"The stakes are incredibly high," Russo says of the situation in Avengers: Infinity War. "I wanted to turn Thanos into Darth Vader for a new generation. He's an incredibly intense character. Sociopathic. He takes no prisoners. I think the audience needs to be prepared when they go see these movies."
Thanos is on a quest for the Infinity Stones to adorn his Infinity Gauntlet, thus granting him infinite power. When asked how this quest affects the structure of Avengers: Infinity War, Russo brought up his and his brother and co-director Anthony Russo's habit of using popular films as touchpoints.
"Structurally, with this first film, Avengers 3, we've been using smash and grab '90s heist films," he says. "There's a real urgency to the film and it adds a level of excitement and relentlessness to the movie. It's a lot of divergent narratives coming together into a climax."
Will Thanos emerge with as big a profile as Darth Vader by the film's end? Will fans begin speculating over who would win in a fight between the Mad Titan and the Dark Lord of the Sith? Eager audiences will have to wait until May 2018 to find out.
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Avengers: Infinity War brings the Guardians of the Galaxy together with the Avengers to face off against Thanos and his minions.
Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Robert Downey Jr., JoshBrolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, JeremyRenner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, BenedictCumberbatch, PaulBettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong,Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Benicio delToro, Tom Holland, and Anthony Mackie.
Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018.
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