Joe and Anthony Russo to direct new two Avengers movies

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 April 2015
Anthony and Joe Russo

Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are to direct the next two 'Avengers' movies, Marvel has confirmed

Joe and Anthony Russo have been confirmed as directors of the next two 'Avengers' movies.

The brothers - who first worked with Marvel on 2014's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - were rumoured last month to have signed a deal with Marvel to direct 'Avengers: Infinity War' parts one and two, but now Marvel has officially confirmed that they will be taking over from Joss Whedon.

Both 'Avengers: Infinity War' films are expected to be shot back-to-back next year, after the Russo brothers have completed their work on 'Captain America: Civil War', the film they're currently preparing to shoot.

However, IGN News claims that they might not both still include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, due to the amount of contractual movies each has left with Marvel.

Joss had already confirmed his intention to walk away from the 'Avengers' at the conclusion of 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'.

He explained: "I couldn't imagine [directing an 'Avengers' film] again.

"It's enormously hard, and it'd be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own.

"So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life."

'Avengers: Infinity War Part 1' is expected to be released on May 4, 2018, with the second instalment set for May 3, 2019.

Avengers: Infinity War

  • 5 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 29min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt
  • UK release: 26 April 2018

Thanos (Brolin) aims to become all-powerful, in the first part of this two-part superhero mash-up. Death, destruction, torture and sacrifice are the order of the day, in a grand space opera that mixes tragedy with pathos, fleshed out with the usual Marvel humour. Truly remarkable.

Avengers: Endgame

  • 2019
  • US
  • UK release: 26 April 2019

Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 21min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Joss Whedon
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
  • UK release: 23 April 2015

Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark (Downey Jr) to keep the peace, goes rogue and decides to kill off the Avengers. Barely logical but impressively entertaining superhero fun; Johansson and Olsen are central to the action and Whedon's script is strong, snappy and irreverent, but it doesn't have much…

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