Russo Brothers Talk the Stakes of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War

Fans should “expect to be shocked” by Avengers: Infinity War

While promoting the launch of SeeJee Studios in Beijing, China, directors Anthony and Joe Russo (via CBM) were naturally asked about their upcoming films Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, which they teased will shock audiences. 

“The stakes of both Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War movies are gonna be very high, and there will be a price to pay for the characters,” Joe Russo said. “And that’s the whole point of cumulative storytelling. We’re going to go on emotional journeys with these characters. We’ve got a lot invested in the emotion. We have a responsibility to be mindful of how these people feel about the characters and, at the same time, we also have a responsibility to carry through on the storytelling. As filmmakers, we believe in stakes. You can’t have good storytelling without strong stakes. So, there will be a price to pay, there will be a price to pay in Civil War. There will be characters who suffer in that movie, and he will come out of that movie and never be the same. And in Infinity War the stakes will be raised to a whole new level. People should expect to be shocked when they see those movies.”

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the script for Captain America: Civil War and will also pen the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, which the Russos will also direct.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War will debut in theaters May 6, 2016 with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 slated for release on May 4, 2018 and Part 2 to follow on May 3, 2019.