The conclusion of Phase 2 of Marvel’s Avengers Initiative is on the horizon with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will reunite to face off against a dangerous artificial intelligence hellbent on purging the Earth of humanity for the sake of saving the world and Joss Whedon will be back to direct the major Marvel motion picture scheduled for release in May next year. However, beyond that, there is practically no guarantee that Whedon will return to the Marvel Universe; there is speculation that the director will walk away once The Avengers: Age of Ultron concludes.
If Whedon does indeed decide to part ways with the Marvel franchise, Kevin Feige and Marvel might have a suitable replacement to direct The Avengers: The Infinity War Pts I and II in the Russo brothers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the summer blockbuster Captain America: the Winter Soldier and have been confirmed to return to direct Captain America: Civil War. Once again, this is unconfirmed speculation that Whedon might leave, but if he does and the Russo brothers are being groomed to direct the final Avengers installments, the franchise is still in good hands. The Russo’s did a sensational job directing the second Captain America feature and the final Captain America outing is a film with a collection of heroes in itself, with Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man not exactly seeing eye to eye on certain issues with the introduction of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Captain America: Civil War will arrive in theaters in 2016, The Avengers: Infinity War Pt I will make into theaters on 2018 and Pt 2 will come to theaters in 2019