Marvel is Filming 'Avengers: Infinity Wars' Entirely with IMAX Cameras
Whoa! This is big. Really, really big. IMAX has officially announced via a press release (here) that Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2, directed by the Russo Brothers, will be shot entirely with brand new IMAX cameras. It explains that "the two-part installment to the global blockbuster franchise will be shot in their entirety using IMAX and ARRI's next generation revolutionary 2D digital camera – a joint customized digital version of ARRI's new large format camera, the Alexa 65." This officially marks the first time that "a Hollywood feature film will have been shot completely using IMAX cameras." Wow. Now we can always say - Marvel did it first. They beat Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay and James Cameron to the punch.
This means that the Infinity Wars double-parter will officially be the first two movies shown/shot entirely in IMAX. Which is kind of amazing. They're going all out, which makes sense for a battle this big. To ramp things up, IMAX adds that the Russo Brothers will also film "select action sequences on the forthcoming Marvel's Captain America: Civil War" using the new IMAX/ARRI 2D digital camera. So, lots and lots of IMAX footage coming up from Marvel, culminating in the epicness of Infinity Wars in full. They explain:
Joe and Anthony Russo stated, "The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax. We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera."
"Over the years, IMAX has had the incredible good fortune to work with some of the world's finest, most talented filmmakers, who continue to push the envelope both technically and creatively," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "We could not be more excited to deepen our partnership with Joe and Anthony Russo, a pair of filmmakers we believe are next-generation trailblazers. Marvel's Avengers franchise has become a global phenomenon and to have it pay off in this epic way using the IMAX/ARRI digital camera is the very definition of event movie-going."
I don't know about you, but I'll be there opening day. Even if I'm getting tired of superhero movies, I admit I can't refuse seeing the first two movies shot entirely in IMAX. As for the camera itself, IMAX states this partnership has lead to a camera "designed as a complementary tool to IMAX's high-resolution capture technologies – including its 3D digital and 15perf / 65mm film cameras. Moreover, IMAX worked with ARRI to achieve the highest level of digital image capture for playback on IMAX's xenon and new laser projection systems." So everything is top notch and designed for the future of filmmaking, with more detail, bigger screens, bigger formats, bigger everything, but hopefully smaller and quieter cameras. Now this is exciting.
This is the only news officially revealed so far, but Marvel is really pushing forward with IMAX especially after the success of Avengers: Age of Ultron. IMAX also recently began rolling out its next-generation laser projection system, with more than 71 laser system deals signed globally to date. Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is slated for release in IMAX theatres on May 4th, 2018; Part 2 will open on May 3rd, 2019. That's four years from now, but it will hopefully be worth the wait. I'm curious if someone else is going to try and make a movie entirely in IMAX before these. Hey, you never know. The countdown to 2018 has begun.