One of the keys to the
Marvel Cinematic Universe’s
success is its choice of
creative talent. Being a big
name is not what drives
the Marvel producers to
trust writers and directors.
It’s the work they’ve seen.
Case in point: Anthony
and Joe Russo, brothers
and Costco members,
who have now directed
four Marvel films—Captain
America: The Winter Soldier,
Captain America: Civil War,
Avengers: Infinity War and
2019’s still untitled Avengers
film. They had been working
in television on shows such
as Arrested Development
“We got a call from our
agent, who said, ‘Hey,
Marvel has a list of 10
directors. They want to
talk to you about the next
Captain America movie, if
you guys are on it,’ ” recalls
Anthony Russo. “We hadn’t
been soliciting at all. Marvel
just sometimes compiles
lists of people that they want
to talk to, even if the road
doesn’t necessarily lead to a
job. And they look for ideas
in those kinds of meetings.
Fresh ideas. I think that’s
what makes Kevin [Feige]
at Marvel so successful.
They have a very thorough
creative process that they
go through in order to
discover what each movie
popular than they’ve ever been. And people
want to see them again and see how they’ve
changed, like Thor did in Ragnarok, like
Iron Man has over the movies, like Captain
America has … that’s exciting for us.
To me that is a true testament. I think of
the movies that I loved as a kid—like Back to
the Future, like the Star Wars movies—that
still feel as relevant today as they’ve ever
been. That’s the true test. It’s been ;;-plus,
;; years. We’ve got another ;; years to figure out what our impact has been. But ;;
years on, it feels pretty good.
CC: You talk about how the characters have
changed in the 10 years. What happens
when the actors who created them are
ready to move on?
KF: That’s what we can look to in the com-
ics. And that’s why these characters are so
relevant. I talk about ;; years of movies, but
it’s ;;-plus years of these characters in the
comics. And they’re just as relevant and pop-
ular. And that’s because they do get
updated. They do change with the times. ...
I have no doubt that all of our actors, who
are in peak physical shape, have got
another ;; years in them to be heroes. In
terms of the specifics of how we will evolve
the characters, thankfully I don’t have to
really think about it yet. ’Cause we’re still
finishing what we started here with
Avengers: Infinity War.
CC: A lot has been said about you being
the key to why the whole MCU works.
When you’re ready to move on, how is
Marvel going to succeed?
KF: Marvel did just fine for ;; years before
me; they’ll be just fine ;; years after me.
The team is so strong here. We all know,
particularly myself, that we are just the
current stewards of these characters. As
has happened in many years of the comics—different writers, different artists,
different editors and different publishers—
I think it’ll be the same thing in the movies. I’m just enthusiastic and excited to be
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