The Russo Brothers Will Direct ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

By March 23, 2015
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It’s been rumored for awhile now, but we not have confirmation on who will be getting into the director’s chair for the two-part Marvel Studios crossover film Avengers: Infinity War.

According to Variety, Joe and Anthony Russo — directors of Captain America: Winter Soldier and its upcoming sequel Civil War — will be tackling the two-part Avengers epic that’s been building at least since the release of the original Avengers film in 2012. While many fans may be dismayed at the idea of an Avengers film being released that isn’t directed by Joss Whedon, the Russos have proven themselves to be a very valuable assets after the immense critical and commercial acclaim received by The Winter Soldier.

Rumors of their involvement have been persisting for the past few months, spurred by the cyber attack on Sony Pictures which revealed that they had been discussed internally to direct the ambitious two-part feature. Infinity War is expected to feature many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s characters going up against Thanos, who will likely have acquired all of the Infinity Stones — featured in previous films like The AvengersThor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy — and combining them all into the storied Infinity Gauntlet. The basis of the story is expected to be the Marvel Comics event series The Infinity Gauntlet, written by Jim Starlin with artwork by George Pérez and Ron Lim, originally published in 1991.

The report also states that the Russos plan on shooting the film back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, and they’re then slated for release in May of 2018 and May of 2019, respectively. After completion of these films, the Russos will be the most common directorial collaborators with Marvel Studios, and will have directed the most films for them than anyone else previously. Currently, Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon are tied for that spot with two films each, with Favreau directing Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and Whedon having directed The Avengers and this May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

While it’s currently unknown what Avengers members will still be on the team by the time these two films come out, Josh Brolin is expected to reprise his role as Thanos from Guardians of the Galaxy. Given the nature of the story, it’s likely that the Guardians themselves could appear in addition to the Avengers, but we likely won’t have even an idea of that until after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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