When Avengers 3 and 4 were first announced as Infinity War parts 1 and 2, they were obviously going to be huge – the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe saga. The threads of all the MCU films would be brought together under the helm of the Russo Brothers, with filming running together. Sometimes even with scenes from both films scheduled to shoot on the same day.
Then the news came that the films were now to be Infinity War and an as yet untitled Avengers 4. Still shot together though, as a massive, super-secret collaborative behemoth involving a cast of thousands.
Filming got under way in Atlanta in January, under great secrecy. And now it has emerged that the two films will no longer be filmed together.
Collider‘s Steve Weintraub caught up with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to talk about GOTG 2. While there he took the opportunity to ask about Marvel’s filming schedule, when Feige revealed the studio’s change of plans.
He revealed that the change to shooting the two films back-to-back rather than together came about because “It became too complicated to cross-board them like that… something would always pay the price.” He added “We wanted to be able to focus and shoot one movie and then focus and shoot another movie.”
It was the Russo brothers themselves who originally gave some indication that the shoot would be a difficult one. It was their intention to make the two films look and feel like seperate entities, and visually distinct, which would make it hard to pull off a combined shoot.
Add to that the difficulty of organising such epic productions with the massive casts involved, and it seems a far more manageable task to seperate the films.
So is there a planned date? There is – Feige says that Avengers 4 will start shooting in August after Infinity War finishes. The two films will almost certainly have some overlap, with pick-ups and extra scenes for Infinity War falling into the shooting schedule for Avengers 4.
Infinity War is due out May 4th 2018, with Avengers 4 following on May 3rd 2019.
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