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It’s Official; Russo Brothers Directing ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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Written by: Peter Towe
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Having only been speculation for the past few months, it’s now officially confirmed- Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) will direct the third Avengers film titled Avengers: Infinity War Part I and II.  They will move on to the Infinity War movies after Captain America: Civil War, which begins filming in a couple weeks.

russo-brosSo who are the Russo brothers?  Before The Winter Soldier, they were best known for their comedy directing, directing many episodes of Arrested Development– including the pilot.  They also directed episodes of Community, Up All Night, Happy Ending, among many others.  As far as their big-screen features, they directed 2002’s underrated Welcome to Collinwood and 2006’s You, Me and Dupree.  The talented brothers had primarily worked on comedies, that is until last years Captain America sequel.  Many can argue that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel film to date, so the studio has a ton of confidence in the brothers ability to direct big-budget action films (and rightfully so).

Avengers: Infinity War will be broken into two parts- with Part I arriving in 2018 and Part II hitting theaters in 2019.  The films will shoot back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 respectively, so the Russo brothers will be spending the next five years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  As far as the script goes, no writer has been attached to Infinity War as of yet (that will no doubt change soon).

I can’t think of anyone else I would want taking over for Joss Whedon who wants to move on to more personal projects.  Whedon did an amazing job setting up this universe and has earned the right to do other passion projects.  It’s exciting news that the MCU will be in good hands.


And here’s the full upcoming Marvel lineup:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015

Ant-Man on July 17 2015

Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016

Doctor Strange on November 4 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017

Spider-Man on July 28, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018

Black Panther on July 6 2018

Captain Marvel on November 2 2018

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019

Inhumans on July 12, 2019.

About the Author

Peter Towe
Peter Towe
A graduate of UMASS Boston, I have successfully put off getting a "real" job, and continue to watch, produce, review, and obsess over movies. I lived in Boston while I completed my degree, and now live in Chicago trying the improv thing.


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