– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Marvel Studios has been trailblazing new territory for years now. Ever since Nick Fury showed up at the end of Iron Man, they’ve continued to push the envelope of what it means to have a shared universe of films.

With next year’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers 4, the filmmakers have yet another opportunity to push themselves and the medium forward. It’s not something they take lightly, and from the sound of it, they are taking every opportunity they can to push things even further.

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Speaking with Vanity Fair, Avengers 3 and 4 co-director Joe Russo spoke to that challenge:

“We’ll take blame for the scale, because we were pushing for it. We were pushing to make it bigger, we were pushing it, saying, ‘Look, what you’ve done is an impressive narrative over 10 years, and why shouldn’t this involve every character?’ It should be the culmination, so in some way, we have to touch on everyone in their story, or their theme. It has to be woven in, in some way. You can’t really look back and go, Hey, remember the last time that somebody took 12 franchises and blended them together and told the movie with 60 lead characters? So that’s the challenge, and you have to create your own structure for a story like that. You look at Lord of the Rings, or you can look at [Robert Altman’s] Nashville, but there is no real template for it.”

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige also had things to say about that challenge:

“How can you have both an ongoing cinematic universe that continues to make films and, at the same time, occasionally bring things to a head? Something you’ve never really seen in superhero films is a conclusion. Is a finale. You’ve seen those in Lord of the Rings films. You’ve seen those in Harry Potter films, in Star Wars. Logan did it a little bit with that character. We thought it would be important to bring the current three-Phase, 22-movie current series to a conclusion. How do I say this? There will be two distinct periods between everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”

How do you feel about us rapidly approaching the end of a big chapter in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and film history? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.

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SOURCE: Vanity Fair

  • syambo87

    Its like Return of the Jedi… ending Star Wars in Theaters for a time… until they had to pull a Frankenstein… bring it back from the dead.. patch it here and there and tell everyone its better and this is how it was intended… and then produce stories to accompany it like the Bride of Frankenstein hoping that it’ll be just as sensational… (FYI: I am a star wars fan but the new star wars movies will never recreate the Cultural Impact and Filming Evolution it created during the late 70’s…

    Iron man was just another super hero action movie based off a comic property… which lead to a few other movies of similar success and lesser successes and then Phase 1 was like Star Wars when it hit… Phase 2 was like Empires Strikes Back and Phase 3 is like Return of the Jedi… with the Ending of Phase 4 being Avengers 4…

    what happens after return of the jedi… Luke, Leia, Han Solo still live… the movie ends… and they can be brought back again for another run in the movies… the whole studio can jump and make movies from another EPOCH (a.k.a Prequel)…

    the Big Question is if whether Marvel can Replicate the Success of the first 3 phases if they chose to make more phases?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.