The years of hiding and years of working on undercover missions after Captain America: Civil War might have hardened the Secret Avengers (Chris Evan's Captain America, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, and Anthony Mackie's Falcon), but according to Avengers:Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Steve and Natasha are going to take on an even tougher edge when they appear in Avengers 4.
The Russo Brothers just recently spoke with Wired about the many heroes that appeared in Infinity War, and when the filmmakers got to Captain America and Black Widow, they teased what kind of journey is in store for them in Avengers 4.
"In Winter Soldier, what we found so compelling about pairing [Black Widow] up with Captain America was that he is a service paragon of morality and she is a paragon of gray," Joe first described the Secret Avengers in the video. "But they've grown together and I think when you find them in this movie and they've been the Secret Avengers for two years because they're being hunted by Ross and the government, they're like a tight-knit family now — her, Sam Wilson, and Steve Rogers."
The years that they've been the secret Avengers has hardened the team, but, after everything that's happened in Infinity War, fighting to save the Earth from Thanos only to lose – now that's going to make Cap, Black Widow, and Falcon even grittier.
"It's hardened all of them in a way. You can't go on the run without it affecting you emotionally, so I think all of those characters — specifically the ones who survived Infinity War, Cap and Natasha — you will see them with a much much harder edge."
Really, it doesn't come as a surprise. Imagine putting all your effort only to see Thanos snap his fingers to turn half of the universe's living population into dust. Now, that's a whole lot of loss right there.
We can't wait to see what becomes of the Secret Avengers when they make their way to Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019.