Avengers: Infinity War filming schedule teased, and it is insanely massive.
Marvel’s Phase Three has begun, at least behind the scenes. Captain America: Civil War is filming, and tentative production schedules have been set for several years out, including a time table for Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2. And that movie will be absolutely insane in terms of production.
During an interview with Esquire, Captain America star Chris Evans revealed how long he is expecting to film Infinity War, and it is a long time for a film – Lord of the Rings long.
“We start [Captain America: Civil War] in a couple weeks, and then that shoots until August or something like that. August or September. Then I’ve got some downtime and I can do with it as I please,” Evans said.
“I don’t know if I want to take time off or go pursue another directing job or find a movie to act in or, you know, do whatever I’m creatively inclined to pursue or wait, relax, enjoy my life. And then we start the Infinity War, I think, sometime in the third quarter. Fall or winter of 2016. That’s going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back.”
Nine months of principle photography is incredibly long for a Hollywood movie, and that is just the length of time Evans is planning on shooting. Others might work on a different schedule, so it could conceivably go longer. Productions can last years, but the actual time allotted for principle photography is usually just a few months. Infinity War may end up filming for an entire year.
In total, the film(s) will be in production for around three years. If there was any doubt as to how massive these films are going to be, that should put an end to that.
Evans also seems to be confirming that Captain America will appear in both films. There were rumors floating around that the first film will focus on newer Marvel Cinematic characters, then reintroduce the original Avengers in Part 2. That could still happen, but it seems less likely if Evans is planning on a nine month shoot.
Given the length of the shoot, the relatively short production time is actually a little concerning.
To put that in context, the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy (not counting reshoots), took roughly 14 months to film. Counting the Extended editions, that time period produced nearly 12 hours of usable footage. The whole thing took about eight years though, where Infinity War will have around three.
Of course, Lord of the Rings was inventing new technology as it went, where Infinity War will be using proven production teams working with equipment that has been in use for years now. Maybe it’s a wash.
There isn’t a whole lot more to say about Infinity War just yet, since there are so many pieces that haven’t even been introduced yet. What we do know is that after they finish work on Civil War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo will begin work on the two-part film. Part 1 is scheduled for release on May 4, 2018, while Part 2 is set for May 3, 2019.
Between the two film, Marvel will also release Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Given Marvel’s emphasis on keeping the universe connected, the two films between Part 1 and Part 2 may need to be factored into Infinity War. The characters of Black Panther and Captain Marvel may also be in one or both of the films, which would complicate the filming significantly.
Basically, Marvel isn’t just making one, massive two-part Avengers film, it is making several movies that will also be connected, featuring characters that will be jumping between the films, possibly spread out chronologically over the course of a year.
Avengers: Infinity War may be one of the biggest film(s) of all time. It will also be one of the most complex.