Avengers: Age of Ultron may still be dominating cinemas worldwide but that doesn’t stop folks from looking ahead at what’s to come in the Marvel Cinemetic Universe.
A rather cool bit of news has just hit today that Marvel is planning on shooting the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2 ENTIRELY in IMAX. Whoah. This is a big deal for Hollywood as it’s the first time a major movie has been shot wholly using IMAX cameras and in the exclusive aspect ratio, with the likes of Christopher Nolan (known champion of the format) only being able to shoot parts of his films in the format.
Before Infinity War, The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo will do something similar on the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, shooting certain set-pieces in IMAX – a first for a Marvel movie – presumably as some sort of taster of both Infinity War movies to come. No word yet if it will also be 3D but here’s hoping they can resist the urge.
The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring 10 years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. 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.
Not only will it be shot completely in IMAX but the filmmakers will utilize brand spanking new cameras, “using IMAX® and ARRI’s next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera – a joint customized digital version of ARRI’s new large format Alexa 65.” For more technical info on what exactly these new cameras can do, head on over to Marvel.com.
Senior Executive Vice President or IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, Greg Foster said of the development:
Over the years, IMAX has had the incredible good fortune to work with some of the world’s finest, most talented filmmakers, who continue to push the envelope both technically and creatively. We could not be more excited to deepen our partnership with Joe and Anthony Russo, a pair of filmmakers we believe are next-generation trailblazers. Marvel’s Avengers franchise has become a global phenomenon and to have it pay off in this epic way using the IMAX/ARRI digital camera is the very definition of event movie-going.
Anyone who’s ever been to see a film that has actually been shot partly in the IMAX format (not just blown up for the screen size) will know just how immersive and visually spectacular it is – Nolan’s Interstellar was a recent example that you might have caught on that biggest of screen – so having a whole movie in that format is going to take things to a whole new level of awesome. Infinity War Part 1 & 2 promised to be epic enough as it is – with The Avengers finally getting to do battle with the long-awaited Thanos – but this just pushes it over the edge.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 will be released in the UK on April 27th, 2018, with Part 2 following a year later on April 26th, 2019.