Given the blockbuster success Anthony and Joe Russo have had with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and now Avengers: Infinity War, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they earned their reputation for comedy and even action on TV. Between Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and Community, the Russo brothers learned some of the tricks and techniques that still inform their style in Infinity War.
As guests of Vanity Fair’s “Notes on a Scene,” the Russos shared their breakdown of a key moment in Infinity War: Thor’s first meeting with the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the video below, the Russos explained how they were able to bring the disparate Marvel heroes and their worlds together without making either side feel out of place.
Some of the choices were so subtle that most fans didn’t even notice the way Thor was backlit while laying down on the Guardians’ table. It was meant to make Thor seem more impressive while the Guardians gawked over him.
The Guardians are largely played for comedy in this scene, especially when Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) becomes jealous of the attention paid to Thor. The Russos explained how they positioned the camera to make Star-Lord feel isolated in a crowd. Even the camera angles were specifically chosen to capture Pratt’s physical gestures while Star-Lord openly pouted.
Additionally, the Russos spoke about filling in the makeup on Guardians like Mantis, Drax, and Gamora. They also stressed the importance of having Sean Gunn on the set to perform Rocket’s dialogue and actions. There’s a lot to learn in this video! Check it out, then let us know what you found most interesting.
Avengers: Infinity War is out in theaters now.