It was a film, ten years in the making; since the Iron Man 2 post credit scene where Nick Fury and Tony Stark discussed the “Avengers” initiative. A group of highly skilled and “gifted” individuals that were to serve as earths first line of defense, to fight the fights that mankind could not. Soon after Captain America the First Avenger, Marvels third superhero film. Gave way to a cinematic universe where the stories of all the avengers would intertwine and connected by six infinity stones. One of which, the tesseract a.k.a the space stone. Played a pivotal role in Captain America The First Avenger.
As part of the Avengers Infinity War: Bonus Feature. Eight directors from past MCU films; Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2), Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), James Gunn (Guardians of The Galaxy, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2), Peyton Reed (Ant-Man, Ant-Man and The Wasp), Joss Whedon (Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Winter Solider, Captain America: Civil War, Avenger: Infinity War), and with a special appearance via skype Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). All sat down not just to discuss and complement each other’s work but also give what in their opinion, has made the MCU films so successful and what it is about the films they worked on that made them want to be a part of it.
“It’s a character-first table and I think that’s what we were most impressed with when we first saw Iron Man.” Said Joe Russo. Back in 2008, Jon Favreau and actor Robert Downey Jr were tapped to bring the world and character of Tony Stark/ Iron Man to life. No one imagined the path this film would pave. However, looking back Favreau believes that the hiring of Robert Downey Jr, was a bigger deal than anyone imagined. “Getting Robert … he’s been this sort of line through the whole journey. It carried a lot of us through and also just great casting decisions after that. That were influenced by the tone of hiring Robert to play iron man.”
When discussing superheroes and how normally their personalities are outshined by their costumes. What Marvel did well begin in Iron man was allow character flaws and their arcs. Something that Favreau credits as the key to Marvels success. “Character arcs are a big deal and that it opens you up to mythic aspect of it” said Favreau. Along with character arcs, was also the disappearance of secret identities. James Gunn, director of both previous Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Believes that there was no way possible, to tell the stories that have been told. Had the characters been ties down by the pressure of maintaining secret identities; “Its hard to keep real” he says.
President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige was very much involved with every creative process and attentive to the director’s visions. “Like we came up and he was like ‘yes, we should’ and he launched very much into that and onto the Nick Fury setup post credit scene…it was something that was clicking for him in a bigger picture.” – Favreau. Joe Russo, director of Captain America 2 &3, and Avengers Infinity War. Also credits the successful connectivity of the films to collective teamwork and what he calls a “collective canvas.” Where things are shared to keep the constant flow going between films regardless of whom is directing the characters in other films.
This 30-minute bonus feature goes deeper in discussion, with the directors all sharing praises on each other’s works and personal connections as well as stories from set. Avengers Infinity War Bonus Feature is available for download on Blu-ray and HD