It’s been common knowledge right from the start that James Gunn has been heavily involved with the upcoming “Infinity War”. Following his work on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2”, Gunn pretty much immediately started work as an executive producer on the new movie.
According to Dave Bautista, this work has involved more than simply fetching coffees or giving his vague approval of story beats and costume redesigns. It seems that Gunn wrote the dialogue for the Guardians himself, in order to better create consistency between the movies in the MCU.
What an absolutely fantastic idea!
You can say what you like about the Russo Brothers, directors of “Infinity War”, but their comic book movies thus far haven’t exactly been fun.
They’ve been entertaining, sure, but neither “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” nor “Captain America: Civil War” have been quite the same lighthearted fun as some of the more recent cosmic Marvel movies.
This isn’t to say that the Russo Brothers aren’t capable of comedy – they’re veterans of “Community”, after all. By and large, thought, the aesthetic they’ve pursued with their MCU endeavors has fitted the tone necessary for a gritty political thriller, as that suits Captain America.
This being the case, the pair will probably be able to handle humor and levity in “Infinity War” just fine, but nobody wants to see them attempting to ape James Gunn while trying to breathe life into the characters that he’s put so much work into.
With so many characters to squeeze into “Infinity War”, the biggest challenge is maintaining the right tone and fell for all the different action figures in the toolbox. One of the big criticisms levied against “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the fact that, of necessity, director Joss Whedon wasn’t able to follow up on certain story beats and moments of character development from other Marvel films.
Whedon probably wasn’t able to factor the plot of these movies into his own film because they were still in production when he started work on “Ultron”.
Getting James Gunn himself on board to write dialogue for “Infinity War” helps to avoid this problem. With any luck, the character development we saw in “Guardians Vol 2” will be able to continue in the new movie.
Just so long as Gunn doesn’t feel the need to add post-script character notes on Twitter after the film’s been released!