In just a few months, Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will start production on Avengers: Infinity War and their untitled Avengers sequel that will shoot back-to-back. Captain America: Civil War started Marvel Phase 3, but the conflict shown in that movie is far from over, according to the directors. In fact, this summer's Captain America: Civil War represents the start of the war, according to director Joe Russo. Here's what he had to say below.
"We always thought of this movie as the start of the war. It's not over yet. At the end of Civil War Cap drops his shield because Tony tells him he doesn't deserve it any longer, and perhaps he doesn't. His responsibility to himself is now in conflict with his responsibility to others, and he will struggle to resolve that. His road forward involves figuring out who Steve Rogers is without the shield."
The Russo Brothers have teased in the past that Infinity War will represent the 'culmination' of everything that has happened thus far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, marking the end of certain aspects of the MCU, while at the same time representing a new beginning. Now that Captain America has dropped his shield, it remains to be seen if any other character will take over as Captain America, such as Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes or Anthony Mackie's The Falcon. It's impossible to know right now, since no plot details have been given and no cast members are confirmed quite yet.
The Russo Brothers previously teased that there will be a whopping 67 characters in Avengers: Infinity War, although it may be quite some time before a full character list is revealed. All of the Avengers past and present are expected to surface, and it has also been confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy will join the fight as well. The Russo Brothers also recently let it slip that Captain Marvel will come aboard, with Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson recently signing on to play this beloved character.
Marvel has set a May 4, 2018 release date for Avengers: Infinity War, with the studio's untitled Avengers sequel set for release on May 3, 2019. The studio hasn't confirmed any plans for Phase 4 quite yet, but the studio has set release dates for the first three movies, which will hit theaters on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6, 2020. Hopefully we'll start hearing more about Avengers: Infinity War as we get closer to production starting within the next few months. You can also check out Quora.com for the entire Q&A with the Russo Brothers.