Russo Brothers to Direct Both ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Movies

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Joe and Anthony Russo will direct both parts of Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” with the movies shooting back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. The brothers have directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and will direct the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.”

Update (4/7/15): Marvel has officially confirmed the news via Marvel.com.

The brothers are taking over the “Avengers”  franchise from Joss Whedon, who directed 2012’s “Avengers” and the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which opens May 1.

For the Russo brothers this makes four Marvel films — the most Marvel has ever committed to with a single director (in this case, a directing team). Whedon will have directed only two “Avengers” pics, while Jon Favreau helmed two “Iron Man” films.

The time commitment necessitated by the two “Avengers” films makes it seem unlikely that the Russos will be able to direct a film in between. The Russo brothers are currently attached to “The Gray Man” at Sony and are also in talks to direct a “Ghostbusters” film with Channing Tatum.

Sony Pictures, where both films are set up, will now have to decide whether to wait for the two or figure out some way to get one of these projects done before “Avengers: Infinity War” starts prepping.

The Russos recently signed a three-year first-look feature deal with Sony Pictures that begins in April.

The siblings will next direct Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.” That film will include Sony’s new Spider-Man character as part of the Feb. 9 deal between Sony and Marvel.

The Russos are repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman.

The news was first reported by Badass Digest.

Justin Kroll contributed to this report.

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  1. Bill B. says:

    There’s gonna be two more of these things?! When are people going to get tired of this same old stuff over & over again? After a while, all the Marvel movies start to look a like. It’s like the McDonald’s of movie making. Make the same crap and they will come cause they know what they are getting even before they get to the door.

    • Kristine Walberg says:

      I don’t think you’ve been watching the same movies the rest of us have. I’ve been watching movies with great casts, fun action and inventive plots. Not all films are meant to be Taxi Driver or Citizen Kane, neither should they have to be. There’s no shame in making a good-quality, fun, summertime movie that a family can go to together and enjoy themselves. I know I’m capable of enjoying a variety of things, whether it’s a Marvel movie or Shakespeare or the beach or The Godfather or an evening at the symphony. What I don’t understand is people who get all “too cool for school” about something other people very much enjoy just because it’s popular. There’s a reason most people laugh at hipsters.

  2. DougW says:

    Just hope Joss keeps consulting for Marvel and contributes to the “Infinity War” screenplays.

  3. Steven Fry says:

    Russo brothers hell to the fuck YEAH! Russo brothers know how to make them movies.

  4. Jake says:

    Ghostbusters with Channing Tatum?! Oh no.

  5. Mark Lee (former local promoter) says:

    It is always best to have one’s plate a little more full than a lot too empty. Sony, while one of the great labels in film, can be disastrous in the promotion/production of great musical talent. If they run into over-production costs there are many methods to make the time well used. All Marvel events rely heavily on CGI and the Russo’s can easily give the nod to pre-production events, using the time to give the biggest and hottest effects seen since “Star Wars” impressed the viewing world. Given this sort of time, the CGI gods of Hollywood could create a new super-hero magic unseen until now!!! Much like the sheer grandeur of moving the Golden Gate bridge in X-Men.
    This time could be used for so many productive things that could make the Avengers product truly great that CGI is but one use for the time without a cast assembled. This could be a real artistic time that could turn a small agency into new, Award Winning, superstars!!! I would give anything to see the screenplay to put this time to good use as they complete all other projects they are committed to and completing. It seems time and release dates are an issue, so do not sit around wasting time!!! This is the times for sending in the “special teams” to turn a “sudden death” overtime into that big win!!! ~ M

  6. Sydney says:

    I liked Joss directing. I feel like he had a better connection to the films because he used to write comics

    • jedi77 says:

      Can’t say that until I see the next installment, since one film is not enough to base a decision on.

      Which is also why this Russo Brothers avalanche of projects is stupid. What if Winter Soldier was a fluke, a one-off? There are many directors out there who just crashed and burned after their first big feature.
      Giving them the reigns to the Avengers allready seems like a rushed decision, simply made because Marvel was afraid of loosing them to another studio.

  7. Reblogged this on Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen and commented:
    Oh Yeah MORE Avengers !

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