Screenwriters of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 describe how the movies affected the writing and direction of Black Panther, Ant-Man and The Wasp, and Captain Marvel. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is quickly approaching its biggest moment as Marvel Studios capitalizes on ten years of long-form feature film storytelling with Infinity War and its untitled followup being labeled the culmination of the entire universe. It’s a massive achievement on their part to get to this point without many hiccups and comes after years of world building.
With the nature of a cinematic universe of this size, there’s the inevitable setup necessary to lead to certain events such as Infinity War. Seemingly each of the previous 18 movies have in some way led to their next movie, but the studio’s decision to put Avengers 4 just a year after has resulted in other movies being caught in the middle. Its inevitable that the next two Avengers films affected the films around them, but maybe not as much as some would believe.
Screen Rant’s Rob Keyes spoke to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers behind Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, during a set visit last year. During the group interview, they discussed how the Marvel Studios model allowed for the surrounding films to do their own thing, only having to include little threads to ensure they fit the plans for Avengers 3-4. As far as Markus and McFeely were concerned, they only requested minor changes on occasion.
MARKUS: How do you not fall into the trap of what these movies are sometimes accused of which is just sometimes feeding each other and not being standalone things
MARKUS: You can’t make them overly dependent on each other, and yet you still want to have this bloodstream flowing through the universe.
MCFEELY: Peyton Reed and his group of writers are going to make whatever movie they want. We had very small requests like, “It would be great if right there that person was—is that okay? Good?” You always make the best movie you can. Same thing with Black Panther and same thing with Captain Marvel. They’re gonna make the movies they’re gonna make and in this unique case, very small tiny suggestions for beginnings and endings like that.
For anyone worried that Ant-Man and The Wasp or Captain Marvel were going to get caught picking up the pieces of Infinity War or simply bridging the gap until Avengers 4, these comments should alleviate those concerns. Its very clear that Marvel’s going to let both of those movies stand alone. It continues to be reiterated how Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp will be a prominent figure in the sequel, before she makes an appearance in Avengers 4. Meanwhile, Captain Marvel‘s 90s setting means it doesn’t have to worry about any other MCU events.
Since we still have to wait a while to see if this goal is achieved, looking at Black Panther could be the perfect way to see how these movies can operate separate of the Avengers movies. Ryan Coogler directed that movie without having to do any major set up for Infinity War (like introducing the Soul Stone), and just had to follow the events of Captain America: Civil War. What small suggestions the writing duo gave on that movie isn’t clear (especially since both movies were filming at the same time), but with Infinity War finale taking place in Wakanda, Black Panther obviously lays the foundation. Should Avengers 4 use more of the Quantum Realm or see the Skrulls be involved, then both Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel will work on their own and still set up what else is to come.