Back in October, a report surfaced that Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo will likely take over for Joss Whedon as the directors of The Avengers 3 and The Avengers 4. This was two weeks prior to Marvel announcing that Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 will hit theaters in 2018 and 2019. At that time, the studio never confirmed a director for either sequel. Today, Joss Whedon himself revealed to Empire that he will most likely not be at the helm for this epic undertaking.
"I couldn't imagine doing this again. It's enormously hard, and it [will] be, by then, a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part Infinity War movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe - I love these guys - but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers."
You may recall that Joss Whedon was similarly non-committal about directing Avengers: Age of Ultron after 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, but it seems like he may be taking a break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also reported in December that emails leaked from the Sony hack revealed that Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are, in fact, directing Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 for Marvel. But that won't affect their commitment to direct The Gray Man for Sony Pictures.
Even if Joss Whedon doesn't direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, he will likely still be involved as a producer, possibly even helping craft the screenplays for both movies, since Marvel hasn't announced who will be writing the two-part adventure yet. Do you think Joss Whedon should come back to direct both Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2? Or do you think the Russo brothers are a good fit for this massive two-part sequel?