At least one forum on the subject of directors suggests that whoever takes the helm, it probably shouldn’t be Joe and Anthony Russo —if for no other reason than maybe it’s time for fresh blood, not only in The Avengers, but in the filmmakers.
Who directed the previous Avengers films?
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Lla Avengers films had three directors, or two units of people. And in each case, the Avengers movies turned out to be calling cards that positioned them for bigger and better careers.
The first two Avengers films were directed by Joss Whedon, a well-known comic book enthusiast who had previously made only one theatrical feature film: Serenity, the film that was born from the cult science fiction series whedon Firefly. The MCU movies before The Avengers had been solid but unspectacular hits, but the Avengers broke all sorts of records and took the studio to even greater heights of success.
Joe and Anthony Russo came to the Avengers through some kind of back door. Their first Marvel film was Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They seemed even less likely Marvel directors than Whedon had been, having been primarily comedy directors up to this point. Their resumes included episodes of Community And Craftsmen arrestedt. But they made a big splash with Winter Soldier, who invited them to Captain America: Civil War, who invited them to the two-handed juggernaut of War of Infinity And Endgame.
Who do fans think they should direct the next Avengers movie?
The unprecedented success of the films Des Russos’ Avengers has made them the leading de facto directors of the Marvel cinematic universe. Now, as Marvel heads for a post-Avengers world, fans may think Marvel should move on to new or at least different talents.
This seemed to be the way Phase 4 was shaping up anyway. The Russos take a well-deserved break from directing, and Phase 4 as announced so far does not include the Avengers as a group or the Russos as directors. So fans on Reddit have some suggestions as to who might take the reins.
One fan wrote: “Who would I like? Lol Christopher Nolan, Guillermo Del Toro, Russos again, Wachowskis…. But realistically, I could see Taika (Waititi) being the next filmmaker prepared at the helm of the next Avengers, if he doesn’t get burned by then. Maybe even (Jon) Favreau.” In another Reddit forum, fans suggested Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, without getting too much backlash.
Who is likely to take the helm?
Most suggested directors can make good Avengers movies in theory, but in practice they would have neither the time nor the temperament to take on The Avengers. As one fan pointed out. Taika Waititi and Jon Favreau are both in charge of new Star Wars projects, although Waititi Thor: Love and Thunder set for 2022.
If someone new does take the helm, maybe he could be an old pro like Sam Raimi, who will lead Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It could be someone to take the stealth approach like the Russos and slowly building towards that goal. Marvel recently had its eye on female directors, with Black Widow directed by Cate Shortland and The Eternals directed by Chloe Zhao.
In the end, he can’t really “matter” who runs, because the real author of the MCU is not one of the directors. It’s Marvel President Kevin Feige who really has the vision and the shots. Directors may be able to bring an individual flair to the cinema, but it’s still feige’s guiding hand. Maybe one day he will head.