'Avengers: Infinity War' to be filmed as one movie instead of two: what to expect

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Disney has recently confirmed that the third “Avengers” movie will be filmed as one movie instead of what was initially announced as two films.

According to Variety, Disney said that it still plans to release Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” on its original 2018 release date, but the second part of the story, “Avengers: Infinity War Part II” has now been renamed as an untitled “Avengers” project, which will be released in 2019.

Earlier this year, directors Joe and Anthony Russell told Uproxx that the movies would be renamed to avoid any misconception, as many seemed to think that “Infinity War” was going to be split into two parts.

“The movies are two very different movies,” said Joe Russo. At the time, the director added that they had the intention of changing the titles as they admitted that having “Part II” in the title seemed to be misleading.

Production on “Avengers: Infinity War” is slated to begin later this year and the Russo brothers will be directing the film. As for the cast, only Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) have been confirmed to appear in “Infinity War.”

It has been rumored that upcoming “Avenger” films might focus on other Marvel characters, such as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Black Panther and Spider-Man made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this year’s “Captain America: Civil War,” while Ant-Man had a standalone movie last year. Among the four, only Scarlet Witch was featured in the last “Avengers” film, “Age of Ultron,” which premiered in April 2015.

As for the movie’s plot, it is believed that “Infinity War” will be based on the 1991 Marvel Comics miniseries, which was described by Joe Russo as an event which will bring the Avengers to unite “to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen.” In the comics, Thanos assembled all six Infinity Gems to give him godlike power over the entire universe.

“Avengers: Infinity War” premieres in theaters on May 4, 2018 while the untitled “Avengers” film will debut on May 3, 2019.