We have heard the message many times, but the filmmakers really mean it. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are two different films. They are so different, in fact, that they can hardly be placed in the same cinematic category.
Screenwriter Stephen McFeely said as much in a set interview with the Toronto Sun.
“They are very different. They nearly feel like two different genres.”
Fellow screenwriter Christopher Markus added that the movies are different “tonally and structurally.”
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have likened Avengers: Infinity War to 1990s heist films, but no one is saying what movie genre is the key influence on Avengers 4. Those details probably will not emerge until after Infinity War is in theaters.
Avengers 4 used to be known as “Part 2” of Infinity War, which has caused many to doubt the idea that the movies are truly separate. Plus, Thanos (Josh Brolin) is the big bad for both movies.
In another interview with Empire, however, Markus insists that we are not headed for a cut right in the middle of a scene like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
“We very explicitly did not want to do one big movie chopped in half. It’s not part one and part two, because that implies something split down the middle. We don’t want anyone to think that’s what happens.”
Star Robert Downey, Jr. was impressed by just how well Markus and McFeely delivered on their intentions, offering high praise in an interview with the Toronto Sun.
“The fact that they could break these two stories and make them as different as they are is, to me, the single greatest story [I’ve read].”
We will have to wait and see Infinity War (out April 27) to try and figure out just what we will get from Avengers 4.
It’s never too early to take a wild guess, though. What genre do you think will inspire Avengers 4? Let me know in the comments!