Needless to say, there are going to be spoilers in the following article, so turn back now if you want to head into Avengers: Infinity War knowing nothing at all.
There are a number of unsolved mysteries lingering around Avengers: Infinity War, the largest being how the movie will end. Do we think that Joe and Anthony Russo will conclude Avengers: Infinity War on a cliffhanger? Will this movie serve as Part One of a two-part story? When CinemaBlend visited the set of Infinity War in Atlanta, we asked them this directly, and got a very interesting reply. Co-director Joe Russo explained:
Our approach has always been ... we look at the process, as with [co-writers Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely, it's simply the same thing in the way that the Winter Soldier relates to Civil War, and the way that Civil War relates to Infinity War. These two [Avengers] movies will also relate. There's a narrative thread that is connecting these films, but at the same time, there's an independence in terms of what the experience is, or where the story goes. It isn't a true two-parter. And I think the two-parter concept came back when Marvel decided they were going to culminate the MCU. It was going to be a two-movie deal. But as we developed the movie, in execution, it ended up being more of two singular expressions. And I think that's just what happened.
This stems from the event that Marvel President Kevin Feige held several years ago, where he mapped out the entire Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in one fell swoop. The culmination of that announcement was the reveal that the studio was going to make Avengers: Infinity War -- Part 1 and Part 2. Now, however, the tide has turned, and Avengers 4 is an untitled standalone film, yet one that still continues the story that will be established in Infinity War.
When we met with Joe and Anthony Russo on the Avengers: Infinity War set, they were shooting both films at the same time, and not fully considering where they would split. Or, perhaps, they knew, and just wouldn't share! That's more likely. We don't even know for certain whether Thanos (Josh Brolin) will be part of Avengers 4, or if he'll do something in Avengers: Infinity War that so drastically alters the fabric of the existing MCU that there's no turning back, making Avengers 4 a clean-up movie