On May 4, 2018, a story 10 years in the making will wrap up. Ever since the release of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been wending its way toward a massive crossover and a showdown with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Last week, Marvel tweeted out a short behind-the-scenes video giving us a look at what Infinity War will look like, along with the briefest of glimpses at the movie itself.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and producer Kevin Feige talk for a few minutes about the upcoming movie, and it’s an interesting listen — it’s easy to forget ten years on, but the concept of an ongoing cinematic universe filled with interrelated movies is a new one. Sure, there have been trilogies like Star Wars, but nothing that has been attempted on the scale of the MCU, which currently counts 14 movies (17 after this year).
That puts considerable pressure on Infinity War — while it will by no means by the end of the MCU, it is the end to the story that’s been told in it until now, and coming to a satisfying conclusion isn’t going to be easy. Ending a trilogy is hard enough (Return of the Jedi is far from universally revered), let alone wrapping up almost 20 movies worth of storytelling. It helps that there’s source material from the comics, but the MCU hasn’t hewed to those stories that closely, so it’ll be on the production team to come up with something that makes sense for their interpretation.
In the behind-the-scenes feature, the team talks about how Civil War was a crucial part of the buildup to Infinity War, with the creators needing to split the team up to make way for the rise of Thanos. It also serves as a reminder of just how many superheroes are going to be jammed into this movie (the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and newcomers like Ant-Man, Spider-man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel) — how they’re going to pull off that screen time balancing act will go a long way in determining how good the movie will be.
At the end, we get a short look at Infinity War — Thanos claiming the Infinity Gauntlet. But, there’s some production art, too, including a shot of Thor and Rocket Raccoon taking on who knows what. It’ll be chaotic, but it’s going to be a lot of fun to see how the team plays these characters off one another!