The Runtime Of Avengers: Infinity War Will Be Divided Equally Between Earth And Space

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Though Avengers: Infinity War is said to unfold across three very distinct fronts, when it comes to the film’s runtime, Joe and Anthony Russo have seemingly struck a balance between Earth and space.

Chatting to ComicBook.com, the sequel’s screenwriters, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus (The First Avenger, Winter Soldier, Civil War), spoke at length about Infinity War, the origins of Thanos, and why the MCU’s impending finale can be compared to that of Game of Thrones.

Elsewhere, the creative duo also addressed the film’s immense scale and scope, which seemingly involves a “fairly even split” between cosmic action and terrestrial scenes. Or so says McFeely:

We can’t give you a percentage but it’s fairly split. That’s part of the nature of all these groups coming together. We wanted to give it, not have it be the feeling that it all comes down to Earth every time. It’s this sort of ‘Earth-ist’ point-of-view that you have to tell. We needed a broad canvas the whole time, so that it didn’t feel like, coincidentally, every stone is in America.

In doing so, Infinity War will hope to hook its audience with a compelling, well-paced story that somehow – almost inexplicably – manages to execute what is arguably the most audacious juggling act in the history of cinema. At least, that’s the idea.

Markus added:

Sometimes you play into it. You cut to the Guardians and it’s a breather. If you’re going from T’Challa and Captain America being very intense, you cut to Quill and Drax and it’s like, sigh. It doesn’t mean they’re not carrying as much plot, it just means the tone is different.

Can Marvel pull it off? Who knows, but after 10 years and 18 movies of incredible action scenes and edge-of-your-seat spectacle, we’re willing to lend Avengers: Infinity War the benefit of the doubt. And then some.

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