The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for a decade, and the last 21 movies will collide when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters in a month. The narrative will pick up from the devastating ending of Infinity War, which saw half the galaxy fade to dust in the wake of Thanos' victory. The Russo Brothers did the impossible with that blockbuster, servicing a massive set of characters, and balancing both heart and action.
The Russo Brothers have had a stellar tenure in the MCU overall, as they've also directed the last two Captain America movies. Endgame looks like it will be their final bow in the shared universe, allowing the co-directors to branch out to new projects. But could they return one day? Joe Russo recently spoke to this possibility, saying:
We love Marvel, we've had an incredible experience with them. It's why we've made four movies in six years with them. They're like family to us. I think they do a great job of separating ‘church and state,’ where we're focused on the projects we're focused on, and someone else will focus on those other projects. We'd work with them in any capacity moving forward, and we value as much as anything in our work life the quality of the people we're around and quality of the life that we have when we're working with those people, and that's A++ when you're working with Marvel.
Do you hear that sound? It's Marvel fans everywhere cheering. Because while there's nothing on the books, it looks like The Russo Brothers are open to returning to the massive shared universe, and putting their perspective and attention to detail into another blockbuster. It just might not be right away.
Joe Russo's comments to Box Office Pro are sure to excite the moviegoers who have seen the Brothers' last three installments in the MCU. They made a serious plash with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, before eventually having a role in the overall direction of Phase Three. Captain America: Civil War proved how well they could handle a massive ensemble project, while Avengers: Infinity War went above and beyond expectations.
Given how successful The Russo Brothers have been during their tenure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's hard to imagine the franchise without them. Then again, imagining is all the public has been left to do, as the MCU after Avengers: Endgame is a complete mystery. Spider-Man: Far From Home may be the first release, but the future is totally unclear.
But Marvel Studios should be more transparent once Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters. Revealing the next slate of movies has the potential to spoil the events of the movie. As such, the studio is keeping its cards close to the chest. For the next month, at least.
Avengers: Endgame will finally arrive in theaters on April 26th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.