How the Avengers: Infinity War Creative Team Will Deal With Putting 70 Characters on the Spotlight

Captain America: Civil War may have provided ample screentime for each of its various characters without sacrificing the quality of the movie's story, but it's much different and perhaps harder to put as many as 70 Marvel characters on the limelight in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War films.

That said, it seems that the movies' directors and writers are completely up for the challenge. Fans have nothing to worry about. Apparently, Joe and Anthony Russo plan on treating the films like the Oscar-winning film Nashville to make it work.

In a phone interview with Cinema Blend, Civil War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discussed the challenges of making the Infinity War films, and their gameplan on how to make the movies work. They said that in order to make the movies highlight all characters, they will apply their strategy in Civil War and combine it with the Nashville style that Joe Russo is talking about. They will break down the Infinity War films into smaller stories with certain characters directly connected to the larger plot.

McFeely explained:

In order to have multi-perspective storytelling, Joe Russo keeps referencing Nashville - a number stories going on. It means that each of those stories will probably have a lead protagonist, so that we are not cutting back to 20 people, or even if we're cutting back to 5 people, you'll think of it as this person's story, that person's the leader.
Just because you've got to. As you noticed in Civil War, there are probably 15 different arcs. Some are very big and have many parts to them, and some are very small. We have to apply the same rubric here. Some people are going to have small arcs. Some people have bigger ones, so I guess that means, you cut back to the bigger ones more often.

Markus also noted how it's a big advantage that Infinity War is made up of two parts instead of just one. This means characters who weren't highlighted during the first movie can have their share of attention in the second one. He said:

We have two movies to play with, and we can pull people from the background into the foreground for one movie, and we can keep changing that focus. If it's four hours of Steve Rogers in the two Avengers movies, people are going to go, ‘You didn't really take advantage of your cast.' So it's incumbent upon us to keep moving the point of view a little bit.

Infinity War is perhaps the largest-scaled MCU film to date, mainly because of the fact that it comprises 70 different characters in the fold.

Based on the interview, it looks like the movie's creators have got it all covered. Considering what they've done in Captain America: Civil War, I don't see why fans can't put their faith in the Russo brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely in creating another quality blockbuster hit.

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is slated for release on May 4, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2hits theaters on May 3, 2019.

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