Friday, 24 April 2015

Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed for Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel have recently confirmed that Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014) and Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are set to direct both parts of Avengers: Infinity War, with regular collaborators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely set to develop the script.

"We've always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark's house and told him he's part of a bigger universe," Kevin Feige said about the movies. "Avengers: Infinity War Part I is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before." He's not wrong, since, if it even loosely follows the comic version, will see Thanos (voiced and performance captured by Josh Brolin) acquiring the Infinity Gauntlet and planning to erase half the sentient life in the universe he is not stopped. Part I is already set for 27 April 2018, with Part II taking aim at 26 April 2019.

The Russos have plenty to keep them busy before they start on the epic confrontation with Thanos and the rest. They are developing a Ghostbusters film with Sony Pictures, but much more pressingly, they are currently preparing to shoot Captain America: Civil War, which will feature Chris Evans' Cap and Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, while also introducing Chadwick Boseman (42) as Black Panther and possibly whoever is taking over the new Spider-Man role. Civil War will invade our cinemas on 29 April next year.

In related Avengers news, Joss Whedon told Entertainment Weekly recently that Avengers: Age Of Ultron will not be holding to Marvel tradition and won't feature a post-credits tag scene. While it will have a mid-credits epilogue, don't hang around in the cinema (unless you suspect they're being sneaky, as the first Avengers shot that famous deli scene on the press junket day). "There is nothing at the very end. And that's not a fake-out," Whedon says. "We want people to know so they don't sit there for ten minutes and then go: 'Son of a bitch! I'll kill them!'" So no more shawarma? "It didn't seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right. The first rule of making a sequel is take the best moments and do something else. Don't do the Indiana Jones gun trick again differently. Just go somewhere else. Don't try to hit the same highs, because people will sense it."

Avengers: Age Of Ultron, meanwhile, is out now.

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