Earlier this month, writer, director, and podcaster Kevin Smith made the bold claim that Avengers: Infinity War is the best movie ever made, so long as he’s smoking two joints while watching it. Now, when it comes to the highly anticipated Avengers 4, the filmmaker may have even topped this hyperbole.
Speaking on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, Smith implied that he’d rather retire from his own directing career than never see the Infinity War sequel.
“It’s the thing I looked more forward to than anything else in life and I’m going to make my own movie in January, so f*** that, I want to see this in a big bad way,” he said. “If somebody was like, ‘You don’t ever get to make a movie again but you get to see Avengers 4,’ I’d be like, ‘Alright, done.’ These are my f***ing stories, b****. The way my grandmother felt about The Young and the Restless, that’s how I feel about these Marvel movies.”
Though some people would probably point to films like Yoga Hosers and Tusk as evidence that Smith’s passion for moviemaking faded a while ago, this is still quite the statement, even if we aren’t necessarily supposed to take it literally.
Like most MCU fans, Smith also has a few theories about the upcoming release and the promotion we’ve been seeing for it. In this same episode, for example, the filmmaker shared his thoughts on the mysterious new photo shared from the Twitter account of directors Anthony and Joe Russo. And while the internet has offered a range of intriguing and entertaining suggestions, Smith thought that this overly bright image was little more than a taillight.
But though he may not see anything too thrilling in the Russos’ photo, his eagerness to see the movie itself is unmistakable, even if he did offer one caveat
“It makes me sad, man, because I want to see it but at the same time I’m like, ‘Oh, I don’t want them to be done,’ because it means there’s going to be a big shift to the Marvel Universe,” Smith said. “Some of those characters likely aren’t coming back.”
We have a pretty good idea of some of the characters Smith could be referring to here, but we’ll find out for sure in Avengers 4, which has some ridiculously high expectations to live up to when it hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.