It is looking as if Marvel Studios’ two-part, all-star superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War is going to be bigger than we have been compelled to anticipate. Marvel chose today to drop a few of their patented news grenades on the unsuspecting interwebs, including Emily Van Camp’s casting and Paul Rudd and William Hurt’s reprising their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. But one of their biggest announcements is that Infinity War will make cinematic history by being the first feature film to be shot entirely using IMAX cameras.
Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will employ the revolutionary next generation IMAX/ARRI 2D digital camera to film both parts of Infinity War after first using it for select action sequences in Civil War. Apparently normal-sized theater screens will no longer be sufficient to contain the widescreen excitement of the MCU. Go figure.
In a statement included with Marvel’s press release, the Russos outlined their intentions for the IMAX digital camera:
“The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring 10years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/Arri Digital camera.”
Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, offered his own thoughts on this historic development:
“Over the years, IMAX has had the incredible good fortune to work with some of the world’s finest, most talented filmmakers, who continue to push the envelope both technically and creatively. We could not be more excited to deepen our partnership with Joe and Anthony Russo, a pair of filmmakers we believe are next-generation trailblazers. Marvel’s Avengers franchise has become a global phenomenon and to have it pay off in this epic way using the IMAX/ARRI digital camera is the very definition of event movie-going.”
Here’s some info about the new IMAX/ARRI 2D digital camera and IMAX’s laser projection system, because why not:
The next-generation 2D digital camera – co-developed by IMAX and ARRI – is meant for use by today’s leading filmmakers working in the IMAX® format. The joint solution is designed as a complementary tool to IMAX’s high-resolution capture technologies – including its 3D digital and 15perf / 65mm film cameras. Moreover, IMAX worked with ARRI to achieve the highest level of digital image capture for playback on IMAX’s xenon and new laser projection systems.
IMAX recently began rolling out its next-generation laser projection system, with more than 71 laser system deals signed globally to date. Such iconic venues to feature the new system include the newly retro-fitted Airbus IMAX Smithsonian Theatre at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA ., and Seattle’s Boeing IMAX Theatre at Pacific Science Center, both of which re-opened in time for the release of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” – the first film to be re-mixed for IMAX’s new 12 channel sound system at these IMAX with laser locations.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part I opens in theaters on May 4, 2018. Part II will follow a year later on May 3, 2019.