The Russo brothers are responsible for the movies Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) and have commented on the great influence that Flash Gordon had.
After seeing Avengers: Infinity Warit shouldn't surprise us that Flash Gordon has had a great influence on Anthony and Joe Russo as filmmakers. Apart from the great reference that exists when Hombre de Hierro messes with Star lord before the battle against Thanos, the film is more related to the mythical space adventure of 1980.
"Flash Gordon is probably the movie I've seen the most times in my entire life," explained Joe Russo, director of Avengers: Infinity War. "It came out in 1980. Cleveland had filed for bankruptcy in '79. Cleveland is a kind of tough city that when the industry started dying in the early to mid-1970s, the city crashed, and this movie came out just in time. where we needed maximum escapism. And I remember that I went to the cinema, I was 10 years old, with my uncle Ron, and I saw this movie and I absolutely loved it. I mean, I couldn't stop talking about it. I'm sure I came back two or three times, and when it came out on Betamax a year later, we had it playing in a loop. The soundtrack is probably the most listened to soundtrack of our lives. ”
Joe Russo deeply appreciates the film, down to the way he mixes the different tones.
Lorenzo Semple Jr, who wrote the script worked on the Batman series. It was the '60s television show sort of camp, ”says the director of Avengers: Infinity War. "That show influenced the Flash Gordon script a lot. A very self-conscious film. But you also have Mike Hodges who got Ruthless Killer (1971), you have some intense moments in the movie. Within 45 minutes of the movie they kill the main character by executing him, and Hodges spends a good 10 minutes making you believe they are going to kill him. And then they kill him. It was just saved by a little bit of space magic, but I find the tone of the movie is so unique. It's hard to find another movie that's in the science fiction genre that has the same tone as Flash Gordon, where it's so intense at times and so dumb at others, with that kind of soundtrack. ”
There is a clear reference in his films.
The Russo brothers precisely killed off many of the main characters in Avengers: Infinity War and revived them with a type of "space magic" in Avengers: Endgame.
"Comics are traditionally the ones that make cliffhangers at the end of each story to get to the next one," explained Anthony Russo. "Or if it isn't, it could be a suspense, there certainly are some loose threads. That structure isn't always appropriate for a closed movie, even when Marvel is serialized. You are still trying to tell a full story in this particular movie. The only place where it certainly applied was Avengers: Infinity War, which ended like any major comic book event, with a giant finale on hold. ”
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