by Justin Cook
Another bit of information from the Sony hack has revealed that Anthony and Joe Russo will be directing Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2.
The brothers who also helmed this summer’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and will be helming 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, will be taking over for Joss Whedon. Whedon directed 2012’s The Avengers and will finish his involvement at the helm of The Avengers series with next year’s highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The long rumored news was revealed in a leaked email between Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and the Russo brothers, where the brothers pointed out how it was “a pity that negotiations with Marvel did not work” regarding news that Marvel studios tried and failed in getting the rights to have Spider-Man appear in Captain America: Civil War. They eventually went on to mention how they would be handling the next two Avengers movies.
Infinity War was announced last month at a Marvel event where the studio also announced such films as Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans. Part 1 and 2 will be shot back to back, and the films are set for May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 release dates.
The Russos impressed many Marvel fans with The Winter Soldier, a film that not only exceeded its predecessor Captain America: The First Avenger in almost every way, but also has earned the distinction of being one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date. They will begin work on Infinity War after they wrap on their upcoming film The Gray Man.
Marvel obviously must be happy with the Russos as well, seeing as how they are making them more involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On a side note, in another email sent out on November 17, 2014, the Russos also said that they would be willing to produce the new Spider-Man films as a result of a new contract. This is a move that would push out current producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach. As of now, the details of this deal are still unknown.