As fans of the MCU know, until a Marvel movie actually debuts in theaters, fans are left wondering about a lot of the content we’ll all see on screen. It’s one of our favorite things about the cinematic universe but it also causes us some heartache.
That rings especially true after Avengers: Infinity War.
The opening 10 minutes left us crying, with the loss of two of our Marvel favorites, both Heimdall and Loki lost their lives in absolutely heart-wrenching ways. From there, the tone of the movie was set: Thanos was coming to ruin everything we loved, and there wasn’t a thing that could be done about it.
With the massive success of the movie – even with all of the tears that were shed in theaters around the world – the Russo brothers had to feel relieved. The blood, sweat, and tears put into the film paid off, it was a complete box office smash.
That doesn’t mean, however, that they wouldn’t do things differently now that they’ve seen how the past few years have played out.
In a recent interview with Cinemablend, The Russo brothers discussed their regret about Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
When asked if they’d do anything differently, their answer was simple.
We wouldn’t shoot them back-to-back. [Laughs]
That ‘regret’ probably comes from the struggles the Russo brothers faced while filming two incredibly important, massive, and impactful Marvel films at once. They discussed one of the main challenges in that same Cinemablend interview.
I think the challenge for all of us was finding the balance between the two films. Because each film is so complex on its own that sometimes considering both of them was a bit overwhelming. So we looked for opportunities in the process to separate the two so that our brains could be fully focused on the narrative. While the films have a connection, as the Marvel films do, they are distinct stories.
Being distinct stories is part of what made the film harder on fans. We, of course, hope to see some of those ‘lost’ heroes again. We’re hoping that Doctor Strange was right and that there’s a way to defeat Thanos, and we’re hoping that can happen without causing too many big causalities.
We’re also not naive enough to give too much of ourselves to that hope because, this is a big time for the MCU, for many of the actors and the heroes they play, and for fans. It’s a big time for the Avengers as a whole.
It’s the kind of time where the only thing that could really shake it up are big changes, and some of those are going to hurt.
So if you need us, we’ll be crying watching our favorite Avengers in all of the existing MCU films until it’s time to return to theaters and cry for them there once again.