It’s not official until Marvel.com pronounces it so. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and are working on its sequel, now are set — really and truthfully — to helm the two-part next installment of Marvel’s Avengers franchise. If this “news” sounds familiar, it’s no wonder: Deadline reported two weeks ago that the brothers had sealed their deal to direct Avengers: Infinity War — Parts 1 and 2, which will hit megaplexes in May 2018 and 2019, respectively.
This confirmation from on high reaffirms what has been a poorly kept secret for several weeks. We mentioned it when the Russos signed their first-look deal with Sony, and also when they were in the center of a deal to do another Ghostbusters film. The busy brothers also are producing a NBC multi-camera comedy pilot from Aseem Batra that’s described as a politically incorrect office comedy about best friends whose relationship is upended when he starts dating the “perfect” woman.
The Russo boys will be taking over a billion-dollar franchise. All this future thinking comes ahead of the May 1 domestic launch of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Joss Whedon’s follow-up to the third-biggest movie of all time. No pressure there, gents.