Today Marvel Studios announced that they are not releasing Infinity War in two parts as originally intended. While you may feel that they are messing with the working formula, it actually kinda makes sense.
Splitting is never a good idea. Honestly the only ‘news’ here is why they took so long to cancel the split.
The Infinity War and Thanos was the only thing all the MCU movies have been building up to. This is literally the flagship of the cinematic universe. There is no solid plan, yet, for a future beyond the gauntlet saga. Marvel knows this and if history has proven anything it is that they know the recipe to make highly successful movies. So why this change? My best guesses are
- Two part movies are notorious. Nobody likes two parters. People know the first one is only setting up the ground with no main action and the second one is basically the last fight. It comes months after the story has started and cannot maintain the grip.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a great example.
- They realized that the actual movie spanning over four hours and then chopped in two won’t make sense. They will probably make the one following IW the direct sequel, as in Thanos will not be actually defeated but only introduced. He is not a disposable one movie villain. We can expect something along the lines of Infinity Battle where all the newer characters like Dr Strange and Ms. Marvel will be sufficiently well-known (after their own solo movies) and not appear like rushed cutouts in a desperate attempt to introduce a roster of newer characters
- Justice League Part 1. Thanos is a direct ripoff of Darkseid. Marvel was at the top of the charts until now but we know how close they were to being toppled. BvS was a direct competitor to Civil War. It did not work they wish it did, but if the new DC trailers have shown us anything it is that DC has finally figured out how to make a crowd pleaser like Marvel. Suicide Squad looks promising. And, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash are arguably more popular than cinematic Avengers. JL1 with Darkseid vs IW1 with Thanos. Not exactly a fair fight. Marvel knows that if they finish second they will not get the chance to get ahead. ( This is the most likely reason)
Short version, they know DC will not fail once again when they clash with a similar movie. DCU will be fairly established by then with fan favorite characters, movies that stay close to the comics in terms of visuals, costumes and the tone. A monopoly is never good. Too many MCU films would saturate the market and make way for the newer, hip DC. They are smart enough not to take that chance.
What do you think?
Originally written as a Quora answer.