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Community producers the Russo Brothers are finalizing a deal to direct Captain America 2

Jun. 6, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Well, it looks like Marvel is continuing its trend of diverse choices for directing chores on their franchise films, this time with Anthony and Joe Russo about to sign the dotted line to take on CAPTAIN AMERICA 2.  The Russo brothers are mostly known for their comedy work on Community and the Matt Dillon/Owen Wilson flick YOU, ME, AND DUPREE. 

I know there are a lot of fans of Community out there.  I'm not one of them.  This news comes as a bit of a bummer for me, as I had hoped that someone other than the choices laid out before us would have been thrown into the mix.  The Russo brothers were contenders amongst F. Gary Gray (who took himself out of the running) and George Nolfi (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU), none of which stirred any excitement for me.

Marvel's Kevin Fiege has had a good track record thus far for spearheading the director's on THE AVENGERS (Joss Whedon), THOR (Kenneth Branagh), IRON MAN 1&2 (Jon Favreau), CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (Joe Johnston) and the phase 2 directors for THOR 2 (Alan Taylor) and IRON MAN 3 (Shane Black), but this feels like a misstep along the lines of the hiring of Patty Jenkins (MONSTER) as the original director of THOR 2.

With no experience in big-budget action or superheroes, I can only guess that The Russo brothers pitched the shit out of CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, so maybe they have a bang-up idea for how to approach the project.  I'm more nervous about the execution.  My only complaint about CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER was the lack of action and the hiring of non-action directors doesn't exactly give me hope for a better showing in the sequel.

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, screenwriters of the first Cap film, have been working on a script for the sequel for the last year and details are pretty much null, with the exception of Fiege's statement that, “The primary storyline [for Captain America 2] takes place post-Avengers, Steve figuring out his place in the world. Tony goes back to Malibu, Thor goes back to Asgard, but there are a number of people who stay in S.H.I.E.L.D. Steve, for the time being, is going to be one of them.”

What do you guys think about this choice?  You have a better director in mind?

CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 is slated to open on April 4th, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: My "out of the box" choices?...Duncan Jones, Len Wiseman (okay, he's pretty safe, but in a good way), Paul Greengrass, Gareth Evans, etc., etc., etc....

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11:44PM on 06/08/2012
philalva77 said it best: "At the rate Marvel is going right now they could get Penny Marshall to direct & it would be great, they obviously know what they are doing so lets cut them some slack. I thught the first Captain America was quite action packed actually."

Cap was a superb adventure with the right amount of action. I trust Fiege, hell, he's batting 1.000.
philalva77 said it best: "At the rate Marvel is going right now they could get Penny Marshall to direct & it would be great, they obviously know what they are doing so lets cut them some slack. I thught the first Captain America was quite action packed actually."

Cap was a superb adventure with the right amount of action. I trust Fiege, hell, he's batting 1.000.
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2:58PM on 06/08/2012
If only just because these guys brought to me one of the weirdest funniest most awesome TV show I've ever seen, I'll give them my optimistic THUMBS UP!

P.S. I'm with mckracken, its never too late to start Paul my Man!
If only just because these guys brought to me one of the weirdest funniest most awesome TV show I've ever seen, I'll give them my optimistic THUMBS UP!

P.S. I'm with mckracken, its never too late to start Paul my Man!
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12:58PM on 06/07/2012
I noticed you didn't mention the guy who directed the Hulk movie. The more I've seen it (trust me...my son has played the DVD to death)...the more I like it and why I was so gutted that Norton would not be Banner for the Avengers. That said...I'm not a movie expert so don't really understand the impact of a director on it (since surely everything that happens in a movie is scripted to happen by the people that wrote it...hey...like I said...I don't know how these things work). Am I wrong in
I noticed you didn't mention the guy who directed the Hulk movie. The more I've seen it (trust me...my son has played the DVD to death)...the more I like it and why I was so gutted that Norton would not be Banner for the Avengers. That said...I'm not a movie expert so don't really understand the impact of a director on it (since surely everything that happens in a movie is scripted to happen by the people that wrote it...hey...like I said...I don't know how these things work). Am I wrong in saying that a director is not the mastermind behind what gets played out by the time we see the movie...unless the director or creative influence is also the person that created the idea in the beginning...such as Whedon for Buffy, Angel and Firefly. Cue contradiction to what I have just said....I've seen enough of Whedon's work on those three TV shows and one movie (Serenity) to recognise the influence of Whedon on the Avengers...so perhaps I have greatly underestimated how much a director can influence the end product. Still, I don't know many directors whose other movies I can name off the top of my head...so hiring people I'm not aware of does not worry me about movies on the way.
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9:02AM on 06/07/2012
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6:18AM on 06/07/2012
I'm still rooting for Nolfi, but i have come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter who they pick because the Marvel movies are really made by the producers, the director doesnt get to put much of his creative vision into it, at the end of the day every final decision is made by the producers.
I'm still rooting for Nolfi, but i have come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter who they pick because the Marvel movies are really made by the producers, the director doesnt get to put much of his creative vision into it, at the end of the day every final decision is made by the producers.
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3:29AM on 06/07/2012

HEY PAUL SHIREY

"I know there are a lot of fans of Community out there. I'm not one of them."
Time to convert over to the flock, dude... since Community is NBC's BEST SHOW EVER...
Community is 100% quality... that being said, I do have my doubts about having the Russo brothers direct Captain America 2 but I'll reserve judgement till I see a trailer.
"I know there are a lot of fans of Community out there. I'm not one of them."
Time to convert over to the flock, dude... since Community is NBC's BEST SHOW EVER...
Community is 100% quality... that being said, I do have my doubts about having the Russo brothers direct Captain America 2 but I'll reserve judgement till I see a trailer.
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1:10AM on 06/07/2012
At the rate Marvel is going right now they could get Penny Marshall to direct & it would be great, they obviously know what they are doing so lets cut them some slack. I thught the first Captain America was quite action packed actually. Especially when you have to consider it being both an origin story & the final set up for The Avengers.
At the rate Marvel is going right now they could get Penny Marshall to direct & it would be great, they obviously know what they are doing so lets cut them some slack. I thught the first Captain America was quite action packed actually. Especially when you have to consider it being both an origin story & the final set up for The Avengers.
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12:46AM on 06/07/2012
Having never seen "Community" I am not thrilled, nor am I bummed out. Nolfi was my choice, as he's a genius. Excluding him, Angela Robinson or Tom Tykwer would have been fantastic choices.
Having never seen "Community" I am not thrilled, nor am I bummed out. Nolfi was my choice, as he's a genius. Excluding him, Angela Robinson or Tom Tykwer would have been fantastic choices.
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3:32AM on 06/07/2012
you should check it out filmguy... it's great (havent you ever spent a semester or two at a Community college?)
you should check it out filmguy... it's great (havent you ever spent a semester or two at a Community college?)
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12:42AM on 06/07/2012
Who is rumored to be the villain(s)? Winter Soldier, Madame Hydra?
Who is rumored to be the villain(s)? Winter Soldier, Madame Hydra?
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12:40AM on 06/07/2012
I resent the fact that you didn't mention Louis Leterrier for The Incredible Hulk when mentioning all of the other directors for each Marvel film. He did a fantastic job and the movie is amazing. Gives all of the other solo Avenger films a run for their money in being the best one.
I resent the fact that you didn't mention Louis Leterrier for The Incredible Hulk when mentioning all of the other directors for each Marvel film. He did a fantastic job and the movie is amazing. Gives all of the other solo Avenger films a run for their money in being the best one.
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1:47AM on 06/07/2012
Leterrier did an adequate job, but I wouldn't call him an inspired choice by any means.

I'm thankful his desire to direct The Avengers did not come to pass and his version of Clash of the Titans was further evidence that he had little to offer the big-budget community.

I think his work is best served in the straight action genre.
Leterrier did an adequate job, but I wouldn't call him an inspired choice by any means.

I'm thankful his desire to direct The Avengers did not come to pass and his version of Clash of the Titans was further evidence that he had little to offer the big-budget community.

I think his work is best served in the straight action genre.
2:15AM on 06/07/2012
lol come on really? Leterrier!? Cartoon Hulk vs. Cartoon Abomination being as good as ANY other solo Avenger movie?? WHAT!?
lol come on really? Leterrier!? Cartoon Hulk vs. Cartoon Abomination being as good as ANY other solo Avenger movie?? WHAT!?
12:37AM on 06/07/2012
Definitely not my first choice out of the directors they were considering ( I wanted them to chose George Nolfi considering I loved The Adjustment Bereau), but I have faith that these guys will give the film justice. They have done a great job making Community great as it is and I am a huge fan of the show. I consider it the best comedy and one of the best overall shows on television. Marvel has not let us down yet and I love the diversity of directors we have had in each solo Avenger/The
Definitely not my first choice out of the directors they were considering ( I wanted them to chose George Nolfi considering I loved The Adjustment Bereau), but I have faith that these guys will give the film justice. They have done a great job making Community great as it is and I am a huge fan of the show. I consider it the best comedy and one of the best overall shows on television. Marvel has not let us down yet and I love the diversity of directors we have had in each solo Avenger/The Avengers film. Can't wait.
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7:48PM on 06/06/2012
I respect these guys for what they've been involved with on TV, but boy must it suck to have "You, Me & Dupree" as your last cinematic accomplishment.I get Marvel's idea when it comes to running these films and I dig it, you get competant people who were on TV, they're used to a hellish grind and know how to work with many actors and juggle big storylines. If Edgar Wright passes on Ant Man then I can see them get Dan Harmon or Mitch Hurwitz.
I respect these guys for what they've been involved with on TV, but boy must it suck to have "You, Me & Dupree" as your last cinematic accomplishment.I get Marvel's idea when it comes to running these films and I dig it, you get competant people who were on TV, they're used to a hellish grind and know how to work with many actors and juggle big storylines. If Edgar Wright passes on Ant Man then I can see them get Dan Harmon or Mitch Hurwitz.
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10:14PM on 06/06/2012
It's funny you should mention Edgar Wright. Speaking of seamless transitions from TV into film.
It's funny you should mention Edgar Wright. Speaking of seamless transitions from TV into film.
6:28PM on 06/06/2012

Weird choice, but...

it could still work. Jon Favereau and Joss Whedon weren't exactly Peter Jackson caliber when they hired them and they both knocked it out the park. I have faith in Marvel, they're quite careful about who they hire and how the film turns out so im sure it'll pan just fine.
it could still work. Jon Favereau and Joss Whedon weren't exactly Peter Jackson caliber when they hired them and they both knocked it out the park. I have faith in Marvel, they're quite careful about who they hire and how the film turns out so im sure it'll pan just fine.
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11:42PM on 06/06/2012
Peter Jackson wasn't even Peter Jackson when he did LOTR.
Peter Jackson wasn't even Peter Jackson when he did LOTR.
6:28PM on 06/06/2012

Weird choice, but...

it could still work. Jon Favereau and Joss Whedon weren't exactly Peter Jackson caliber when they hired them and they both knocked it out the park. I have faith in Marvel, they're quite careful about who they hire and how the film turns out so im sure it'll pan just fine.
it could still work. Jon Favereau and Joss Whedon weren't exactly Peter Jackson caliber when they hired them and they both knocked it out the park. I have faith in Marvel, they're quite careful about who they hire and how the film turns out so im sure it'll pan just fine.
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4:39PM on 06/06/2012

I'm curious...

I really liked Cap, but thought it could've been a little better in a couple areas, I know the origin, tie-in, and upping the ante of each and every movie no matter what, but I'm curious to see where this goes. I'll go on record as saying Community is the best show on NBC and I've been a fan since day one...
I really liked Cap, but thought it could've been a little better in a couple areas, I know the origin, tie-in, and upping the ante of each and every movie no matter what, but I'm curious to see where this goes. I'll go on record as saying Community is the best show on NBC and I've been a fan since day one...
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4:26PM on 06/06/2012

Why not?

Joss Whedon is an ass hat with a few cancelled tv series and a couple of goofball vampire shows on his resume. Why couldn't this work?
Joss Whedon is an ass hat with a few cancelled tv series and a couple of goofball vampire shows on his resume. Why couldn't this work?
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3:49PM on 06/06/2012

Sweet.

Keep Cap in Shield, gives Sam Jackson/Black Widow/Hawkeye something to do on screen. He should go up against Baron Zemo or MODOK
Keep Cap in Shield, gives Sam Jackson/Black Widow/Hawkeye something to do on screen. He should go up against Baron Zemo or MODOK
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3:49PM on 06/06/2012

Sweet.

Keep Cap in Shield, gives Sam Jackson/Black Widow/Hawkeye something to do on screen. He should go up against Baron Zemo or MODOK
Keep Cap in Shield, gives Sam Jackson/Black Widow/Hawkeye something to do on screen. He should go up against Baron Zemo or MODOK
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3:44PM on 06/06/2012
Well it may turn out to work out for the best, but I can't say I'm not totally disappointed with this choice. After the Avengers success, I would think Cap 2 would have a high enough budget for them to hire a director who would envoke a little more enthusiasm from fans, rather then the guys who brought us You, Me and Dupree.
Well it may turn out to work out for the best, but I can't say I'm not totally disappointed with this choice. After the Avengers success, I would think Cap 2 would have a high enough budget for them to hire a director who would envoke a little more enthusiasm from fans, rather then the guys who brought us You, Me and Dupree.
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3:40PM on 06/06/2012

Im huge cummunity fans

They have vision compared to most..That show does so many different concepts.
They have vision compared to most..That show does so many different concepts.
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3:39PM on 06/06/2012

Im huge cummunity fans

They have vision compared to most..That show does so many different concepts.
They have vision compared to most..That show does so many different concepts.
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3:36PM on 06/06/2012

Im cool with it..

Man you cant have the same directors over an over some new blood need a shot and we dont know how its going to come out. I trust Marvel as of now they have done great. So this is abotu makign names for some who need to have a shot doubt they would hire garbage to risk these movies. They must have sold there concept and ideas to the studio..good4them
Man you cant have the same directors over an over some new blood need a shot and we dont know how its going to come out. I trust Marvel as of now they have done great. So this is abotu makign names for some who need to have a shot doubt they would hire garbage to risk these movies. They must have sold there concept and ideas to the studio..good4them
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3:19PM on 06/06/2012

Paintball

Joe Russo directed the incredible season 2 finale for Community, which was an action filled, paintball warfare episode, with a spice of Spaghetti Western mixed in. They can do this.
Joe Russo directed the incredible season 2 finale for Community, which was an action filled, paintball warfare episode, with a spice of Spaghetti Western mixed in. They can do this.
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3:15PM on 06/06/2012

Lacked action?

First Avenger had more action than all the other pre-Avengers films. Best WWII action adventure flick since Last Crusade.

I'll give Feige some room here. I found 'Community' hit or miss during Season One, but eventually won me over as a full-blooded fan, it found its groove in terms of character dynamics and the most recent season was TV perfection.

How much of that was Dan Harmon and how much was the Russo brothers remains to be seen. And 'Welcome to Colinwood' is an underrated gem.
First Avenger had more action than all the other pre-Avengers films. Best WWII action adventure flick since Last Crusade.

I'll give Feige some room here. I found 'Community' hit or miss during Season One, but eventually won me over as a full-blooded fan, it found its groove in terms of character dynamics and the most recent season was TV perfection.

How much of that was Dan Harmon and how much was the Russo brothers remains to be seen. And 'Welcome to Colinwood' is an underrated gem.
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3:11PM on 06/06/2012

Not that this makes a difference . . .

But Joe and Anthony Russo were also involved in "Arrested Development" as directors, so they have that going for them. Wait: they are being hired for an action movie? I take that back: their sitcom experience, even on the great Arrested Development, can't justify this choice. That said, I'm still neutral on this, because sometimes directors crossing into new genres can surprise us.
But Joe and Anthony Russo were also involved in "Arrested Development" as directors, so they have that going for them. Wait: they are being hired for an action movie? I take that back: their sitcom experience, even on the great Arrested Development, can't justify this choice. That said, I'm still neutral on this, because sometimes directors crossing into new genres can surprise us.
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