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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We still have several months until we get anywhere close to another Marvel Studios movies. With that in mind, we have all the time in the world really reflect on the first three phases of the industry-changing cinematic universe. Most notably, the two big set-piece movies Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. As expected, these two movies didn’t just sprout of thin air…but when did they first come about?

In an interview with Empire, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige mentioned that they occasionally take a select group of people on company retreats, and a few years ago is when the end of the Infinity Saga first started to get planned.

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“We were on our third retreat, perhaps, five years or more ago, when we started talking about what would become Infinity War and Endgame. And in particular, how do we pay off this purple guy that Joss [Whedon] set up at the end of Avengers and start to intertwine him with these awesome Infinity Stones that we have that provide wonderful MacGuffins in all these individual films. When you put them together, we thought it could be more. And it was on that retreat that we thought of doing two movies at the same time, which has its pros and cons.”

Indeed, one con is that they first billed it as a “part one” and “part two” story, which didn’t help much with marketing the thing initially. Also, you can’t really go into the second film without having seen the first, which usually goes against Marvel Studios’ philosophy when it comes to their movies, which they like to stand alone as much as possible.

Either way, I think we can all agree that this whole thing worked out for them.

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SOURCE: Empire

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.