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The Russo Brothers have proven themselves to be skilled at major franchise filmmaking. They've become the keepers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but once Avengers 4 is over, could they move on to another major film series? When directors become known for making blockbuster movies, they tend to get offered others, so it makes sense that the Russos could certainly end up on a short list for something like a future Star Wars movie. The pair was recently asked if they would be interested in doing that, and while they certainly showed a willingness to consider such a possibility, they would only do it if there was a story worth telling. According to Joe Russo...
I think we've just been part of the Marvel universe. And I think they're very respectful of Kevin and the Marvel universe. You know, when we're done telling stories in Marvel, then is there the opportunity to maybe go tell some other stories? We've not hidden the fact that Star Wars was a seminal experience like it was for everyone else. And that when The Empire Strikes Back came out, I sat in a theater from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and I watched it back-to-back-to-back. So I think we appreciate that universe as much as anyone. The question would be, 'Can we find a story to tell in it? And what is it?'
It sounds from the first part of what Joe Russo says on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast that nobody from Lucasfilm has been after them to direct a Star Wars movie because the studio is being respectful of Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, and so it's not looking to poach them away. While it might seem like the fact that everything under the Disney umbrella is fair game, If Lucasfilm ends up finding success at the expense of Marvel, the bottom line to Disney is unchanged, and therefore it's not a benefit.
While we're still a year away from Avengers 4, principal photography on the project is already done which means that the Russos are that much closer to being done with Phase Three of the MCU. After that, it's hard to say what's in store for them. They surely can continue to make Marvel movies if they so choose, but if they'd like to work on something else, odds are they'll have their pick of projects.
And as Joe Russo says, Star Wars was a seminal experience for everybody, so who wouldn't be interested in becoming part of that universe, at least in theory? Would you like to see Joe and Anthony Russo direct a Star Wars movie? Let us know in the poll below.,