It’s Official: Whedon will walk away from The Avengers Initiative

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Add one more reason to why I’m looking forward to The Avengers: Age of Ultron: Joss Whedon has officially confirmed that he will not return to the franchise. Marvel has officially confirmed Whedon’s replacements at director for the grand finale of the Avengers Initiative: The Russo Brothers and now they have officially tapped writers for the final installments, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Anthony and Joe Russo were the directors of Captain America: the Winter Soldier, and will direct the sequel to the solo Captain America feature Captain America: Civil War. Markus and McFeely are also no strangers to the Avengers franchise themselves. They were the writers behind the Phase Two installments Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: the Winter Soldier, thus Infinity Wars Pt I and II would reunite the writers with the Russos. Whedon is now set to walk away from the franchise once the lights go up on Age of Ultron, which will have no post-credits scene BTW. Whedon has expressed his reason to walk away from the franchise in a recent interview.

Every movie I have ever made has been an ensemble piece of increasingly enormous proportions. That many balls in the air, it’s only going to get bigger with ‘Infinity War.’ I’m not going to be able to give it what I would need to

Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1, 2015. Captain America: Civil War is scheduled for release on May 6, 2016 and The Avengers: Infinity Wars Pt 1-May 4, 2018, Pt 2-May 3, 2019.

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