Thanos Infinity War

While Avengers: Infinity War trailers have focused on beloved Marvel Studios heroes meeting and joining forces, we know a majority of the screen time belongs to two characters: Thor and Thanos. Thor is somewhat surprising, but Thanos is not – every film since The Avengers has been barreling toward this moment when we’d finally learn more about him. “In many ways, it’s Thanos’ movie,” writer Stephen McFeely told us during our Infinity War set visit. Below, read McFeely and co-writer Christopher Markus explain how they make Thanos an emotional center of the film, how they view Marvel’s biggest villain as an “amoral philosopher,” and more.
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Avengers Infinity War Trailer Breakdown - Thanos

And now time for one of our most interesting interviews from the set of Avengers: Infinity War — a sitdown discussion with Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely,  the screenwriting masterminds behind it all.

During the interview, we talk about what the film is about, how this is Thanos’ story, who they decided to include in this mega mash-up film, how the Guardians of the Galaxy fit into the mix, comparisons to the grand ensemble storytelling of Game of Thrones, their comic book research, how much of the film takes place on earth, how the Infinity Stones helped to shape the story, Thanos’ villianous motivations, how cosmic and crazy does the film get, how Infinity War connects with Avengers 4, Captain Marvel‘s involvement, how much of Infinity Gauntlet’s story made it into the film, how the film connects to the movies around it, balencing the tones of the different franchises, why awards reward epic trilogies but overlook superhero franchises, giving thanos an emotional arc and more.

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The Electric State

The Russo Brothers just won a bidding war for the rights to the sci-fi story The Electric State. The plan is to bring It director Andy Muschietti on board to the direct the film, with Muschietti’s producing partner Barbara Muschietti involved as well. The illustrated novel tells the story of a girl and a robot traveling through an alternate 1990s United States.

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avengers infinity war score

When Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Avengers: Infinity War, it was positioned as a two-film epic crossover event that would be the culmination of everything Marvel had planned up to that point. So with both films about to start shooting concurrently, I thought it might be fun to take a look at all the characters confirmed or rumored to be part of Avengers: Infinity War, and theorize how they may play into this story.

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The Avengers Infinity War script update

As you can tell from the photo above, we still have quite a wait for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel (the latter of which will no longer be called Avengers: Infinity War). Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are currently hard at work on the scripts, writing them both in tandem. The duo behind the Captain America films discussed where they’re at in the writing process and responded to whether they’ll kill off any characters in the sequels.

Below, check out the latest Infinity War update.

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Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury

Captain America: Civil War may not technically have been an Avengers movie, but it did bring together nearly every hero in the Marvel universe to date, with few exceptions. Thor and Hulk being gone makes sense, considering the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron — and besides, we know the really reason they sat this one out was so they could go on a buddy road trip next year. But what about Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury, the man who originally brought all these superpowered beings together? Where was he in all of this?

In a recent interview, Captain America: Civil War screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus addressed Fury’s absence, and revealed whether the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. might return for the next big Marvel team-up, the two-part Avengers: Infinity WarRead More »

Captain America Civil War

Captain America: Civil War marks screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely‘s fifth collaboration with Marvel, after Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor 2: The Dark WorldCaptain America: Winter Soldier, and their work on Agent Carter. So it’s not surprising Marvel selected the screenwriting duo to handle an undertaking as large as Avengers: Infinity War.

The stories Markus and McFeely are telling continue to increase in scope, but the two rarely lose sight of character and the story at hand, never spending too much time teasing the future of the MCU. Considering the fact that they had to set up Black Panther, the new Spider-Man, and a tiny bit of Infinity War, it’s impressive how focused and cleanly told Civil War‘s narrative is. Perhaps in less capable hands, Marvel’s latest easily could have been a complete mess.

To learn how the script came together, read our Christoper Markus and Stephen McFeely interview below. Be warned there are SPOILERS ahead for Captain America: Civil War.

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Black Widow in Captain America Civil War

The first cut of Captain America: Civil War was two hours and forty-one minutes long. The final cut is 13 minutes shorter, so don’t expect to see too many deleted scenes on the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo cut a few minor sequences, but nothing major was tossed aside in the editing room.

Below, find out about two scenes cut — both in the writing process and in post-production — from Captain America: Civil War (minor spoilers ahead).

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civil war

Captain America: Civil War does a pretty great job of getting audiences pumped for the coming onslaught of Marvel Phase Three movies, capped off by Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2 in 2018 and 2019. But prepare to adjust your expectations ever so slightly. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo say the films will probably change their titles, to reflect the fact that they’re two completely different movies and not a single movie broken into two parts.  Read More »

spider-man footage

In a few days, audiences will greet the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). A few years ago another reboot of the character didn’t sound particularly appealing, especially after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but when Marvel and Sony joined forces to get the character back on track, things started looking up for the teenage hero. After seeing Spidey in action during Captain America: Civil War, now another Spider-Man reboot doesn’t sound half-bad.

When we spoke with Captain America: Civil War screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, they discussed the experience of waiting to hear if Spider-Man would have a role in the film, and how that impacted their work. Read what they said about the new Spider-Man below.

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