Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo discuss returning to the MCU and possibly making a Secret Wars adaptation on the big screen.
After Avengers: Endgamedirectors Joe and Anthony Russo talk about directing a Secret Wars project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Join Marvel Studios in 2014 via Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the couple went on to become two of the most, if not the most, influential filmmakers in the MCU franchise. In addition to directing the last two Captain America movies, the Russos also ended the Infinity Saga by directing Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Infinity War and End of Game are considered by many to be some of Marvel Studios’ best films. Apart from being critically acclaimed, the films were also mega hits at the box office, but their making came with difficulties. The Russos filmed the films back to back, which required a year-long principal photography process. Adding to the physical challenge of working on major MCU blockbusters is the storytelling challenge of bringing together so many characters, especially given high fan expectations. Next Infinity War and End of GameHowever, the Russos have since said they are open to potentially returning to the MCU to direct another project, but have not confirmed what that might be.
Talk with Deadline at the red carpet premiere of their latest film, The gray manthe Russos discussed the potential adaptation Secret Wars in the MCU. The couple admit that this scenario is an even more ambitious undertaking than Infinity War and End of Gamebut they “adored” it’s like children. While admitting that their last two MCU entries were “hard to do” Joe and Anthony Russo said they would”must sleep” the idea of doing Secret Wars. Watch their full response below:
Since the couple wrapped up their stint at Marvel Studios, they’ve focused on other projects through their own company, AGBO Films. However, the clamor for them to return to the franchise continued well into Phase 4 of the MCU. Considering what the Russos were able to accomplish in the franchise, it’s no surprise that audiences want to see them lead another entry. It should be noted, however, that despite the Russos’ interest, it may still be some time before a Secret Wars the project comes true – if ever. The universe is still rebuilding itself after the Infinity Saga, so depending on how Marvel wants to set up its next big ensemble crossover, Secret Wars because the next culminating project in the saga could still be five years or more away.
Assuming the Russos do indeed return for Secret Wars, it will be interesting to see if they will lead a smaller MCU project before they do. One of the main reasons they were able to find a satisfying ending in Avengers: Endgame was that the directors were already embedded in the franchise from 2014 and understood how the blockbuster could bring multiple storylines. Skip for another major ensemble final movie like Secret Wars without being part of his setup first would make the Russos’ job more difficult, but the public would no doubt be eager to see them try.
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