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George Nolfi, F. Gary Gray & More Shortlisted for 'Captain America 2'

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March 30, 2012
Source: Vulture

Captain America

With the big screen debut of The Avengers just over a month away (aside from a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month), it's already time to start thinking about superhero sequels afterwards. While a sequel to the superhero ensemble is likely a couple years away, the summer of 2013 will bring us more action from Iron Man 3 and Thor 2. Now another Avengers team member is getting his sequel lined up in Captain America 2 as Vulture has a director shortlist including George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) and "Community" duo Anthony and Joseph Russo. Wait, what?

That's right, the Emmy winning brothers behind episodes of "Community" along with "Arrested Development" and "Happy Endings" are being considered to direct the Captain America sequel. Apparently in meeting with Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production, they just jived really well together in the room. The brothers have directed a film, before, but You, Me and Dupree and Welcome to Colinwood hardly qualify them for a comic book sequel. Believe me, I'm not saying they couldn't do it, and I think they're the most interesting choice on the shortlist, but it's definitely a risk.

Meanwhile, Nolfi has only helmed The Adjustment Bureau which had limited action while F. Gary Gray is on the opposite end of the spectrum with films like The Negotiator and The Italian Job in his past. Those both still seem like safe choices, and as of right now, Anthony and Joseph Russo seem like a fun bet. After all, they put Thor in the hands of Kenneth Branagh who had never directed a film like that, and at one time thought Patti Jenkins, the director of Monster, was a right fit for a sequel. Marvel seems to make some strange directing choices, but they mostly seem to work out in the end. Stay tuned to see who gets the gig.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments

1

Why no Joe Johnston? I thought he did a good job.

Xerxexx on Mar 30, 2012

2

Remember what happened to Donald Glover or should I say Troy Barnes after he couldn't get spider-man.  I suspect the same thing will happen if Anthony and Joseph Russo don't get the gig

Michael Lee on Mar 30, 2012

3

That's a fairly low-rent bunch of names if I'm honest.

BinaryBob101 on Mar 30, 2012

4

Marvel is cheap. Not surprising.

Ethan Anderton on Mar 30, 2012

5

Yeah not very inspiring at all - tho I guess at this point it is Kevin Feige who oversees the direction of the films and the director just makes it happen. Of the 3 choices, the Russo Bros seem the most intriguing...

The Real Sumit Dutta on Apr 10, 2012

6

They better not forget about War Machine!  He better either have his own movie or play a far greater role in Iron Man 3!

Boss Jones on Mar 30, 2012

7

Marvel should just bring back director Joe Johnston!

Spider on Mar 31, 2012

8

What happened to Johnston? Either way here's hoping for the Winter Solider.

Staatz on Apr 1, 2012

9

I know someone who would make a cool kickass Captain America film > JOE JOHNSTON!!

Last Son on Apr 2, 2012

10

I'm surprised they didn't ask Johnston back. And Johnston worked for Disney on Rocketeer and Hildago...maybe it has to do with a schedule. I was not a huge fan of Nofoli's Adjustment film...but I'm leaning towards F. Gary Gray as a possible replacement.

Darren James Seeley on Apr 3, 2012

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