by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Badass Digest originally dropped the news that Captain America: Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo were looking to be the front runners to direct Avengers 3 & 4 back in November of last year. It appears as though their scoop was right on as the brothers have reportedly inked an official deal to direct Marvel Studio’s upcoming Avengers: The Infinity War: Part 1 and Part 2.
The pair are already inked to direct Captain America: Civil War, the next installment in the saga of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Filming for that project begins in Atlanta in just a little over a week.
It’s been rumored that the Russo Brothers were being looked at by Sony to direct their male-centric Ghostbusters film starring Channing Tatum that would follow up Paul Feig’s estrogen-fueled supernatural romp. But with a project the magnitude of the next Avengers films, I don’t know if the brothers want to put too much on their plate at one time.
No announcement on writers yet, but word around the water cooler says that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely may get the nod. Those two are the writing forces behind the three solo Captain America films, helped create Agent Carter and did some work on the second Thor film The Dark World. Marvel feels that these men do good work together, so it makes no sense splitting up the band now.
As can be expected, these two Avengers films will see Marvel’s greatest heroes join forces to fight the mad Titan himself, Thanos, and his powerful Infinity Gauntlet that wields the Infinity Gems. This will culminate a storyline that was started at the end of the first Avengers film from 2012.
Avengers: The Infinity War: Part 1 hits theaters May 2018 with Part 2 dropping in May 2019.