When Marvel announced their movie slate through the end of Phase Three, the big news was that they were splitting the next Avengers sequel into two parts, tentatively titled Avengers: Infinity War Parts I & II. Then the Russo brothers claimed that they were going to rename the films, but it looks as though they've gone one step further. Find out what their plans are and what screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have to say about them!
According to The Wrap, Disney and Marvel announced this past Friday that Infinity War would be one film, scheduled to be released on May 4, 2018, while the planned Part II has now been (temporarily) titled Untitled Avengers, but will stick with its May 3, 2019 release date. While the re-titling of the films was expected, most of us thought that they would at least be one film broken up into two parts. It appears that this is no longer the case, though I imagine the fallout from the events of Infinity War will lead directly into whatever the fourth Avengers film ends up becoming.
Meanwhile, screenwriters Markus & McFeely spoke with Yahoo! Movies about the script writing process, though it appears that the interview was at least conducted before the announcement that Infinity War would be only one film.
"We're many drafts in. We're on the third draft of movie one and the second draft of movie two. [We're writing them in tandem] as much as we can. On any given day, you're only working on one but that doesn't mean that next week, you aren't working on the other one. And certainly, notes are coming in and all sorts of production stuff is coming in, like for instance, 'that thing over there is now a window not a door so adjust that.' Or, 'we're not going to this town now, we're going to this town.' That kind of stuff happens constantly and will continue to happen for the next few months. "
"When we lock ourselves in a room with the Russo brothers and a couple of execs from Marvel, one wall has cards for movie one and the other wall has cards for movie two and another wall has little baseball cards of every character still alive in the Marvel universe - down to Darcy's boyfriend in Thor 2 - literally, anybody who did not die and has been established as alive. And then we looked at that began to shuffle the cards around. So basically, the big scene is when Darcy's boyfriend and Galactus get together and....[laughs]."
I can't even fathom what it must be like trying to craft these films, but thankfully these people are professionals and are most likely going to get it right. We'll all find out in two summers when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters.