Anthony & Joe Russo Will Direct ‘Captain America 3′; Currently Working on Story

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The LA premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is tomorrow but for media, the film screened even earlier, playing last night to extremely positive reactions, with some going as far as to say it’s the best film by Marvel Studios to date. After hearing good things about the Captain America 2 screenplay from our insiders before Phase 2 even began, it’s good to know that they were right.

What’s good for fans however, is also good for the film’s directors. We learned a month ago that Marvel Studios reportedly wanted Anthony and Joe Russo back to direct Captain America 3 but at the time, negotiations had yet to begin. Now that we’re in the final stretch of pre-release marketing for The Winter Soldier and the film is beginning to screen, the Russos are finally able to chime in on that front and have confirmed that they will indeed be back to tell another Captain America adventure.

Don Kaye had the opportunity to interview the Russo brothers on our behalf, along with the writers and cast of the film, earlier today. We’ll have full interviews up later but we can say that they revealed to him that they are indeed, officially returning to direct Captain America 3 and are currently in the process of breaking its story with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. They have also read the script for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron so they know exactly where Cap will be when they pick up the ball again.

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The Russo Brothers Talking With Chris Evans on Set

The fact that Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige not only wants the Russos back, but are looking to continue working with the writing pair of Markus and McFeely (read our on-set interview with them here)- who worked on Cap 1 & 2 along with Thor: The Dark World – speaks volumes to their confidence in the quality and success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the idea of keeping people around who they trust and want to continue building the Marvel Cinematic Universe with.

The news is doubly good when looking back two years ago, to a time when directors were dropping like flies from Marvel Studios productions. This trend was highlighted when Patty Jenkins was brought in to helm Thor 2 after Kenneth Branagh decided not to return but was subsequently dropped due to creative differences. Jon Favreau had also decided to not direct Iron Man 3 after, claiming the studio wasn’t sure what they were going to do with the next installment. It didn’t help that Iron Man 2 was rushed into production without a complete script and released to mixed reception from critics and fans.

With no current plans for Iron Man 4, we don’t know if Shane Black will direct another film for the studio, and from chatting with Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor about his experiences working for Marvel, we wouldn’t expect him to return for Thor 3 either. So, in addition to Joss Whedon, that makes the Russos the only other other directors locked to return. It also makes Captain America 3 a safe bet as one of the Phase 3 films releasing before The Avengers 3.

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The Russo Brothers

With two of the next four unannounced Marvel films after Ant-Man in 2016-17 likely representing new properties, that leaves only Thor 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as candidates for the other followup release before The Avengers 3, unless of course Hulk gets a new movie and that counts as a sequel in the eyes of Marvel boss Kevin Feige (read our on-set interview with Feige here).

We’re rather certain one of the new properties is Doctor Strange and the studio is already looking at potential directors for that. If the other is The Inhumans, which Feige has namedropped before, that could double – as we’ve said before – as a quasi-sequel to Guardians as well, leaving from for Thor 3 after all.

Expect lots of Captain America-related news in the coming days as we begin to post our video interviews with the cast. And for now, read our recently posted on-set interviews (that we conducted last summer) with them here:


More: Captain America 2 After-Credits Spoilers


Captain America: The Winter Soldier is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Awesome news. The Russo’s have really impressed me from what the trailers have shown and its great to see Marvel happy with them. The third film, Captain America: Hydra Strikes Back.

    • Episode 3: Revenge of the Hydra.

      Hail Hydra!!

      • Captain America Into Hydra.

        • Captain America: age of hydra

          • Captain America: A Good Day To Hail Hydra

      • Captain America: Hydra Kids, Hydra Wife

    • Captain America: How Hydra

  2. uh,,,this is good news. But where is the news on Star Trek 3 ? Where is the love ?

    • Star Trek 3 doesn’t have a date or director :)

      • BUMMER.

  3. The third movie, will it be… The Death of Captain America?
    Or Civil War? Hopefully the next movie will show Crossbone, and Bucky back as Cap’s partner (along with Falcon) and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver joining the team (though I can’t help but feel that they will be included in Doctor Strange instead).

    Wow… so glad to hear the Russos are back, I’m instantly a fan just by reading their interview because they felt so passionate for their work.

    • I mean Crossbone *as an actual villain* and…

  4. I would love to see Hydra employe the serpent society for part 3.

  5. baron zemo?

  6. They have to introduce Baron Blood. And Armless Tiger Man is a must.

  7. What? Already? Geez, Feige is not dropping the ball Is he? They know they’ve got the momentum right now.

    Phase 3 should be all about Thanos invading Earth looking for the remaining Infinity Gems. And the combined forces of Avengers, GotG & (possibly) Inhumans trying to stop the invasion. Resulting in several heroes getting killed.

    Make mine Marvel

    • Yeah, bring on the Inhumans! I would be happy with that scenario in Phase 3, also another Guardians movie would be cool, too. They could introduce characters like Nova, Bug, Mantis and Adam Warlock.

    • I think with all the infinity gems hints coming that phase three will lead right into the Avengers 3:The Infinity Gauntlet.
      I think there will be hints of civil war along the way and that may be the main storyline for Avengers 4. Too far out now to say on that though.

  8. Never thought I’d be this psyched for a Captain America movie, but here I am counting down the days.

    And if Guardians ends up being as good as I think it might, my head will probably explode by the time Avengers 2 comes out… but I guess that could be a good thing.

    • Honestly Ant-Man might be the first Marvel movie I skip out on during its theatrical run. I’m pretty sure that’s a renter for me.

    • lol That Doc Savage movie set at Xmas. What are the native Amazonian tribesmen going to be celebrating Christmas and Doc Savage has to join in? Black is a terrible director and writer whose only good movie was Lethal Weapon.

      • “Black is a terrible director and writer whose only good movie was Lethal Weapon.”

        And The Last Boy Scout.

        And Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

        And Iron Man 3.

  9. The title for the third one? “Captain America: Revenge of the Red Skull”

  10. awesome….i always thought Insert Subtitle was a great villian!

    • A villain? No, friend, it’s a supervillain TEAM ;)

  11. We need baron zemo he is caps 2nd greatest enemy in the comics he responsible for buckys disapearence he should be in winter soilder hope Robert redford is realy baron zemo

  12. Captain America: Red, White and Truth. Time to tell Isaiah Bradley’s story. It’s The Tuskegee Experiment meets 42.

    • I could get behind that!

  13. I’m guessing Cap 3 will see the return of the Red Skull, perhaps with Baron Zemo as a kind of secondary villain, or maybe even vice versa, with the Skull pulling Zemo’s strings from the shadows. But in terms of Bucky returning as Cap’s sidekick, I’d say it’s possible, but unlikely. With the Falcon being introduced, I’m predicting that he and Cap will partner up the most. Even in the comic books, after Bucky came out of his “Winter Soldier mode”, he was pretty much a lone wolf working for, and keeping in personal communication with, Nick Fury himself. Sebastian Stan is contracted for several more films, so I definitely wouldn’t be surprised to see him show up in Cap 3 or maybe even some Avengers movies, but aside from the occasional team-up, I expect to see Bucky working mostly on his own for SHIELD.

  14. For me, making a trilogy for Thor and Cap America is just too much.
    I think its directly proportional as how many Avengers films are we gonna get. not too many I expect. cause that will start to be dull. not counting we have Hulk movies in the waiting room for certain, and even Widow and Hawkeye want theirs.

    I mean, Marvel is slowing down. Where are the new franchises? gotg.. ok and what else?

    To think some even want IM4… and with Shane Black!! f*ck me!

    • New franchises? Ant-Man (confirmed, has director, started casting, has release date), Doctor Strange (confirmed), Inhumans (namedropped by Feige).

      BTW I don’t see what is wrong with a Thor trilogy and Captain America trilogy. Wait a second, is that Batman as your icon? Oh yeah, I understand now.

      • I agree. Many new franchisees (is that a word?) have been both confirmed and hinted at. Trilogy for most is really smart. You get people locked down on a character that gives time to really build a character in the universe.
        “Marvel is slowing down”? Really?!?!? Where in the world did he get that? Marvel is getting hotter and hotter from what I have seen. And I think that their tentpole to their whole MCU is going to be Avengers. I think that different heros will come and go, but each “phase” will always lead into an Avengers movie every approximately 3 years. And there are enough characters and stories for that to go on (and be successful) for many years. Just because the first avengers was so good with the people they have, doesn’t mean that every movie will have any or all of those same characters. Heck, almost every marvel character ever thought of has at one time or another been a member of the Avengers.

      • No, he´s not my icon. Have you americans remotely ever heard of Saint Seiya?

        As for the other issue, Im just saying its best to have new franchises more often instead of just stacking Thor, Iron Man adn Cap. with more solo films.

        • I agree, If Marvel completes Thor3 and Cap3 before Avengers 3 those two characters will be burned out and close to retirement or replacement like the Iron Man series. Imo, phase 3 should consist of all new properties, (Ant-Man, Dr Strange, maybe a fast-tracked Widow&Hawkeye or Inhumans) and the only sequels being Guardians2 and Avengers 3. Save Cap and Thor for phase 4.

          • Well thank you.

    • There’s a new franchise coming this year, next year, the year after, and the year after that.

      4 new IPs in 4 years. Literally. What other studio is doing that?

  15. Good news. Cap 2 looks amazing.

  16. Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty.

    Because Cap is perceived as a great hero and inspiration by the people, and must “step out of the shadows”. Since he’s been defrozed in the MCU, seems some distant, kept in secret (in Avengers, he’s not recognized, just at the end we some fans after the Battle for New York.). In “winter Soldier”, seems he’s remembered as a former but gone hero.

    He must be welcomed back by the people, who needs not only his heroic acts, but to believe again in everything Steve represents. Cap needs popular acclaim. He’s a popular hero.

  17. They should have Cap, Black Widow and Bruce Banner hunting The Leader down and discovering a bigger threat as they get closer. that way Hulk and cap kind of show a team movie and build Hulk/cap/black widow connection in the process. You could show Cap and Widow about to be harmed when Bruce uses his powers to protect his friends, and how he uses his intelligence to over come his opponents. It could show that you can make a difference even without power.

  18. Marvel is leaving money on the table by not having 3 MCU films a year – there is more than enough interest and story space to work with. Plus the math just doesn’t work if you are planning on releasing one new and one sequel, plus an Avenger movie that counts as a sequel. Most of the new movies are going to be able to turned in franchises, and that can’t happen in any reasonable amount of time with this schedule.

    The interest is there – by this point an MCU movie is a must see event for the vast majority of the worldwide audience. The best of the best wants to work with you, and unlike something like Bond or even X-Men, you are not constrained by formula. In fact, the more varied and unique you make each entry, the stronger the brand becomes.

    And having 50+ years of amazing material to pull from doesn’t hurt.

  19. Captain America: Man without a Country

    Merge the “Operation Rebirth” and “A Man without a Country” storylines from the Waid/Garney run into a single political thriller that brings back the Red Skull, expands Sharon Carter’s role post-Winter Soldier, and sees the country turn against Steve. Instead of having Red Skull and Cap face off at the end of “OR”, replace Machinesmith with the Red Skull in the “AMWAC” story and make the climax of the story take place on Andrews AFB outside Air Force One. Cap against the Secret Service, USAF Security forces, S.H.I.E.L.D., Delta and CIA operators, and the Red Skull in full possession of the Tesseract bringing everything down on our hero.

  20. I guess we can rule out Cap getting killed in Ultron eh?

    I remember some article about A:AOU where Joss Whedon was hinting that someone was going to get axed.

  21. This is great news.
    Captain America was my favorite Phase 1 movie so of all the Phase 2 movies the sequel has been my most anticipated and I’m thrilled to hear that for once since The Avengers a Marvel movie may live up to expectations.
    That’s not as big as a knock on Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 as it may seem. I enjoyed Thor 2 for the most part and thought Iron Man 3 was OK but after The Avengers I expected more.

    I’m also thrilled for The Russo’s. Their work in TV has been fantastic and I’m glad to hear they have made a successful transition into movies.
    I can’t wait to see this opening weekend.

  22. Captain America: Battle of Wakanda i wish hahaha, give us Black Panther!

  23. CA 3 : we’re not bringing back the Howling Commandos.

  24. blah blah blah, I just want to know if Anthony Mackie is going to be apart of this. His enthusiasm is infectious. And I would hope that by the 3rd movie, Cap and Falc will be tied at the hip much like their comic book counterparts.

  25. Good Idea to see Captain America 3 when it comes out ? First Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming out next month. I seen the first one in theatres around Summer 2011. I was about 32 years old that year.