Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War might belong to an entire universe outside of the Star Wars franchise, however, directors Joe and Anthony Russo say that their two-part Avengers omnibus was actually influenced by the galaxy far, far away.
The Marvel directorial duo just recently spoke in an interview with Coming Soon to talk about various topics including their love for the Coen Brother’s movies and for Star Wars.
According to the Russos, George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away was such an important part of their childhood that they’ve actually been replicating a few narrative elements of Star Wars into their own films, particularly in Infinity War and Endgame.
This admission doesn’t come as a surprise of course. After all, like Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, the Russo’s Infinity War ends with the Avengers facing defeat, much like Luke Skywalker and the Rebellion.
"I mean I think being such Star Wars fanatics, we would’ve probably focused on the Luke Skywalker story. And so, to me, there was the potential for three movies focusing on that arc coming to completion. But different choices you can make," Joe told the entertainment news outlet, "I think you know, the fact that Star Wars is so important to us growing up, we got to make our Star Wars Empire in Infinity War and Endgame. That was really our expression of what those commercial films meant to us as children and what we took away from them and the patterns of narrative structure that were so profound to us. We were able to replicate those patterns in those movies. So I think we speak to those films rather than the Star Wars films."
We wonder whether the Russos will ever try to take on a Star Wars film in the future. It doesn’t seem like a farfetched idea – the directors are big fans of the franchise, they’re great at what they do, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is already on his way to develop his own Star Wars movie.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and wait and see.
Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War are available for streaming on Disney+.