Joss Whedon's last turn in the Marvel director's chair will be for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
One of the fallouts from the Sony Studios hack-attack that occurred recently was the release of thousands of emails to and from Sony executives. It was from those emails that the world found out that Marvel was trying hard to bring Spider-Man back into the Marvel fold by attempting to give him a small part in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film. Those negotiations between Marvel and Sony seem to have fallen through, but amongst all the Spider-Man chatter, another tidbit may have been missed concerning Avengers director, Joss Whedon.
One of the emails to Sony Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal from directing team Anthony and Joe Russo, (the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier). According to Overtice.com, in that email, the Russo brothers confirm to Chairman Pascal that they will be directing Captain America: Civil War. They regret that the negotiations have fallen through with Marvel, as they would have loved to include a Spider-Man cameo in the film.
What they go on to say next is pretty huge.
Joe and Anthony Russo tell Chairman Pascal that they will be directing Avengers: Infinity Wars Parts I and II, but that directing those films won't prevent them from directing a film called The Gray Man they'd agreed to with Sony.
The takeaway is that if the Russo brothers are taking the Avengers helm over from Joss Whedon after Age of Ultron, then Whedon won't be directing any more Marvel films.
Of course, no one at Marvel, the Russo brothers, or Joss Whedon have confirmed any of this, but Joss Whedon has hinted that Avengers: Age of Ultron might just be his last turn as a director for Marvel. And now this released email seems to clinch it. Not that we should be crying for Joss by any stretch of the imagination. After the second Avengers film is released, Whedon will have carte blanche to do pretty much whatever he wants in television or film... considering the high likelihood that Age of Ultron will be a huge success.
Just because Joss Whedon isn't in the director's chair, however, doesn't mean he won't have a hand in the MCU. SuperheroFeed reports rumors that Joss will either be involved in the writing, producing, or both for the Avengers: Infinity Wars films.
JOSS WHEDON reportedly likely to continue on as producer or potential writer for 'AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR' Part 1 & 2. pic.twitter.com/lFaAS7x8O2
— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) December 12, 2014
The question now is, without Whedon behind the scenes, what sort of films will two Infinity Wars releases be? Considering the critical and commercial success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the future Avengers films are most likely in good hands with the Russo brothers.
What do you think? Will the Avengers: Infinity Wars films be better or worse without Joss Whedon at the helm?
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