Directors Anthony and Joe Russo will kick off Marvel’s Phase Three with “Captain America: Civil War” next week, yet many MCU minions are already looking forward to the Russo brothers ending Phase Three with “Avengers: Infinity War Part I” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part II,” which will feature supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin). In a new interview, “Infinity War” writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus discussed fan expectations of the purple titan and how Marvel plans to incorporate so many characters into the highly-anticipated two-parter.
Speaking to Huffpost Entertainment, McFeely said of Thanos, “You know, he’s never been the villain in any of the movies. He’s never been the main character in that way, so giving lots of good screen time to Thanos is paramount and pretty fun….He hasn’t had an amazing scene. I think it’s an advantage ultimately, right? Because people are anticipating this guy coming in and really delivering the goods. So, I think they’re eager, and we just have to deliver it. We don’t have to convince them that he’s gonna be interesting. We just have to execute what has been teased.”
“Captain Marvel” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” are the two films debuting between “Avengers: Infinity War Part I” and “Part 2,” and with so many characters on the playing field, many fans are beginning to wonder how Marvel will fit all the superheroes into the two-parter. It was previously reported “Infinity War” is expected to feature 67 characters, and Anthony Russo, who will direct “Infinity War Part I” and “Part II” alongside his brother, Joe Russo, recently teased Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy will be among the featured heroes.
While the stacked “Infinity War” cast has yet to be unveiled, writer Christopher Markus explained, “That number comes from the fact that that’s everyone who’s already been introduced. If you line up all the characters who are available to use from the prior Marvel movies, it racks up to about 60 something characters, let alone the new ones you could bring in.”
“Captain America: Civil War” kicks off Marvel’s Phase Three on May 6, followed by the releases of “Doctor Strange” on Nov. 4, 2016, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on May 5, 2017, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on July 7, 2017, “Thor: Ragnarok” on Nov. 3, 2017, “Black Panther” on Feb. 16, 2018, “Avengers: Infinity War Part I” on May 4, 2018, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” on July 6, 2018, “Captain Marvel” on March 8, 2019, “Avengers: Infinity War Part II” on May 3, 2019 and “Inhumans,” which has an unconfirmed release date following delays.