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Avengers: Infinity War director says ‘Civil War’ divides will still run deep

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Spoiler Alert: Captain America: Civil War plot details and ending discussed below!

It’s early days for Avengers: Infinity War, so details about the movie are pretty thin on the ground at the moment. One thing we do know, however, is that the Marvel heroes will still be split down the middle when this highly-anticipated sequel lands in 2018. That’s according to Anthony Russo, co-director — along with brother Joe — of the new movie and the last two Captain America films (Winter Soldier and Civil War).

In an interview with the Independent, Russo opened up about the divide between Iron Man (aka Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (aka Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans) at the end of Civil War, and the state of the Avengers in the build up to the new movie:

“There’s a writing adage that says “write yourself into a corner.” My brother and I have always loved that adage,” he says. “That was one of our favourite things about Civil War — that it ended in a difficult place where it’s hard to imagine what the road forward exactly is for both Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and these two sides that have suffered the consequences of this division.”

He’s talking, of course, about the revelation that Stark’s parents were murdered by Captain America’s brainwashed homie Bucky Barnes — information that Rodgers chose not to disclose to his fellow Avenger. “On a storytelling level, it is a very difficult place,” says Russo. “And yes, that is very much the condition of the world as we move forward after Civil War. This very much sets the stage for where Infinity War begins — it’s a place of a strong divide.”

Fans who were left wondering what happens next for our heroes will be pleased to know that Avengers: Infinity War picks up pretty much where the last movie left off because, according to Russo, the split between characters is too deep to simply shrug off between movies:

“We believe things that are important and complex for a character to go through should be seen on camera,” says Russo. “The divisions that happened at the end of Civil War were so deep they’re not the kind of things you can resolve or move through off camera; they’re the kind of things you have to directly deal with in the storytelling.That’s our philosophical approach to how we handle those things.”

The full roster of characters for the new Avengers flick has yet to be announced, but it certainly won’t be lacking in numbers. The Russos have previously suggested that as many as 67 major comic book figures will be showing up, and with god-like super villain Thanos almost a dead-cert for the big baddie, it looks like Infinity War will be a bust-up of epic proportions.

Avengers: Infinity War begins shooting in November, and is scheduled for release in May 2018.

Q: What do you think will happen to Stark, Rogers and the rest of the Avengers? Let us know in the comments below.

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