Since Infinity War and Endgame are a massive two-part story, the Russians had to shoot both films back-to-back
The Russo Brothers have always tried to outdo themselves with every Marvel Studios project they took on. They entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Following its success, they received two of Marvel’s greatest projects of all time, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Although the stories of the two films were connected, the character arcs, scenes, and set pieces were all tangled between the two films, presenting the directing duo with a difficult task of balancing the stories while delivering a satisfying conclusion.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige was undoubtedly impressed with her work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, making her the obvious choice to direct the saga. Since Infinity War and Endgame are a massive two-part story, the Russians had to shoot both films back-to-back.
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In a recent interview with GQ, the Russo Brothers opened up about the intricacies of the painstaking process of such a massive undertaking. They said, “It’s not good for your health, that’s for sure. It was difficult. I remember we all said at the end, “Oh, we’re never going to do two movies in a row again.” However, the two brothers still found it creatively rewarding. They added, “It really allowed for a great synergy between what we were doing in the two films and for us to move back and forth creatively. And I think that was a huge, very unique, creative type of opportunity that you don’t get often in storytelling.”
The films were the culmination of a decades-long story told in more than 20 films, requiring them to be shot back-to-back. The build-up to the final two films in what would later be dubbed The Infinity Saga is a once-in-a-lifetime cinematic event yet to be repeated.
During the interview, Joe Russo described the delicate balance they had to achieve during filming. He said, “Yeah, I mean the ‘Star Lord/Thor’ stuff was really a product of improvisation on set trying to keep track of all the different story elements at all times. “Well, if we’re going to pull that thread, then in this movie we’ve got to pull that thread over here.” And so it was a very delicate calibration, a really unique experience from a storytelling standpoint, from a filmmaking standpoint. And one that we really appreciated, but as Anth said, it certainly took a physical toll.
While filming was a Herculean task for the duo, they certainly delivered on the goods considering the films became blockbuster hits at the box office.