The Russo Brothers Tease Star-Lord and Thor’s Roles in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

By April 11, 2016
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The Russo Brothers have quickly risen to the top of the Marvel directors in terms of profile and consistency alone after their incredible work on both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, and it’s easy to see why Kevin Feige and co. might have chosen them to helm Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to be the culmination of every MCU film up until 2019, and the official end to Phase Three of the universe onscreen.

The directing duo haven’t been too shy about teasing the large number of characters that will be introduced in the films either, previously saying that the films would be including both new and returning characters in the lineup, while also opting not to elaborate on what that might mean.

In case you were still wondering though, the duo did confirm that the films will include both Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, with the directors discussing how excited they are to include the two characters onscreen and even going onto tease what their roles might be in the film.

While speaking to ComicBook.com, here’s what Anthony Russo had to say about working with Pratt on the film:

“The movies are intended to be a culmination of everything that’s happened before in the MCU so you don’t want to get into spoilers but I’m a big fan of what James Gunn has done. [Joe Russo and I] are both big fans of what James Gunn has done. Star-Lord is a fantastic character and Chris Pratt is an awesome performer so you’d be very excited.”

As for Joe Russo though, he’s especially looking forward to including Hemsworth’s God of Thunder in the film, teasing some interesting developments set to take place in Thor: Ragnarok:

“I’m excited to work with Thor. They’re doing some really interesting stuff with Ragnarok and where he’s gonna be at the beginning of Infinity War is gonna be a very interesting place and I think very profound. I think he’s gonna have a real emotional motivation after that.”

Set to be directed by Taika Waititi, Rangarok remains one of Marvel’s most mysterious projects currently in development, with the inclusion of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk in the film raising even more questions about what the film’s plot might be, and where it might leave both characters in the MCU by the time it’s over. If what Russo is saying is true though, it sounds like Thor’s going to be left in a much more different place, emotionally, than we’ve ever seen him before by the time the film’s over, which can only mean exciting things to come for all of us planning on sitting down and watching it opening day.

With the Guardians of the Galaxy coming into play with The Avengers side of things in the films as well, Infinity War is going to be bringing together all kinds of new worlds and characters, and it will likely be the juggling act of the century onscreen if done well. Civil War proves that the Russos can handle giving a large number of characters their fair share of moments onscreen though, without messing too much with the film’s cohesion, but it will be interesting to see how they fare with Infinity War and bringing things to a much larger, more cosmic scale than we’ve ever seen in the MCU before.

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will hit theatres on May 4th, 2018, and Part 2 will be released on May 3rd, 2019.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable