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Infinity War’s Joe Russo Has Solid Advice About “Shared Universe” Franchises

Joe Russo, the co-director of the smash hit Avengers: Infinity War has advice for studios interested in created a “shared universe” of films. He said, in essence, “Don’t do it.” That might be strange assessment coming from someone who recently scored such a massive hit. The shared Marvel Cinematic Universe has done nothing but make money. Why would the director make an assessment that A shared universe is a bad idea? Simply put, creating a shared universe isn’t easy And can set the stage for losing a lot of money.

Actually, Russo went a little further in his assessment. He pointed out that Marvel Studios didn’t start out with a massive shared universe strategy from day one. The shared universe developed after the success of a series of films. Also, audiences basically demanded a shared universe. They wanted complex storytelling in new films. They didn’t want to see any rehash. So, a shared universe grew naturally as part of a progression of new films and sequels.

Universal Studios and DC Entertainment both ignored these truths and decided to craft a massive shared universe without ever testing the waters to see if audiences wanted one. No real appetite exists for Universal’s reboot of its classic horror properties. Universal tried twice to launch a pilot for the horror universe and stumbled.

And then there’s the DC Extended Universe. Almost every film produced under the DCEU banner has been a disappointment. This shared universe was also launched without actually determining whether fans wanted one.

Russo understands what fans want from their entertainment experience. At the very least, the fans want to be treated with respect. Rushing to produce a dozen films and throwing them out into theaters doesn’t exactly meet the definition of respect. Audiences become treated as nothing more than commodities. Studios should not be surprised that audience responses to such treatment is cold indifference.

Russo Brothers Say “Infinity War” Harder than “Avengers 4”

In a recent interview as part of the international promotional tour for Avengers: Infinity War, the directors say that that movie has been harder to make than its upcoming sequel, to be released next year.

“I think [Infinity War] only because it was a compressed time frame and we were posting it while we were shooting Avengers 4,” said Joe Russo when asked by GamesRadar in London.

His brother and co-director, Anthony, agreed, saying that they “were really doing double duty while we were making that movie.”

The two Avengers flicks were shot at the same time, and indeed, were originally slated to be a two-parter; that designation has changed, however, as the two films are apparently quite different from each other. How remains uncertain, though, as next to nothing about Avengers 4 has been confirmed—even its title is apparently a spoiler for Infinity War, and thus will not be revealed until sometime after that movie’s release.

Shooting the two movies together makes sense, given that they both involve the very large cast from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a reported 80 or so characters. Also, Avengers 4 is going to be released on May 3, 2019, barely a year after Infinity War (and one day shy of a year from its original release date).

The Russo brothers made a name for themselves in the MCU with Captain America: The Winter Solider, and followed it up with Captain America: Civil War. Both are deemed some of the best films in the franchise, so it makes sense that they were trusted with these projects. The two films will be a culmination of the entire MCU until now, so they need a lot of talent to pull off.

For now, fans are eagerly anticipating Avengers: Infinity War’s release on April 27.

Peter Dinklage in “Avengers: Infinity War?”

Peter Dinklage has been confirmed as a cast member of Avengers: Infinity War, justifying a rumor that originally surfaced last year.

Unfortunately, all we know is that his name is on the new poster recently released for the movie. He is, notably, the only person listed who is not a DC Extended Universe alumnus, leading to wild speculation on who he could be playing.

Best known for playing Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Dinklage has become one of the highest paid actors in television, as well as gaining success in films. He also has dwarfism, but has gained enough mainstream credibility over the years to sometimes land roles that could go just as easily to actors without that handicap working against them.

Whatever part Dinklage has, it is almost certainly going to be minor—Avengers: Infinfity War already includes basically every major character from all of the previous MCU movies, so there is not a lot of room to cram in a new character. Several different ideas have floated around the internet, including:

• A member of the Black Order: These are the minions of Thanos, the main villain. Working against this theory is that such a role would likely be CGI, and Dinklage’s name is not listed with voice actors like Vin Diesel or Bradley Cooper.
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• Eitri, King of the Dwarves: Thor lost Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok, but we know that he is getting a new weapon. Dwarves are known for crafting them in both myth and the Marvel Universe.
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• Pip the Troll: A friend of Adam Warlock, who was hinted in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
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• MODOK: A villainous cyborg whose odd appearance would work well for a dwarf actor. There is no real evidence that he will be in Avengers: Infinity War, but it would be pretty cool.

James Brolin Opines About The Secretive Avengers IV Script

Josh Brolin is about to play a big part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The busy actor has landed to role of Thanos, the supremely-powerful villian who shakes up the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War. The ramifications of Infinity War are supposed to completely change the direction of the franchise. Brolin has stated the follow-up to Infinity War is still going by the generic title Avengers IV. The reason for this is the script has not been completed yet, or so Brolin believes. Even he does not know for sure what is going on with the fourth Avengers films.

That should tell fans a lot about the secretive nature of the film. Brolin’s character may be the most important villain in all of the MCU. Thanos’ arrival in Infinity War does not come without earth-shattering changes. Major characters are reportedly meeting their demise in Infinity War. The reason for this, in addition to adding a little drama to the film, is to promote many of the secondary characters to the lead.

Thanos probably will return for Infinity War. Brolin likely is signed on for several films in the MCU. Generally, Marvel Studios does not sign actors to one-film deals. The contracts are usually multi-picture deals designed to bring back the same actor in the same role for continuity purposes. Three different Batman in three consecutive Batman films did not exactly help the first Dark Knight movie franchise very much in the 1990’s.

Several other Marvel films debut in theaters after Infinity War and before Avengers IV. Maybe Brolin will play a huge part in those films as well.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland’s Heroes Appear In Leaked Avengers: Infinity War Image

Avengers: Infinity War is shaping up to be the supreme Marvel superhero movie event of all time. So, it is appropriate the “Sorcerer Supreme” known as Doctor Strange would appear in the film. Doctor Strange won’t be the only non-Avenger to make an appearance. The Amazing Spider-Man shows up in the film as well. Fans know this thanks to a leaked image from the film. The image shows Doctor Strange and Spider-Man together. Doctor Strange seems to be saving Spider-Man as the wall-crawler might be in a bit of trouble.

Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland, the actors playing Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, share a bit of screen time together in the new film. While Doctor Strange and Spider-Man teamed up many times in the comic books, this is their first one on the big screen.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland both are coming off very successful solo films. The cinematic Doctor Strange feature did well and Spider-Man: Homecoming appears to be resurrecting the once-threatened Sony Spider-Man franchise.

The two actors aren’t the only ones making a special appearance in the upcoming hero film. Avengers: Infinity War brings a number of Marvel heroes into the action since the threat the world faces from the super-villain Thanos truly is earth-shattering.

Cumberbatch and Holland also gain helpful exposure in the new film. Spider-Man remains a proven property, but Doctor Strange may need a bit more promotional help to keep the sorcerer’s first film from being a one-hit fluke.

Considering how popular the actors and their characters are, audiences will continue to see both on the big screen time and time again.