Joe and Anthony Russo have no plans to direct another Marvel movie after Avengers: Endgame, bringing an end to their hugely successful four film stretch with the studio.
“It’s our Endgame, at least for now,” Anthony Russo confirmed to GamesRadar. “We don’t have any plans for now to make any more Marvel movies.”
However, the elder Russo was then quick to insist that the door has not fully closed on their relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the duo might still return at some point in the future.
“It certainly may come up in the future at some point. We have a wonderful working relationship with [Marvel Studios] and a great passion for what they’re doing.”
There’s no denying that the Russo Brothers have made a huge impact, not just on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but on blockbuster cinema, too.
It is easy to forget just how much of a gamble Marvel were taking by hiring the Russo Brothers for 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Before that film they’d only directed the feature film comedies Welcome To Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree, but it was really their work on the television shows Arrested Development and Community that convinced Kevin Feige to hire them.
The Winter Soldier quickly became one of the most acclaimed films of the MCU, while their work on the sequel, Captain America: Civil War, expanded the universe and showed how adept they were at working with a huge ensemble.
That made them the only choices for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, both of which are set to become the defining movies of the decade.
The Russo Brothers, who are also working on a Stan Lee documentary, already know what their next movie is going to be, and it includes a prominent member of the MCU.
“We’re going to shift gears and direct a much smaller movie this summer with Tom Holland called Cherry,” Anthony told Games Radar. “Which is loosely based on a real story about a veteran of the Iraq War, who suffers from PTSD… gets a heroin addiction and ends up robbing banks to sustain that addiction.”
Cherry will be shot this summer, while Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas now.