Badass Digest is reporting that Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have just closed their deal to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2, the massive saga that Marvel Studios announced last fall.
Marvel was clearly happy with the work the Russo Brothers did on The Winter Soldier when they hired them to direct Captain America: Civil War(which starts filming in a few weeks), and it now looks like they’ve become the studio’s go-to filmmakers. Badass Digest adds that screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers behind all three Captain America movies, Thor: The Dark World, and the driving force behind getting Agent Carter off the ground,are in talks to pen the screenplay for Infinity War.
This also means that director Joss Whedon is probably bowing out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters in May. His deal with Marvel to helm Avengers 2 and act as a creative consultant was set to expire in 2015, and he’s definitely made it clear that he’s keen on hitting “reset” and working on something original next.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2 will be shot back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 in anticipation of a May 2018 release for Part 1 and May 2019 release for Part 2.