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Anthony and Joe Russo, executive producers and sometimes directors of NBC comedy Community and ABC comedy Happy Endings, have entered final negotiations with Marvel Studios to direct the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.
We’ve known since the end of March that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had a “good vibe” about the brothers, who headed a shortlist that included George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen). In that time, Marvel moved to schedule Captain America 2 for April 4, 2014.
The Russos only film directing credits are Owen Wilson-led comedy You, Me and Dupree and Welcome to Collinwood. Obviously this is a big step up.
Until we hear from the Russos why they’re so passionate about Captain America or what was discussed in the room with Feige, there’s reason to be skeptical, but hirings such as this don’t get made unless the hiree really impresses the hirer. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that that is the case.
Captain America 2, starring Chris Evans, will film directly after production wraps on Thor 2, which is expected to be at the end of the year.