With Joss Whedon officially moving on from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s becoming increasingly important that the franchise be left in capable hands. It was recently confirmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo would be taking over directing duties for Avengers: Infinity War, Parts 1 & 2, but who would be tapped to write it?
According to Badass Digest, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – who wrote all three Captain America movies, including the upcoming Captain America: Civil War – will be the duo writing the last flick in Marvel’s Phase 3.
This news can be both good and bad depending on your personal perspective. Markus and McFeely have both been integral to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in their own ways, contributing to Captain America: The First Avenger in Phase 1, and Thor: The Dark World in Phase 2.
Impressions of the first Captain America were decidedly split, with some loving the style of it, and others feeling it didn’t service Cap as well as it should have. Thor: The Dark World, as entertaining of a movie it is, had some major plot issues, and stands as one of Marvel’s least successful outings (and definitely the weakest Phase 2 movie thus far). While Markus and McFeely also gave us the amazing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s important to note that their track record isn’t super squeaky clean.
To top it off, we don’t know if Captain America: Civil War will live up to the standard set by the second Cap flick.
All that being said, having these guys on board to write the next two Avengers flicks is definitely a smart move by Marvel. Few folks have as much experience with the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe as these guys, as they’ve written a good portion of the movies themselves. They also have experience with the Russo brothers, which will be an increasingly important relationship going into a huge project like Avengers: Infinity War, which consists of two epic movies spanning over a two-year release. And finally, they’re already a part of the big Marvel machine, so there’s no need for them to feel their way around, and less of a chance for them moving things in the wrong direction.
Captain America: Civil War is set for a May 6, 2016 release, while Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 is set for a May 4, 2018 release, and Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2 for a May 5, 2019 release.
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