How do you follow up two of the biggest movies of all time?
Before The Russo Brothers took the helm behind the biggest movies in the MCU, you’d be excused for being confused as to how they got the gig in the first place.
2002 flop Welcome To Collinwood cost $12 million to make, and made $4 million at the box office.
Next came You, Me & Dupree in 2006, which definitely made money, but was a terrible, terrible film, with a score of just 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
So why did Marvel give them the director’s chairs for Captain Marvel: The Winter Soldier in 2014?
Well, in the years in between, they directed some of the best episodes of Arrested Development, Community, and Happy Endings, really honing their craft for comedy (and, in the case of some of the Community episodes, action sequences).
The risk paid off, as The Winter Soldier is arguably the best entry in the MCU to date, and Anthony and Joe Russo were then given Captain America: Civil War, followed by Avengers: Infinity War, and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.
So when you’ve directed some of the biggest movies in cinematic history (Infinity War made well over $2b, Civil War broke over $1b), what do you do next?
In the case of these guys, they’ve decided to go smaller, and they’re bringing along one of the Avengers with them.
Variety are reporting that once the dust settles on Endgame, they’ll be moving on to Cherry, an adaptation of Nico Walker’s book, a semi-autobiography that tells the story of a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme undiagnosed PTSD, fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks.
Walker wrote the book from prison (where he is sentenced until 2020), with Spider-Man himself Tom Holland set to take the lead role.
Cherry is set to go into production this summer, with a potential late-2020 release date planned. Having made all the money in the world, could this be the guys re-aiming to win all the Oscars? We wouldn’t put it passed them!
Before all that, Avengers: Endgame is released in cinemas here on Thursday 25 April, and JOE was lucky enough to chat to them last year in the run-up to Infinity War: