The Russo brothers win the Avengers: Infinity War

The Captain America directors will safeguard the Marvel franchise when Joss Whedon steps down

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It’s official: Joe and Anthony Russo, better known as the Russo Brothers, will take on The Avengers.

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The brothers will take over from Joss Whedon and direct Avenger: Infinity War, Badass Digest first reported. The two-part epic will be released in 2018 and 19.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly creator Whedon helmed 2012’s The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron –which will be released next month – but has said he’s keen to work on his own projects again. There’s no word yet on what those projects will be, though he still serves as executive producer on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

The Russo brothers aren’t newcomers to the Marvel universe. They directed last year’s Captain America: Winter Soldier and next year’s Captain America: Civil War. They were also behind key episodes in cult hits like Arrested Development, for which they won an Emmy award, Happy Endings and Community. 

Unlike Whedon, the brothers won’t be writing as well as directing their Avengers movies because they’re currently in a three-year deal with Sony Pictures. 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in the UK on April 23rd