The Russo brothers to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2

The Russo brothers to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Anthony and Joe Russo set to take over the superhero blockbuster franchise from Joss Whedon

After their sterling work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo brothers (Anthony and Joe) are set to become two of the most important players in the world of Marvel movies as they take on the company's flagship Avengers franchise. Winter Soldier was probably the most intelligent superhero film to come out of the Marvel stables, turning what could have been a bland boy scout adventure into a tense politically-edged thriller.

Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron hits cinemas in the UK on Fri 24 Apr, but it will apparently be Whedon's last entry in the mega franchise. Through he leaves on a high, adding Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Vision to the team of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and The Hulk.

Marvel's strategy appears to be to making their future films even more interrelated. It's a tactic that has paid dividends for the company's comics for years, but it'll be interesting to see how the movie going public take to the concept, as if the current trend continues it will be increasingly difficult to watch each entry as a standalone film.

Before Avengers, the Russos are directing Captain America: Civil War ( Fri 29 Apr, 2016). If it follows the plot laid out in Mark Millar's comic series of the same name, it will change the Marvel cinematic universe forever, as heroes clash over the government's proposed Superhero Registration Act. It's a storyline that could have implications for every character in the current Marvel roster on the small and big screen.

Rumours suggest that they have also been tapped to direct the new Spider-Man Sony / Marvel movie (July 2017), bringing everyone's favourite wall crawler back into the fold. Then Avengers Infinity War Part 1 (Fri 27 Apr, 2018) and Avengers Infinity War Part 2 (Fri 26 Apr, 2019) as the super team go up against big bad Thanos, which they will apparently tackle in one huge back-to-back shoot.

Avengers: Endgame

  • 2019
  • US
  • UK release: 26 April 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: 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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