If you ask fans what they expect to feel during Avengers: Infinity War, they might not first say that they’re anticipating a ‘funny’ film. That’s not to say that we don’t look forward to some moments where humor exists, we just aren’t expecting a lot of them.
However, after a recent interview with Joe Russo, we’re definitely expecting a little more comedic relief.
While talking to The Afternoon Show, Russo said that tone is an ‘underappreciated aspect of filmmaking’. Especially in terms of the heroes in Infinity War, both in personality and how they deal with stress.
‘I think that tone is an underappreciated aspect of filmmaking. In fact, one of the most critical aspects is managing tone, and this film in particular, when egos like this clash between these superheroes there’s bound to be humor. A lot of the characters in this universe diffuse tension with humor, so we knew the movie was going to be very funny. It’s very different than Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War in that regard because the tone of Cap movies is a little bit more serious. Cap is a little more straight-laced and intense, and the world he was in in both of those movies required he behave that way.’
After hearing Russo describe the film in that way, it makes sense. We have had great laughs with some of our favorite superhero interaction so far and with Thanos and his evil looming, they’re going to have to break the tension somehow.
‘In this film, you’ve got a lot of ya know really unique personalities clashing so we knew we were going to lean into the humor. The way that we balance it in the script phase and on set with the actors is we do a lot of improvisation. We have a lot of very funny people on the set, so typically we wait for the first take or two we’ll have them stick to script and then we let them go off script and probably shoot five or six more takes off script, and then you get in the edit room with all that footage and you spend hours and hours combing through it until you find the right combination that balances the tone and gets the humor across but keeps the stakes moving forward.’
Now that some of the tension has been lifted in our own hearts, we can breathe a little easier. At least until we find ourselves in theaters next Thursday preparing to actually see the movie.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th.
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