Ahead of Captain America: Civil War's Blu-Ray release in September, The Huffington Post spoke with directors Joe and Anthony Russo to clear up some questions we all had at the end of the most recent Avengers installment. One of the final scenes of the movie is Steve Rogers putting down his shield, which made a lot of us wonder if that could mean he's symbolically giving up on his superhero alter-ego.
It wasn’t exactly surprising when Disney and Marvel officially confirmed that Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 had dropped the ‘Part 1’ from its title — back in May, director Joe Russo said that both parts would soon be renamed. Not long after, we learned that the first film is now simply titled Avengers: Infinity War, while the sequel’s new title has yet to be revealed. According to the Russo brothers, it may still be quite a while before we learn what’s up with that fourth Avengers movie.
Get ready, you’re about to read that “come out and play” reference quite a bit in the next few days. Fresh off their latest Marvel triumph, the Russo brothers have lined up yet another TV project, this time bringing cult favorite The Warriors to Hulu as a brand-new one-hour TV series.
Joe and Anthony Russo are currently two of the busiest filmmakers around, and in addition to prepping the two-part Avengers: Infinity War (which will undergo a title change), the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War are working on another superhero movie — but this one won’t be for U.S. audiences.
Sure, the Russo brothers may keep themselves busy with the odd Marvel movie or two over the next few years, but why deny TV roots like Community or Arrested Development? After all, Showtime is in need of a new marijuana-focused comedy after Weeds, something the Captain America: Civil War directors have in mind to produce.
In other words, this movie is crowded. Maybe overcrowded. Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man (Tom Holland) steals the show with his wisecracks and web-swinging, but serves almost no narrative purpose. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is only slightly more important to the story; his main function is to introduce the character to a broader audience before he gets spun off into his own standalone movie in 2018. The subplot involving the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) ties up some loose ends from the last Captain America movie, but it’s not really crucial to the film’s central conflict between Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) over governmental control of the Avengers. (The Winter Soldier barely appears in the original Civil War comics.)
After two phases of superhero films, Marvel’s filmmaking engine has become rather efficient, which is why you shouldn’t expect to see much in the way of deleted scenes when Captain America: Civil War eventually hits DVD and Blu-ray. Still, cuts are inevitable, and according to the directors and screenwriters, there are at least a couple of notable — if somewhat minor — moments that didn’t make the theatrical version.
It’s safe to assume that Captain Marvel will probably make her big screen debut in another Marvel movie before her standalone adventure — but which one? And when? The superhero’s solo outing doesn’t hit theaters until 2019, and it seems unlikely that Marvel would introduce her this year or next, as it would still be a bit too soon for the studio’s other Captain to arrive on the scene. Great news: we can officially stop wondering, as the Russo brothers have apparently given us an answer.
The next Avengers sequel was announced last year as part of Marvel’s Phase 3, with Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 set to arrive in 2018 followed by Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 in 2019. And with Inhumans off the table, it looks like the second half of Infinity War will now close out the third phase of the MCU. But it’s probably getting a new title pretty soon.
No matter how great the divide between Marvel’s TV and movie universe, fans have always quietly banked on Avengers: Infinity War uniting all its live-action heroes in one universe-shattering showdown. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo don’t want to get your hopes up, however, noting “our focus is on telling the stories of the characters that currently exist on the movie side.”