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.