When the directors of Community TV show were first announced to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they were met with a brief bit of skepticism from fans. However, after earning our trust, they had to outdo that film in the next Captain America installment: Captain America: Civil War. The third Captain America film received commercial, critical, and fanboy praise. Now the Russo Brothers have taken over Joss Whedon as the de facto “showrunners” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will be filming the next two Avengers films (Avengers: Infinity War and the Untitled Sequel). Needless to say, they have their work cut out to continue to impress us, and they know it.
When asked how they can top Civil War in the next film, which will be an accumulation of more than 10 years of MCU films, the filmmaking siblings know expectations are high. How can they continue to top all previous films?
“That’s a great question. There could be a lot of pressure. We put pressure on ourselves, we feel the pressure. At the same time we have to be very Zen and we have to step outside of that pressure because if you make decisions based on expectations and based on feeling that pressure, you’re going to make bad decisions.”
The two brothers say they have a process down to continue to make great movies that will please fans and keep the story going forward.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, the thing that we prioritize above all else is storytelling, and we just focus on the storytelling and the characters and how they fit into the narrative, and we just keep trying to tell the best story that we can every time out. That’s all about the script work. There’s an intense amount of script work that we put in. It’s months and months spent in a room with us and with [Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely talking through the story, talking through the characters, turning over every stone, rewriting every scene, talking about whether this is the best line into a scene, best line out of a scene, is this the best execution of this scene, what else could the story be here.”
“That’s really where our focus and our effort goes. We try to ignore any sort of external pressures because they can just lead you to a bad place creatively.” –Joe Russo
Not only do they have to continue the storylines surrounding the Avengers and all the Earth-bound adventures we have been watching all these years, but they also have to incorporate the storylines surrounding some of the cosmic adventures in the MCU featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy and soon enough, Captain Marvel.
“The movies are intended to be a culmination of everything that’s happened before in the MCU so you don’t want to get into spoilers but I’m a big fan of what James Gunn has done. [Joe Russo and I] are both big fans of what James Gunn has done. Star-Lord is a fantastic character and Chris Pratt is an awesome performer so you’d be very excited.” – Anthony Russo
Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming fourth Avengers sequel will come to theaters in 2018 and 2019