Marvel fans still have a long way to go before Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 hits theaters in 2018 and 2019, respectively, but new, unconfirmed information reveals that Joss Whedon may not be at the helm, after directing 2012's Marvel's The Avengers and next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Brazilian website Overtice.com has uncovered emails from the Sony hack between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and Sony's Amy Pascal, where the brothers revealed that they are directing the two-part Avengers movie, which matches up with a number of previous reports. The emails claim that their commitment to the Avengers movies won't prevent them from directing The Gray Man for Sony.
An email between Joe Russo and Amy Pascal on November 17 also revealed that the brothers offered to produce a new Spider-Man movie, although it isn't known if Amy Pascal ever replied to that email. It's worth noting that the email was sent just a week before the Sony hack crippled their communications systems. Joe Russo also stated that it was "a pity" that negotiations weren't finalized for a deal that would bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although reports from earlier this week claim that deal still may happen.
As for the Russo brothers taking over for Joss Whedon on The Avengers franchise, a report surfaced in October claiming that the Russo brothers will direct both Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, which was just a few weeks before the titles Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 were confirmed. These hacked emails seem to lend credence to that report, but it remains to be seen when and if Marvel will confirm them as directors.
Then again, there is still four years until Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 hits theaters, and a lot can happen in that amount of time. While it certainly makes sense that Anthony Russo and Joe Russo would take the helm after starting Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War, which will drastically change the MCU, it remains to be seen how involved Joss Whedon will be, even if he doesn't direct. And if he doesn't return direct, does this mean that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the final movie he directs for Marvel? What do you think about these developments? Chime in with your thoughts below.