Russo Bros. Talk Infinity War Details, Power Balance, And Spidey

Anthony and Joe Russo were interviewed by IGN while they were promoting the Blu-ray release of Civil War. They discussed a wide variety of things, Infinity War being one of the things talked among other things. The Russos also talked about character arcs, power balance between heroes, and a little bit of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Here are a few of those things explained but be sure to click to the link down below if you want more.

On whether they'll continue to work on characters' arcs singularly for Infinity War like they did for Civil War:
Joe and I, throughout our careers, we've been attracted to ensemble storytelling and it's been a large part of our work, starting with our very first movie Welcome to Collinwood through our TV work with Arrested Development or Community or Happy Endings. We love ensembles. That's part of what we love about our Marvel work as well, so the fact that we get to carry that process forward into Avengers: Infinity War, and not only carry it forward but at a scale and a scope that we've never even attempted before in those films, because those films are so much intended to be a culmination of everything that's unfolded in the MCU up until this point. These movies are definitely a step up for us in terms of the challenges and thrills of ensemble storytelling.

On finding a balance between characters and their powers in Civil War:
We've spent a lot of time [thinking about it]. Very early on, when we first started to think about the logistics of the movie and how these characters would confront each other, that exact issue came up, what you just said. The way we do it is for us we always structure all of our action around character beats and story beats. For us, it was figuring out, yes you've got characters like Scarlet Witch and the Vision who are extremely powerful, and they're going to have to intercept with characters who they might be able to overwhelm on a strictly power level, but how do we put those characters into emotional conflicts that will cause them to either limit or hinder their use of powers so we can even the playing field that way, so to speak.

That's part of the reason why we put Scarlet Witch in that compromised position of having to save Cap's life in the beginning sequence of the movie, but making a small mistake while she does that that ends up becoming a big mistake when it actually kills some people. She's a little trigger-shy throughout the movie -- or at least for a good portion of the movie -- because of that experience, and because that experience sort of catalyses the governments to come after them at that moment for the Sokovia Accords. She's dealing with complexities like that.

Vision is dealing with the same thing when he shows up at the airport in Leipzig and confronts the rogue Avengers, he is doing so with this guilt of having basically imprisoned Scarlet Witch, and the fact that she looks at what he was doing as a betrayal and he has feelings for her that is coming in conflict with. He's pushing through that during this battle at the airport, and it ends up complicating how he engages with the fight and limiting how he engages with the fight. He even causes a misstep because of that fact. That's really how we do it is these characters not only have their abilities, but they have an emotional life and a psychology that is as important to everything they do as their abilities are.

Some obstacles that the Avengers will face when they face Thanos:
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. 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.
How much they are excited for Homecoming:
We couldn't be more excited about it. The youthfulness of the character is obviously very important to how we wanted to re-introduce the character in Civil War. That was always central to what our concept for the character was in that movie, and what our pitch was about that character. We love that dimension of the character -- that he's truly a young character. Even though we had limited screen time with him, we tried to play very much to the nature of that character -- him as a real kid in Queens, at that age. Everything that we've seen out of Homecoming is really excited. One of our favourite things about the Marvel films is that you can take a superhero movie and try to hybrid it with another genre, like Winter Soldier is a classic example for us in terms of running very hard at a political thriller with the superhero and seeing where that takes you. The idea that they're running right at a John Hughes movies, just a very faithful sort of interpretation of a high school experience but with super powers is a very exciting thing for us. Everything we've seen so far out of the film has been amazing. We couldn't be more excited for that movie.                               

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War arrives on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on September 2nd, and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand on September 13th.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018;Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Fourth Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

Source: IGN

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