For the last seven years, and now including Sony and Spider-Man, the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to the two-part Avengers: Infinity Wars saga, which will be released in 2018 and 2019. The Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) are directing, and are planning to shoot the saga back to back right after they wrap Captain America: Civil War.
You can bet that everyone is going to be needing a serious vacation after all this, and even more so now that word has come that the Russo Brothers are going to shoot the entire saga with IMAX cameras. Man, Ultron is just barely out and Civil War just started filming, and already we’re buzzing about Infinity War!
“The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax,” Joe and Anthony Russo stated. “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.”
To date, there have been plenty of films that have shot a small portion of their movie with IMAX, including The Dark Knight, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Interstellar, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek Into Darkness, and a host of others. Captain America: Civil War is also going to have a action scenes shot on the large format camera, as well as Batman Vs. Superman Dawn of Justice.
And they aren’t the only ones. Disney has signed a multi-picture deal with IMAX, which will include exhibition deals for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the live action remake of Jungle Book, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I’m not really sure if any of these will shoot on IMAX cameras, but Disney has renewed their deal with IMAX through 2017.
But one film that almost didn’t get any screen time in IMAX was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Apparently, Abrams complained back in 2014 that the format has its share of issues, which made filming Star Trek more challenging.
“The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera, there’s only so much film that can be in the camera,” Abrams told a press conference with the Television Critics Association in 2014. “You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow, and they break down often.”
Apparently, though, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond has worked hard with Abrams and overcome many of those limitations in order for the IMAX format to be used for many of the landscape vistas shot in Abu Dhabi.
“The Russos are going to spend the next 15 months or so designing the making of the ‘Avengers’ films with these cameras in mind. 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.” – Greg Foster, Imax Entertainment CEO
But even though IMAX gets a lot of love in the modern day blockbuster, it has largely only been a few minor scenes that account for a small percentage of an overall film. With Infinity War, however, this will be represent the first time that an entire film will be shot using IMAX cameras. And that is quite literally a huge deal that will push their new 2D digital camera, designed with ARRI, to the limits.
Avengers Infinity War – Part 1 opens May 4, 2018, and Part 2 opens May 3, 2019.
Hat Tip – Variety