Marvel Confirms Russo Brothers To Direct Avengers: Infinity War


Joss Whedon is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the future of the franchise is going to be in familiar hands for the two-part Avengers: Infinity War.

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Marvel confirmed today that Anthony and Joe Russo will direct both parts of Infinity War, which will hit theaters in 2018 and 2019. This jives with earlier rumors and reports from various sources saying that the brothers were likely to land the job and were discussing it with Marvel while gearing up to direct Captain America: Civil War.

The Russos are already knee-deep in the MCU, having rocketed from relative obscurity during their TV days to hot commodities after helming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Joe also contributed to Agent Carter by directing one of its episodes for its brief but acclaimed run this winter.

As we’ve noted before, Marvel hasn’t been shy about turning its characters over to untested talents, at least when it comes to the genre and budgets of super hero films. That said, turning to the Russo brothers implies that the studio would rather have the Avengers guided by people it already trusts after Whedon, and it’s got billions of reasons to do exactly that.

After both parts of Infinity War, the Russo will have directed four MCU films, more than anyone else. Could we eventually identify Marvel movies in general more with them than even Whedon or James Gunn? I wouldn’t be surprised if that turns out to be the case.


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