Avengers 4, the next sure-thing box-office titan directed University of Iowa grad Joe Russo and his brother Anthony, has officially dropped its first trailer, received an official title, “Avengers: Endgame,” and moved its release date up a week 20 April 26th.
The last movie from the Russos, “Avengers: Infinity War” made over $2 billion at the international box office as it brought together the various characters and stories told in the previous 10 years and 18 installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the highly anticipated sequel is sure to also impress.
Before a visit to UI last year, Russo credited much of his storytelling prowess to his time at the school: “Unequivocally, the most important thing I learned was from Professor Holstein ... It was about thematics and metaphor and storytelling … He was a huge influence on me as a storyteller and my understanding of how story could resonate with audiences.”
That power to resonate was on full display in “Avengers: Infinity War” where Russo had the difficult task of bringing together dozens of fan favorite Marvel characters. Despite the numerous competing plots and characters, the Russos crafted a narrative that led to one of 2018’s biggest films.
No thanks to the cliffhanger ending at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” he doesn’t have quite as many competing personalties to balance this time around (at least for the start of the movie), but with audiences expecting Avengers: Endgame to provide an epic culmination to the franchise’s past 10 years of storytelling, Russo will surely be leaning on the lessons from his Iowa schooling once again “But if you want to come out thinking about your world and what it means — and this goes back to Professor Holstein” he said, “we try to imbue the films with symbolism and metaphor and thematics in order to make them more resonant.”