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It's been one of the biggest questions in Marveldom for a while now - one sparked by Joss Whedon's repeated assertion that he wouldn't be returning after Avengers: Age of Ultron: Just who will direct the two-part third installment in the immensely successful series, Avengers: Infinity War?

Well, from the sounds of it, we finally know - and it's...probably more-or-less exactly who you were expecting.

One of the great open-secrets in recent months has been that The Russo Brothers - TV sitcom alums and directors of the hugely successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and its forthcoming sequel, Captain America: Civil War) - were Marvel's top choice to take over from Joss Whedon on the Avengers series too.

The Russos, seen here looking brotherly.
The Russos, seen here looking brotherly.

Well, it looks as though that has indeed come to pass - with Devin Faraci over at BadAssDigest reporting that a highly trusted source has confirmed that the Russo Brothers will indeed be taking over the reins of the biggest superhero franchise going.

The duo have apparently closed a deal to direct - with the Captain America series' writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely being tapped to script - which will, apparently, be officially confirmed soon.

Now, since this isn't technically an official announcement, it obviously needs to be taken with a grain of salt - but since there are no other obvious options out there, it sure seems like it'll be a done deal before long.

"Bring them the chests of money..."
"Bring them the chests of money..."

With Whedon stepping aside from the series - though he'll surely take on a Christopher Nolan-at-DC-like role as a senior Executive Producer - the only other obvious candidate was Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn, who has himself repeatedly distanced himself from the gig.

Which left the Russos - highly prized by Marvel after the surprise critical and commercial success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier - a pretty solid shoe-in for the gig. Add in the fact that they're clearly comfortable working within the neo-studio system that Marvel has established - a by-product of their TV background - and their hiring is seemingly a no-brainer.

All we're waiting for now? Official confirmation - and some sort of endearing tweet from Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans...

What do you think, though? Would the Russo's be your choice for Avengers: Infinity War? Is there someone you'd rather see? And just what will their hiring mean for the movie?

via BadAssDigest


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