Avengers: Infinity War is a massive success. The film has pleased both critics and audiences alike. While the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, have seem to become Marvel’s go-to guys, it was a different director that started the Avengers franchise. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the first two Avengers movies.
Speaking with Vulture, one-half of the sibling directorial team, Joe Russo, was asked if the two contacted Joss Whedon while preparing to make Avengers: Infinity War, here’s what he had to say:
“We didn’t. It clearly took a toll on him after Ultron. You know, the unfair advantage we have is that there’s two of us, and we weren’t responsible for writing the scripts. We spent an incredible amount of time in the writers’ room with [screenwriters] Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, but ultimately, we don’t have to go home at night and write five pages while we’re editing and talking to the composer and dealing with the sound design and figuring out how to shoot the scene the next day. We were able to take at least one of those off our hopper.”
As I mentioned above, Whedon handled both writing and directing duties for the first two films, which had to put him under an insane amount of pressure. With the number of characters in the Avengers: Infinity War, coupled with this film being 10 years in the making the Russos were also under a great deal of pressure, only having one job had to have lightened the burden. They were also able to work with a writing team that they had previously worked with on Captain America: Civil War.
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