‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Production Secrets Spilled at ‘An Evening With The Russo Brothers’
As we inch ever closer to the trailer tease that seems to never come, The Russo Brothers are at least sitting down with fans and answering some questions.
The brothers Joe and Anthony known for directing some of the most recent box office smash Marvel films, which include Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and the upcoming Avengers 4.
The two joined for an event with fans Wednesday night at an event put on by Collider and ArcLight Cinemas presented as An Evening With The Russo Brothers.
Slashfilm.com’s Peter Sciretta was present at the event and live tweeted throughout. He passed along some very cool set secrets. Check them out!
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— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 29, 2018
- The brothers had originally planned to shoot Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 at the same time. Them the stories became complex and they though they should treat them as separate stories and different films. A few months before shooting, the decision to shoot them consecutively was cemented.
- In production meetings, the crew was getting confused about which scene was in what film, and it negatively affected the prep.
- No one actor had the entire script. Only those who appeared in the film more had more access and knew more than the other actors did.
- There were several fake scenes and scenes that were later removed in order to keep secrets.
- There were three drafts of the film. One had Thanos as the film’s narrator, was non linear and include Black Order backstories. The script for that drafts was 250 pages long. The brothers say that writing out Thanos’ full narration helped them get better insight into his mind, even though the entire narration was scrapped.
- There was a draft in which Thanos had already secured the Power Stone, but they felt like he was holding too many to start the film. That’s when they decided to open the film with the attack on the ship.
- In order to get to the final draft, the plot was simplified, made more linear and allowed character moments to shine through. Going into production that script was kept to tightly, but during filming and on set, they were open to changing things.
- Scheduling was complicated because things had to be shot out of order. The first day of shooting was the scene on Titan, with our heroes trying to think of a plan.
- At times scenes would just be shot with stand ins, and months later, they would rebuild the scene and shoot it from the opposite side with the other actor and different stand in.
- There was talk of involving the Netflix Marvel characters in the film, but they decided it was too complicated to correlate all the film and TV stories. They thought the story would best be told kept to the MCU characters.
- They’ve discussed adding in Beta Ray Bill many times, but could never find a good fit.
- The bit with Star Lord imitating Thor was written in the script. It was not improv.
- The Russo Brothers say there is a reason why they don’t have many deleted scenes on the Blu-Rays. In the script, they try to make sure they get it right.
- The Russo Brothers say they consider their final edits their Directors Cuts.
- The brothers say Josh Brolin looked ridiculous on set because of his black, white and green pajamas. They had ping pong balls all over them and a face tracking rig. He had a pole strapped to his back, and the actors would look up at it to get Thanos’ eyeline.
The brothers even shared their favorite Infinity War moments. Joe’s might be a popular fan favorite-when Thor arrives in Wakanda.
Anthony’s favorite moment is when Wanda is forced to destroy Vision’s stone.
Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.