One strength of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Marvel Studios is its efforts to maintain continuity. This is reflected on the tenure of its many actors and actresses who contractually portray their respective characters across multiple installations with different titles. This also counts for the behind-the-scenes people, such as directors.
An example is the brotherly directorial tandem of Joe and Anthony Russo. Their MCU portfolio is quite impressive in itself: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers 4. That’s lots of film directing, but are the Russos up for more MCU?
On the Happy Sad Confused podcast for MTV, the brother directors note that they haven’t quite decided yet if they’ll tackle any project for Marvel Studios beyond Avengers 4. But they’re already very appreciative of the Disney film company subsidiary, which they described as one of the best creative partnerships of their joint careers.
“We’re really proud of the movies we’ve been able to make with them and we’ve had an amazing time doing it,” says Anthony Russo. “We haven’t talked about doing anything beyond these two movies simply because we still have a mountain to climb with these two films.”
That’s no hyperbole; the Russos really had their workload cut out for them with Infinity War, billed as “an unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making” in terms of the spanning narrative for the MCU. And that’s not even counting Avengers 4, of which precious little info has been revealed.
The secrecy can also be attributed by Anthony to a production style upheld by Marvel Studios: yes, they’re making a movie universe, but according to him, “they have a very disciplined one movie at a time attitude, as well.” On that regard, the Russos are open to further MCU work.
Marvel Studios’ 2018 schedule is as follows: Black Panther on February 16th, followed by Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th and Ant-Man and The Wasp on July 6.