With Captain America: Civil War introducing two key characters (Black Panther and Spider-Man) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – both of whom will have their own solo adventures in the coming years – and new heroes like Doctor Strange emerging, the seeds have been sown for the eventual departure of the “original” members of the MCU. Fans have long speculated that the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel would see the death of at least one major character, and the inclusion of Captain Marvel – which hasn’t been confirmed, but let’s be real – is yet another opportunity for the studio to shift focus toward the future, rather than the past.
Speaking with IGN about the upcoming home video release of Captain America: Civil War, co-director director Anthony Russo seemed to confirm that the next two Avengers films would be the end of an era:
“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. 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.”
And while the Russo brothers stopped short of revealing any concrete details, they discussed the process of choosing which characters to introduce, and whether those decisions are made based on the story they’re trying to tell, or their own personal preferences as fans of the source material:
“It’s a little bit of both, because you always have to make sure that your choices feel organic to the storytelling, and really, you have to sort of structure them in the way that they need to be there. You have to have them, or they shouldn’t be in the movie. It’s a little bit of a dance between the two, where you have big eyes, and you want everybody included in the movie, but you have to go through the process of… what’s the best story that you can tell?”
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2018, with the untitled fourth Avengers film slated for May 3, 2019.
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