5:39 am EDT, April 28, 2015

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ parts 1 and 2 will shoot back-to-back, beginning in 2016

The Russo Brothers will begin work on Avengers: Infinity War in 2016, and the two movies will be shot at the same time.

Captain America star Chris Evans has revealed the shooting plans for the highly anticipated two-part Avengers finale, Infinity War, which will arrive in May 2018 and May 2019 respectively.

Joe and Anthony Russo will be taking the reins from Joss Whedon; the pair previously helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and are also directing Captain America: Civil War.

In an Esquire interview, Chris Evans reveals that he’ll be shooting Civil War from about now-ish until August or September, and then, “we start the Infinity War I think some time in the third quarter, fall or winter of 2016. That’s going to be like nine months to shoot both movies back to back.”

This also, of course, seems to confirm that Evans’ Steve Rogers will indeed appear in Infinity War, despite rumors to the contrary.

Related: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray to include an alternate ending and extended cut

Evans will be enjoying some precious downtime between Civil War and Infinity War (so many wars!), but he doesn’t yet know what he plans to do with that time.

“You know, you plan around the Marvel responsibilities. You have to,” Evans tells Esquire. “I don’t know if I want to take time off or go pursue another directing job or find a movie to act in, or … wait, relax, enjoy my life.”

Evans is now back on set for Captain America: Civil War, and has thus had to part ways with his Avengers: Age of Ultron promotional tour beard. He took to Twitter to mourn the loss:

Dubbed “Avengers 2.5”, Captain America: Civil War is set to reunite most of the main Avengers characters, as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers find themselves on opposite sides of a major conflict.

Related: Captain America: Civil War official synopsis revealed

Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Cap’s partner in crime the Black Widow, Jeremy Renner will return as Hawkeye, Anthony Mackie is the Falcon, Don Cheadle is Rhodes, Elizabeth Olsen is the Scarlet Witch, and Sebastian Stan is Bucky Barnes (…we hope).

Have you seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet? Make sure you listen to our in-depth review on Hypable’s Hype Podcast!

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ premieres on May 1, 2015

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