Trinh Tran is one of the executive producers of Avengers: Infinity War and she sat down with our press team to talk about all things Avengers: Infinity War. She gave us great insight as to what it is like to be on set, in the writing room and what it takes to get our favorite films to the screen on time.
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What has been the most memorable fan reaction to Avengers: Infinity War that you have witnessed?
You know what? I have been trying to avoid the public, to be honest with you, after the opening. Only because I was really nervous about how everybody was going to respond to the ending and it actually feels really weird because I can’t believe I can actually talk about it now. For the longest time, even during the press tour, we couldn’t say anything and for 2 years. We had to keep our mouth mum about all the spoilers so this is actually one of my very first few times being able to talk about it and be open about it. Sometimes I’m going to be hesitant because I’m still used to the fact that can I say that? Wait a minute, the movie is out.
It's just, everybody embracing. Which is really shocking and great because for a lot of people, their fan favorites, didn't make it for whatever reason. Peter Parker or Quill but whomever it is, they didn't survive the ending and I think that the shock is that the bad guy won. So I think it was seeing that and being that the audience was OK with it was really weird.
What are Trinh Tran's responsibilities when producing Avengers: Infinity War?
It is amazing because I'm able to be part of the culture from beginning to end. When the idea first came out, we were finishing up shooting Civil War. We came back and we were in the story room with Joe, Anthony, Steven and Chris, our writers, and we started just hashing out ideas. Being a part of that creative process and sitting together with the writer, directors and coming up with the beats and ideas. Then really taking it all the way through shooting. Being in Atlanta for a year and a half, that was the longest time I've ever been away from LA.
Being on set every day, really making sure that Marvel's vision was there and that were following through with the stories that we wanted to tell. Following it through in post production, being in Editorial every single day, night, holiday, you name it. I remember actually, the last day we called Wrap. We had a big cake there and everybody made speeches. As soon as the AD called Wrap, Joe and I ran straight to the airport because we had a 10 AM Editorial call. We went straight into post production, that's how intense it was. But it was just being there every single day, every step of the way, which was the most exciting part.
How does Trinh Tran Executive Producer of Avengers: Infinity War, balance work and life?
I think a little bit of trying to balance life and work is difficult in any industry but particular, in the film industry. I think the first weekend I had was just taking the time to be with family and getting back into sort of the life so it felt good. Now we're wrapping and onto the next one so I'm excited about that. It doesn't end.
When was storyline of Avengers: Infinity War finalized?
I think there's always an idea that we want to bring each of our stories to, towards a particular direction. I think Kevin Feige is the genius behind this all and he has a vision. He has a vision of where Marvel is going to be and for the last 10 years, we were able to tell those stories. (He was able) to bring us to where we are and so I think there's always ideas. We want to be here 10 years later. I think what's also unique is that we embrace the journey in a way. The audience is invested in these characters as much as we are.
So to be able to see them actually grow in each one of our franchises it really helps us sort of, it allows to tell the story that we want to tell for each of the movies.
How was it decided who survived in Avengers: Infinity War?
It was pretty difficult. Sitting in the story meeting we really had to make the decision of yes, who we want to survive so that we could tell the next story. We sat there and we boarded out, we brainstormed, we'd sat in the room, we hash it out every single day. It was really trying to figure out how this was going to connect to Avengers 4. We wanted to be able to tell a story. I won't get into it much because, I don't want to spoil anything, but there is a specific reason why some of these people survive.
What the biggest challenges of shooting 2 Marvel movies back to back?
Being away for a year and a half. I think was one of the biggest challenges was shooting a back to back movie is really just the amount of time that you spend trying to complete the movie but really, getting the cast together. I mean, this is the biggest cast that we’ve ever had in any of the (Marvel Films), I believe even in Hollywood, the amount of talent that we have so to be able to actually bring them all together. Even to shoot one scene, was pretty challenging but we have the best people. Some of these crew members we’ve worked with since “Winter Soldier” so we have this trust that everybody is going to be able to figure out a way to make that happen. We were able to pull it off and make a great movie out of it.
What character did Trinh Tran really wanted to survive?
The first time I watched Peter Parker and it was pretty hard, pretty emotional to see him go through it especially him being so young and he’s Tony’s protégé. You know, Tony taught him certain things and I was pretty heartbroken when we decided that he had to go.
What was it like working with Victoria Alonzo?
She is amazing. She’s one of the Top 3 at Marvel. I actually used to be her Assistant for a period of time and she is so supportive. Marvel’s so wonderful because everybody’s very supportive, positive and really try to nurture your career. And Victoria especially, since Day One, brought me over to – to be with her and really allow me to just grow. She’s an advocate for bringing more women into the Film Industry.
I wish we can all be in the story meetings together. And I think that it is important we have such a different perspective. We need more of that in the industry. She is a fighter for that which I really love. I’d love to see more and more of that. We’re doing more and more of that at Marvel, which is amazing.
What would you say to young women who want to be you?
I would say a lot of things. I think first of all, I would say don’t worry. Just go on a journey and don’t worry about the outcome because ten years ago, never did I imagine that I would be right here producing two of the biggest Marvel Movies. I thought, Kevin was crazy at one point when he said, do you want to do it, do you want to spearhead this Movie? You want me to what? And I think also just embrace your difference. As I mentioned earlier, films are stronger when ideas are generated and questioned by different perspectives.
Who we are and the way we think, is really important and it matters. As a Female and as a minority, I think it’s so important that I embrace it. I’m learning that every day that it’s OK to be in a room, and sometimes,I am among all males who some of them have over 20 years of experience. I’m sitting there and sometimes I feel a little intimidated. Do I speak up? It is all about if you let your perspective shine. There’s a great story that can we can all agree will be great.
Which character’s evolution in Avengers: Infinity War surprised Trinh Tran the most?
There are so many of them to choose from. I think the one that really stood out in this particular movie, “Infinity War” is Gamora. I think she really shines in this one and I didn’t really get to see as much of that from Guardians 1 and 2. We really wanted to give her a prominent role next to Thanos so I think her evolution, her back story and having to be able to tell her side. Her relationship with Thanos was really important here. I think she would be the one.
Which Avenger character would Trinh Tran want to be?
I know Captain Marvel is not Infinity War but she’s the one.
I’m looking forward to her movie and I think it’s about time. It’s only because she’s so strong and what’s so important is that she embodies leadership and we got to have more of that. Especially Female (leadership) so I’m looking forward to March when this movie comes out.
What was the most satisfying character pairing for Trinh Tran?
When we worked on the story, we really tried to figure out which Character made sense with each other. We call that ‘strange alchemy’, putting Characters together that you normally wouldn't see, ever. I think it was really Tony and Strange because I really like those two personalities. I wanted to see the Ego vs. Ego and where that was going to go. There was a lot of uncertainty and brainstorming. These two guys that we call Goatee vs. Goatee.
We really wanted those Characters to come together and be on the screen.
When is Avengers: Infinity War available on Bluray & digital?
Avengers: Infinity War is available NOW on digital and on Blu-ray on August 14.