Few would argue that Avengers: Infinity War didn’t live up to its potential at the box office after a record-shattering opening weekend. But there is a case that could be made about a few of the heroes catching more screen time than some of the established favorites. Even with two and a half hours, there was only so much time for each character to step into the spotlight. Fortunately, there’s a new Avengers movie just over a year away, and the screenwriters are promising bigger roles next time for at least two of the original members.
SPOILER WARNING: Avengers: Infinity War plot details follow.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Infinity War and Avengers 4 scribes Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus said that Captain America and Black Widow will get their due when the sequel rolls around.
“I will say there is less Steve Rogers and Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) than you might expect in this movie [Infinity War],” said Markus. “Because they are such hard-bitten people, when a threat comes, they stand there and they take the threat. They don’t crack. They don’t whimper. They don’t start talking about all their failed opportunities. So, there isn’t that much to explore, especially when you don’t have a lot of time. But there’s a lot later.”
“Some of the people, when you weigh up who you are seeing, seem to take a little bit of a back seat in this one,” added Markus. “When we did crack them, what we realized was they had far more potential in the movie coming next year, just in terms of how their character would be tested by the story.”
If Cap and Black Widow didn’t have personal stakes in the story before, they do now. They lost a lot of friends during the battle of Wakanda and in the aftermath of Thanos’ ultimate success. There are so few heroes left that there’s almost no other option but to push Cap and Black Widow forward, especially if Chris Evans is still planning to step away from the MCU after the next movie.
Avengers 4 will eventually get a title. For now, we only know that it’s coming out on Friday, May 3, 2019.