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The Russo Brothers Talk 'Civil War' Deleted Scenes, 'Infinity War' Challenges


Captain America: Civil War hits Blu-ray in less than two weeks, and the Russo Brothers are making the rounds to talk about the film, as well as their challenges heading into Avengers: Infinity War. In two separate interviews, the brothers talked quite a bit about the story construction of Civil War, and how the choices they made for the film have an enormous impact on the entire Marvel Universe moving forward.

First, the brothers spoke with Fandango about Civil War, and how they visualize their films. Spoiler alert, it involves playing with action figures... "It's a combination of everything," said Joe Russo. "A lot of it is locking ourselves in a room with [writers Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely and making sure we understand the story beats. Then we get in a room together and just let our imaginations run wild. Then we get with the stunt team, the previs guys, and we break out action figures, and then storyboard artists will come in and they contribute ideas. It's a big, collaborative process."

As far as cutting scenes from the film, they elaborated on how their scripting process doesn't allow for a lot of scenes to get filmed and then cut. "We've been fortunate, I think," said Joe Russo. "We put so much time into the script process with Markus and McFeely, so we have an innate sense of how long we want the movie to be so we know when sections are feeling too long. We tend to make most of our trims in the script. Resources are incredibly valuable on movies like this, scenes can be very expensive, so you don't want to put your resources and your money toward things that aren't going to make it on the screen. There's usually a very small amount of deleted scenes. For Civil War, while there are a few scenes on there that, as fans we would have wanted to see, but there's nothing that we cut out that we felt emotionally we should have left it."

Moving on to Infinity War, Anthony Russo spoke with The Independent about how the ending of Civil War was crafted as a challenge for him and his brother moving forward. “There’s a writing adage that says ‘write yourself into a corner.’ My brother and I have always loved that adage," said Russo in an interview with The Independent. "That was one of our favourite things about Civil War – that it ended in a difficult place where it’s hard to imagine what the road forward exactly is for both Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and these two sides that have suffered the consequences of this division. On a storytelling level, it is a very difficult place and yes, that is very much the condition of the world as we move forward after Civil War. This very much sets the stage for whereInfinity War begins – it’s a place of a strong divide.”

The moral of the story is that the Russo Brothers know what they're doing because they care about challenging themselves as writers and directors. It would be very easy for them, at this point in the game, to go on autopilot and just let these movies make themselves. 

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