Expect New 'Avengers' to Replace the Big Names, Teases Marvel Director

"Maybe some Avengers might not be around anymore," Joe Russo tells comic book convention audience.
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Last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron ended with a new line-up for Marvel's premiere super team, and Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will transform those supporting characters into prime time players, according to one of the movie's directors, Joe Russo.

"I want to see some storytelling from some of the secondary characters," Russo — who will share directing duties with brother Anthony, as with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil Wartold fans during an appearance at the Wizard World New Orleans convention this weekend.

"We're focusing on that right now with Infinity War while we're breaking into those movies, is which characters can we pull to the forefront who potentially haven't had their own 'A' story arc to this point," he continued. "I think you'll see that the supporting Avengers are going to become primary Avengers."

If that sounds like Infinity War might have too many Avengers, Russo teased that won't be the case, saying "Everything is finite, right? Nothing can last forever … It's cyclical. Some new Avengers in [future movies] are going to become prominent and then maybe some Avengers might not be around anymore."

Perhaps the two-part Avengers: Infinity War will feature some suitably epic sacrifices from the likes of Iron Man, Thor or Captain America, just as the contracts for the actors playing those roles come to a conclusion…?

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is scheduled for a May 2018 release. The Avengers will be seen next in Captain America: Civil War, released May 6.