Russos To Direct 'Avengers: Infinity War,' Are Now Marvel's Zack Snyder

March 24, 2015 1:01 PM

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Joe and Anthony Russo have been signed by Walt Disney Walt Disney and Marvel to direct Avengers: Infinity War I and Avengers: Infinity War II, and thus they are now unofficial guiding lights of the Marvel cinematic universe. The official news was announced by Badass Digest yesterday, and it isn’t exactly a surprise. The (dynamic) directing duo, who went from classic comedic television (Arrested Development and Community) to Captain America 2 directors have been would-be front runners for the gig ever since the project was announced back in October. Joss Whedon is basically moving on after Age of Ultron and most of the other Marvel directors (Joe Johnston, Kenneth Branagh, Alan Taylor, etc.) have moved on to other pastures. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was extremely well-received by critics and audiences alike to the tune of $714 million worldwide, and it’s pretty clear that James Gunn is focusing on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, with the unofficial hope of keeping it as stand-alone as possible until whatever comes to play in the second Infinity War film (which is basically the series finale to everything that has come out and will come out between 2008 and 2019). So while the news isn’t surprising, it is interesting. In a roundabout way, the Russo Bros. are basically the gatekeepers of the Marvel Cinematic universe in much the same way that Zack Snyder apparently is for the DC Comics movie universe.

Between May, 2016 and May, 2019, there will be two Avengers films and Captain America: Civil War, which has been internally referred to as Avengers 2.5 due to the sheer number of returning heroes, along with six other projects. Of those nine films, three of them, arguably the big kahunas of Phase Th...

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