Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are not on good terms after “Captain America: Civil War.” The Avengers are divided since Team Cap is on the run, and it sounds like they’ll still be in a bad place when “Avengers: Infinity War” kicks off. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo teased how the movies are connected.
The directors explained that the idea of leaving Captain America and Iron Man on bad terms was particularly interesting. “Thanos and the Infinity War are coming — the greatest threat the universe has ever seen is going to come at the moment where the Avengers are arguably at their lowest, at their worst, at their least strong and most divided since they’ve been formed — that for us was a very exciting place for us to be as storytellers because of the vulnerable nature of our heroes in that kind of a situation,” Joe told IGN. “For us, as we move forward into ‘Infinity War,’ the condition of the Avengers is very much an important part of how that story starts and what dangers they face moving forward.”
Though “Infinity War” won’t be released until 2018, “Civil War” is still an important part of the story. The Russos noted that while all Marvel movies can be enjoyed individually, they consider their films to be very much connected.
“From the point of view of Joe and I, we think about all of these movies as a continuity,” Anthony explained. “The story that we told in ‘Winter Soldier’ set the basis for the story we told in ‘Civil War,’ and the story that we told in ‘Civil War’ is again laying the groundwork for the story that we’re going to tell in ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ For us, there’s a narrative continuity between the movies, and each movie is in many ways setting the stage for the ones that follow. For us, we have a very specific through-line for all those films.”
“Infinity War” will also set up new films. As previously reported, the directors teased that new superheroes will be introduced. “I can’t get into too much detail about who we’re introducing, but these two movies are intended to be the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU since the very first ‘Iron Man’ movie,” Anthony said. “In being a culmination, these movies are in some ways going to be an end to certain things, and in some ways, they’re going to be the beginning of certain things.”
Perhaps the Avengers’ new friends could help them reunite. There will be plenty of heroes joining Cap and Iron Man to take on Thanos. Vin Diesel, who plays Groot, recently confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy would be in the Marvel film, and they’re just five heroes on what is expected to be a massive cast list.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is expected to hit theaters on May 4, 2018.