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Russo Bros Chat Up About The Next Two Avengers Films

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When it was revealed that the directors most famous for directing the television comedy Arrested Development were going to direct the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, it was met with a healthy dose of skepticism. However after knocking it out of the park with Captain America: The Winter Soldier they earned some breathing space and trust from Marvel fans. The next film they were given was the megahit Captain America: Civil War which has received critical, fan, and commercial praise. Now the Russo Brothers have effectively taken over Joss Whedon as the showrunners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will be directing the next two Avengers sequels: Avengers: Infinity War and the Untitled Avengers film (formerly known as Avengers Infinity War Part 2). The two brothers are currently preparing for a nine-month shoot for the two upcoming Avengers sequels but had the chance to promote the Captain America: Civil War DVD/Blu-Ray release.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is generating all kinds of hype, enjoyment and revenue on a consistent basis. Captain America: Civil War was an outstanding take on a popular story arc from Marvel’s Avengers. As well as being a brilliant stand alone movie, it created so much excitement for upcoming films like Spiderman: Homecoming and Black Panther. One of the most anticipated elements of the MCU is the Avengers: Infinity War films and some huge news has been broken today about Infinity War Part One & Two. It turns out we won’t be watching Infinity War Part One & Two at all… Well, kind of.

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The first trailer for Captain America: Civil War hit the Internet a couple of days ago thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Live and it is a wonderful, almost joyous look at what’s going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s no big alien cloud threatening the world, it’s just what we’re willing and eager to do to one another regardless of the consequences. That means this movie is a lot more about characters and their motivations, but don’t worry, just like the trailer showed us, there will be plenty of fighting action. The Russo brothers are the creative force behind the camera on Captain America: Civil War and they talked with Empire about the movie, deconstructing the main plot lines. (more…)

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While it started with Iron Man 3 and ended with Ant-Man, Marvel‘s Phase 2 water was carried by the Russo brother’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. Both of those films really kicked it out of the park and raised the bar on what people expect from their superhero movies. Now Marvel is releasing the Blu/Ray DVD boxed set that collects Phase 2 in all its glory. (more…)

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So basically forget Avengers: Age of Ultron, it comes out in a little over two short months, what we really want to know about now is Captain America: Civil War. It carries the name of one of the most provocative and popular event series of the last decade aside from just being the follow-up to last year’s highly successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Marvel Studios tripled down on the hype by signing up Robert Downey Jr. to appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man. With the two sides of the Civil War firmly attached, but the assumption being that the motivations of the movie Civil War being different from the comic book Civil War, the question must be asked: what will bring Cap and Iron Man to blows? And Downey answers… (more…)

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Unless you were frozen in ice and in a state of suspended animation yesterday, it was difficult to miss the news that Robert Downey, Jr., Tony Stark/Iron Man himself in the Marvel Studios’ Avengers family of movies, will appear in Captain America 3: Title TBD. What’s more, his appearance will help to ignite a series of events that will result in a superhuman Civil War, based on the Marvel Comics storyline that pitted superhero brother against superhero brother over support or opposition of the Superhero Registration Act. While this news is big enough on its own, the appearance of Tony Stark in Cap 3 has sparked rumors whether the movie’s directors, brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, will have a wider role in Marvel Studios’ cinematic playground moving forward. (more…)

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One of the great successes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that it managed to continue to build the Marvel Cinematic Universe without really drawing attention to it. Instead, it managed to expand the scope of the Marvel-related films, introduce new characters familiar to comic book readers, and challenged the characters we already had met with a shocking truth the upset everything they thought they knew. In essence, Winter Soldier continued building the world by essentially destroying a pretty big piece of it. Delivering such a gobsmack was a big risk that turned into an even bigger reward for Cap 2 directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose success with the film was evident in the way that Marvel awarded them the helm for Captain America 3 before The Winter Soldier even opened last April. In a new interview, the Brothers Russo made it clear that they’re not about to rest on the laurels, and are prepping another big game change for the MCU in part 3. (more…)

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Jeez, can we get Avengers: Age of Ultron out of the way before we start hyping Captain America 3?

No. Alright then.

So while out promoting the upcoming home video and digital release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, co-director Anthony Russo, who filmed Winter Soldier with his brother Joe, teased some of the stuff they were looking at doing in the third part of the franchise, which is due in theaters in 2016. No specifics were offered (obviously), but one can sense a definite twinge of excitement in the director about what he and his brother have in store: the introduction of new characters, the redemption of old ones, and maybe *gasp* an ending? Read on…. (more…)

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In-jokes are all the rage these days, a fun way to acknowledge that your cast has a life outside the movie you are presently seeing them in, and probably few actors lend themselves to the in-joke better than Samuel L. Jackson. The actor has had roles big and small in a great many of the most iconic movies of the last 20 years, but perhaps none are more known, or quotable, than Pulp Fiction. It would not be out of the question to say that the Quentin Tarantino movie made Jackson a star, and it did so with one monologue in particular. Jackson’s new movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, paid tribute to it one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, and the film’s directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, recently explained how and why they decided to do it. Spoilers follow. (more…)