26 Mar 2018 5:25 PM +00:00 UTC

The Avengers Cast Talk About The Difference Between Joss Whedon And The Russo Brothers

The Russo Brothers and Joss Whedon might all be Avengers directors, but there's a stark difference between the directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 and the director of The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Sitting down to speak with Screen Rant during an Avengers: Infinity War set visit, Scarlet Witch actress Elizabeth Olsen and Vision actor Paul Bettany talk about what separates the Russo Brothers from Joss Whedon.

"The biggest difference is that Joss wrote everything. When he writes them, he plays every single character in, like, a cabin and he does the fighting sequences as much as he can and then he writes it. I think the main difference is that the Russos delegate and they trust everything that they've delegated things to. Not saying Joss didn't, but that's a lot of pressure to be a director and then go home to also do rewrites for the next week," the actress explains.

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According to Olsen, it's this delegation that gives actors more room to play around with the dialogue in the film when working with the Russo brothers.

"So I think it's just as it gets bigger, things become more specific to different departments and I think it allows maybe even a freedom within the dialogue sometimes, because there's a space some of us have the ability to step out and not be on the page," Olsen goes on, "Not saying that one's better than the other because Joss knows these characters better than maybe each one of the individuals do because he lives it and breathes it, and the Russos at the beginning of filming are like, "You're in control of your character. If there are things you think we missed, please participate, please say."

Bettany also appreciates the Russos openness for collaboration, saying that it works both for the actors and the directors.

"They really want you to be a collaborator and it's great. There's a huge upside for that. For them [the Russos], when you're dealing with so many characters and actors to have two of them, and it's brilliant because you can play one off against the other," Bettany explains.

With more than 60 characters in two films, we're pretty sure that the Russo Brothers don't have time to intensely scrutinize each character. Collaboration probably works pretty well in big productions like these, and it's plain to see that the cast are enjoying the openness of it. We can't wait to see the result of all this collaboration when Avengers: Infinity War premieres April 27, 2018.

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