The Russo brothers purposefully wrote themselves “into a corner”.
Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, have discussed how they are “very committed to the ending” of Infinity War.
Discussing Endwar at a panel hosted by Iron Man director Jon Favreau (via GameSpot), Anthony Russo said that “We are very committed to the ending of that movie. We think that stories lose their meaning and relevance and resonance unless there are real stakes.”
“For us, moving into Endgame, the story is very much about how do these characters–how do these heroes–deal with loss?” he added. “Resounding loss, true loss, devastating loss–that’s what they’ve experienced in Infinity War, and that was a unique experience for all of them. How does a person move forward from that moment? How does a hero move forward from that moment? The way we wrote it into the story is, How is everybody on an individual level dealing with that experience, and then how do they collectively deal with it?”
The ending of Infinity War, like the comic from which it draws its name and basic premise, saw half of the universe’s living creatures wiped out. This meant the death of a large number of Marvel’s most popular characters. It’s a huge, sad cliffhanger to end a summer blockbuster on, and a difficult situation to wrap up in a sequel. But the Russos wanted to pose themselves a challenge for the MCU’s Infinity Saga finale.
“One of our favorite storytelling adages is ‘Write yourself into a corner,'” said Anthony Russo. “And what we take that to mean is put yourself in a place on a narrative level where you have no idea how you could possibly move forward from here, and that’s a very exciting place to be. It forces you to come up with some really creative ways forward. And we tried to do with the endings of every single Marvel movie we’ve done, never more so than Infinity War.”
Quite how the Russos have written their way out of Infinity War’s difficult ending remains to be seen, but Joe Russo promises that fans will experience “satisfaction” from the film, which he believes to be a “cathartic” movie.
Avengers: Endgame releases April 26, and is a humongous three hours long. It set ticket sales records in its first hour, and may feature an early loss for Earth’s mightiest heroes.
Matt Purslow is IGN UK’s News and Entertainment Writer, and can deal with any Avengers ending, so long as Captain Marvel survives. You can follow him on Twitter.