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13 secrets from the Avengers: Infinity War set

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 03/04/2018 Adam Tanswell
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With Avengers: Infinity War soon to crash into cinemas worldwide, we've almost exhausted what the world knows on Marvel's next big blockbuster. Almost.

Back in October 2017, Digital Spy was invited on a top-secret visit to the locked-down Avengers set, with full cast and crew access, from Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr to co-director Joe Russo. And wouldn't you know, the embargo has finally lifted.

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Here are 13 fascinating facts we learned about Marvel's mighty new movie with our own eyes and ears.

1. The two upcoming Avengers films have very different tones

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"They are distinctly different," said co-director Joe Russo when quizzed about the tone of the two Avengers movies in production. "I think we would describe the first movie as a heist film. It's a smash-and-grab heist movie driven by Thanos' quest for the Infinity Stones.

"It's harder to talk about the second film, because we are two years out from its release. However, I would say that it's a distinctly different tone from the first."

2. And the ending of each Avengers movie was decided first

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Working on two Avengers movies in tandem could have been tricky, but the directors and screenwriters had a plan.

"Typically, we will define what we want the themes of each movie to be, so that we can understand what we are trying to say with the films," explained Joe Russo. "Once we figure out the themes, we then talk about what big ideas we want to see happen in these movies and where we want to see these characters go.

"We also talk about what the endings should be. For both movies, I think we knew the endings before we knew the rest of the films. That was critically important, because if the first 10 years of Marvel movies were a book, these are the final chapters."

3. However, the scripts are not finalised until each scene is shot

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During Digital Spy's day on set, the movie's two screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, revealed that the script isn't locked in when the actors step on set to shoot their scenes.

"Our presence on set today should give you some idea about how the script continues to evolve to some degree," explained McFeely. "That said, this is such a big, expensive endeavour that it's not like we are going to show up on a Tuesday and say, 'No, that planet is out. We are going to do this instead.'"

4. Robert Downey Jr regularly rewrites scenes on the fly

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"We are constantly changing little things around [in the script]," concurred Joe Russo. "We shot a scene today with Tom Holland and Robert, but we re-wrote it in the morning.

"About 10 minutes before we rolled cameras, we sat down with Robert to get as much authenticity as we could in the scene – and to get all of those colours of Tony Stark that Robert knows better than anybody. Every day is a highly collaborative think-fest on the set of this movie."

5. But Downey Jr does NOT wear a mo-cap suit on set

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The day we're there, Tom Holland wears a full-body motion capture suit – but Robert Downey Jr only sports the breast piece of his metallic Iron Man costume. Underneath, the American actor wears a pair of black trousers and trainers, which will be digitally replaced at a later stage.

"I wouldn't be caught dead in one of these," admitted Downey Jr, pointing at Holland's elaborate mo-cap suit. "They tried to get one of these on me, but no."

6. The egos of the A-list cast were never a worry for the directors

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"The cast has been amazing, but this has not been an easy film to shoot," admitted Joe Russo. "Shooting this film, it feels like there has been a 'summer camp' camaraderie amongst the cast because all these different worlds are colliding.

"When the Guardians show up and half of the Avengers are with them, it creates an energy where they all go, 'We are having so much fun because we all get to work together.' Plus, everybody understands the end goal, so there really hasn't been any [ego issues]."

7. But scheduling their time was a logistical nightmare

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Well, it was never going to be an easy task to arrange for all these A-list actors to be in the same location for the movie shoot. "The real achievement for the Avengers franchise at this point is scheduling," agreed Downey Jr. "How do they make this work? It's like running 35 Oscar shows back-to-back."

8. Jim Starlin's comic has a major influence on the story

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The two screenwriters are very candid about the comic-book influences on the project. When asked which stories fans should re-read in anticipation of the upcoming movie, Stephen McFeely said: "Anything in the comics with Thanos is fair game. I think that's the easiest thing to say. Jim Starlin has certainly been an influence, because Thanos is his baby.

"We wanted to give you as much of the flavour of the Starlin comics within reason, because it gets pretty crazy. We take a lot of cues from Starlin, and then [Jonathan] Hickman had a good run – but it's really anything with Thanos that is on the table."

9. Silk aka Cindy Moon will not be appearing in Avengers – yet, at least

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In Spider-Man Homecoming, one of Peter Parker's Academic Decathlon team members is a character named Cindy. When no surname was given to the character, fans started to speculate that American actress Tiffany Espensen was playing Cindy Moon – a famed figure in the comic books, who was bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker.

There have been tons of rumours about characters set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but Joe Russo had a simple answer when asked about whether or not Silk is part of the new Avengers storylines: "Not in these films."

10. But there will be a heap of different locations

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"There's a ton of locations in these movies," revealed Joe Russo. "These movies certainly take the Avengers out of their comfort zone – and Thanos is an intergalactic character, so this story spans galaxies. There are a lot of exotic locations and planets to be seen."

11. Thanos is going to rock, too

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When it comes to the iconic villain of the movie, Tom Holland had nothing but praise.

"Thanos is the scariest Marvel villain that we've seen by far," explained the Spider-Man star. "Even in some of the early animations and pre-vis that I've seen, he's terrifying. Josh Brolin is awesome."

12. The comedy in the film with be weird, wild and wonderful

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"The Guardians are really good at bringing the laughs," reckoned Dave Bautista. "A weird type of chemistry will evolve in the movie because even though The Avengers are superheroes, they are all based on Earth – but we are coming from different galaxies. It's really starting to get a little wild."

13. Yet the end of the Avengers is nigh

Speaking about the connective tissue between the two new Avengers movies and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Joe Russo was very open.

"The Avengers is a continuing narrative, so there are always going to be threads that lead you to the next chapter [of the MCU]. But if there was ever finality in Marvel movies, it would be in these films. There are major chapters that close." Eek.

Avengers: Infinity War will be released in the UK on April 26, 2018, and in the US on April 27, 2018.

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