Avengers: Age of Ultron may be cleaning up across the globe ahead of its arrival in the States on May 1, but ardent Marvel fans have one eye trained on the undisputed heavyweight among the company’s slate of upcoming films. Yes, Thanos is remaining aloof in his chair floating across some unknown corner of the universe, but it is the film that the Mad Titan represents that has us all giddy with excitement: Avengers: Infinity War.
As the culmination of Phases Two and Three – and indeed the foundations laid all the way back in Phase One – of Marvel’s grand cinematic universe, the ensemble piece is certainly garnering attention among Marvelites ahead of its debut in 2018. Split into two segments, Part I will arrive on May of 2018 with the conclusive Part II landing hot on its heels in time for May, 2019.
Such a colossal sequel deserves an equally colossal production schedule, as Captain America star Chris Evans revealed during an interview with Esquire, with the actor revealing that filming is likely to get underway in the latter stages of 2016, with plans to shoot both installments back-to-back. As a result, production could span up to 9 months, with the grand roster of heroes and villains clamouring for screentime. Besides, who said accruing every Infinity Gem in the galaxy was going to be easy?
“That’s going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back. You know, you plan around the Marvel responsibilities. You have to.”
After catching eyes with their excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, director Joe and Anthony Russo have been installed as the pair to helm Infinity War, and even the film that will seed its arrival, next year’s Civil War. Nine months is hardly surprising considering the sheer scope of Marvel’s intergalactic opus, though it’ll be interesting to see if superhero films can still generate the same levels of excitement in three years time.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part I is likely to step in front of the cameras in late 2016 ahead of its arrival on May 4, 2018, whereas its immediate sequel, Infinity War – Part II will cap off the gargantuan battle on May 3, 2019.