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Needless to say, there will be spoilers in this article, so stop reading now if you want to go into Avengers: Infinity War knowing nothing.
Taking on one Marvel Studios movie is daunting. Taking on several Marvel Studios movies, and trying to connect them, is even more challenging. But writing the screenplay for the mother of all Marvel team up movies -- and then figuring out how it affects all of the MCU movies that surrounds it, is insanity. This is the task given to Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who opened up to CinemaBlend about their process on the set of War, giving outstanding insight into how the machinations of the MCU are mapped out. They told us:
Stephen McFeely: Well, there's a lot of conversations, right?... We have had to juggle both Marvel -- Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Marvel -- specifically because they all exist in various ways in and around these two [Avengers] movies.
Christopher Markus: Thor 3
McFeely: Well, at least that's before this first movie. Black Panther is, too. So we think we handled it, and solved it in fairly clever ways. But it certainly was an issue. If you wanna do what you wanna do here, how does it affect this movie and not just make this movie.
Markus: How do you not fall into the trap of what these movies are sometimes accused of, which is just sometimes feeding each other and not being standalone things. ... You can't make them overly dependent on each other, and yet you still want to have this bloodstream flowing through the universe.
McFeely: Peyton Reed and his group of writers are going to make whatever movie they want. We had very small requests like, 'It would be great if right there that person was -- is that okay? Good?' You always make the best movie you can. Same thing with Black Panther and same thing with Captain Marvel. They're gonna make the movies they're gonna make. And in this unique case, [we make] very small tiny suggestions for beginnings and endings like that.
This is what happens when you build a cinematic universe. But also when you hire good stewards of your cinematic universe LIKE Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Because they are going to actually think how one movie can affect several movies. And they will let the different filmmakers make their own films. But the attention to continuity remains.
For now, Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War looks a lot like this: