The Marvel Cinematic Universe changed course slightly a few days ago when it was announced that its studio was scrapping plans for a two-part Infinity War movie, instead opting for two separate Avengers outings that would tell contained, yet understandably connected stories.
And yet despite that, scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, seen in part as the creative guardians of Phase Three of the MCU after their script for Captain America: Civil War, have confirmed that they’re hard at work on scripts for Infinity War and what’s now just Untitled Avengers, toiling away on both films in tandem.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, the pair said the following of the two scripts:
“We’re many drafts in. We’re on the third draft of movie one and the second draft of movie two. [We’re writing them in tandem] as much as we can. On any given day, you’re only working on one but that doesn’t mean that next week, you aren’t working on the other one. And certainly, notes are coming in and all sorts of production stuff is coming in, like for instance, ‘that thing over there is now a window not a door so adjust that.’ Or, ‘we’re not going to this town now, we’re going to this town.’ That kind of stuff happens constantly and will continue to happen for the next few months. ”
“When we lock ourselves in a room with the Russo brothers and a couple of execs from Marvel, one wall has cards for movie one and the other wall has cards for movie two and another wall has little baseball cards of every character still alive in the Marvel universe – down to Darcy’s boyfriend in Thor 2 – literally, anybody who did not die and has been established as alive. And then we looked at that began to shuffle the cards around. So basically, the big scene is when Darcy’s boyfriend and Galactus get together and….[laughs]. “
Rest easy – Galactus is still over with Fox. But it’s exciting to hear that the script-writing process for these movies is so amorphous and on-going. Hopefully, that will result in two scripts that can expand to address every great aspect of the MCU while still holding their own as contained stories.
Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018.