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The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the next two Avengers movies, is in the hands of Captain America: Civil War writing geniuses Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. Together with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, the four masterminds will draw phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close. All eyes are on the team that brought Steve Rogers into the 21st century, and they're already talking up how to use the full Avengers team in the two-parter.
During an interview with IGN, the writers behind Captain America: Civil War were asked about how they would handle juggling the entire super-hero roster, which supposedly caps off at around 67 Avengers. Stephen McFeely fielded the question for the first half of their combined response, by laying down the following information:
When outlining it, we certainly had those conversations. I mean, in the same way that Civil War, not everyone has the same amount of scenes or lines, I think you can assume with so many characters, we’ll have to be as rigorous. We’ll say that these people will have larger stories, these people will have smaller stories, and hopefully they can flip in some cases. I know of a few right off the top of my head that had a small part here and a bigger part here.
Much like Captain America: Civil War, the many characters in The Avengers: Infinity War sound like they will be carrying out the same sort of balancing act that they did in this past weekend's blockbuster. Meaning that while there may be 67 Avengers in play during both parts of the Phase 3 finale, everyone will get their own moments of support and spotlight, all throughout both parts of the story. As if on cue, Christopher Markus addressed this same sort of strategy, when he followed up McFeely's opening remarks with this follow-up:
You know, there will be moments where every last damn person who’s still alive will be in the same room, and they’re just a nightmare to write because Marvel, being very good about hiring very good actors, the 15th person there has two Oscars. So yeah, it’s crazy.
Markus' comments remind us that, as with any good superhero team-up movie, there's a chance that a handful of Earth's mightiest heroes will not make it out of their battle with Thanos alive. Come to think of it, there were a couple Avengers we thought were going to take the long dirt nap by the end of Captain America: Civil War, and they're still standing. Which means that there's a chance that all bets are off when it comes to the survival of any Avenger that may have been introduced in the first two phases of the MCU. By the end of The Avengers: Infinity War, there's a chance that the Russo Brothers, as well as Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, will be on your list of creative types that break your heart on a regular basis. But at least they'll do it with one hell of a "splash panel" moment that just might rival the Airport scene.
Captain America: Civil War is currently in theaters, with The Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 and 2 being scheduled for release on May 4th 2018 and May 3rd 2019 – respectively.