Rumors of the Silver Surfer joining the heroes in Infinity War have been swirling for a few weeks now, prompting the Russo Brothers to address the topic. Silver Surfer has a large role in the comic version of the story, but Fox still has the rights to the character, even after Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige offered up a trade for the character a few years back. Since then, the character hasn't been seen, but Marvel fans have been hoping that the Silver Surfer will make a surprise cameo in Infinity War.
Fans looking for Silver Surfer in Infinity War will more than likely be disappointed, according to a new interview with the Russo Brothers. The directing duo pretty much shot down the rumor in a simple answer, which makes perfect sense. However, could the Russo Brothers be pulling one over on all of us? Anthony Russo had this to say.
"I don't think we own Silver Surfer. But it's fan-wish fulfillment and, you know, if this Disney-Fox deal goes through there's going to be a lot more characters coming into the Marvel universe, so some of those crazy fan theories might come true."
Ok, so that sounds like Silver Surfer will definitely not be involved with Infinity War or the still untitled Avengers 4. But, that doesn't mean that the character won't be coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If the Disney and Fox deal goes through, which could be as soon as next summer, Silver Surfer and a whole bunch of Fox properties will be going right back to Marvel. Still, this news will probably disappoint some fans who wanted to see Silver Surfer join up with the Avengers for Infinity War.
While Silver Surfer won't end up making a cameo in Infinity War, there's still 22 other heroes that are in the epic movie. The Avengers are going to need all of the help that they can get to take down Thanos, which was not an easy task to film, according to the Russo Brothers. The directors also talked about the logistics of making a movie with so many characters in it. Anthony Russo explains.
"It's hard to second guess, you know, part of the beauty of these movies is that there are so many different directions that you can go. There are so many different choices you can make, and I think that's part of the fun of the process for Joe and I, in those early days, feeling out where we want to go with the movie, sitting with Marcus and McFeely and the writers, talking through all the possibilities, and once you center on a road, just running with it. I don't think we have any regrets about the choices we've made I think we're very happy with it, but yeah, the material is infinitely malleable."
Infinity War is now a week away from the world premiere and the excitement shows no signs of slowing down. Original projections for the opening weekend had the epic movie at around $200 million, but now, projections have grown to $250 million, which would make it the highest grossing opening weekend in North American box office history. There's no doubt about it: Infinity War is going to be massive. You can check out the rest of the interview with the Russo Brothers over at Yahoo Movies.