It’s now official. Joss Whedon will walk away from the Avengers Initiative in a directorial capacity once the lights go up on The Avengers: Age of Ultron and confirmation has arrived regarding his successor. Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of last year’s blockbuster Captain America: the Winter Soldier and the upcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War, have officially signed on to direct The Avengers: Infinity Wars Pts I and II. I’ve been anticipating this news for a while and I’m excited that this tandem has been chosen to close the Avengers Initiative as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will do battle against the Mad Titan, Thanos.
The Russo Brothers are preparing to begin production on the final Captain America solo-outing which is crammed with current and future Avengers such as, obviously, Chris Evans in the title role, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Daniel Brühl who has been cast as the antagonist of the picture, which has been shrouded in mystery. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been tapped to write the screenplay for Civil War. Captain America: Civil War is scheduled for release on May 6, 2016.
What is known about Infinity War, aside from the directors and the high possibility that Josh Brolin will play Thanos, is that, according to executive producer Kevin Feige, there is supposed to be a massive shakeup of the Avengers roster unlike the first two Avengers films. The Avengers: Infinity War Part I will arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018 and Part II will arrive on May 3, 2019.