Captain America Sequel Could Have Community Directors Behind It

Now that Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is in the can and ready to screen, Marvel can continue looking ahead to individual sequels built around Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Robert Downey Jr. is ready to reunite with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black for Iron Man 3. Thor 2 hired Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor after Patty Jenkins exited the project. And now we hear that Captain America is auditioning potential directors for his sequel, tentatively scheduled to reach theaters in 2014.

Vulture has a short list of candidates -- some you’d expect, and some from left field. The site says Marvel Studios is looking at George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) for the gig. But they also throw this curveball, stating that Community co-directors Anthony and Joseph Russo have a shot at the job.

“Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios’ president of production] is a ‘vibe guy.' He likes to see if he gets along with people before he’ll decide about spending the next two years with them. And apparently, they hit it off with Kevin in the room,” a source with knowledge of the decision shared with Vulture.

Hey, why not? Whedon helmed Serenity, but he’s largely considered a TV guy. If he hit it out of the park with The Avengers, who’s to say another TV duo couldn’t do the same.

The Russos also have feature-film experience. They helmed You, Me and Dupree with Owen Wilson, and Welcome to Collinwood with George Clooney, though neither was action-packed. Community, however, moves at a brisk pace and juggles a sizeable ensemble while finding time to develop each character. Isn’t that what you want from a superhero installment? It also could make Cap funnier, and take advantage of Chris Evans’ natural sense of humor.

Vulture says Marvel plans additional meetings with the candidates, and a decision cold come by mid-April. Do you like these choices? Want to see someone else take over the sequel? Share your insights below.

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