According to the directors of Avengers: Infinity War, the upcoming Marvel event film and its sequel are only the beginning of something new for the superhero cinematic universe.
After directing this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, Joe and Anthony Russo set their sights on the next two Avengers films, originally announced as Infinity War: Part 1 and Part 2. Marvel Studios recently renamed Part 2 as the co-directors emphasized a different take.
“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 [Marvel Cinematic Universe] since the very first Iron Man movie,” Anthony told IGN in a new interview. “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.”
In a separate interview with CinemaBlend, Joe further teased of the title change, “We wanted the movie to be very different and distinctive, you know. There’s certainly cross-pollination between characters and some story arcs, but you know, the first movie is very clearly Avengers: Infinity War and, in time, we will reveal what the second film is.”
Anthony added, “You’ll learn that, but not for quite some time.”
Avengers: Infinity War takes its name from the comics that see the Avengers battle the Mad Titan Thanos, empowered by the Infinity Gauntlet. Vin Diesel recently confirmed the Guardians of the Galaxy will team up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the film, while a batch of new heroes get their solo films before its release, including Doctor Strange and Spider-Man.
Infinity War is scheduled for release on May 4, 2018, followed by Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018) and Captain Marvel (Mar. 8, 2019). Avengers 4 is scheduled to arrive on May 3, 2019, while Marvel’s Kevin Feige said there are still plans to tackle Inhumans at a later time.