– by David Kozlowski

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become incredibly complex, and the next two Avengers movies are only going to create more complications. After one decade and 21 movies (counting Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel), it all culminates with Avengers 4 in 2019. So, how in the world do the writers of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 manage to juggle more than 50 characters (particularly when so many of them were and are starring in movies right before and in-between these two massive films)?

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have the enviable (and yet daunting) task of connecting all of the dots from each of the past, current, and future MCU films while still moving the Avengers‘ franchise forward. They spoke with ScreenRant to explain:

MARKUS: “You can’t make them overly dependent on each other, and yet you still want to have this bloodstream flowing through the universe.”

MCFEELY: “[Ant-Man‘s] Peyton Reed and his group of writers are going to make whatever movie they want. We had very small requests like, ‘It would be great if right there that person was–is that okay? Good?’ … Same thing with Black Panther and same thing with Captain Marvel. They’re gonna make the movies they’re gonna make and in this unique case, very small tiny suggestions for beginnings and endings like that.”

So, both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel will still focus on their own stories, but also touch upon threads that stitch everything together. Black Panther achieved this via post-credits scenes, which bridged Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War in a way that didn’t interfere with its own narrative.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp will be a different story, as it is wedged between both Avengers movies. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a smaller and more focused film, compared to the aforementioned Avengers films, but its main characters will also factor into both movies. Avengers: Infinity War‘s director, Joe Russo, provided some insight:

“They all lead in in their own way, I think. As far as plot elements that actually drive towards the story, again, I think Marvel does a great job of segmenting the movies so that you can have your own experience in each film. I think from a plot standpoint, if there’s any corollary, Ant-Man and the Wasp probably has some elements that stitch in.”

The first Ant-Man film introduced the Quantum realm to the MCU, which is expected to have a major impact on future films. Obviously, we don’t know what this means, precisely; Russo does, but he’s not sharing.

Finally, Captain Marvel is possibly the most intriguing project in this mix. The film is set in the 90s, before the events of any of the Avengers movies. Captain Marvel doesn’t appear in Avengers: Infinity War (we are told) but is apparently crucial to Avengers 4. How will this work? No one has mentioned the character in any other MCU film, so it’s likely that whatever happened in her film is classified — she is a military officer. So, what’s the event or circumstance that brings her into the Avengers 4 story? Great question, maybe we’ll get a hint in a future post-credits scene.

How do you think the next two Avengers movies will affect the other Marvel films in 2018 and 2019? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: ScreenRant

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.