Marvel Studios announced via Badass Digest that Anthony and Joe Russo have signed on to direct Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2. We were prepared. We knew this day would come. Remember your training, people! This of course means that Joss Whedon will bow out after Age of Ultron. Yes, this is happening but worries not nerds, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are in good hands! The Russo Brothers are about to begin production on Captain America: Civil War, a series which has its own team-up element. How will they make their mark on the Avengers films? Let’s do a little homework and place our bets, shall we?
The Russo Brothers stepped up to the Marvel plate in 2014’s blockbuster hit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier which by and large was a huge success. Not only did this film kick like twelve different asses simultaneously, it also delivered a major story arc within the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. What we realized by the end of the film is that it plays out like a slightly watered down team-up film, a sort of “diet” Avengers if you will. It many ways it was a comic book twist on the buddy cop movie, with Cap and Black Widow fighting against Hydra. With the inclusion of Iron Man and Spiderman in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War (also to-be directed by the Russo Bros.), we’re confident they can handle the team-up elements moving into The Avengers later films.
Some folks might be concerned how the Russo Bros. handle the delicate humor of The Avengers; Tony Stark, in particular. Prior to joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe both Anthony and Joe worked extensively on three comedy powerhouses, Arrested Development, Happy Endings and Community. They served as Executive Producers for Happy Endings, and Community, and even directed the pilot episodes of all three TV shows. This kind of experience gives them ample amounts of comedy-cred, but it also reinforces their ability to deliver the goods with an ensemble cast.
Yes, they’ve been rumored to direct a reboot of the Ghostbusters, and even been tied to the next reboot of Spiderman. Both projects could have potential timing issues with this newly inked Avengers deal. However based on their previous work within the MCU, and their TV work we can’t help but get excited for what the Russo Brothers have in store for The Infinity Wars. Naturally this begs the question – will Joss Whedon stay on as Creative Consultant for MCU? We’ll have to wait and see.
Avengers: Infinity War Part I will be released in 2018, followed by Avengers: Infinity War II in 2019.