It has been known for some time that despite being shot back-to-back, the upcoming two-part Avengers: Infinity War would be two separate films. Now Marvel has announced a title change that suggests Infinity War might be a single film, with the second movie being something different.
As reported by Variety, the first movie will now simply be called Avengers: Infinity War, and will hit theaters in May 2018. It will be followed by a film currently scheduled as Untitled Avengers, to arrive a year later. Both will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who previously helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and this year’s hugely successful Captain America: Civil War.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies recently, co-writer Christopher Markus explained that both films were being written simultaneously. “On any given day, you’re only working on one but that doesn’t mean that next week, you aren’t working on the other one,” he said.
“And certainly, notes are coming in and all sorts of production stuff is coming in, like for instance, ‘that thing over there is now a window not a door so adjust that.’ Or, ‘we’re not going to this town now, we’re going to this town.’ That kind of stuff happens constantly and will continue to happen for the next few months.”
In April, Anthony Russo explained that he and his brother would be taking an unusual approach to the the production. “One piece of the process is really important to us: that we watch and cut scenes every 48 hours,” he told Den of Geek. “So that we’re constantly assessing how the ideas are working. And if they are working, how can we make them work even better? And if they’re not working, then how do we fix them?
“I think it’ll be a very difficult, long shoot, because we’ll constantly be shooting and assessing and reshooting and assessing.”
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018, and Untitled Avengerson May 3, 2019.