Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and more on the ambition of Infinity War
Stacked with countless A-listers, characters, stories and effects, Avengers: Infinity War is a grand cinematic achievement, and yet each individual story arc still packs a punch.
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
April 27, 2018
The culmination of a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe-building, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are not just the most ambitious comic-book movies of all time — arguments can be made that they are the most ambitious Hollywood achievement ever.
A mind-blowing mission
“What’s about to happen, no one has ever faced anything quite like it. It’s going to blow people away,” claims Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the MCU. “We shot Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 back-to-back. The film is the biggest thing in film history. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo had 70-something cast members to wrangle together, and the inner workings and complexities of all of these stories coming together and these relationships…
“I said to Joe and Anthony Russo after we’d wrapped, ‘I don’t know how you’ve gotten this far and how you’re now going to edit and put all these things together,’” Hemsworth continues, “But it has just been such a joy, and beyond impressive, to watch them orchestrate this thing together.”
There was, as you might imagine, quite a bit to orchestrate.Infinity War finds the space villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) gathering the remaining ultra-powerful Infinity Stones. Once he has the six stones, he will essentially have the power of God.
It’s up to the Avengers to stop him, which includes original members — Thor, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — joining with newly minted MCU heroes, including Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and all those Guardians of the Galaxy.
Some returning Avengers even marvel about how well their characters’ personal stories are explored in the massive narrative.
“I get to have a great arc with Paul Bettany,” says Elizabeth Olsen, whose Scarlet Witch — if you know your comic books — ends up marrying the sentient android Vision played by Bettany. “There is a new storyline that I get to be invested in, a new relationship with a different character that we get to explore. I’ve always been grateful that the writers and [Marvel President] Kevin Feige, and whoever else is in control, allow me to have interesting arcs in these movies. They continue to do that, so it really is a lot of fun to go back and do more of them.
“You’re on an Avengers set with all of these artists that you’ve seen on the big screen for a long time, and who have brought so many of these stories to the world before. And now you’re there with them, that was pretty surreal” —Danai Gurira
Others are simply thrilled to jump on the Avengers train.
“It was definitely different from working on Black Panther, different directors and such,” notes Danai Gurira, who introduced her formidable Wakandan supersoldier Okoye in Marvel’s box-office, and cultural, phenomenon. “But it was very cool. It’s like you really realize when you’re in it that the Marvel Universe is a real universe, and you’re stepping into a very new realm. It was like an expanded realm, like infinity! You’re on an Avengers set with all of these artists that you’ve seen on the big screen for a long time, and who have brought so many of these stories to the world before. And now you’re there with them, that was pretty surreal.”
Big changes are expected in that MCU when Infinity War and Endgame are done.
“You know what they can do?” asks Chris Evans, “They can do whatever they want. This is the beauty of Marvel, they’ve really been surfing this wave of knowing how to bring new people in but not put themselves in a box. No matter what they add on, they always have an escape plan. So, however they want to push it, there’s nothing they’ve tackled they haven’t succeeded in. It really is unbelievable. They have somehow managed to do something that we’ve not seen in cinema, and they keep nailing it.”
Are you ready for Avengers: Endgame?
First, get your tickets! Then, book some quality catch-up time. You’ll find all the MCU titles (not still in theatre) at the Cineplex store! Whether you should watch them chronologically or by order of release is one battle you’ll have to take on with your friends.