All of the movies produced by Marvel Studios exist within the same franchise - dubbed the Marvel Cinematic Universe - but to say that every single feature is the same is completely untrue. Regularly mixing up styles, genres, and tones, each entry tries something new, which is why they've remained successful and popular. Of course, the variety in directors that the studio hires has a lot to do with this -- and it's something that fight choreographer James Young has kept track of during his time working on Marvel features.

In the last two years, Young has worked on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War, so when I spoke with him over the phone last month one of my questions for him was in regard to the differences in his experience on each set. I asked what it was like specifically working with Joe and Anthony Russo, James Gunn, and Joss Whedon, and he revealed that the filmmakers all have a different particular focus when it comes to the fight choreography in their respective movies.

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Joe and Anthony Russo

James Young began by talking about Joe and Anthony Russo, with whom he collaborated as the fight choreographer on both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. As you can probably gather from simply watching the movies, their approach is a unique take on "realistic," with Young adding that they were very open to all of the input that he had to offer while staging any of the blockbuster sequences in the two films. Said Young,

We like to say it's not realistic, but it's our vision of realism in the superhero world. So, with Joe and Anthony, they are so great at just allowing us to give them ideas and allowing us to shoot things to them and create a lot. They just let us go and they just give us the notes they need and we move on from there. So, Joe and Anthony are very, very fluid when it comes to the action. They let [Fight/Stunt Coordinator] Sam Hargrave and myself and our team really create and really come up with some wild stuff.

Given that Captain America: Civil War features some of the most bombastic action sequences in comic book movie history, let alone Marvel history (the Leipzig Halle Airport scene being particularly notable), it's hard to deny that the team of James Young and Joe & Anthony Russo is anything but brilliant.

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