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Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely talk Infinity War script & deaths

08.01.2016

Script writing is a difficult process. This is because, contrary to what young creative types might think, your work is never perfect the first go-around. Scripts go through changes and updates all through-out the filming process. Even the script for CHINATOWN, considered one of the greatest scripts ever, went through about four different revisions before becoming the masterpiece it is. The same goes for massive studio blockbusters, with probably none under more scrutiny than the Marvel universe.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies, writers of the next two AVENGERS films, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, spoke about how far along they are in the draft process:

We’re many drafts in. We’re on the third draft of movie one and the second draft of movie two. [We’re writing them in tandem] as much as we can. 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. 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.

Given the massive scope of the upcoming flick, it’s of course natural to wonder who’s gonna bite the dust and who’s gonna…not bite the dust?

Markus:

When we lock ourselves in a room with the Russo brothers and a couple of execs from Marvel, one wall has cards for movie one and the other wall has cards for movie two and another wall has little baseball cards of every character still alive in the Marvel universe—

McFeely:

—down to Darcy’s boyfriend in Thor 2 – literally, anybody who did not die and has been established as alive. And then we looked at that began to shuffle the cards around. So basically, the big scene is when Darcy’s boyfriend and Galactus get together and…[starts laughing].

It joys me to hear that so many people are examining this script with Markus and McFeely, and in such in-sync scrutiny with each other. Every decision they make for one movie is made alongside the other. Even though these will be two different movies, you can tell they will flow together nicely and evenly. As well, the fact they're taking every character into account when it comes to who will die, and who will live leaves a lot open for speculation. But above all, take comfort in knowing there are many people, not just Markus and McFeely (two great writers on their own), taking this script seriously; working with everyone they can, taking as many notes as they can. They’re like their own bunch of nerdy Avengers.

The newly-titled AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR begins on May 4, 2018, and the untitled sequel will follow May 3, 2019.

Source: Yahoo Movies

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4:35PM on 08/01/2016
They don't say much about death here but I trust these guys. Side note, is that title card a new logo or just fan art? I assume fan art but it's pretty sweet.
They don't say much about death here but I trust these guys. Side note, is that title card a new logo or just fan art? I assume fan art but it's pretty sweet.
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2:41PM on 08/01/2016

More Chris O'Dowd please

This movie needs more Chris O'Dowd.
This movie needs more Chris O'Dowd.
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11:30AM on 08/01/2016
I'm pretty sure they will call the second half of this, "Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet". The first one will probably be about Thanos getting his hands on the stones and then it'll end with him destroying everything with the Gauntlet. Then it'll get involved with the Captain Marvel and Guardians for the second half teaming with what is left of the Avengers.
I'm pretty sure they will call the second half of this, "Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet". The first one will probably be about Thanos getting his hands on the stones and then it'll end with him destroying everything with the Gauntlet. Then it'll get involved with the Captain Marvel and Guardians for the second half teaming with what is left of the Avengers.
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9:50AM on 08/01/2016

Bring Back Red Skull and Mandarian

Both characters were not killed and both have sat out for too long. It's time for them to rejoin the fray.
Both characters were not killed and both have sat out for too long. It's time for them to rejoin the fray.
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10:01AM on 08/01/2016
I can see them bringing back Red Skull, but probably not the Mandarin due to all of the backlash and confusion it would probably bring.

I say bring back Red Skull, Abomination, and Ronan.
I can see them bringing back Red Skull, but probably not the Mandarin due to all of the backlash and confusion it would probably bring.

I say bring back Red Skull, Abomination, and Ronan.
11:27AM on 08/01/2016
Ronan pretty much got the explode treatment. You even see an eye for just a split second when he does. I can see Abomination and Red Skull though. If they did it right they could potentially bring in the right Mandarin. They did an excellent job on the "All Hail to the King" One-Shot. Playing off as if there was a real Mandarin and is upset that Ben Kingsley made him look bad. Now that Doctor Strange and the Magical Arts is playing in the MCU it wouldn't be difficult to put the real Mandarin
Ronan pretty much got the explode treatment. You even see an eye for just a split second when he does. I can see Abomination and Red Skull though. If they did it right they could potentially bring in the right Mandarin. They did an excellent job on the "All Hail to the King" One-Shot. Playing off as if there was a real Mandarin and is upset that Ben Kingsley made him look bad. Now that Doctor Strange and the Magical Arts is playing in the MCU it wouldn't be difficult to put the real Mandarin in.
2:43PM on 08/01/2016
Red skull won't return because they would need to recast and they've been avoiding that. Mandarin won't appear (the real Mandarin) because it would confuse people too much after they thought Trevor was Mandarin.
Red skull won't return because they would need to recast and they've been avoiding that. Mandarin won't appear (the real Mandarin) because it would confuse people too much after they thought Trevor was Mandarin.
9:32AM on 08/01/2016
It would be ballsy if Tony were the one to bite the dust in the second planned film and sacrifice himself for the sake of the team (and the universe at this point).

And does anyone else think Quicksilver comes back through the power of one of the infinity stones??
It would be ballsy if Tony were the one to bite the dust in the second planned film and sacrifice himself for the sake of the team (and the universe at this point).

And does anyone else think Quicksilver comes back through the power of one of the infinity stones??
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9:43AM on 08/01/2016
Ah but which Quicksilver?
Ah but which Quicksilver?
2:46PM on 08/01/2016
Quicksilver is dead, but I do know they will kill off Cap or Iron Man early on and that is why to get Dr Strange involved, to resurrect him. They said first half is the older avengers, second deals with the newer ones like Dr. Strange, Ms Marvel, Spidey etc... If they kill Iron Man, it gives Peter Parker a reason to get pissed and help out like he does in the comics.
Quicksilver is dead, but I do know they will kill off Cap or Iron Man early on and that is why to get Dr Strange involved, to resurrect him. They said first half is the older avengers, second deals with the newer ones like Dr. Strange, Ms Marvel, Spidey etc... If they kill Iron Man, it gives Peter Parker a reason to get pissed and help out like he does in the comics.
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