Three Directors Vying for ‘Captain America 2’ Job
We know what two of the Avengers have planned after May 4, but Marvel Studios has yet to make anything official with a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger
. The holdup? —the director's chair.
The bigger news here might be that Joe Johnston
is not returning to that post, a fact most media outlets have not turned into a big news story. Instead, four names (but three options) remain on Marvel's list: George Nolfi
(The Adjustment Bureau
), F. Gary Gray
(Law Abiding Citizen, The Italian Job
) and most interestingly, Anthony and Joseph Russo
and Happy Endings
Perplexed by the inclusion of the Russos? People close to Marvel Studios told Vulture
that President Kevin Feige
is a "vibe guy" as opposed to basing decisions on resume, understandable when you consider that when he makes a hire, Feige essentially commits himself to working with that person for at least two years. Feige apparently hit it off with the duo, whose feature-film credits include comedies You, Me and Dupree
and Welcome to Collinwood
Yet until hiring Johnston, Feige had mostly hired folks of questionable action-directing merit. Kenneth Branagh (Thor
) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man
) had big filmmaking experience, but not with action. The Russos have neither of those qualities. I trust their ability to make an entertaining ensemble piece, but Cap needs to kick some ass this time around.
After The Adjustment Bureau
, I've been waiting to see where Nolfi would go next, as that film was as character-driven as it was entertaining, which would translate well to a superhero film. Gray's experience shows him capable of delivering solid entertainment on budget, but he doesn't exactly embody creativity.
With a shortlist out, expect an announcement within the next month. The first film's writers, Christopher Markus
and Stephen McFeely
, have been working on the sequel as well. At this rate, Captain American 2
will likely arrive in 2014 as expected