Although all eyes are currently on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first Phase 3 movie, “Captain America: Civil War,” the directors are already teasing what’s ahead for the conclusion of the franchise. Not only have they confirmed that “Avengers: Infinity War” will be filled to the brim with superheroes, but they’ve explained a bit about how they’ll all fit together. 

“Civil War” will pack, arguably, the most superheroes of any MCU film to date in one place, pitting two fully-realized teams of Avengers against each other. However, as anyone who has been paying attention to the franchise knows, “Infinity War” will force every superhero available to join forces to stop the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his wielding of the mysterious Infinity Gauntlet

“We’re going to be dealing with some of the characters from those movies who are going to be in 'Infinity War.' They’re massive in scope and scale but that’s the point. The point is for them to be as ambitious as they possibly can be. They’re going to be multi-perspective films,” director Anthony Russo  told ScreenRant. “You’re going to be moving around through different perspectives of characters.It’s like ‘Nashville’ for superheroes. It’s storytelling that is vignetted storytelling.” 

It seems that “Avengers: Infinity War” will incorporate the many heroes that it’s promised screen time to by making their stories connected through circumstance rather than big fights or impressive monologues between each other. While this may be bad news for those hoping to see their two favorite heroes cross paths, it certainly makes sense given the sheer amount of characters meeting up. 

Previously, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who will helm “Civil War” and both parts of the “Infinity War,” have said that the movie will be packed with more characters than any other, and even confirmed to ComicBook that both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) would be a part of the movie. 

While Thor is not a surprising addition to the “Avengers” cast, given that he’s been in the previous two films, Star-Lord and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” mythos mark a decidedly big addition to the crossover event. Although the main fight will be between earth’s mightiest heroes and Thanos, the fact that the story will be split into two movies allows for the pacing to be different from any other MCU film. In fact, with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” set to debut in between both installments, there’s a lot of clever ways that each previously introduced hero can get his or her moment to shine in “Infinity War.” 

“Much of the groundwork has already been laid,” Marvel Studios president told io9. “That’s the truth. ‘Doctor Strange’ will lay some more. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ will lay some more—but I think the majority of it is already there.”

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