One of the big questions in fanboy circles, with Avengers: Infinity War on the way, is exactly how wide the net is that the film’s directors Joe and Anthony Russo are casting to bring heroes aboard. The film is set to undoubtedly be Marvel’s biggest yet, with many rumors about the berserk amount of characters that are going to pop up, and with the Marvel Cinematic Universe housing every character from every movie as well as every current Marvel TV show, who are the director’s considering?
“We do consider everyone,â€ Anthony Russo told the Toronto Sun, when asked if the Netflix heroes are on that list. â€œWe donâ€™t want to get too specific about whatâ€™s going to happen with these movies. We want these movies to be a surprise for audiences.”
So that right there is undeniable proof that Marvel’s film directors have the leeway to consider the TV roster when considering characters. For quite some time the relationship between the two worlds has been a little fuzzy. We know they’re all set within the same shared world, but the synergy between the two can be- shall we say?- lacking.
The mere fact that the Russos have considered the heroes from Netflix’s slate of Marvel shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (who, together, are known as The Defenders) should be pretty damn exciting. Especially since the directors seem determined to surprise audiences.
Also during their talk with the Toronto Sun, they addressed the inclusion of one of the most anticipated shining stars in the MCU. I’m referring to Academy Award-winner Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. We’ve all pretty much assumed from the get-go that she’d appear in the film, but the Russos have all but confirmed it now.
“Itâ€™s an incredible piece of casting. You couldnâ€™t ask for better,â€ Joe said. â€œNot only is she an amazingly talented actor but sheâ€™s a wonderful human being. Weâ€™re really looking forward to the opportunity of re-teaming with herâ€¦“
Considering that neither Russo brother is directing Captain Marvel‘s standalone movie, the fact that they’re looking forward to re-teaming with her means that she’ll be in one of their movies, i.e. Avengers: Infinity War.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering why they’re referring to working with her again, let’s not forget that once upon a time, before they were the revered directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, the Russos were known for their work on NBC’s Community. Larson appeared on that sitcom a few times.
The last cool tidbit to come from their interview, is the insight into their desire to give each character a moment to shine or impact the story. While Avengers: Infinity War is set to be huge, Captain America: Civil War also had a fairly massive cast of characters. The Russos found a way to give everyone their moment, and they want to keep that tradition alive with their next go-around.
“What we did in Civil War is exactly what we want to do in the Avengers â€” no matter how much screen time a character has, you can still have a lot of ambition for what you do with that character while you have them,” said Anthony.
Avengers: Infinity War will hit theaters on May 4, 2018.