We’ve known for a while now that Joss Whedon wasn’t going to return for the Avengers film that will follow the upcoming Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War. Because of this, many wondered who would step into his spot for the film that’s essentially being treated as the series finale to everything we’ve seen since the first Iron Man movie. Well, according to a new report, the tentpole has found its director(s).
From Badass Digest:
So I’m on the phone with a source, talking about the Spider-Man casting rumor I just ran, when he says, “Oh sh*t. I just got an email. The Russos closed their deal to direct Infinity War.”
There are no writers on it yet, but I’m told that Marvel is in talks with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the guys who wrote the three Captain America movies as well as did work on Thor: The Dark World and helped create Agent Carter. Basically it’s about keeping the band together moving forward, with the Russos and Markus and McFeely all being really on the same page and working together well. I imagine that this will become official shortly.
Whedon has said in the past how tiring the two Avengers films have been, so it makes sense that he would want to move on. It also makes sense that the Russos were the studio’s top choice to take on the job. As the report mentioned, their work on Winter Solder was phenomenal, and there’s no doubt that audiences will be seeing more of the same when Civil War rolls around.
If anyone was going to take the torch from Whedon, it’s nice to see it’s the team that proved themselves capable of doing so. Infinity War is a big deal. It’s going to be the make or break movie for Marvel. It’s going to be the event that proves whether or not the decade of non-stop, serialized, feature-film storytelling was worth it. So, if anyone’s going to prove that it was, it’s going to be the Russos.
Source: Badass Digest