Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are currently on a “victory lap,” you might say (after the incredible run of Captain America: Civil War reviews), through New York City this week. Early on Wednesday, I met them at a Midtown hotel to talk about the new film. During this discussion, Joe dropped a nifty piece of information about their next films, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 in 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 in 2019… namely, they won’t be called that much longer.
I asked the brothers how they decided where to divide the movie – and they said this was a misconception because the two movies are entirely different entities.
“The movies are two very different movies,” answered Joe.
I then asked if it’s misleading having them labeled as “Part 1” and “Part 2”
“It is misleading,” said Anthony.
Joe added, “The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them.”
This makes a lot of sense because it’s pretty obvious the Russos don’t particularly like the idea of people thinking they are only getting half a movie and are adamant what we will see in those two upcoming Avengers movies are very different stories. Not to mention, audiences haven’t been too keen on this sort of thing when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay did that and now with what we’re seeing with the Divergent series. If, like the Russos say, these are two separate stories – then, yes, it makes sense they want each movie to have its own title. And I’m sure we will hear from Marvel just what those titles will be once they get it all figured out.
Captain America: Civil War opens this week and we will have much more from the Russos tomorrow.
Mike Ryan lives in New York City and has written for The Huffington Post, Wired, Vanity Fair and New York magazine. He is senior entertainment writer at Uproxx. You can contact him directly on Twitter.