According to Badass Digest as well as the trades, Joe and Anthony Russo signed the dotted line at Marvel Studios today to direct the back-to-back third and fourth outing for the Avengers, INFINITY WAR. The siblings have been rumored for the film for quite some time now, but now it’s been made official.
The Russos directed the critically-acclaimed blockbuster CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER for Marvel last year and will be returning to helm the third Cap film, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, for a May 6, 2016 release. With the Russos coming aboard the two-part AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, that means that Joss Whedon, the writer/director of THE AVENGERS and this May’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, will bow down from the epic conclusion that he planted the seeds for with Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) brief appearance during the end credits of the first film.
Details are slim to none at the moment, but it’s expected that all of Marvel’s upcoming new cinematic characters (Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and maybe the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Inhumans) will join the Avengers (including the newly-acquired Spider-Man) to battle Thanos for possession of the Infinity stones.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I is scheduled for a May 4, 2018 release while PART II will come the following year on May 3, 2019.