‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Talks MCU’s Surprising Lack of Planning
For a film franchise that has been relevant for well over a decade, and boasts almost thirty films, many assume the meticulous planning involved in the production of these many projects; to many’s surprises, Avengers: Endgame director talks about the MCU’s surprising lack of planning.
There is no bigger entity in the world of film than the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Never in history have we seen something that spans so many different sagas, interconnecting into one massive overarching narrative, in the way that Marvel Studios has developed the MCU.
Beginning in 2008 with Iron Man, it has felt like an almost seamless continuation and expansion of lore that has crafted a film universe that is as beloved in 2022 as it was in the very beginning.
According to one of Marvel’s most frequent and successful collaborators, however, there is a lot less organization that goes into the formation of the MCU than one would originally believe.
Joe Russo, one half of the directing tandem behind Avengers: Endgame, talked about the MCU’s surprising lack of planning.
Reported by ComicBook.com, Russo discussed the question of whether the brass at Marvel Studios have a firm plan in place, stating, “No, the way it works at Marvel is- I’m sure at some point somebody will talk in detail about this, but part of Kevin’s brilliance is that there really isn’t a plan.”
“There’s an idea, but you can’t have a plan if the movie your making tanks. There’s no plan after that, Right?” Russo noted.
“So it’s really about, as the movie succeeded, then there was sort of enthusiasm about, ‘Well, what else could we do?’ and then that when new ideas would come out,” the director continued, “And there were hopes, we hope one day we can get to the story if you keep doing this right,”
Russo concluded, “Maybe we can all get there, like Infinity War and Endgame, but a lot of the stuff was made up in between those movies.”
It is rather shocking to learn that there is a lack of a plan, but it speaks to the ability of Kevin Fiege to trust their directors and creative personnel to continue the evolution of the MCU in a way that makes sense.