Rejoice! Marvel Locks Down the Russo Brothers to Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:36 Written by  iamrogue
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Rejoice! Marvel Locks Down the Russo Brothers to Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War'

With Joss Whedon stepping out as the series' writer-director after Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios needs someone to take over its single biggest franchise.

For months now, Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been rumored as the directors of the next Avengers.  The rumors are true: The Russo Brothers have closed a deal to direct Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2.

Badass Digest broke the news today and the trades are lining up to confirm.  Marvel and the sibling directorial duo locked down the deal just as the Russos prep to kick off Captain America: Civil War in less than two weeks.

Cap's third solo movie, which is really more of a mini-Avengers epic, finds Steve Rogers and Tony Stark squaring off in a superhero slugfest.  That one is scheduled to open May 6, 2016.  After that, both halves of Avengers: Infinity War will film as one huge production beginning at some point in 2016 and probably extending into 2017.

There aren't yet screenwriters attached to actually write the Infinity War scripts, but Marvel is reportedly in talks with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.  No surprise there, as Markus and McFeely wrote both previous Captain America movies as well as the upcoming Civil War.  They also contributed to Thor: The Dark World and had a hand in creating Agent Carter.

From the sound of it, Marvel has an effective team in place and is aiming to keep that squad cracking as the Avengers series enters a new creative stage.

Just a few years back, the Russos were long shots to direct a huge Marvel movie.  The brothers, who also directed the little-seen 2002 heist picture Welcome to Collinwood and the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree, were known as TV helmers, having been instrumental in the creation/directing great episodes of Arrested Development, Happy Endings, and, most crucially, Community.  With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they made Marvel's first film that really functions as an action movie, one that delivers high-impact thrills while sticking to the house style.

By all accounts, Captain America: Civil War sets up Avengers: Infinity War, so it's encouraging that they'll be able to basically tell one long mega-story over several Marvel sequels.

Having recently signed a three-picture deal with Sony Pictures, the Russos are also developing a Ghostbusters sequel that's likely to star Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt.  Producer Ivan Reitman has said that the hope is for the Russos to direct that one next summer, but with the brothers now set to go from Civil War to Infinity War, that leaves precious little time to oversee another blockbuster.  It's certainly not impossible, but it does sound very, very unlikely.

Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 is scheduled to open May 4, 2018, followed by Part 2 a year later on May 3, 2019.

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