Co-director of Avengers: Infinity War, Joe Russo, was warned fans that we must be emotionally prepared for the upcoming film. Yeah, like we can do that.

The cast and crew of arguably the year’s most-anticipated film have begun their worldwide press tour, however screenings that would normal see fans view the entire film, is only showing some of the first act’s sequences. With Marvel planning to only show the full film at its Los Angeles premiere on April 23rd, to prevent spoilers being leaked, there are very few people out there who know what will be happening in the feature.

However, this isn’t stopping the directors teasing some of the themes – most importantly, the fact that this is likely to be the most heart-breaking offering that fans of the MCU have ever seen.

Traditionally, Marvel have leaned towards the lighter take on their heroes, with characters often engaging in witty banter at the drop of a hat. This is not to say that the films don’t involve the emotional depth that others often criticise the lack of, it’s just that Marvel use humour as a way for their characters to deal with the tragedies they face, instead of having them brood on a rooftop in the dark and be super-moody superheroes.

Stakes are higher than they have ever been in Infinity War, and with so many heroes involved in such a catastrophic event, no one is getting out unscathed – not even the fans, according to Joe Russo.

Speaking to Metro UK at a press event in London, the director expanded on why Thanos is unlike any villain we’ve seen in the MCU – and in order to showcase just how terrifyingly powerful he is, they knew that the heroes would have to be forced to make some difficult decisions in order to defeat him:

“This is it. Thanos is an unstoppable villain he’s virtually invincible, he’s highly intelligent – genius level intelligent – he’s like the Genghis Khan of the universe, and to stop him it’s going to cost them a lot. They’re going to have to see if they’re willing to pay that price, and that’s what these movies are really about.”

The most crucial message that Russo imparted, however, was that the fans will need to be prepared for what is to come. Marvel isn’t fooling around when it comes to the losses the Avengers will face in this battle, and they have done all but promise that characters will die. Nevertheless, the director did promise that there would also be some of the light-hearted moments that Marvel does so well, which will hopefully ease our pain (unlikely):

“What we meant by that is to be prepared. What we want is for the audience to be prepared, as there’s a lot of surprises – there’s going to be a lot of humour and a lot of heartbreak.”

Avengers: Infinity War is released everywhere on April 27th.

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