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Anatomy of Avengers: Infinity War — Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy

The end of “Thor: Ragnarok” sends our intrepid heroes on a collision course with the mad Titan himself – Thanos. Since it happens in the first few minutes of “Avengers: Infinity War,” I don’t mind telling you that mostly off-screen encounter doesn’t turn out well for Thor and the gang. That said, the follow up scene where the God of Thunder himself meets the Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time is one of the most anticipated scenes in the film.

In a new video for Vanity Fair, directors Anthony and Joe Russo share their vision for the fateful meeting and break it down shot for shot. The ‘Notes on a Scene’ video takes the viewer into the anatomy of the scene dissecting, diagramming, and commentating on what it took to pull it all together into a super-mega hit film.

The Russo Brothers (they work as a pair) bring a encyclopedic knowledge of film making with them to any project. From TV work on shows like Arrested Development to Marvel Studios “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War,” they display a surgeons understanding of what makes a scene work.

In the following mostly spoiler-free video you can see how the brothers pay attention to even the most minute details, the use of props, lighting, how they plan to integrate with digital effects later on. They also talk about how framing, cuts, and pans reinforce character and tone.

It’s clear why the movie has lived up to the hype at the box office. So much goes into making sure the film is a perfect example of super hero storytelling. Really it’s a masterclass and we want to hear more about their vision for Infinity War.

What other franchises would you like to see the Russo Brothers take on?