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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Director Reveals An Unlikely Inspiration For The Marvel Epic

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Director Reveals An Unlikely Inspiration For The Marvel Epic

When we think about Avengers: Infinity War, the first word that comes to mind is “epic.” We know that the sheer size and scale of the film is going to be like nothing we’ve seen before with the film serving as a “culmination event” for 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. It’s going to include The Avengers, the Guardians of The Galaxy, as well as Spider-ManDoctor StrangeAnt-Manand more facing off against Thanos’ evil forces. When we think about what the film is going to look and feel like, it can be hard to wrap our heads around it all. What direction are directors Joe and Anthony Russo going to steer this monolith in? What kinds of films are they pulling from as their inspiration for how to tie everything together?

Well, we have a partial answer to those questions now that Joe Russo has told what one of the directing duo’s inspirations for Avengers: Infinity War is. First, he started by sharing their creative process in terms of how they get everyone on the same page for what they’re working towards:

“My brother and I, like, use movies (because we’re film geeks) as influences for us. Sometimes, with so many people working on these films, it’s just great to show them footage or talk about a film that everyone knows so you understand the tone, or the theme, or the structure that you’re playing with.”

That definitely sounds like a method that would work for self-described film geeks like the Russos.

He would then go on to specify one of the genres they seemingly shared with their cast and crew in order to galvanize the troops:

“Structurally, with this first film, Avengers 3, we’ve been using the smash-n-grab ’90s heist films, so there’s a real urgency to the film. I feel like it adds a level of excitement and relentlessness to the pace of the movie. And it’s a lot of divergent narratives coming together into a climax.”

That’s an interesting way to go with it. The 90s certainly featured many exciting heist films, with notable entries in the genre being films like The Usual SuspectsLock, Stock, and Two Smoking BarrelsPoint Break, Heat, and Jackie Brown. Many of them share the characteristics of being filled with colorful ensembles, interesting twists and turns, and climaxes that are filled with excitement and surprises. Those are all elements that seem to fit in with what anyone making Avengers: Infinity War would want to include, even if that genre isn’t the first to come to mind when we think about this movie.

Infinity war Comic con poster

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

Avengers: Infinity War opens on April 27th 2018 in the UK and May 4th 2018 in the US and will feature an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Sean Gunn (Rocket) Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Peter Dinklage, and Terry Notary.


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Mario-Francisco Robles

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