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

Avengers: Infinity War’s release is growing closer and closer, folks! And with that comes an onslaught of interviews with the directors & cast. Today brings the release of the multiple set visit recaps – many of which are shining more and more light on what to expect from the upcoming superhero mega-epic.

During an interview with Collider, The Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War) discussed how things have evolved in terms of genre and tone:

Anthony Russo: There are a lot of characters in this movie that have tones that they’re bringing from their own franchises. I think it’s a very unique film, I don’t think there are a lot of movies that have the kind of tone that this movie has, because it’s a combination of franchises and I don’t think we’ve ever seen that before on this scale. So I think it’s got a really unique tone to it, and I think it’s impulsive, I would say it’s an adventure film, but it has elements of … we were inspired by 90s crime films when we were working on the script. So it’s got an energy to it, a bit of a smash and grab energy.

Joe Russo: Like the heist genre.”

The brothers went on to talk about films they drew inspiration from in the preparation stages of Infinity War, calling out two 90’s classics specifically:

Anthony Russo: The movies that we looked at, Two Days in the Valley, Out of Sight. We always look to movies for an inspiration for the energy that we’re looking for, or a narrative construct that we want to be inspired by, and those two films in particular-

Joe Russo: And again, for us it helps when you are dealing with all these different types of characters and all these different tones that have been established in the various films and story lines, it becomes our organizing principle for tone. In terms of what the world is that we’re creating, what rules are we playing by, how does that filter and every character, no matter where they’re coming from has to intersect with the sort of reality of that tone.

I think sometimes people have misinterpreted in the past when I’m talking about movies, how we’re using them. Really as inspiration for narrative imagery. These movies are so complex you need a unifying peace, or a sense of cohesion, and that cohesion can come from a narrative construct that you can apply all the characters to. It’s hard to find movies with this many characters; you can look at Altman films, which have a tendency to be more veritè. Where we found Two Days in the Valley, which really had a narrative thrust to it, and had an energy that we were looking for. Again, just purely something inspires us in the room when we’re working on the script.

Anthony Russo: Yeah, I would say that comes from those many, many months that we spent with writers [Chrisopther] Marcus and [Stephen] Mcfeely in the room, exploring the possibilities of where we can go with the story telling, where we can take the characters, and finding ideas that most excited us and starting to shape things around that.”

Also read: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Teaser, Full Trailer Coming Tomorrow

Things are certainly becoming clearer and clearer in terms of what to expect from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. It’s great to hear the Russo Brothers discussing an energetic & impulsive tone, but with this many heroes in one film, how could it not crackle with energy?!

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 hits theaters on April 27th. Keep checking back to FandomWire for the latest updates as we move closer to its release!

Written by Mike DeAngelo

Mike DeAngelo is a husband, father, superhero enthusiast, and all-around film lover that hails from the mostly-frigid Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When he’s not watching movies, he’s probably thinking, writing, and talking about movies. When he’s not watching, thinking, writing, or talking about movies, he’s probably sleeping or changing diapers. He began his film-writing obsession a few years back on a site called Back to the Features and recently brought his talents to FandomWire because he needs more movie-obsessed friends. Mike also works with a Software-as-a-Service company named Zywave, as, let’s face it, film-writing doesn’t pay the bills these days.

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