The Russo Brothers are one of the biggest surprises in blockbuster action filmmaking in the last decade — a very smart find by Marvel head Kevin Feige. I remember seeing their film Welcome to Collingwood at the Boston Film Festival in 2002 and thinking that they had had a promising career as comedy filmmakers ahead of them. I was wrong, they instead ended up in television. I don’t think that even the biggest fans of their work on television shows like Arrested Development and their paintball episodes of Community could have expected their ascension as some of the smartest blockbuster action filmmakers today.
Darren Foley at Must See Films has published a good video essay on how the Russo Brothers direct action. Watch it now after the jump.
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While everyone tends to turn their noses up at movie remakes, the world seems to be at peace with films journeying to the small screen. Sure, we occasionally have to put up with shows like that ill-fated new take on Rush Hour, but that’s a small price to pay for the likes of Friday Night Lights and Fargo, shows that use a familiar name to build something big and beautiful and carefully constructed for serialized storytelling. It’s reached the point where a television version of a beloved movie feels like a creatively safer proposition than a big screen remake.
So the news that Walter Hill’s classic film The Warriors is being developed as a television series for Hulu doesn’t fill me with instant dread, especially since it’s in the capable hands of Joe and Anthony Russo.
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These days, Joe and Anthony Russo are famous for helping to steer the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. They directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and returned for Captain America: Civil War, and will be back yet again for the next two Avengers sequels. But before all that, they were best known for their work on beloved shows like Arrested Development, Community, and Happy Endings.
And, as it turns out, they haven’t abandoned their small-screen comedy roots completely. The Russos are teaming with Showtime for a new sitcom about a family of pot dealers. Zach Cregger (The Whitest Kids U’Know) and Moshe Kasher (Another Period) are also on board. Read More »
A decade ago, the two films Anthony and Joe Russo had under their belts were Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree. Now they’re the filmmakers behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. The Russo brothers were initially a surprising choice to direct The Winter Soldier for some Marvel fans, in particular for those unfamiliar with their background in television, but they ultimately proved any skeptics wrong.
Obviously, Marvel is quite pleased with what the directors have done with their heroes, as the duo are currently gearing up to shoot Avengers: Infinity War later this year. Delivering “culmination films of everything that has happened in the Marvel universe” is no small task — indeed, it’s an incredible amount of pressure — but Civil War shows they’re up for the challenge, considering the massive balancing act they’ve accomplished with Marvel’s latest.
In our Anthony and Joe Russo interview, the brothers discuss deconstructing the superhero genre, the film’s central conflict, and Avengers: Infinity War. They both jump into spoiler territory right at the start, so, like our interview with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, you may want to wait to read this SPOILER-heavy discussion until after you’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.
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Now that Captain America: Civil War has been unleashed on audiences, fans who caught the movie last night are already looking ahead at what’s to come in Phase Three of the Marvel cinematic universe. New solo franchises will begin with Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the new Spider-Man. Others will continues with Ant-Man and the Wasp and Thor: Ragnarok, and there’s even a new hint of an Iron Man 4 at some point (though probably not in Phase Three). But the biggest part of the next phase in the MCU is the two-part sequel that is The Avengers: Infinity War.
Anthony & Joe Russo recently confirmed that the two films are different enough from one another that they’ll be renaming the movies so they’re not simply called The Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II. Now the directing duo has confirmed (accidentally) that Captain Marvel will be part of the sequels. Plus, a new interview has the brothers teasing the effect Infinity War will have on the MCU.
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Marvel Studios has come a long way since 2008’s Iron Man. At the time, who would’ve thought that box office hit would pave the way for a superhero frenzy in Hollywood? Perhaps Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige — the man that helped build the Marvel Cinematic Universe — knew. Feige’s latest offering is Captain America: Civil War, a superhero showdown pitting Team Cap and against Team Iron Man.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Civil War is a rather large ensemble story, full of familiar and new characters. Both Black Panther and Spider-Man get plenty of screentime, but more importantly, they serve a purpose in the story. We discussed these two new additions to the MCU with Feige, who also talked about the lessons he learned from the first Iron Man, Civil War‘s airport set piece, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and more.
Below, read our Kevin Feige interview. Warning: SPOILERS ahead.
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After the collateral damage caused by the previous efforts of the Avengers proves to be too much for the world’s governments, the United Nations comes together to introduce the Sokovia Accords, a resolution that will turn the superheroes into a task force supervised and directed by the UN itself. But not all our heroes are ready to blindly follow the commands of an organization that could just as easily have an agenda like S.H.I.E.L.D. (or Hydra) before it, and that’s what leads to the titular superhero conflict in Captain America: Civil War.
The result is a sharp, astounding, action-packed summer blockbuster that’s the kind of superhero movie you’ve been waiting to see your whole life. This is a comic book film where the action is just as harrowing as it is entertaining due to the care and respect that we’ve come to have for these superheroes after spending a total of 11 films (not counting Guardians of the Galaxy) with them in the Marvel cinematic universe. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo have pulled together a movie that brings as much hard-hitting drama to the table as much as it does astounding action. It’s the perfect model for what serial comic book movies can be.
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The first cut of Captain America: Civil War was two hours and forty-one minutes long. The final cut is 13 minutes shorter, so don’t expect to see too many deleted scenes on the Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo cut a few minor sequences, but nothing major was tossed aside in the editing room.
Below, find out about two scenes cut — both in the writing process and in post-production — from Captain America: Civil War (minor spoilers ahead).
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It’s no secret Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part II are going to be big movies. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo have called the sequels the Nashville of superhero movies, “a culmination of everything that’s occurred in the Marvel Universe up to the point where the Marvel Universe is released.” There is no shortage of characters in the two-part film (which will undergo a title change at some point), but there are a handful of relationships, in particular, that the Russo brothers are already excited about exploring further.
Below, the Captain America: Civil War directors discuss a few conflicts and dynamics that’ll play key roles in Infinity War (SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War are ahead.).
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Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
Captain America: Civil War does a pretty great job of getting audiences pumped for the coming onslaught of Marvel Phase Three movies, capped off by Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2 in 2018 and 2019. But prepare to adjust your expectations ever so slightly. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo say the films will probably change their titles, to reflect the fact that they’re two completely different movies and not a single movie broken into two parts. Read More »