Since it was first announced in October 2014, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War was intended to be the company’s biggest release to date. Intentions, much like the best of plans, tend to change over time.
Nearly two years have passed and what was initially slated to be a two-part feature that would close out Marvel’s Phase Three line-up with each installment released a year apart in May of 2018 and 2019, it appears that Infinity War will no longer be split in half, as confirmed recently by Disney. Instead it will now be a single film, with what was originally to be the second part of the epic that would unite the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe in glorious battle against the Mad Titan Thanos reconfigured as an untitled Avengers project. Release dates for the two films have not changed though.
Back in May, Infinity War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo were the first to confirm that the two films would be renamed, as the original Part I and Part II titles unveiled at Marvel Studios’ October 2014 announcement at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles were “misleading” and they wanted to make it clear that the two films would tell different stories rather than be one grand scale tale cut into a duo.
Last year, it was rumored that the massive superhero blockbuster could film for nine months, and the Russos themselves confirmed that Infinity War would be shot entirely in the magnificent splendor of IMAX. The brothers, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War to excellent reviews and spectacular worldwide box office, remain on board to direct Infinity War as well as the fourth untitled Avengers feature.
Production on Infinity War is scheduled to commence later this year from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely with its release still set for May 4, 2018. The untitled Avengers sequel’s release date remains May 3, 2019.