group of journalists last summer in Atlanta, Georgia; Allison Keene of Collider was able to obtain an in-depth interview with the sibling-duo behind the cameras of the two biggest superhero films ever put to scree, Anthony and Joe Russo.

Also read: How The Guardians Of The Galaxy Fit Into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

The Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War Directors discussed many topics surrounding the April blockbuster, from the dynamics each character brings, to the technological advancements of the new IMAX cameras (briefly exhibited in the Airport Battle in Civil War), and ultimately, the challenges they face having to properly handle such a diverse cast that has yet to really ever be experienced. The brothers have a strong understanding of the importance each character, and even actor, has for the audience, and address those concerns as such:

Joe:

You’re seeing a scene today that’s a high character count. Its not a very complex scene on an action level, but even a scene when you’re just talking becomes massively complex when you have alot of characters

Anthony:

And a lot of movie stars

Joe:

Yeah. Because you have to shoot every one of them, they’re all special, they’re all special characters, they’re all important to the story line.

Anthony:

They’re all somebody’s favorite character.

Joe:

Exactly. Basically, this movie is only achievable with this amazing team that we’ve been working with, now over several movies. We’ve gotten an amazing short hand with one another, we’re tuned into one another very specifically on a creative level. We have a really strong strong team, we’ve spent many, many months preparing. That’s really the trick, you have to … one thing I love about our process here at Marvel is we have the opportunity, with the technology and the budgets that we work with, we get to make the movie several times before we make the movie, through previews, through extensive story boarding, through editing it all together. There’s a lot of experimentation and that is very helpful, especially when you’re dealing with such a complex number of characters, and action, etc. So basically, the way we work our way through it is a lot, a lot of prep work.

Anthony:

And we’ve had the good fortune to have worked with a lot of the same collaborators on the last three films. The effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw, our editor Jeff Ford, our DP Trent Opaloch, our stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave. There is a core group of individuals that we’ve done a Vulcan mind-meld with over the last three movies that they know how we like to work, they understand the style that we like to employ. They think about the characters the same way that we think about the characters, we’re all in unison in terms of the storytelling. Having that support system has made it a lot easier with each successive movie. Certainly that airport sequence in Civil War was exceedingly difficult, but all of those people were there with us going thought it. And in this movie I think we have multiple sequences that that even more difficult and thank God that we have this great unit of really talented people.

Joe:

It does really feel like we are working at even another level now with these movies, which is very exciting.

Also read: Russo Brothers Discuss The Tone & Influences For ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

There is no denying the excitement fans have had regarding Infinity War since its announcement with the rest of Phase 3 in Fall of 2014. The fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to consistently keep characters and their respective actors (with the odd-exception) around the larger narrative that is at play. Not only that, but it the Russo brothers appear adamant in expending every avenue fro every character with respect to their fans. BRING ON THE INFINITY WAR!


Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

Avengers: Infinity War will be released everywhere on April 27th, 2018, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and many, MANY, more.


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