Joe and Anthony Russo Explain Why the Avengers Lost in ‘Infinity War’

Superheroes don’t always win as fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know all too well. The Avengers aren’t quite as indestructible as they seem. Their triumphant wins are offset with low lows. And that’s what makes them interesting, says Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who directed Avengers: Infinity War. Find out why they say the Avengers loss in the 2018 movie had to happen. 

The Russo brothers have directed 4 Marvel movies

Joe Russo and Anthony Russo attend a fan event for 'Avengers Infinity War' in 2018
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo attend a fan event for Avengers Infinity War | Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The directing duo is well-acquainted with the MCU. The Russo brothers are behind not one but four Marvel movies. 

They directed Chris Evas as Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier before reuniting with the actor and the rest of the MCU actors in 2016 for Captain America: Civil War

Not only did they direct 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War — a film that grossed more than $2 billion worldwide — but they also directed the even bigger box office success, Avengers: Endgame. Hitting theaters in April 2019, the film marked the culmination of a story dating back to Iron Man in 2008. 

The Avengers lost in ‘Infinity War’ because ‘they were divided’

The snap in Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most memorable movie moments according to, Rotten Tomatoes. MCU fans had to wait a year before finding out what happened to their beloved superheroes after the snap. In 2019, the Russo Brothers explained why they felt the Avengers lost in the movie. 

For them, it all went back to the Avengers being divided among themselves. Namely, a rift between Downey and Evans’ characters. 

“Look, [Tony and Cap are] the heart and soul of the Avengers, you know. Tony is sorta like an extroverted leader and Cap is like the heart and soul, the moral core of them,” Anthony said.“For the two of them to have a falling out and have an irreconcilable problem was really devastating to the team as a whole.” 


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He continued, saying the internal conflict among the superheroes is what led them to fail.

“You know in our minds, that’s why the Avengers lost in Infinity War – the fact that they were divided,” Anthony explained. “They weren’t functioning as a team in that movie any longer, so they weren’t prepared for the universe’s greatest threat.”

The Avengers’ flaws is what makes them ‘interesting to watch’ 

The Russo brothers don’t want the Avengers to be perfect. In fact, they want to be flawed, like any human being, because it’s what makes them dynamic characters. 

“All these characters have emotional vulnerabilities that complicate their ability to do what needs to be done. Us watching them fight through that is part of the fun,” Anthony said.

“It’s [what] makes them interesting to watch. If all they did was make the right choice every time, it’s a fairly predictable and boring story after a while,” Joe added. 

Watch Avengers: Infinity War on Disney+ and see the Avengers show their human and superhuman sides.