Many had expected this move by Marvel, but now it is official: Joe and Anthony Russo will be directing Avengers: Infinity Wars Parts 1 and 2.
With the critical acclaim garnered from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was a no brainer that the directing duo of brothers Joe and Anthony Russo would return for Civil War, the third film in the Captain American line. Throw in the fact that Civil War will lead into Infinity Wars and it is easy to see why the Russo’s would be the go to directors for the two part extravagance.
Of course, Joss Whedon saying that production of Avengers: Age of Ultron was “a nightmare” might have helped their chances as well.
The Russo’s plan on filming both parts in one long production shoot beginning in sometime in 2016, which should give plenty of time for post-production with the release dates scheduled for May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.
Before Joe, Anthony and Marvel get too far ahead of themselves, Civil War still needs to be made and filming is set to start next month with a May 6, 2016 release date.
But the plot thickens even more when you consider that the pair had signed on to a three year first look deal with Sony at the beginning of the month. This deal could be the reason behind the early go at beginning production for Infinity Wars in 2016, since most Marvel movies have less than a year turn around time from first day of filming to release. If the time on the contract started when the deal was announced, their first-look deal with Sony will be over by the time the first Infinity Wars film hits theaters.
Now,I have never been a director for a massive blockbuster, but I can only imagine that it would be difficult to turn out new ideas for future projects while making sure the current massive project is a success.
All of this to say, don’t expect to stop seeing the names Joe and Anthony Russo for a few years.