It’s been a big day for Marvel news already, and now things are just getting bigger — literally. The studio has announced that Joe and Anthony Russo will shoot the two-part Avengers: Infinity War entirely on IMAX andI ARRI’s newly developed 2D digital camera. This marks the first time a studio film has been shot exclusively in the IMAX format.
“The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax,” the Russos said in a press release. “We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera.” They’ll test out the equipment on select scenes for Captain America: Civil War, the next big blockbuster that just revealed its massive cast and MCU-changing synopsis.
The Infinity War shoot is said to be a nine-month long endeavor that will see the movies filmed back-to-back. With production just getting under way on Civil War, the Russos will have plenty of time to figure out how to best use the new cameras. “The Russos are going to spend the next 15 months or so designing the making of the Avengers films with these cameras in mind,” said Greg Foster, IMAX Entertainment CEO. “They’re not looking at this a week before they start filming or only focusing on an important section of the film. This is something that’s never happened before.”
Avengers: Infinity War Part I is due out May 4th, 2018, with the second half coming a year later on May 3rd, 2019. The Russos will direct from a script by their Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War colleagues Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.