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Rumor: Russo Brothers Close Deal to Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'

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March 23, 2015
Source: Badass Digest

Anthony & Joe Russo

Back when news of Captain America: Civil War first surfaced, there were rumblings that the sequel's directing duo, Anthony & Joe Russo, were already in talks with Marvel Studios to be at the helm of the next installment of The Avengers, which we've since learned will be a two-part event called Infinity War. And now, if a rumor at Badass Digest is to be believed, the Russo brothers, who also directed the stellar Captain America: The Winter Soldier, have closed their deal to direct both parts of The Avengers' next adventure coming in 2018 and 2019, with production shooting back-to-back in both 2016 and 2017.

As of now, there's no writers attached yet, but the same source reveals that Captain America franchise writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely are in talks to script the two-part event film. Considering Joss Whedon will likely be taking a step back as shepherd of the Marvel universe on the big screen, it's nice to see that Marvel already has the Russo brothers lined up to share the load. So this combined with news of a second Ghostbusters film developing at Sony Pictures, it sounds like Anthony & Joe Russo are going to be pretty busy until 2019. Not a bad journey for a couple of dudes who started out directing episodes of "Arrested Development" years ago.

UPDATE: The Wrap is also corroborating this report, so it's seems to be true.

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  • Brian Sleider
    Y no Joss?
    • Chris Groves
      Joss probably just wants to try different things, he's been with the MCU for YEARS now. He did an uncredited re-write/polish of the script for Captain America: The First Avenger, wrote and directed The Avengers, after that film, he signed a 3 year 'overall deal' with Marvel Studios. That deal saw him openly contribute to everything Marvel was doing, as well as write/direct the pilot for Agents of SHIELD and write/direct Age of Ultron. His deal ends in June of this year, I say let the man do something different, even for a little while.
      • Brian Sleider
        Fair enough, I hope they can keep up with what he has been able to do though.
        • JBroti
          Jokingly he's said he'd want to kill himself if he had to do another Avengers movie. Yet there's still some truth in it. He's spoken about how exhausted he's been for both movies, getting little sleep and having Avengers on the brain all the time. He's just ready to try other movies.
          • Brian Sleider
            Yeh, totally understandable.
      • DAVIDPD
        I bet he wants to do many musicals with his homeboys.
        • Jon Odishaw
          well we deserve a god damn sequel to dr horrible...that ending still haunts me.
  • OfficialJab
    Hell yeah
  • Tuomas Lassila
    I can live with this 😀
  • DAVIDPD
    yes. Yes. YES. YES!
  • JBroti
    This is great news! After seeing how the Russo brothers turned over Cap into such a badass from his previous two film involvement (most people liked Cap the least of the Avengers), I know they're going to be great for Infinity Wars. If Cap 3 is just as great or better than Cap 2, my opinion will pretty much be confirmed. And I hope Whedon sticks around for support; maybe as a producer or the "call a friend" when the Russos need a little help scripting the movies. I'm just glad Marvel didn't hand the movies over to James Gunn. Don't get me wrong, he did a fabulous job with Guardians...an impressive job. But with all this information regarding GOTG 2 of him staying away from the comics, making it his own, and trying not to use any favorable characters in the sequel....I get this big headed impression of him where if he were the director of Infinity Wars he'd do as he pleased and not listen to the fanbase or Fiege's requests. I don't know, I could be absolutely wrong in these feelings, but I've been getting rubbed the wrong way regarding Gunn and Guardians 2 and his direction for it.
    • Jon Odishaw
      Cap was kind of lame in the first avenger(Still really liked the movie) and the Avengers. But he's always been my favourite. Of all the superheroes he is the best person. He is the most selfless and couragous.
  • ari smulders
    Although I think joss whedon is the best option this isn't bad news because I liked cap 2 very much! Joss whedon will continue his mighty holy trail with other movies and will be the creative über Lord of the marvel movies. HAIL JOSS WHEDON! :)

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