Speaking with ComicBook.com (via Squareeyed), the Russos (who have also directed Captain America: Civil War) said that Infinity War will act as the conclusion of many of the major characters’ story arcs, while also introducing entirely new members as well.
Anthony Russo said: “The movies are intended to be a culmination of everything that’s happened before in the MCU so you don’t want to get into spoilers but I’m a big fan of what James Gunn has done. [Joe Russo and I] are both big fans of what James Gunn has done. Star-Lord is a fantastic character and Chris Pratt is an awesome performer so you’d be very excited.”
Joe Russo added: “I’m excited to work with Thor. They’re doing some really interesting stuff with Ragnarok and where he’s gonna be at the beginning of Infinity War is gonna be a very interesting place and I think very profound. I think he’s gonna have a real emotional motivation after that.”
The Russos also teased that Thor: Ragnarok – due to be released in 2017 – will be a pivotal film in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe context. This does perhaps suggest that Thor may suffer a devastating personal loss during Ragnarok (which incidentally means the end of the Universe in Norse mythology).
Whatever happens in Thor: Ragnarok, it’ll be exciting to see Chris Hemsworth line up alongside Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord in Infinity War. The two of them on screen will certainly make for some excellent, light-hearted chemistry as two of the quippiest superheroes in the cosmos.
The next adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is of course Captain America: Civil War, which is finally released at the end of this month on April 29.