Russo Brothers On Why And When They Decided Not to Film Infinity War And Avengers 4 At The Same Time

Remember back when Phase 3 was first announced and it had things like Inhumans on the slate? We also had the finale listed as Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2. The original plan was that these two movies were going to film simultaneously but released in 2 separate parts.

However, since then Marvel and the Russo Brothers directly have kept telling us that these are two separate movies and that Avengers 4 is not simply Infinity War Part 2. Speaking with Collider at their special screening of Avengers: Infinity War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo talked about why the decision was made to film these movies back to back instead of trying to film them at the same time

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Anthony Russo:

“Because these movies are so big and so complex and there are some character who are involved in both, there was an idea that we would mix both movies and would cross-board them in a way. But as you get closer and deeper into production, the movies were so complex and hard to wrangle just for our own process and everybody’s process involved on a creative level, we needed to separate the two…They’re really different movies and we wanted to treat them as very different movies, separating them. We did shoot them back-to-back. Literally, we finished shooting Infinity War and we rolled right into the next Avengers movie. We were literally shooting for a straight year without stopping. It was a very intense, very difficult year, a very challenging year. It’s a good thing there’s two of us. So we did separate them just because they were so complex.”

Joe Russo also commented on when they made this decision:

“We started having production meetings that were lasting like nine or ten hours, because you’d have to talk about one movie and you’d have to talk about the next movie. And once we were doing that, people were getting confused about what scene was in which film. It was draining everyone’s energy and resources. Each of these movies is as expensive as movies get, which means they’re very, very advanced, complicated and difficult. It’s very difficult on the crew and it’s a lot of information to retain and we just felt like we had to separate them so we could focus.”

The brothers were then asked if any scenes were shot for characters during the Infinity War shoot that were actually intended for Avengers 4, here is what Anthony Russo said.

“Only some of the actors, like maybe [Anthony] Mackie —like Joe said earlier, sometimes people can get confused because the movies are pretty complicated, and even though we did separate the two movies, there were a few instances where we were shooting out of order, mixing the films to a very light degree for very specific reasons, in a few instances. So it might have happened once or twice.”

So there you have it folks, the decision was made pretty early on and whilst the movies were not filmed at the same time, they were filmed immediately back to back and as such, it was still an epic shooting schedule for all involved.

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SOURCE: Collider

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